Welcome To The New Server

If you’re reading this, you’re on the new John Chow dot Com server. I’ve decided it was time to move the blog to its own dedicated box. Before, the blog was hosted for free on The TechZone servers.

The new server was supplied and set up by my good friends at BlueFur.com. The blog is now hosted on a BlueFur Xlite package, a nice little 3GHz Celeron server with 512 MB of RAM and an 80 GB IDE hard drive. It’s no where near as powerful of the Dual Xeon, 4 GB RAM, SCSI 320 monsters that powers TTZ but it’s more than powerful enough to handle the traffic of this blog.

I like to thank Gary of BlueFur for helping me move the site and database over to the new box. If you are in need of some high quality web hosting, give BlueFur a shout. Use the coupon code JohnChowRocks for 15% off all services.

104 thoughts on “Welcome To The New Server”

  1. Bob says:

    I have a secret JohnChow post most of you haven’t seen 😈
    It’s for sale.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      And what good comes from buying it?

      1. Bob says:

        Nothing –but I made you look didn’t I ?

        1. Entrepreneur says:

          I bet a bunch of people clicked on his link.

          I didn’t though! πŸ™‚

    2. Grace says:

      Haa– I’ve seen it. nice try advertising your blog.

  2. Server and site are working great!

    Nice switch! 😎

    -Sam from MarketMatador.com

    1. What, a *Celeron* server for a blog with the traffic that you are generating? I guess you don’t plan on getting any more diggs to your blog then?

      1. Celeron isn’t so bad; it’s working pretty well on this one.

        1. Wait until he gets a popular article or a digg and let’s see what happens.

          1. MUbin says:

            Im sure it will be able to handle a digg.

          2. John Chow says:

            It will have no problems handling a Digg.

          3. Let’s try it, which post would you like all of us put at dig?
            just to test your new blog. nothing else. πŸ‘Ώ

          4. Your new server I meant

          5. digg and John Chow don’t get along.. regardless of what server its running on :mrgreen:

          6. Entrepreneur says:

            Too bad your diggs are auto burried πŸ™

  3. SEO Blog says:

    I can’t wait for the day that one of my blogs needs its own server lol.


    1. Shaun Carter says:

      I second that feeling.

  4. Alex says:

    Thanks, i will bought a host in bluefur πŸ™‚

  5. digitalfans says:

    Congrats for the new “johnchow dot com” house πŸ˜›

  6. Shaun Carter says:

    Congratulations John!

  7. Grace says:

    Congratulations John for the switching to new servers!

  8. Ed Lau says:

    I’m hosted on BlueFur as well. If anyone is looking for a web hosting solution, I highly recommend them.

    1. Entrepreneur says:

      This post is sounding like a great ad for Bluefur πŸ™‚

  9. Cassio Barth says:

    Hi John.

    I would like to know why my blog was rejected in Rewiew MeΒ΄s site??? Could you help me?

    my blog adress is http://www.riquezaeabundancia.blogspot.com

    Thank you very much.

    Ps.: I would like to be a problogger. Do you have tips?


    1. John Chow says:

      You’ll never be problogger being hosted by blogspot.

      1. Eric says:

        John… you’re right, this would usually be true. However, there is an exception


        The guy who writes the blog above is sponsored by Wired Magazine… I’m not sure if this makes him a pro blogger, but it is definitely pretty awesome!

        How to get music off an iPod

        1. Eric says:

          Sorry in advance for the double post…

          1. smart huh? are you watching for being top commentor?

        2. Steve Yu says:

          i am thinking of moving to own server. Blogspot blog has limited functions.

      2. Kumiko says:

        I’d be very interested to hear your reasoning behind this?

        1. John Chow says:

          I may do a blog entry on it. But in a nutshell, “Pro” means you own your own domain and you’re not a sub-domain of someone else.

          1. Kumiko says:

            Thank you. I’d look forward to reading the post. I have a different definition of what “Pro” means but as we’re both counting dollars from blogging (you take a little longer…), definitions are irrelevant.

          2. I have read somewhere, just don’t remember where… was on this site or at problogger.net?

          3. Entrepreneur says:

            Wouldn’t it include blogging for a lviing as well?

