UPDATE – You are seeing this page because we are in the process of getting the move accomplished.
Once again we are experiencing an outage of the TSP forum, this time the primary site and the podcast are not effected. The simple reality is we have grown to a level where we are adversely effecting the fellow customers on the shared hosting service. HostGator is a great company and has served us well for a long time and if you think about how big TSP is and how we stream 20,000 plus audio files a day you can really see they are not a lightweight by any stretch.
So we are now faced with moving two sites survivalpodcast.net (MSB and audio server) and thesurvivalpodcast.com (main site and forum) over to a fully dedicated solution. I have already located the host we will be using and we will have gobs of bandwidth beyond our monthly needs for a long time to come, we will have a gig up-link port and a smoking server with tons of processing power and RAM.
They also offer a support package I will be purchasing with a guaranteed response time of 5 minutes or less to all emergencies 24x7x365.
Of course I am at the homestead in Arkansas right now and running on my ATT wireless access stick. This is no time to be making a move like this so here is what we are going to do going forward.
1. The forum admin team is working on getting a caching solution in place on the forum as a get by. Hopefully hostgator will then turn our forum back on and we can get it back up for about a week.
2. Monday when I return to Arlington the first order of business after I cut the days show will be coming up with a migration plan with the new host.
3. Sometime next week the new host will begin the migration, the forum will go into maintenance mode and the site may be unavailable at times, though not likely it could happen so I am letting you know.
4. Once the migration is complete I will redirect the domains and when that propagates internet wide (about 24 hours) we will be back in business at full tilt.
This is going to cost more (of course right?) but I think the investment is warranted. The upside is huge.
With dual processors, a dedicated box, a gig up-link and massive RAM everything you do at TSP will be faster for you, especially downloads of the show at peak times.
We will have a dedicated tech support team that will be ultra responsive to any problems and no matter who your host is there will be problems.
I would like to point out yet again that I don’t have anything negative to say about HostGator, they are a wonderful host. We are just to a point where they sell say vans and SUVs and we need a couple buses to accommodate all our people.
I will continue to recommend them to bloggers and site owners for many years. The challenges of a site like TSP are unique and we are simply at a point where we need a higher level of performance and service than they provide.