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Also a quick notice to let you know that I am changing hosting plans to a new clustered hosting account so you may see the Just Creative Design website down on Saturday. We have the switch scheduled for 5pm +9GMT. The site should only be down for roughly 3 hours.
What does this mean?
This means Just Creative Design will have increased reliability, speed and efficiency! I am not sure you will notice a huge difference in normal browsing, however, when the site gets huge amounts of traffic (ie. Digg front page) it will withstand the traffic inflow a bit better.
I don’t usually get technical on this blog but I thought I might share with you a bit of the *behind the scenes* – the things that don’t usually get talked about elsewhere. For those of you still interested, read on but it does get a bit technical…
How is clustered hosting different to normal shared hosting?
Shared hosting has all services on a particular machine… eg. one machine will run SQL, Web & Mail traffic. If any of these machines become busy they affect the speed of my website/mail and queries. With a clustered setup each individual service runs on it’s own dedicated machine. ie. when one server is busy another server will take over. This in turn improves reliability, speed and efficiency of the website.
This is the third time I have upgraded my hosting plans… a sign showing that Just Creative Design is on a steady rise! The first time I switched hosts was when I got banned from my own website in January (I was paying $4 a month so that was understandable) which in turn, made me switch hosts and find a shared unmetered plan.
This unmetered plan was going great until I started bursting the database requests. This forced me to move to a new server that I shared with only 4 people rather than 100+ but ever since then the site has been going great with no problems!
However, last week I was contacted by my hosts letting me know about their new clustered hosting set up and I thought why not? So here I am, upgrading for the 3rd time! I am guessing the next change will be to a Virtual Private Server but I am not looking forward to that!
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PS. I wrote a guest article on Freelance Folder this week: The Fast, Good, Cheap Pricing Method.