Just Creative Design Bursting Its Banks

Just Creative Design Bursting Its Banks

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River Burst

Over the past week you may have been getting error messages or time outs when trying to connect to JCD and this is due to the large amounts of traffic we have been receiving so sorry about that… We have burst our banks in regards to shared hosting and it is time to upgrade – again.

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At the moment I am on a unmetered hosting plan* which means I get unlimited bandwidth, something that is needed on this site… you guys on average are downloading 650GB a month just from this site alone. The bandwidth, however, is not the problem –   it is the strain put on the database from the amount of users requesting pages throughout the site. This was the reason I got banned from my own website (different host) back in January.


Anyway, to the point… over the next week or so, I will be changing either to a semi dedicated plan (ie. one server shared by 4 users only) or  VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Server) to keep up with the demand so if there is any trouble, that is why.

On another note, I just came across Ratified.org – a site that ranks Australian blogs… JCD is ranked #8 Blog in Australia which is pretty cool.

You can see some of the bandwidth stats below.


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33 thoughts on “Just Creative Design Bursting Its Banks”

  1. Wow Jacob, it’s an odd kind of compliment to your site, isn’t it?

    It’s also nice to see that you’re not one of those people who have a successful blog, but hides their stats away. The numbers are very impressive! Congratulations sir 🙂

    What as it in april that caused your stats to increase by more than double so quickly?

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  2. I suppose these are the types of problems you want to have now, aren’t they? I hope all goes well with the upgrade. 🙂

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  3. I would be interested to see which direction you go. I have considered fleeing from the shared hosting slums.

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  4. Jacob, have you ever considered hosting your image files away from your website’s server? This is definitely an option you should look at, as the image files being hit so much can cause your bandwidth problems…their are many free image hosting sites out there.

  5. That’s weird, my “latest post” has stopped showing under my comment on your site…think it may be a problem since launching my re-design…hope you don’t mind a quick test Jacob! thanks

  6. @Brian Yerkes,
    I’ve just had this problem, and I have been in contact with the CommentLuv pluggins author, Andy Bailey. His plugin has a 3 second-timeout limit for page load times. If you check out your sites load time on http://internetsupervision.com/scripts/urlcheck/check.aspx?checkurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brianyerkes.com%2F you will see your load time is over 5 seconds after your blog re-design.

    Hope this helps Brian, if you need further assistance with this, I’ll be happy to explain further…

  7. wow, i’ve just started to look at the blogging game and that sort of traffic is amazing! well done – hope i can learn a thing or two.

    ps. i’m no graphic designer but i’d love any feedback on the look of my simple lil’ site.

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  8. Vin,
    I believe I am heading for the semi dedicated at this stage but I am still awaiting reply from my hosts.

    Yeah awstats all the way 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation.

    Set a goal and go for it! I have to laugh when I set a goal back in January to have 1000 subscribers by the end of the year. Blogging is addictive.

    Every time JCD has hit the front page of Digg the site has been brought down but only for a few hours. I am not so concerned about it as it still registers around 50,000 hits while it is up but it would be nice to survive the digg effect… but without the price tag.

    Thanks for the tip on CommentLuv also.

    Thanks… being compared to Google, that is awesome!

    Had a quick look, it is like what you said… simple. Have you had a look at the many free themes available on the web?

    I did consider it however it is just another complication whenever you have to change hosts however if I ever choose to go to an Australian server I would have to do this as bandwidth here is so expensive in comparison.

    Thank you and yeah it is quite impressive in just 9 months, particularly because I hadn’t even heard about blogging before (other than for a personal diary).

  9. Q Brushes,
    Thanks I have left a message on there also, I appreciate the help a lot. This plan is looking quite tempting if my current hosts can’t put together a VPS for myself or semi dedicated… They are so slow to reply, it is frustrating.

    And “Boom” your addicted. Funny about your mother!

  10. Jacob,

    🙂 Me either! Up until about six months before I started I thought they were just diaries online. Why would anyone want to share their personal life like that.

    Then a coworker suggested I check out one he’d heard of (and of course I wasted an afternoon clicking from one blog to another, following links), and someone else said “You could do that,” and last August I started writing without a blog to see if I really felt like I could keep up, and boom!

    (My Mom still refuses to read my blog. She thinks all blogs are porn. *sigh*)

    Until later,


  11. Jacob,

    Totally addicted.

    She’s a corker. No amount of saying, “Ma, you’ve known me all of my years of life, how likely is that?” does any good.

    I thought they were just diaries, she thinks they’re just porn. (She’s not alone, either. Several friends of mine said that when I started MCE, which let my mother off the hook in my mind.)

    My daughter said this morning, “Wow, your friend who you wrote for is Very Important now, isn’t he? Did you help him get important?”

    I said, umm, no. I helped him ease his mind on the Grand Tour, though. 🙂

    Until later,


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  12. Well done Jacob. I noticed that your blog ranks higher than Yaro’s too.

    @Andrew, I have noticed the same problem as Brian when commenting on JCD, sometimes but not all the time. Thanks for clarifying the reason why.

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  13. Kelly,
    Grand tour eh?

    Strange about the commentluv thing, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

    I believe I am going with Semi Dedicated with my current hosts Solid Internet but thank you.

  14. Hi Jacob, I’m curoius to how much they’re going to charge you because I might be intrested my self.


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  15. Micah, Dainis
    Thank you.

    It is $49.95 a month for semi dedicated hosting (only 3 users).

    This was the reason I changed, it just couldn’t keep up and I use caching.

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