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Scalability.
Planning for success?
nfs2




msg:789745
 5:54 pm on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm currently developing a website that, in my humble opinion, is unique and valuable enough to become quite successful. But i do have a concern; what do i do if my site becomes "too" successful? I dont have the money to buy my own data center, i simply have a webhost like anyone else, which obviously wont support a massive amount of traffic.

The catch 22 here is that i wont have the money to support a massive amount of traffic untill my site gets a massive amount of traffic. Is there a way to plan for success, so that success doesnt ruin my plans?

 

deepestblue




msg:789746
 7:34 pm on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just take it one step at a time. When traffic starts rolling in, you monetize it, allowing you the ability to expand.

gstick




msg:789747
 10:36 pm on Feb 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

There are three things I can think of that might help.
First, take a look at some of the help options available through companies like
[channeladvisor.com...] and
[digitalriver.com...]
Just become familiar and think about whether what they offer might work for you.
Second, if you know a lawyer or a banker (it's easy enough to talk to one for free if you don't) start getting familiar with the options available to people who have too much business and not enough money. It has happened before many times.

Third be sure to organize your facts and ideas in a way that can build into a business plan in case you might really get successful and need one.

percentages




msg:789748
 9:08 am on Feb 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

nfs2,

Your problem really isn't how to deal with convertible traffic, no website has that problem.

Every website has the problem of how to achieve convertible traffic.

You can get a dedicated server that will handle 500 simultaneous users for less than $200 per month ($350 for the best in business). That is tens of millions of unique per month!

So cost is not the issue, attracting the user is always the hurdle to jump!

Hosting is very competitive and very cheap! Marketing is not at all competitive and very expensive!

digitalbrain




msg:789749
 8:04 pm on Feb 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

maybe you should shift to a host who does not charge for the traffic , and when your data transfer exceeds , you can shift to the dedicated server.

If you can host the server to third world countries where servers are bit slow but very cheaper its well and fine but you save almost 80% of cost.

Else you host on the backbone and maintain the quality.

andye




msg:789750
 10:36 am on Feb 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

i simply have a webhost like anyone else, which obviously wont support a massive amount of traffic

If/when the traffic rises, shift to a dedicated server then keep getting the hardware upgraded as the traffic increases.

A managed hosting provider will sort out this kind of thing for you - the downside is:
1) possible downtime
2) extra cost (but then, you'll have all the extra traffic to pay for it)

hth, a.

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