Yet Another WildSnow Hosting Change

Post by blogger | July 24, 2008      

Thursday update: Site was unstable for a while today, sorry about that folks. If you see a comment missing I’ve probably copied it and am restoring it. Probably best to wait ’till Friday to make comments.

What we’ve done is purchase a Virtual Private Server. This has the capacity and speed for the busy days in winter that sometimes shut down because of data base failure. The server is super expensive (about 10 times what our previous hosting was costing), but with the support of our advertisers and your encouraging comments we went for it. We hope that by having nearly 100% uptime the server will eventually pay for itself, meanwhile, I’m tied to the whipping post here at WildSnow HQ.

By the way, am heading out to summer Outdoor Retailer show in a few weeks so I can bring you all sorts of take from the temple of backcountry skiing gear.

Thanks for your patience and support.




4 Responses to “Yet Another WildSnow Hosting Change”

  1. Pete July 24th, 2008 4:46 pm

    Have you been to the Outdoor Retailer show before? What exactly goes on there? Is it basically just a playground to touch various companies’ new products?

  2. Lou July 24th, 2008 4:58 pm

    Pete, it’s a B to B event that’s super important to how the industry works, as it’s where retailer orders are written and many other business deals made. And we also touch gear, as it’s a journalist/media event as well. As to my having been there, yes, of course. Use the search box at upper right and search for “or show” for a few hits.

  3. Andrew_L July 25th, 2008 8:31 am


    Sorry to hear about the continued hosting issues. I’m sure that’s been stressful. I’m curious to see if the Virtual Private option works out. I’ve been tempted to go that route for my site, but cost has always kept me putting up with slow shared plans.

  4. Lou July 25th, 2008 10:50 am

    Andrew, it’s going great at the moment though I had a hard time yesterday with it. Really nice on the back end as I got super tired of the lag while uploading photos and blog posts to the shared server environment. And on the surface, I should have pretty much 99.9 percent uptime, fewer glitches that wreck your comments, etc.

    Advantage for me is as a webmaster I’ve got some clients who’s sites I can host on my server, and thus defray some of the cost. I had to get a pretty beefy/expensive server because of my traffic peaks. Lower traffic sites would usually do fine with VPS more in the $40 month range.

    I pay by the month, so if necessary because of financial problems I could always hop back to a cheapo shared server.

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