Praying for Rain Means Carrying an Umbrella: Scaling your Site for Traffic.

child with a frog umbrella
It seems silly to pray for rain, and not carry an umbrella. What will you do when your site gets that flood of traffic you’re building toward?
Creative Commons Image Attribution
You’ve set up all the sales funnels, tweaked the copy on the home page, and gotten everything in line for your site. The last thing you need is the flood of traffic you’ve been wanting and even expecting to come to spell the end of your shared hosting and an “ERROR CONNECTING TO DATABASE” welcome mat on the day of the big marketing push.

Or let’s say you run a well-attended annual event—so you have some major server needs running up to and during the event, but not the rest of the year. How do you set up your hosting environment to handle it?

What if you get an email from the managing editor at Huffington Post letting you know that your site (on $4/month shared hosting) is going to be linked on the home page a week from this Thursday? How do you get it on more stable ground—with minimal downtime—without breaking the bank?

Well first, it’s a good thing that WordCamp Raleigh is happening before next Thursday (but congrats on the HuffPo feature!) because Charlie Harper of is going to be able to help you out.

Scaling a hosting environment, especially for irregular spikes in traffic, doesn’t have to be confusing. Let him walk you through the minefield, pointing out where not to step.

If it’s time to scale your site’s hosting, it’s time to come hear how this weekend at WordCamp Raleigh. Today is the last day to secure a free T-Shirt.

Grab a ticket today

Published by

Ben Meredith

Organizer for WordCamp Raleigh, Ben is a the Senior Support Technician Give, the creator of the most popular Click To Tweet Pluginon the WordPress repository, a husband, a dad of boys, and in the 80th percentile for height in America.