September 22, 2004

Bandwidth Bandwidth Eek!

Guess who has these Sitemeter stats:


Total 137,903
Average Per Day 3,655
Average Visit Length 1:14
Last Hour 2,331
Today 34,117
This Week 25,588
Bandwidth consumption, which had started to slow down, has now shot through the roof. I'm going to contact my hosting company and see if I can move to a higher plan without moving servers. I mean, well done guys, but so far today we've had more traffic than we did in the whole of March.

Oh, yeah:


Posted by Pixy Misa at September 22, 2004 12:54 AM

Everyone must really be laughing their asses off at my jokes... I'll try to tone it down a bit.....

Posted by Madfish Willie at September 22, 2004 01:05 AM

it wasn't me. I Swear.

Posted by Stephen Macklin at September 22, 2004 04:00 AM

Er, sorry about the bandwidth thingy. I've went ahead and switched my main page to only show half as many entries. Also, a fellow munuvian has offered to help me reduce the size of my pics so that they will suck less bandwidth. Call it a belated birthday present. But Aussie Lord of the Munuvians, have no fear....I believe this is a temporary spike related to a couple of posts that got some extreme Googlage.

Another thing to boast about for we few and proud sons of Pixy Misa is that Ace of Spades has hit the big time and is now a Playful Primate.

PS-Just checked sitemeter. With 2 hours left to go in the day I'm pushing 48k unique visits today. Whoa!

Posted by RS at September 22, 2004 04:14 AM

Just as a matter of preference... I always set my graphics to save at either 75 or 96 dpi... and then I set the compression level (most of my files are jpg) to 50%... I haven't seen any image degradation on any of the images I have optimized to those specifications and no one has whine or complained about it, so I guess that works...

Posted by Madfish Willie at September 22, 2004 04:25 AM

Hi Rusty!

Congrats on the traffic - I just wish it was with regards to a happier event. Oh well.

I've emailed my hosting provider (Liquidweb) to see if they can help. Looks like we'll hit 50GB for the day....

I think we'll be okay for this month as long as you guys don't get any more big stories to break, but I'd like to have a margin for comfort so that you can just blog and not have to worry about this sort of stuff.

The thing is, the server costs $160 per month including 500GB of traffic, which is great, but after that it costs $1.50 per GB, which is not so great. We've never gone over the limit, and obviously I'd like to keep it that way.

(Of course, $1.50 per GB is nothing compared to internet providers in Australia who charge up to $150 per GB. There's a reason the server is in Michigan rather than here in Sydney...)

Posted by Pixy Misa at September 22, 2004 04:35 AM

The problem is that I have always run these stories about you know what, along with pics, only now the terrorist zombies are doing this kind of thing daily!!!

Willie, ok, so how do I do that??? Is there a certain program you use for manipulating gifs and jpegs?

More bad looks like another big day today!! Sorry. Pixy, if I started running blog ads and then donated some cashola to you would that help?

Posted by RS at September 22, 2004 09:01 PM

Willie or Pixy!! Sitemeter going through the roof again!!! I want to get these pics smaller to save bandwidth but don't know how. Please e-mail me with suggestions.

Posted by RS at September 22, 2004 09:19 PM

I use the image editing software that came with my scanner... MS Image Composer will do it also... on the menu 'File - Save As' there is a checkbox at the bottom left and a slider bar on the right that will left you increase the compression settings... let me know if you need anything else.

Posted by Madfish Willie at September 23, 2004 12:28 AM

Any decent graphics program will do that for you. If you don't have a decent graphics program, you can download 30-day trials of Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks, and JASC Paint Shop Pro.

Or download Irfanview or Xnview, which are very nice file viewers that can also do basic image manipulation, and are free.

Posted by Pixy Misa at September 23, 2004 12:30 AM

Bandwidth bandwidth eek? Is that anything like Tunak Tunak Tun?

Posted by Victor at September 23, 2004 06:26 PM
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