PetaPixel

PetaPixel is Moving Down the Block

When we launched back in 2009, I decided to host PetaPixel on the same hosting plan as my personal website at 1&1. Their plans are cheap (~$7/month) and they offered enormous amounts of storage and unlimited bandwidth, so I decided to try hosting PP with them.

Things have gone pretty well over the past 9 months or so, especially since we were essentially hosting the blog for free. However, we’ve grown to a point where traffic is occasionally causing our site to go down, since 1&1 tries to keep server usage fair among its customers. We’ve learned that though they offered “unlimited” traffic hosting, it’s meant for small, personal websites that don’t hog the server’s resources.

We went down again for a short period of time today, signaling to me that we should probably begin moving to something that will support us better as we continue to grow. This weekend I’m planning on moving the site over to Rackspace Cloud, and the transition has already begun. If everything goes according to plan, by the time we resume posting next Monday we’ll be serving PetaPixel from our new home.

We’ll update this post when we’re at the new location and settled down. Have a great weekend, and see you on the flip side!


Update: If you can see this update then you’re visiting us at our new home. Welcome!


 
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  • carlosrubi

    nice :)

  • http://twitter.com/eugenephotoblog Eugene

    Nice, great move Petapixel!

  • carlosrubi

    nice :)

  • carlosrubi

    nice :)

  • http://twitter.com/eugenephotoblog Eugene

    Nice, great move Petapixel!

  • http://twitter.com/eugenephotoblog Eugene

    Nice, great move Petapixel!

  • udijw

    Best of luck with this move. Maintenance suck but it is the oil that keeps our blogs going….

  • udijw

    Best of luck with this move. Maintenance suck but it is the oil that keeps our blogs going….

  • http://twitter.com/ExtremelyAvg Brian Meeks

    Congrats on needing to move your site.

  • http://twitter.com/ExtremelyAvg Brian Meeks

    Congrats on needing to move your site.

  • http://www.paulpetch.com www.paulpetch.com

    The very same thing happened to my personal blog at http://www.paupetch.com with a steep increase in traffic and server resource. I'm still unable to afford the costs of a dedicated server though. I think i need to look off shore for a solution. I'm keen to see how you go with your new host.

  • http://www.billselak.com/ billselak

    Congrats. That's a hassle, but great news. Is there an easy way to move the sql databases? Is it as simple as backup, and then upload to the new server?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Yeah, things are pretty simply with WordPress actually. As long as the server environment is the same, all you need to do is have exact copies of the files and the database on the new server/hosting plan, and everything should work just fine. =)

    I exported and imported the small tables together first, then did the bigger tables (comments, polls, posts) in chunks to keep the importer in phpMyAdmin from timing out.

  • http://www.billselak.com/ billselak

    Good to know. I'm running wp too. This is a nice thing to know. Thanks.

  • http://www.photoblog.com/bergur Bergur

    Good luck. Looking forward to seeing something new on Monday. Hopefully you'll still be active on Twitter. But feel free to take a well-deserved break.

  • http://twitter.com/am5i5 Amsis

    Good luck ^_^

  • http://www.brandonquintana.com bquintana

    Are you using cloud servers or cloud sites? If you had any comments on which you chose that would be great also. I'm looking for an additional host and I've looked at Rackspace Cloud a few times.

  • http://www.brandonquintana.com bquintana

    Are you using cloud servers or cloud sites? If you had any comments on which you chose that would be great also. I'm looking for an additional host and I've looked at Rackspace Cloud a few times.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    We're going with Rackspace Cloud Sites. I think Servers is more like Amazon EC2, and for growing web services early stage rather than running websites long term (though I could be wrong about how EC2 is commonly used).

    My understanding is that blogs typically host their files with a more typical host or on a dedicated server (i.e. mediatemple?), while their files might be stored on something like Amazon S3 or Rackspace Cloud Files.

    Instead of doing that kind of setup, I though Cloud Sites was sufficient for everything we'd need at a price that's reasonable: $150/month.

  • http://www.brandonquintana.com bquintana

    From talking to Rackspace support Servers vs. Sites is unmanaged vs. managed. I could be wrong though. Servers just come with a vanilla Linux install and you install what you need: Apache, MySQL, PHP, WordPress, etc. Sites seem ready to go to get common frameworks running out of the box.

    Right now we're on MediaTemple, but would like to host half our sites on one provider and the other half on another in the event one goes down we don't have all our clients screaming at us.

    Thanks for your help. It's gotten me a step closer to a decision.

  • http://www.howtogetagun.ca/ Noah

    You'll like it RackSpace is GREAT!

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks! Where is DIYPhotography hosted, by the way? :-)

  • udijw

    I am hosting with site5 (shared hosting) and I am very very happy.