2mhost.com - Web Stress Testing to use up bandwidth quota?
I was just curious as to whether anyone has ever came across a situation where your monthly bandwidth/transfer quota is being consumed at an exponential rate without any increase of traffic to the site?
My current situation is this.
I have an account 2mhost and a monthly bandwidth transfer quota of 100,000 MB. For the past few months it's been steadily growing. When I first transfered the site to this host their cheapest package quota wasnt sufficient and I ended up with a bandwidth overage error page on my site, so I had to upgrade. In doing so I've always ended the month just shy of 80% total quota.
My problem is that it's only the 17th, and a few days ago i was at about 32%, now im at 51% with no increase of pageviews. Looking into awestats shows the alexandria2.2mhost.com using 30 gigs!! I questioned the tech support via live chat and they said it was wordpress accessing the images. So I downloaded the raw access logs and noticed that Every few seconds the server ip would make a request to a dozen or so images, each image being requested 3 times.
This goes on and on in my logs spanning several hours even during the times when my site normally gets the fewest hits.
It seems like the same sort of thing I'd see when running the web stress test tool from microsoft.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I'm thinking they're trying to get me to upgrade the account or at least purchase more bandwidth. This is unacceptible.
Thanks for your help in advanced,
edit: These images are NOT found in the same gallery, or together on the same page. so there are no single page requests that would result in a request for these specific images.
Last edited by zatechguru; 05-17-2008 at 12:42 PM.
Reason: added note
Sounds like you're just unlucky that you chose 2mhost. How important is having Wordpress to your website? I would make one more transfer to another web host and forget about the issue.
Why did you tranfer from your original hosting company. What issues did you have. Was is SPAM related?
My issue with Wordpress is that I just put two links in my blog that would not work. I spend 25 minutes on the issue and could not find a solution. Looks like maybe they are having technical difficulties. Could be due to an unexpected surge of popularity, slowing down the Wordpress server.
Originally the site was free-hosted at wordpress.com. It gained popularity and needed to expand features. So I moved it from wordpress.com to 2mhost.
As to the surge of popularity, that is highly unlikely as I also utilize wordpress.com stats tracking along with the standard awstats. The daily traffic is pretty predictable. It's been pretty steady since I've set it up in Jan.
As far as the DDoS, I highly doubt that is the issue. The raw logs show that the images were being accessed directly with no .html or .php request before and the requesters ip address was the ip of the server hosting it. So unless someone was running DDoS on the server, I'd say that it's not that. Anyhow thanks for your reply top10hosting and agnivo007. I guess I'll write some custom scripts to determine just who is doing what exactly. As of now I've downloaded a full backup and will be looking for a new host. Where's a good search engine for hosting? hostsearch.com seems to be full of fluff.
I bet your next host will have the same issues. Put me down for $200 on that. But, you want to think positive, right? Whatever! Your hosting problems will be solved 5 months from now. It's all meaningless to me!
Could you let us know how you solved the Wordpress problem, after you do?
the server IP appear because wordpress itself requests wp-cron.php and (I think) wp-cron is requesting the list of images. I'm not much of wordpress user, but we can discuss this further in email sales [@] 2mhost.com, we can push the bandwidth limit, I like the websites that get traffic.