New achievement in Digitalpoint

Let me make a quick post about being a 700 posts club member in Digitalpoint. I am using Digitalpoint since 2007, and made these 700 posts in last 3 years. My username in Digitalpoint is “mellow-h”.

Digitalpoint is one of the first place where Mellowhost had started marketing. Most of our old customers are from Digitalpoint. We are still getting lots of users from Digitalpoint regularly visiting our site or purchasing hosting. I got around 90 positive iTrader in digitalpoint. Digitalpoint has gone under couple of re-organizing in last year. One of the key reason we fall back from digitalpoint is their re-organization didn’t work out. Currently our primary target is webhostingtalk and seeing pretty decent traffic everyday. I am planning to jump over couple of more forums beside WHT and digitalpoint has come in my mind again. Lets see how it works this time. I have always missed Digitalpoint for last 1 year after their re-organization, hope this is going to be pleasing back again.

And good luck to me for having those valuable 700 posts in DP after 3 years ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

How to stop wp-cron.php from firing!

Recently, I have written an article about reducing the cpu usage for a wordpress blog. My post contains some information about the wp-cron.php, but it doesn’t explain how you can stop wp-cron.php from taking high CPU. Couple of our twitter followers and facebook clients were asking for a post describing how they can stop wp-cron.php from taking high CPU or firing up. Here are some small tricks to reduce the CPU usage from wp-cron.php.

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Misconception about Server Specification!

“Oh! Damn! That server seems pretty cheap, giving me 12GB RAM, dual intel xeon 5430, so, lets go and purchase it” – aย  big misconception to judge a server specification looking at their cpu and the ram size in current web hosting industry. I have been playing a lot in Webhostingtalk and some other hosting forums these days and found people are asking the same question everyday, which server is going to be right for me. Here I will go through some basic idea why the idea of users are biasing everyday and how to judge a proper server specification.

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Reducing CPU usage for WordPress users!

WordPress is one of the most demanding content management system of recent days. Most of the users these days use wordpress for their blogs or websites. Around 85% sites of our servers are using wordpress and most of the clients are utilizing multiple wordpress blogs for their business. WordPress has been found to be using pretty good sum of CPU and Memory. Today’s shared hosting environments are more limited based on the CPU and memory rather than the Space and Bandwidth. It is always a wiser choice to spend little amount of time to reduce the overall cpu usage. This makes the blog running faster and hosting companies feel good to host sites which are nicer to their CPUs ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some tips to reduce the CPU usage on a wordpress blog and improve the site performance.

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Confusing server load average explained!

Server load average is a pretty big word in web hosting industry. Customers trust servers with least CPU load. Moreover, I have seen they feel very secure when they are on a server averaging a cpu load lesser than 1. I am very familiar with a question on live chat desk from the new customers saying, what is your average cpu load. Now let me go into deeper in this discussion and see if I can find something new for you.

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New R1Soft nodes online!

In lastย  couple of weeks, we have logged a couple of IO issues with the backup servers. It seems, it was needing a couple of hardware upgrades and a network upgrade too. We have finally decided to use Limestonenetwork for our R1Soft backup servers. A reason of not using Softlayer this time is to use a different network to keep the backup away from SL network for maximum security. We have already completed the migration of R1Soft backup to the new nodes with better hardware and network capability to improve data transfer and IO process. I have tried to defrag the backup spaces to see the IO performance, it seems around 6 times faster than before right now. Mellowhost is intended to provide the best performance for your business with continuous data security. Please do not hesitate to provide your feedback if you feel any of the specific area of the service needs to be fixed.

Thanks for using Mellowhost and experience the best hosting solution!

Rsync with Custom SSH Port

We are running R1Soft as our backup software for last 4 months. We have converted almost all of our servers into R1Soft. But we still have couple of very old server (Aging 4 years) who are using Rsync. We have recently moved our backup server and found that changing the SSH port for the backup server was necessary. By default, rsync command won’t work with custom SSH port as it assume the SSH port is set to 22. To use a custom port you need to use the attribute ‘-e’. Here is an example of using Rsync with Custom SSH port 2287:

rsync -vrplogDtH -e “ssh -p 2287” /home root@76.76.76.76:/backup/

Just posted it thinking it might be useful for some users ๐Ÿ™‚

Twitter is Awesome!

I have always been a fan of facebook. I got some photography habit and uses facebook to communicate with my photography friends. But recently I was thinking to start social networking with Mellowhost customers. It has never been such interactive like twitter while you are planning to communicate with your customers. The 140 character blog posts, in other word a twitter status really makes a better communication than facebook wall. IMO, the less configuration, approval headache are making the twitter better place to share status. If you haven’t join with me yet, you can follow me here: http://www.twitter.com/mellowhost

Happy Twitterring

Here we are!

Welcome to Mellowhost Informal Blog. It was in my idea all the time to start something going to let our clients know what is going inside Mellowhost. How we operate this company and what are we planning to innovate next. Mellowhost has started his Journey in the Winter of December 2006. To tell you guys the truth, we have always been going on a conventional way of hosting. According to my personal believe, other than our top class support experience and server performance, there wasn’t anything innovative added till December 2009. We have been launching different innovative ideas since last december and plan to implement it more all through 2010.

Thanks for being with Mellowhost for so long and wait!! more to come ๐Ÿ™‚