Deelip.com In Good Shape

If you remember some time ago this blog was facing problems. Either PHP was running out of memory and crashing or there were too many connections to the WordPress MySQL database. The admins at HostGator, the wonderful web hosting company that I rent my dedicated server from, narrowed down the problem to hardware and recommended that I upgrade my server – the operating system, RAM, hard disk space, everything. I’m glad I did that because since the day I made the switch to the new server, all problems have disappeared. Moreover, traffic has increased in the last month quite a bit. So if I had stuck with my old hardware the situation would have surely got worse.

Here is a graph and numbers comparing traffic between October and November.

As you can see page views jumped from 91,927 to 152,200, an increase of 66%. And BTW, Google Analytics tells me that Deelip.com got 0.6 million page views in the last year alone and there were 137, 994 unique visitors in that time.

  • Anonymous

    So, let me guess: HostGator moved you from Linux to Windows?

    • Nope. I have always been running Windows. It was Windows Server 2003 on the old server. Now it is Windows Server 2008.

  • Nurk

    Congratulation Deelip for the smooth migration to new server. BTW which most viewed article in the past 2 months ?

  • Rakesh Rao

    Deelip,

    Once again, congratulations on the numbers and everything else! Keep it up.

    Looking at the scale and pace with which things are moving at your end, have you scaled up your manpower as well?

    • Manpower is something that I am severely short of at the moment. Running this blog as a publication with advertisements and stuff is turning out to be quite a task. We are currently working on developing an online system to sell and manage advertisements, which is quite different from developing and selling CAD software. đŸ˜‰

  • Guru

    Congrats Deelip.. for many more analytics for your site.. you can try to quantify it at http://www.quantcast.com/

  • Guru

    Congrats Deelip.. for many more analytics for your site.. you can try to quantify it at http://www.quantcast.com/

  • Karl Marx

    Congrats on the server upgrade. Unfortunately your new blog layout requires multiple clicks to actually read anything more than flashing headlines…. thereby creating a false peak which looks to you like increased traffic – in fact it is just reader frustration as our mouse fingers wear out. I read a lot less here than I used to.

    • The old default template was great for my daily readers as everything was in one very long web page. However, for irregular users or first time visitors (which are more than half of the entire traffic) didn’t have a quick and easy way of getting a broad overview of the general content of the web site. That’s why I switch to a magazine theme where the main page is basically a mosaic of links to different sections of the web site with the top menu splitting the content into sections.

      From the entry and exit pages I now see that readers are spending more time on this web site and read more stuff by jumping from one blog post to another because the links are now presented to them. As you can see the number of visits increased by only 5%. But the page views increased by 66% and average time on site increased by 15%.

  • Dude, thats a lot of hits and some interesting metrics from the page layout change.