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Jason 18th December 2003 03:52 AM

New server required!
SitePoint who have kindly been hosting diyAudio for free for the last 4 years have recently moved servers and this one will be shutting up shop soon. No cause for alarm - we'll have plenty of notice before the plug is pulled ;)

In all seriousness though, we're looking for a new server, which means either somebody could donate some space on one of their boxes, or we could put round the hat and go get hosted at a pay-for place.

If anyone does have a spare box, all I need is the keys - I know linux and webserver configuration very well.

Anyway, consider this a first round message, we'll see if we catch any fish! :)



li_gangyi 18th December 2003 03:59 AM

it's gonna be hard trying to find someone with the bandwidth much are we looking at??

AudioFreak 18th December 2003 04:01 AM

If i remember correctly.

Approx 1GB database
Approx 30GB outgoing
Approx 5GB incoming

those are monthly stats.

Jason 18th December 2003 04:01 AM

We've been working on getting it down as much as possible, but the stats at the moment are roughly:

Bandwidth: 30GB / month
Database: 1GB
Requirements: Should run on a basic PHP/MySQL
Disk space: 100M - though a few GB would be nice for the odd database manipulation

Netlist 19th December 2003 07:56 AM

What would the cost be for a pay-server?
Also, are there rough estimates on how DiyAudio will grow and what space and bandwidth will be needed in a couple of years?


dhaen 19th December 2003 08:00 AM


Originally posted by AudioFreak
If i remember correctly.

Approx 1GB database
Approx 30GB outgoing
Approx 5GB incoming

those are monthly stats.

Hey, if we "lost" the 4 most prolific posters, we could half that :D

RobWells 19th December 2003 11:30 PM

I wouldn't begrudge paying an annual subscription for this site. It could help filter out some 'noise' - As long as it was affordable for most people....


jwb 20th December 2003 02:19 AM

Hosting with 50GB/month of bandwidth would cost approx $1800/month (Verio). Probably best to try to find a generous sponsor or to setup a membership program. I'd pay $100/year to belong, if there was some benefit.

Suggested benefits of membership:

Ability to see long threads as one page
Unlimited searching
Ability to use HTML

li_gangyi 20th December 2003 02:20 AM

An average gun with DSL...say 512down and 256up...wun be able to carry the traffic right?? What's a reccommended transfer??

jwb 20th December 2003 07:15 AM

Less markup, less bandwidth
I'm blown away by the 30GB/month bandwidth usage! The first page of this thread requires a 70KB transfer. I took the first six comments and reduced the markup to less than 4KB. Scaling linearly, this should be about 10KB per page, an 85% reduction.

I didn't include a lot of the navigation and peripheral junk, but my mockup is functionally and visually equivalent to the main part of the page. Some of the typefaces may differ, but that's a simple matter of style and I don't want to spend my whole life working on this. I hope it may give you some ideas on reducing the size of your responses.

Tested in Mozilla, IE, and Safari:


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