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.
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.