my webhost, hostgator, has suspended one of my shared hosting accounts, saying it is causing high loads on the server.
now they are telling me i have no choice but to upgrade to a dedicated or semi-dedicated account.
this for an account used primarily to host a wordpress 1.21 blog with about 20,000 unique visitors -- hardly a big, resource-intensive site. bandwidth usage is far below the cap i have set using WHM, less than 10gigs/month.
my question to other wordpress users:
* i have avoided an upgrade to 1.51 b/c of the many plugins and customized/hacked files i am using. is 1.21 less efficient to 1.5/1.51?
* could referral spammers be behind the resource drain?
here's the note HostGator has sent, prefaced by my reply... I have had to move webhosts more than once in the past year and am not pleased with the prospect of moving once again; we have several other sites on the same Hostgator reseller account.
Why on earth would a wordpress blog with less than 30,000 unique monthly visitors require a dedicated server? That makes no sense to me.
I'm sure Hostgator has scores of other WordPress blogs on shared
accounts -- it's an extremely popular script and I've never ever heard of server performance issues of this type -- especially for a blog with moderate traffic like ours.
I'd like to discuss this on the phone Monday with a Hostgator
representative. Please provide this contact information.
Hostgator Sales Department wrote:
>Your site has been determined to be causing high loads on the server and the cause of recent downtime. It is not suitable for a shared hosting environment and will need a dedicated or semi dedicated hosting solution. We sell semi dedicated servers for $75 a month which come with 200 gigs bandwidth and 20 gigs disk space. You can only host one site off the semi dedicated because you are splitting it with another large site. Our dedicated servers are completely managed and allow for you to host unlimited sites. You can check out the plans for them at http://www.hostgator.com/dedicated.shtml
>Instead of just suspending your site we have moved it to a dedicated server giving you one week to decide what you want to do. You can move it to a new host or put it on a semi dedicated / dedicated server with us. It is your decision to make but we will not be able to host it in a shared environment any longer and at the end of the one-week it will be terminated off the dedicated server.
>We are extremely sorry for the bad news but have no choice due to the amount of cpu and ram your site is using and the amount of problems it is causing. If you have any questions please let us know.
>Server stability Team