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How to Crash a Server
comment 9 Written by on April 14, 2009 – 8:14 pm

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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9 Responses to “How to Crash a Server”

  1. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!! i didnt even get the link that wow insider did. :( must not be subscribed to that feed from them. regardless, grats, in an odd sorta way, i think!

    (I am still at work, cant wait to get home and log into 3.1, there lucky ducky)

    By Jeremiah on Apr 14, 2009 | Reply
  2. Eww! Nice work!

    I got excited ’cause my readership temporarily doubled…but I didn’t break anything. :-)

    Gobble gobble.

    BobTurkeys last blog post..Elemental shaman build for 3.1

  3. Grats! lol
    It’s like getting dugg except in this case it would be getting wowinsdere’d?

    Yeah I saw your site was down and thought it was funny, like oh dam look at that she has soo many visitors she ran out of bandwidth.

    If your paying more that $15 maybe should look at other hosts that wont take your site down just because you got a burst of incomming traffic.

    I haven’t looked into it but maybe mediatemple.net can be an example.

    Eizens last blog post..Ulduar Launch

  4. It is a badge of honor to crash a server though–you should totally knit a merit badge for it!

    bricus last blog post..The Last Temptation of Yva.

  5. doh! and you were just saying in BA chat how you’d avoided posting about 3.1 because you were so close to capacity. <3

  6. Don’cha just feel the love? LOL…..seriously. You have a good post to begin with, you get noticed by other people who link to you……You gets twaffic! Nice job and PLEASE keep it up. I may not do RP for the most part but it is still fun to read and see what others do to enjoy the game. Anywho, well done!

    Gunsnbutter/Cerdwyn on Uther

    By Gunsnbutter on Apr 15, 2009 | Reply
  7. @Gunsnbutter:

    Don’t worry – I’m not going anywhere! I’ve gotten things squared away with my current server and am working on a move to a new place that will be less twitchy if I get another /slashdot WoWInsider event. That’ll probably happen in the next week or so, but for now, things are just fine (as far as I know!)

    By Anna on Apr 15, 2009 | Reply
  8. Grats! I’ve only been linked from on WI a couple of times but none of them were at such pivotal moments as a patch day….I can imagine why you got so much traffic.

    Aurdons last blog post..What Blizzard should do: Revisit Alterac Valley

  9. Obviously you must send all that traffic to me, so people can see me QQ about work.

    Itanya Blades last blog post..Work

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