If you’ve been noticing the site going up and down for the last couple days, I feel your frustration.
I recently purchased a new dedicated server for WiiNintendo and have moved the site over to it. There may be some hiccups in the next few days as I configure everything, so please be patient.
Some details on the server upgrade:
I’ve been using Media Temple’s Grid Service Server for the past 2 and a 1/2 years. It’s been GREAT! It’s held up under some really intense traffic. (Especially the Wii Sports Experiment story and the 10+ times we got on the front page of Digg.com). The service was 20$ a month, but they gave you a certain number of Grid Perfermance Units (GPU), and since WiiNintendo has a very active community plus tons of unique visitors every month the server is working double time. For the past year WiiNintendo has gone over the alotted GPU limit (which you get charged 10 cents for every GPU over), I’ve been paying anywhere from 150$ to 350$ a month to keep up with the demand. The ads help cover some of the cost, but not enough. At any rate WiiNintendo is now running on Media Temple’s Dedicated Virtual Server. It is blazing fast, and for 50$/month we get unlimited GPU’s!
I’ll have to configure Wiigg.net, WiiFeed.net, WiiFuse.com, and other things. I’ll keep the old server up in the meantime, so that mail and the forums work and once everything is transfered to the (dv). I’ll cancel the old server.
Update: After spending at least 25 hours over the last 4 days optimizing WiiNintendo, everything from installing Caching applications, editing my.cnf, editing php.ini, running a dozen scripts via SSH, cleaning out plugins, optimizing sql databases, repairing databases, turning off services, etc… I realized that WiiNintendo is one bloated/high traffic site and deserves yet ANOTHER upgrade. This time the WiiNintendo.net is on the Media Temple Dedicated Virtual Server “Extreme”. The new server costs, for a month, went from 20$ to 50$ and now 150$. I figure anything is worth it to keep the site running. All I ask is that you click on the ads whenever possible, every bit helps. As you may or may not know I pay for the site out of my pocket. WiiNintendo isn’t a company per say, it’s just me (hey_suburbia / Mickey) and a bunch of great bloggers and fans. The site has grown to a point where I needed to give this site every bit of server power possible. I will continue to optimize and hopefully this site will be so fast you can load it up on your 56k modem in a few seconds. Also, just so you know the site will never go down for good I have no plans to ever stop this site regardless of cost. Digging articles, clicking ads, and pointing new people the site and forums will help ad revenue, so thanks to all of you who have been hanging in there!
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