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I’m sounding the all clear for the site. It seems to be back and in good shape. No reports of problems. I’ve run a link checker and while there are a few broken links and missing images, its nothing too critical and I’ll get them fixed this weekend.
As we originally stated, our ISP turned the site off because we had crossed a threshold with too much traffic. It’s a good problem to have, but still annoying–sorry for the inconvenience!
The way we’re fixing it is to start moving the site off our old ISP and onto Amazon.com. It has much greater capacity. CNCCookbook gets a little over 1 million visitors a year. I’ve hosted sites that do 2 million a month on Amazon without a sweat.
Since we were down hard, I didn’t want to do the entire migration–too much risk of further problems and delays. So, I simply migrated all our images there. We love photos and try to use photos with enough resolution so you can see what’s going on. The ISP’s server logs also showed that the images were the problem. Therefore, we simply moved our images to Amazon. I did do some experiments late last night to see about moving the whole site and they were promising, but there are definitely problems to solve first. We’ll get to moving the rest in the fullness of time. For now, having moved the major source of bandwidth drain to a super-high bandwidth provider, life should be good and we should have a lot of headroom.
The site feels snappier to me–that’s cnccookbook.com rather than blog.cnccookbook.com. I have had that experience before switching to Amazon where things got faster too. I’ll no for sure in a few weeks when I’ve got enough logs to look at.
Meanwhile, thank you for your patience and drop me a line if you’re still having any problems. Hopefully future changes will be more proactive and invisible. For the near term, I’ve got a release for both GW Calculator and GW Editor to wrap up!
PS For those of you who have web sites and wonder how to move your images to Amazon, I will write up a tutorial on that and post on one of my other blogs. I’ll put a quick blurb on CNCCookbook so you can find it.