What to Expect When Hotels Open on Monday?
Hi everyone, this is your friendly webmaster leopard here!
I'm sure there are lots of questions about what will happen when hotels open on Monday morning, and I'd like to go cover some of them in this post.
10 AM, Monday
Around this time, I will place the website into read-only mode. Any attempt to load a page from our website will instead show our hotel countdown page. The current countdown page can be seen here. The purpose behind the countdown page is to keep the website from falling over under the insane crush of traffic which is expected to hit at 11 AM. This level of traffic is greater than even during the convention itself.
11 AM, Monday
The hotel page goes live. This is an automated process handled by PHP code on the server side and requires no manual intervention on my part. This is important because with potentially thousands of inbound connections, my SSH connection may not be very responsive.
11:30 AM, Monday
If traffic levels last year were any indication, things usually calm down within 30 minutes. When that happens, I'll restore the regular version of the website and things will be back to normal here.
Now that I got a room, what do I do with it?
If you need roommates, we have room share forums for that.
But what if things go terribly wrong?
We hope this doesn't happen. But if it does, and our website completely falls over from the load and becomes unavailable, we have a backup plan. Also at 11 AM on Monday we will be posting the hotel reservations link to all of our social media presences. Here is the list:
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/Anthrocon
- Our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/Anthrocon
- Our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/49844448265/
- Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+anthrocon
If you're reading this before Monday, why not take the opportunity to bookmark these links?
You got questions? We got answers!
If this post didn't cover any outstanding questions, please let us know in the comments below or via email!