Update November 19, 2014

Either the upgrade to the latest version of WordPress solved my issue or whatever was causing spikes in CPU time and traffic stopped.  There hasn’t been any spikes since all of this happened.  I knew my personal site was low traffic so those spikes were odd. 






Original Post November 15, 2014

My personal website is hosted on Microsoft Azure as a shared web hosting plan using WordPress.  Since my WordPress database is over 20MB I do pay $9.99 a month for a larger DB through ClearDB.  Yesterday I went to post a blog to both Catapult’s website and my personal website.  When I attempted to post it to my personal website I received a 402 error in Windows Live Writer.  When I browsed to my personal website the page said it was temporary unavailable and to check back soon.  I’m sorry that I didn’t get a screenshot.  I wasn’t planning on blogging about this.  Knowing something wasn’t right I logged into Azure to manage my website and I noticed it was was suspended for excessive CPU cycles.  I guess your only allowed 4 hours of CPU time every 24 hours.  There are also quotas but since my personal website isn’t visited much I didn’t understand why I was hitting any quotas.  I’ve never had this problem in the past and if I have I didn’t know about it.  Sure enough everything eventually went back to normal but it looks like there are spikes every few days that might be suspending my account.  Since then I updated WordPress to version 4 and I’m going to monitor everything.  Hopefully that fixes this problem.  If it doesn’t I need to look at other things.  I could upgrade to a dedicated VM or add support but my personal website isn’t worth $30-$50 a month.