Fixes for big, high-traffic websites that crash at peak times

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A large website with thousands of pages and hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors is what most business can only dream of.

But should you do if your site keeps crashing during peak times?

I’ve seen it!

Just when you have a viral post or get on the mainstream news, your site crashes. At a time when all your hard work should be paying off, you end with nothing. Major bummer!

Common problems for high traffic websites suffering downtime and crashes

I’ve worked on a number of such sites, and it can be difficult troubleshooting cause of the problem. Often there are several causes.

Here are common causes of a website crash at peak times:

  • Large websites become bloated with code, plugins, images and video, which slow down page loading and the server.
  • Inefficient code with too many requests can jam and crash the server.
  • Major coding errors and loops strain the server.
  • The wrong choice of web host or hosting configuration is also a common cause. If you see large spikes in your traffic, you will need a hosting plan that can handle this.

How to fix your website crashed and avoid downtime

Don’t get downbeat – there is always a solution.

The worst case scenario would be building the site with a fresh CMS and importing your old posts. But it is often much more straightforward

The first thing you need is an experienced web developer to analyse your site and identify the source(s) of the problem. The solution is likely to be one or a combination of the following:

  • Spring cleaning your site – updating your CMS, fixing code, cleaning your database, streamlining code, removing redundant plugins and code.
  • Fixing errors and bugs.
  • Reducing server requests.
  • Speed up your website – reducing image size, caching
  • Moving to a more powerful hosting plan that can handle your high traffic volume and website spikes in traffic

Sick of your slow website? Get help here

If you have traffic of over 100,000 visits a month, we offer a free website consultation. Speed up your website and avoid crashes during peak periods.

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About Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike is front end developer and consultant at Jeyjoo. He develops websites and web apps as well as advising small to medium sized business on their online marketing strategy.


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