We run a Lord of the Rings/Tolkien site. Quite busy, in top 3 of them I guess. Get steady traffic and occational big spikes. when we get hold of an exclusive trailer or something. Also as new movie approaches traffic will soar to about 3* present level.
Were on Rackshack with 2 dedicated servers. Currently with another host. Now they are not bad and do try but a too much downtime.
I was thinking of leaving our downloads and big image galleries on thei server and putting the main site on a higher cost, but more relaible service. Normally we use between 300 to 600 gb a month.
Now we could not afford that with an expensive host, but I figured the main site probably does not use that much bandwidth in itself.
Do you think this is a good idea?
Any recommendations welcome.
PS A not too big setup fee would be handy too as we have forkedout about $1000 in last 2 months with all our moving about.
yes freebsd is a great idea also recompile the webserver to make it small and very low memory usage. Also turn off all the modules you don't need - and turn off the dns lookups on the hits (makes a HUGE difference). Also optimize all images - and pages - you should be able to reduce the load tremendously.
Its network downtime not the server. The problem is we cannto afford to move the whole site to a more realiable host. The 300-600, somtimes more and growing, is mostly from file downloads and large images.
We have a lot of trailers and tv clips etc. I thought to leave them on existing server and maybe move the main site with forum to another dedicated or would a virtual serve for the main site do you think.
The site does run without a hitch most of the time, as I say its the network not the server, apologies if I was vague. We are on redhat with plesk at the moment.
Really I guess we want to get stability on the main site and if the downloads etc go down now and agian that fine.
Just wondering if doing this is practicle.
Oh and I will repost it in a sec, sorry for posting in wrong forum, but was looking for opinion rather than tons of offers ;-)