The dreaded day for VagabondJourney.com has come. My hosting company sent me an email yesterday notifying that my site had been turned off. Too much resource usage was the reason given. I was on a Virtual Private Server, but even still, the traffic on this site became way too much for the CPU allowance of this package to bear.
All of my database driven pages are cached, there is little else that I can do to lower my server usage.
The tech for the hosting company tried to combat this server drain by putting something called Fast CGI on my account. This lowered my CPU usage considerably, but it raised the memory usage beyond allowable bounds.
The time has come for VagabondJourney.com to go on a dedicated server. The cost for this is going to be at least three or four times what I was previously paying for hosting. The cost of this will be $150 to $200 per month. If I choose to pay this amount the profits that I make from this site will dwindle to a seriously insignificant amount.
I knew this dreaded day was coming for a long time. I’d previously hoped that I would be earning enough from the site to handle paying out $200 in hosting fees a month. This did not happen.
I am currently deep into publishing a magazine, the future of this site was primed to make a big jump into the future, and now we have hit a brick wall. I must ask myself here, is there real potential to make an amount of money from this website that would justify the time and effort that I put into it?
I as sit here now, debating on paying out $200 per month — $2400 per year — I am very unsure how to answer.