Generalized USSM hosting/server/hair-pulling post
Skip on down if you’re not at all interested in this stuff. Which probably limits this to me.
If you were around yesterday, you saw the server pretty much choke and die twice on the game threads, when Felix hit his grand slam and when he got injured. When McLaren and Bavasi got fired, you got to see some related fireworks including a perfect storm that (as far as I can tell) resulted in a bad redirect page being cached and served to everyone who went to www.ussmariner.com until I went through and peeled that onion.
Anyway, here’s the scoop:
– the Digital Forest folks have been really good to host our box
– I’d planned to put a second processor in there
– but I don’t think that would do it
We have a fairly high-traffic site that has to endure huge, essentially random usage spikes but most of the time sits around twiddling its thumb.
I would also like to get out of the business of supporting the site in the sense of doing things like upgrading Apache versions. I’d much rather be writing snarky articles or many-thousand word discussions with Dave arguing about which Mariner utility man was the best.
And we don’t have a ton of money, obviously. But our experience with shared hosting is that we get kicked off. I don’t know where to go here, if that involves buying another, much bigger box and recruiting someone to run the tech side, or what… you see the dilemma.
So my question to you, since you’ve stuck it out this far: how do we get out of this mess? What’re best practices for something like this?
Now updating with answers! Yayy