How Much Traffic Can Your Website Handle?

Mar 4 2011 by Jack Zhang | 18 Comments

How Much Traffic Can Your Website Handle?

Most websites load reasonably fast when visited by their average number of users. However, performance rapidly deteriorates when a site is overwhelmed by peak traffic (the times when the site’s traffic is the highest) and during traffic spikes.

In a quest to learn about the art and science of peak traffic estimation, I began to study some publicly available data to see if I could try to discover a connection between peak traffic and the average traffic of a website, as well as the type of traffic it can receive.

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Things You Should Do Immediately After Launching a Website

Nov 8 2010 by Karol K. | 104 Comments

So you’ve just launched your website. The only thing left now is to start creating content and arranging for some promotion, right? Well, not so fast. You first have to do several things to ensure that your site is set up properly and ready for the public.

Here are a few things you should do right after launching a website (and if you can, do them prior to launching your website publicly).

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Search Analysis with Google Analytics

Jul 21 2010 by Dave Sparks | 17 Comments

Search Analysis with Google Analytics

Tracking and studying searches on your site is a valuable part of site analytics, but many site owners underestimate the benefit of it. Website search analytics can provide advantageous insights into what people are looking for on your site and also what your site looks like in search engine results.

In this guide, we’ll go over the fundamentals of search analytics, using Google Analytics as our tool.

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How to Grow a Community: Insights from Experts

May 19 2010 by Andrew Follett | 23 Comments

How to Grow a Community: Insights from Experts

Growing a large, active community is hard work. I know from experience. When I launched my startup, Concept Feedback (a website feedback community for designers and developers) less than a year ago, I wish I had the insights that these veterans shared with me while doing these interviews.

If you’re developing a website, trying to attract customers or building a community, I hope the wisdom offered here helps you get where you’re trying to go just a little bit faster.

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Launching a Blog Successfully in 15 Days

May 12 2010 by Mathew Carpenter | 66 Comments

Website Promotion: Launching a Blog Effectively in 15 Days

The Internet is packed with opportunities for unique, influential, and ambitious people to succeed. From would-be bloggers to potentially successful entrepreneurs, the number of people sharing the common goal of online success is staggering – a number rivaled only by the number of people wishing they knew how to achieve it.

Over the last month, I, with my business partner, Matty Craig, have seen online success — albeit on a much smaller scale than some of the Internet’s leading blogs or authoritative websites.

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A Complete Guide to VPS Hosting

Mar 30 2010 by Blue Derkin | 73 Comments

A Comprehensive Guide to VPS Hosting

Web hosting is a tricky business – there are a wide variety of options out there designed to fit a wide range of needs, but like with most things, there are trade-offs.

Shared hosting is usually cheap and easy, but the resources are limited.

Dedicated servers are powerful and customizable, but a certain level of technical knowledge can be required to run them, depending on the hosting company you choose.

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How to Find and Remove Broken Links in Your Website

Mar 23 2010 by Omer Greenwald | 72 Comments

How to Find and Remove Broken Links in Your Website

Broken links are links that lead to pages that do not exist. When clicking on a broken link, the page you land on is called a 404 error page, a standard HTTP response that indicates that the requested URL doesn’t exist.

What do you do when you happily surf the web and suddenly come across a 404 error? For most of us, the immediate response would be to simply leave the current site in favor of another one because both people and search engines consider broken links as unprofessional.

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