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too-much-traffic plugin? (7 posts)

  1. thepete
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hey, I'm on a budget but occasionally get nailed by comment spammers and therefore I get nailed with bandwidth overage fees. I don't get actual comments, I have countermeasures that work pretty well at stopping illegit comments. However, they don't stop the drain on my server/php/mysqldb. I was wondering if there was a plugin that would be able to shut my site down if traffic gets above a certain level.

    Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 7 years ago #

    Are you using Bad Behavior? Generally speaking, it stops those types of spam from hitting your comments/resources.

  3. thepete
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    No, but I'll give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I'd still rather have a way to shut the site down automatically, though. What if Bad Behavior fails? I end up footing the bill for bandwidth overages...bleh...

  4. Michael Bishop

    Posted 7 years ago #

    BB doesn't "fail". I use it on all my sites, as does MANY WP users, and I've not heard of such a thing.

  5. thepete
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Any time I hear someone say something is perfect I tend to have trouble believing them. Nothing is perfect. For instance, if suddenly my site gets really popular and I get way too much traffic, I don't want to have to spend 9 months paying off my web host again like I had to do last year when I got attacked by comment spammers. In the end, I don't care what kind of too-much-traffic I get--the idea is to simply shut down the site myself if I get too much traffic too quickly. This way I stay in control and my host doesn't get involved. See, earlier this week my site got hit by spammers and my host shut my site down for the better part of a day leaving me stuck with no way to let my visitors know what was going on or anything. Visitors just got a "you are not authorized to view this web page." I'd rather stay in control. I hope this all makes sense...

    I did install BB and so far, so good, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying there's no such thing as perfect.

  6. Tom Lany
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    You could ask your host if they can automatically shut down your site for you just before you go over our limit - of course they are in business to make money, though! I have seen this on some free/low cost hosts (Yahoo! GeoCities, etc.)

  7. thepete
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for the suggestion, Tom. BB seems to have done the trick, generally speaking, but I'd still like to be able to shut down my site without anyone having to do anything. My host is more than happy to shut down my site--that's the problem.

    Ah well... maybe someday someone will need the same solution but be capable of programming something to do it.

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