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Scale and Support 150,000+ Visitors A Day On A Budget

How do you successfully scale and support a site from 2400 to 150,000+ visitors per day? Carefully, methodically – and if done right affordably. By using a proven framework. We used the these steps in planning the environment for a program launched by one of largest cities in the US. It literally saved them thousands but most importantly, they stayed online during their largest campaign. We began the planning for this project months in advance and it was my pleasure to work with each person on this city’s IT team. Everyone brought good questions to the table, and momentum. If I could mention each individual I would....
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3 Steps To Scale VPS aka Upgrades

It’s not difficult to know when to scale or upgrade virtual servers. But it’s not often that businesses make a practice of reviewing their strategy. This simple process could save you thousands of dollars per year and numerous headaches. I’ve been honored to listen to hundreds of sincere business owners and developers describe their hopes to deliver the best experience to their users. During a VPS consultation we usually cover basic strategy like determining when to scale or upgrade. This should be an easy conversation. It is sometimes; but why not every time? Differing objectives & ideas. There’s often not one single “right”...
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Shopping For The Best Hosting? Ask These 10 Questions

A new customer recently consulted us on a project. He had a well thought out list of questions, I was impressed by his thoroughness. After we ended the call, I thought it would be great to create a streamlined list. It would include the 10 best hosting questions I’d been asked. The truth is no single hosting provider is perfect. I wish it were true. Just about every hosting provider you can name has had major outages. Rackspace and Amazon are not the exception. Hostek like other providers have had difficulties to overcome. These occasions have helped Hostek grow and improve which...
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Speed Up Your Website Easily With A CDN

There are many ways to improve the performance of your website. For those who may not be as technical, but want their website to run faster this post is for you. While I appreciate complex caching and CDN options such as Squid, Varnish and CloudFront they are usually too complicated for most people. Introducing CloudFlare I chose to feature CloudFlare because it’s easy to implement. The only major step other than setting up your CloudFlare account is to change your domains DNS. Don’t worry, changing your domains DNS isn’t hard and I’ve provided a link below to the exact steps. If you have custom DNS records (uncommon)...
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