        2. Bob says:

          Yeah Kumiko, you should head over to my blog, ener the one year free hosting conest, win it and become a problogger! πŸ˜‰

        3. MUbin says:

          Kuminko. great blog and all but whats with all the pink? Driving me CRAZY!

          1. Kumiko says:

            Haha! I wonder if Techcrunch gets people commenting, “what’s with all the green?”

            I like pink. That’s why I use it.

          2. MUbin says:

            well as long as your making the $$$. I guess its okay.

          3. My wife wonders why my blog has a coffee theme since I don’t drink coffee, well, sort of. I like ice capuccino’s once in a while. πŸ™‚

            I chose the coffee theme because the graphics look good. That’s all.

        4. Kumiko,

          John is perfectly correct. 9 months of my blogspot blog, 2,283 FeedBurner subscriber, 350K monthly page views, 40K unique visitors – All I have for monthly income is an average of 500 U$D!

          Blogspot is severely limiting of potentials of versatile bloggers like u and I. It took 7 moths before ReviewMe could recognise my blogging labor, even at that only a paltry $60 per review.

          Can you imagine that I beat even John Chow in statistics last month (sorry march 2007), yet I made less than $500 as compared to his $8,500+?

          That is why I angrily moved to my own domain this month- Story-Story Dot Com

          1. Entrepreneur says:

            Ouch that sucks.

      3. Eric says:

        Actually John… that’s not necessarily true:


        This guy is hosted by blogspot, and he happens to be sponsored by WIRED magazine.

        Not to shabby eh?

        Get music off your iPod

        1. Kumiko says:

          And that’s why I stick with Blogspot. If content really is queen, it shouldn’t matter at all what my domain is.

          1. Bob says:

            so we wont be seeing a http://www.kumikoscashquest.com from you ? πŸ’‘

          2. Kumiko says:

            Obviously not! πŸ™‚

          3. Marc says:

            Wow Kumiko, judging by your earnings reports it’s working out even with the blogspot URL and all the pink πŸ˜‰

  10. If and when I need top quality web hosting, I’ll definitely consider BlueFur. JohnChowRock, eh…LOL nice touch there, man.

  11. Ricco says:

    Wow… you know your blog has reached a certain size when it needs its own dedicated server to run πŸ™‚

  12. Matt says:

    Gary spells him name with 1 “R”, not 2. πŸ˜›

    Yes, BlueFur is a great host. Highly recommended to anyone who demands quality. πŸ™‚

    1. They are offering a 99% uptime SLA on their hosting. Do you understand that this is *3 days* of down time per month?

      I am very surprised that the evil John Chow have moved his hosting to a solution like this. Celeron CPU server and 99% SLA … hmm.

      1. I believe Ed Lau has been using it for a while now and he seems happy with it.

        1. Yep, I missed a decimal, you’re right. It is 7.2 hours per month, not 72 !!

      2. Marc says:

        You might want to do your math again. 99% would mean 1/100 days downtime. While that’s still a lot more downtime than most providers, it’s much better than 3 days per month πŸ™‚

  13. Does your coupon code have an expiration, John?

    1. John Chow says:

      Not as far as I know.

    2. If John’s promo code expires you can find up-to-date promo codes for BlueFur Hosting at http://bluefur.promo-code.net/.

  14. Must be nice to have a server for just a blog!

    1. Specially if you can afford it!

  15. bwb says:

    If you get a chance maybe you could leave a review of the hosting you are getting from bluefur?


    Direct Submit Review Link:

  16. New server is running great! Been re-reading some of the older posts and the content is golden as always.

  17. Well, now that you have a dedicated box, you’re easily going to survive the delicious submissions and teh traffic πŸ™‚ No downtime means more money, and I think that’s what this blog’s mostly about. Keep on the good work.

    1. Entrepreneur says:

      Yes, a dedicated box definately gives you room to grow!

  18. think says:

    It is still as slow as before…

    1. not true at all.. whats with all the haters.

  19. Why did you switch from your TTZ servers to a slower server? Was JohnChow.com slowing down TTZ?

  20. Chicago 2016 says:

    Geez, I wish I had the need for my own server.

  21. MUbin says:

    Next Competition. Free hosting from John CHOW! Im sure you could afford to host some blogs on your dedicated eh John?

