Step 1: Delay a WoW Patch by several hours, with no given ETA
Step 2: On a major WoW news/blog website, create a link to someone hosted on a shared-server webhosting company.
Step 3: Publish that post, including the link, about 10 minutes after a supposed “update” is supposed to happen.
Step 4: RELEASE THE HOUNDS
Step 5: Watch, as the server overloads, using more than 99% of a server’s capacity, and causing the site admin to entirely suspend the account on suspicion of an attack/hack.
So that’s what happened. WoWInsider linked to my Dual-Spec post right as everyone got off work and was checking about WoW Patch/Server stuff, and somewhere in the neighborhood of THOUSANDS of you clicked that link over a course of about 30 seconds, overloading my server and taking it (and everyone else hosted there) on a ride down the toilet pipes of the internet.
Where do I go from here? Well, a few things.
First, it means that I’ve upped my hosting again, so this site has officially crossed the line into “More expensive than a WoW Subscription”. I’ll be very cautiously looking at advertising opportunities and affiliateships, because – well – I want to keep doing this, but I can’t keep doing it for “free” since it ain’t “free” anymore. For starters, I’ll be joining up with MMO Gaming Ads, since I will NOT allow gold selling/account trading whatnot.
Second, next time there’s a major patch release, I know who to email so that you guys get a “site has reached capacity” message instead of them suspending my account because they think you’re a hacker trying to attack the server.
Third? Many hearts and hershey kisses to all of you for not hating me, and for the few that sent curious emails asking if I knew my site was down. I appreciate the warning, and you guys looking out for things.
Now, let’s all see what’s up with this 3.1 thing!
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