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Gizmo

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Joined: 05/06/2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 4802
Posted: 02:23pm 04 Sep 2014
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I'm aware of the forum speed problems. Usually the pages will take less than a second to load, but sometimes they can take several seconds. Over the last few months, these slow pages are becoming more common.

There are a few reasons for this, including a cluttered database, too many user files, a growth in visitor numbers, and bandwidth restrictions.

I dont want to place further restrictions on what users can upload ( images and files ), other than the restriction already in place. Nore do I want to cut back on the number of visitors. So I'll need to do some database work and/or upgrade the hosting for the site.

This may be a few weeks off, as I need to earn a living, and as the income from this web site is pretty dismal, the paying jobs come first.

A note on my income from the site. As you may notice I use google adverts on the site, and these earn a few dollars per day. Google ads are not the money earner they once were, back in 2010 the site would earn around $25 to $35 day, which is why I put so much work into growing the site and adding content. But the income has shrunk since then, and now I average around $5 per day. Out of that I need to pay for hosting, and my time for maintenance. Not a good business model.

But thing is, I find the content of the site of interest to me, its a hobby. And I really like the way our forum members have helped each other, shared their knowledge and grown a community. Thats the real reason the site and forum is still running, people are benefiting from it.

Glenn
People say 2020 is a terrible year, with the bush fires, COVID 19, and riots. But I see it as the year we woke up to ourselves.

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Gizmo

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Posted: 02:17pm 12 Sep 2014
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I'm currently testing a VPS solution to the site problems. A VPS ( Virtual Private Server ) is basically a server in the "Cloud" as they call it these days, that I have full control over. I have remote desktop access to it, so its just like having the server at home, but with more bandwidth. The big advantage is I have full control over the server, so can do things to keep the forum running smoothly that I cant do with a normal web hosting service.

I've uploaded a copy of this site and forum, and so far testing has been good, the forum is fast and reliable. I need to configure a few things yet, like the mail server, etc.

If it all looks good, I'll transfer the DNS for this site later next week. This means for a few hours the forum will appear to be locked, you can still read but wont be able to post.

Glenn
People say 2020 is a terrible year, with the bush fires, COVID 19, and riots. But I see it as the year we woke up to ourselves.

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Gizmo

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Joined: 05/06/2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 4802
Posted: 11:45am 23 Dec 2014
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Forgot to update this. I had reported the speed problems to the hosting company, and a few days later it resolved itself. Since then speed has been much much better.

Meanwhile, I did some further tests with the VPS server and it all looked pretty good, so I know I can always go down that path at a later date.

Glenn
People say 2020 is a terrible year, with the bush fires, COVID 19, and riots. But I see it as the year we woke up to ourselves.

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