I started blogging on WordPress almost four years ago. I recently moved my blog to self-hosted, but quickly had my site suspended and closed by the web host because of an unexpected news-related spike in traffic. I got around 6,000 hits before the web host freaked out and closed my account. Keep in mind that my site normally had less than 500 page views per day.
I moved my blog back to WordPress.com immediately and had over 11,000 page views the next day without a hiccup.
While I love the service provided here, I do miss some of the abilities that came with hosting my own blog - themes, customization, plugins, etc. I just finished a chat with BlueHost - who told me that they might have suspended my account under the same scenario. Too much server load, affecting other customers, etc.
So... all that makes me wonder how on earth WordPress can provide the level of service that they do for free? I know our blogs sometimes have ads, but it's amazing to me that they can handle millions of page views each day AND customer support without a monthly fee. In fact, it seems like I'm getting more for free than I would be getting if I were paying another web host to host my blog.
It's confusing!! =)
The blog I need help with is inrepair.net.