April 2008 Monthly Highlights

This is the first time for me to highlight the popular posts on My Tech Quest since the migration from Blogger. So here you go the Top 5 Posts for last month, April 2008.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the traffic that my blog received on last month especially when my blog entry on Watching Star Wars via Command Prompt was picked up by StumbleUpon, which sent me over 16k visitors!! Totally unexpected!

My Blog Hogged the Server

Despite receiving tonnes of traffic from StumbleUpon, the server where my blog is hosted couldn’t handle the sudden traffic. My web hosting company, Lunarpages, had no other choice than to kick me out from the shared server to a temporary server.

Only when the issue is solved. my blog can return home. I have the wp-cache plugin installed, but my blog still utilized excessive resources. So I try wp-supercache plugin. This plugin is much powerful than wp-cache which after installed, has successfully reduced the cpu usage and the loading php engine to serve the cache files. And the issue would not solved without the assistance from Michael Aulia. Thank you, Mike!

So regardless of how old your blog is, you should apply caching to your blog. You just can’t predict when the digg-effect or stumbleupon-effect will happen. So be prepared!

Anyway, how is the traffic for your blog? Do share with me.

Steve Yu is a technology blogger with ten years blogging experience under his belt. He is the founder of MyTechQuest.com or just MTQ.
  • woah..
    your blog finished your alloted bandwith for the month is it?
    that’s a good sign that your blog is popular..
    i hope one day i will achieve such “success” ..LOL

  • GnomeFan > Not the bandwidth, actually it’s the cpu usage too high for shared server environment. Too be more specific, my blog process too much php scripts. So one of the solution is installed wp-supercache plug. My blog is far from popular. I am looking forward to achieve that and you can too. 😀 Gambateh!

  • great traffic record, my top traffic also did not much as your…

    how bout your monthly bandwidth consume?

  • iCalvyn > the traffic came out in a blue moon only, don’t know this month will at least get the same traffic or not. My blog consumed less than 10% of my total allowed bandwidth. Still long to use up 1500 GB bandwidth. 😀

  • Hey, thanks for mentioning me 🙂 Glad it works for you as it works for me too!

    GnomeFan> it’s because WordPress blogging system is heavy on PHP codes + database calls (when you are viewing a post, only then the system generates the post, comments, etc from its database)

    WP-SuperCache will automatically generate a static HTML file upon the post’s first request, so the next requests are basically going to one HTML file instead of multiple PHP codes + database connections. A smart method indeed!

  • Great articles there…keep up the great work! And I hate shared servers! 😉 Have to make the move to VPS soon otherwise my site will die…

  • Wah, so nice to get so much traffic from SU. Good on you… 🙂

  • vickie

    16k visitors. lucky you! can you put the wp-cache plugin link here?

  • Michael Aulia > Anyway, thanks for your help. 😀

    Aseem Kishore > I hate it too but it’s cheaper than VPS or dedicated server. No budget for that.

    Kitkat > Thanks. Never see you reveal the traffic for your blog. Must be nice figure.

    vickie > Ok, updated this post. Have put a link to wp-supercache plugin homepage. You gonna install it ar?

  • i got sudden surge in traffics. 30k in two days. Lol lucky me coz i am using free hosting with 300GB bandwith. It seems that we have to get ready for sudden burst from social networking sites

  • Aiyah… my traffic no good ler. not even 1/10 of yours i guess. 🙂

  • phyzhoe > Congrats to you. You’re luckier than me to get 30k traffic.

    Kitkat > I believe your traffic is not as low as that. Your blog is quite popular around compare to my newbie blog.

  • SU can indeed send you a crazy traffic sometimes.. so make sure that next time u are prepared for it 🙂