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Best host for image heavy site?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by goonieguhu, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. goonieguhu

    goonieguhu Junior Member

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    I've just been shut down twice in one day by Hostgator for using too much bandwidth on my wordpress blog that is very heavy on images. I already have a reseller account and asked them if I should upgrade but they didn't think that would help.

    Any suggestions for a better host? These are NOT adult images and I can't have these hosted along with adult images so that is out.

    This can be really aggravating- every time I am successful in generating some good traffic I get blocked!:(
     
  2. goonieguhu

    goonieguhu Junior Member

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    It just happened again- now I'm really peaved! Am I going to have to go to a dedicated server or are there any other hosting or VPS solutions that might work?
     
  3. elza3eem

    elza3eem Newbie

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    Did they shut you down purely based on your bandwidth usage? Are you sure it had nothing with resource usage (cpu, memory,etc..) ?

    If so, do you have an estimate on how much bandwidth you were consuming daily/monthly at the time?

    I was assured several times by HostGator (as I have 5 sites hosted with them) that bandwidth has little to no effect on my account status, they mainly care about resource usage, and since I have no badly-written WP themes or resource-intensive scripts I'm pretty much safe. (At least I assumed so)


    Also, have you tried the various bandwidth/speed optimization plugins/methods? W3 Total Cache, Parallel loading, CDNs, etc.. ?

    Please tell us how much bandwidth you were actually consuming / expecting to consume, and we may be able to help you find something more cost effective than a dedicated server.

    (And by we, I mean this community, myself included)
     
  4. vallento

    vallento Regular Member

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    How much data transfer a day or a month are we talking here? It's just normal jpeg's/gif's/png's?
     
  5. madoctopus

    madoctopus Supreme Member

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    I use HostMonster and had about 10,000+ page views per day during a StumbleUpon effect. No images though. Didn't had caching enabled though, and had no problems to my surprise. HM has an unlimited bandwidth plan, but they will shut you down if you have too many slow queries or slow scripts and they get requested a lot.
     
  6. goonieguhu

    goonieguhu Junior Member

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    It sounds like a CPU issue not a bandwidth issue. I asked for some more specifics and got this:

    "We have unsuspended the account and have been monitoring the server load, which appears to be running fairly high (between 15 and 20) at this time. There have been a fairly large number of php processes generated by the account, but they have not caused a major issue as of yet."

    This is a wordpress site with a fair amount of plugins. I run the Semiologic Pro theme with plugins. I have been going thru and trying to deactivate any plugins that are not absolutely necessary.

    I have installed W3 Total Cache but for some reason I didn't have Object Caching turned on- which I just did.

    The images are generally under 100k .png's linked by thumbnails from galleries.
     
  7. elza3eem

    elza3eem Newbie

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    Makes the most sense, hostgator suspends sites for high resource usage on the fly. So, most likely the images are not the problem then.

    I'm not quite familiar with the theme you're using, but any php guru can perhaps review it and see if the coding is faulty in any way.

    W3 Total Cache should reduce database queries ( to some extent ), and it may solve the problem.

    Try updating all your plugins, and if the issue is still there, have the php gurus of this community take a quick look at your plugins to see which (if any) is the culprit. Your logs should help in this department too.