Mark my words, internet: My site has been shut down for the last time

June 19, 2013 | 4 comments

Some kind folks emailed me to let me know that my site was down all day on Saturday. Yes, I was aware. It’s part of a little game my web host and I play, where they shut down my site when I get a traffic spike, I ask them how I can go about upgrading my plan so that this won’t happen again, they say it’s cool and there’s nothing I need to do, then I get another traffic spike and they shut it down again.

As fun as this has been, I’m moving to a new hosting company this week. I couldn’t decide which one to pick, and then I saw that WP Engine‘s entire sales pitch is “we will never shut down your site for traffic.” Sold. Plus, they’re here in Austin, and I am not above chaining myself to their front door in protest if they ever go back on their no-shutdown promise.

All this is to say: If there is anything weird with my site this week, it’s because I’m switching hosts. Also, I think all my feeds will be redirected, but if you follow this blog on a feed reader and don’t see updates for a while, resubscribe to

Thanks for your patience!

Comments closed because they’d probably just get lost in the transfer.


  1. Stacy

    Any way you can respot the quick takes toolkit link? It isn’t working anymore, and my hands are starting to get a little shakey at the thoughts of having to figure this out myself ;).

    • Stacy

      Erm… repost.

  2. Katie @NFP and Me

    We just went through this at iuseNFP. We were getting notifications from our old host about traffic. Fortunately the guy who did ours knocked it out in one day and we weren’t required to do anything techy.

    Hope your transition goes smoothly and there’s no need for any chained protests. 🙂

  3. Jenny Miller

    How’s your new host working out for you so far?

    I stumbled upon this free site monitoring service that monitors your site and sends you alert emails when it goes down. It’s called Content Site Monitor ( Give it a try and you will be delighted to find out how easy it is to set up.

    I sleep better knowing that I will get immediate notification when my site goes down. Most web host company won’t inform you when your site goes down. It’s your own responsibility to monitor your own site.

    Hope this helps!

    Love your site by the way!

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