What does Digg do to a server?

By | May 13, 2009

Take a look! My friend’s site was dugg last week on the Arts and culture page of Digg. Of course, the second wave follows as Friday comes around. It isn’t quite as bad as the first wave, because I took action earlier, but you can see how the waves come in three separate traunches.


When we looked at the stats, we noticed that the server logs were broadly similar with hits appearing in three mini-waves. One friend suggested that three time zones caused this… It makes sense!

In the meantime, take a look at the digg article written by Craig Ferguson on People Photography. It’s really one of the best I’ve read in a while! It was first dugg on Tuesday and is worth every digg and more.

digg article-cfimages people photography

This article is linked to the HTML version for obvious reasons! But the second surge really knocked out the other smaller sites on this server for about 12 hours! And I was unprepared, and too tired to do anything about it! Just wish there was some automatic way for digg protection to kick in.

And the WordPress caching failed at the same time: we tried WP-cache, which was slow; HyperCache which initially worked, then when removed and reinstalled, refused to cache a single page. Last of all, we tried SuperCache which totally failed to serve any pages at all. On returning to WP-cache, the caching just refused to work properly at all, which goes to show: if it ain’t broke, DON’T fix it!