  22. Chris says:

    I was wondering when you were going to buy a dedicated server for your blog. Because it’s a real inconvenience :mrgreen: everytime the site is down and the in past few months I can recall the site being down 3 or 4 times.

    Great decision John !

    1. MUbin says:

      I think that had to do with hackers and not actually from downtime.

  23. ricdes says:

    Hey John, what kind of Webserver did you chose? Apache or some MS stuff?

    greets from switzerland.

    1. If he wants a real “pro” server should get Linux. πŸ™‚

      1. John Chow says:

        Not only is it Linux, it’s Red Hat. 😈

        1. I noticed on BlueFur that you have the option of RedHat 9 and Fedora Core. I hope you picked Fedora. I don’t want to start a huge Linux war here, but Fedora 6 is the greatest Linux ever. πŸ˜€

          1. John Chow says:

            I went with the industry standard – Red Hat. Everything else is just a copy. πŸ™‚

          2. John, Redhat 9? That of end-of-life several years ago, which means there are no more patches for it. What is your plan to update the OS when there is a security issue? RHEL 4 would have been your best choice is OS. You might want to consider switching.

          3. I’m not sure if RedHat still supports RH9. I wouldn’t want to buy RHEL so I use Fedora, which is a RedHat product anyways. RH9 is the last free version of RedHat.

      2. Entrepreneur says:

        And how, Linux is the only way to go with web hosting πŸ™‚

  24. I definitely luv BlueFur logo. Looks like they’ll raise a bit of cash from this post.

  25. I think you should switch kumiko…

    it adds a layer of legitimacy IMO when someone has their own domain name. πŸ˜›

    1. Marc says:

      Yeah but if she’s harvesting in the money anyways does it really matter? At this point she’d temporarily lose a lot by switching in terms search engine rankings.

  26. Marc says:

    It is good to hear positive things about blue fur. I like the idea of supporting a Canadian company and my current host has been rather ho-hum and hasn’t really been there when I had questions. That being said, my sites have been working fine off of them for a long time, hence I’ve no urgency to move at the moment. But I will keep blue fur in mind moving forward.

    1. Yeah, it’s always good to have a contingency, you know, just in case.

  27. ww-success says:

    Anyone has any experience with Yahoo web hosting?

    1. yes i have tried yahoo web hosting…I would suggest going to godaddy or bluefur

  28. Congrats John….You are equipped to handle traffic to generate $100k/month

    1. $100K/month.. thats what i make.. John can’t catch me 😈

      1. Weekender…you should start publishing your secrets of making $100k/month…and give johhn some competition:)

  29. $170/month seems a bit spendy for that setup. I’m also curious as to why the TechZone servers couldn’t handle a site like this. Presumably this was more about creating a marketing opportunity than any real need for dedicated hosting? Maybe it went something like this…

    BlueFur: “Hey John, we can hook you up with a free server if you pimp our service for us.”

    John: “Sure, but you’ll have to throw in something more to sweeten it a bit. How about a discount code that gives me a referral kickback?”

    BlueFur: “Done.”

    Is that about right? I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it. Just curious.

    1. John Chow says:

      The referral code has been around for months. I don’t make any kickback on it. The main reason moving the blog to its own box was security. The TTZ server the blog was on before housed other blogs/sites and I want to separate this blog to its own box.

      1. There’re Virtual Private / Dedicated Servers around – cheaper and still pretty secure solution.
        Anyways now you have no choice but monetize your’s dedicated one))) Good luck.

      2. Interesting. Security for the TTZ-related stuff or for JohnChow.com?

        1. John Chow says:

          For both. It’s just easier from a security standpoint to have only one site per server.

  30. uncle sha says:

    the ‘move’ worked out fine eh … i didn’t notice the difference. everything seems fine

  31. Bill says:

    I’m looking at switching to Bluefur in the next few days, but I can’t get John’s promotional code to work..is it working for anyone else?

    1. Gary Jones says:

      I just tested it and it works here.


      1. Bill says:

        Thanks..it works for me now… 😳

  32. Bob says:

    For all the Linux Lovers in this thread, can you Digg This? An article on how Linux fanboys seem to bash everything non Linux πŸ™‚

    1. Same with all other fanboys

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