Several weeks ago we had about 5,000 to 50,000 visitors going direct to our website, using some of our newer marketing techniques… well, the marketing was successful, but the UX was not. Most of these visitors received an Error page because our shared server with BlueHost could not handle that volume of traffic. It was a horrible experience…
So this week we’ve been migrating from BlueHost to Amazon AWS for My Home Agent, because BlueHost shared server has not been able to handle some of the traffic.
We originally signed up for the shared server, then switched to the BlueHost dedicated server, but the time delay and lack of sufficient support forced us to do what we always wanted to… which was switch to Amazon AWS.
Now we’re learning more about Amazon AWS, Amazon Certificate Manager for the SSL, and while trying to implement the SSL, ran into some snafus. So now, we’re learning more about website security, security certificates, and DNS records.
Also, my interest in things like Linux, Apache, Ubuntu and Bitnami have been peeked. As you’re working with these things from a Mac, instead as it seems most do on a PC, running commands from the terminal and using SSH Keys is new and interesting.
It’s like Pandora’s box… we were just trying to increase the capability of handling higher volume of traffic on BlueHost… now we know about things like Route 53 (for DNS settings), about Elastic Load Balancers… some basic issues just become so complex with technology, so quickly, that it’s mentally challenging but also can at times feel like you’re falling down a bottomless pit and trying to slow down by reaching the sides, somewhere, anywhere, completely in the dark.