& Server Clusters
The average business will
never need more than a $20 a month website on pageBuzz.com. Our
servers run at low load levels and are all enterprise level
servers costing upwards of $20,000 each. So there is no need to
worry about having too much traffic or websites being shut off
for overuse of resources.
But servers and networks do
have limits and it is not impossible to exceed those limits. Our
standard websites can easily manage a few hundred thousand extra
visitors on occasion without any issues but there are
circumstances that would exceed that level of traffic.
If you are not running
Superbowl commercials or multimillion dollar ad campaigns you don't
need to worry. Unless you end up getting featured on top TV
programs like Opra, Dr Phil, Rachel Ray or others. That type of
exposure can cause massive instant web traffic sometimes in the
millions of visitors an hour. If that happens it will slow your
website to a crawl and could even go offline. Even though our
servers are designed to manage 50 times the average we do not
plan for those loads because we don't have customers that can
afford to pay for it on a monthly basis. We charge $20 a month
and those resources would easily cost $10,000 or even $100,000 a
month to mange.
So what can the average person
do if they get lucky and get a call from Opra? Will the website
just go offline?
The website will most likely
be shut down if you get massive traffic levels. Since there are
other websites on the same servers we cannot allow all the sites
to be unavailable just because one is using more than $20 in
resources. But we do have extra servers in place that can be used
as dedicated servers for any website. The process of moving a
website to a dedicated server takes just minutes, that is, if we
are notified that you will be needing it. If you wait until it is
too late, you may miss out on having anyone see your website or
order your products.
We offer this service as
insurance that your website will not cause problems for other
businesses hosted with us and so that you have an affordable
solution should you get your big break.
We have had quite a few
hosting clients featured on TV shows and get huge spikes in
traffic and product sales. So we know first hand what that is
like and what you need to support it. If the Discovery channel is
doing a special about your business or you are being featured on
Dirty Jobs, you may need to consider upgrading to a dedicated
server at least while the TV show airs.
If you know or expect that you
will have a massive surge in traffic, don't forget to tell your
website host. We have the resources to manage it, but we can't if
we do not know about it.
Our price for basic dedicated
servers is $1,000.00 a month with a 5MB dedicated connection more
bandwidth available at extra cost. Keep in mind, the server costs
us $800.00 a month with bandwidth, so while the price seems high
it is not and our profit is minimal.
We do not expect most our $20
a month customers to fork over $1000 to set up a dedicated server
because they are appearing on Opra. Since you did not or may not
make any money it is hard to come up with the cash but then it is
hard to make money with a website offline.
We have dedicated servers in
place that are on standby as new customers sign up and our
hosting base grows or servers go offline for maintenance. We
offer those servers to our clients at no additional cost for
short periods of time. We will charge for the bandwidth used but
we will bill that after usage so there is no up front cost.
Our need for dedicated servers
will likely only be in those circumstance. We do not have many
hosting clients that are spending millions on advertising, if
they were they would not be using a $20 a month website. And the
ones that do, manage campaigns so that there is no major surge in
traffic but a moderate flow as not to tax network resources.
So the chances of our selling
dedicated severs is very slim. But we built the technology into
our architecture and have the resources to offer it. If your
business does grow, we can still handle it to almost any level.
It is great to assure our
customers that even in extreme circumstances we can keep their
website open so their big break does not turn into a colossal