It seems I've outgrown the shared server environment. I got this little gem from my current hosting service this morning after I noticed that several forums (including the one w/ the most earnings) and most of my WordPress blogs were offline: I don't think it had much, if anything, to with Microsoft bots. Due to a very popular thread [teacher arrested for having sex w/ two of her students ] the usage jumped from 2-3K pageviews a day to > 16K on Monday, and Tuesday was already looking to exceed that. The thread itself (w/ about 20 images) had around 10K views on Monday. Eventually the move will involve 3 XF forums and a WordPress Blog, each with this level of traffic, and must be able to sustain these peaks when they occur. 4 smaller XF sites & WP blogs and a bunch of misc stuff will also move if/when I decide to abandon the old ISP completely. In the past, one has been linked from the NY Times, and the NY Times page in turn was linked from the Drudge Report. I need to have the sites working through these occasional peaks and benefiting from the revenue boost that comes with them. I've been leery of pay-by-usage cloud service since all my forums also get hammered constantly by spammers trying unsuccessfully to register. That must add up to a bit of expenses over time if you're not on some flat-rate arrangement. Our users are mostly in the U.S., as am I. What should I look for and where? Parameters? Companies? If anything is off-topic for this forum, please feel free to put it in a conversation.