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Server Migration

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by PhotographersLounge.com, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. PhotographersLounge.com


    Jul 27, 2012
    Sorry for the brief downtime this afternoon. We've changed servers, and there should be a noticeable boost in overall site speed now.
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    BLAZING speed at my end
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Good to hear! When I click on things there is still a pause, but once the page load starts it happens really fast. I like Luke's new sig :).
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  4. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    yep that's nippier ... thanks Amin
  5. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Much better here also. It was dragging for last couple of days, but now we're back in the saddle. Thanks!
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    The new server dramatically outclasses our old one. I hope it can hold us for a while!
  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Much much better. Thanks, Amin :)
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Great to hear that performance is good in Serbia and Australia! (server located East Coast, USA)
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    S.C. App seems to be working a lot better now too.
  10. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    zoom zoom!
  11. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    So far everything seems quicker. The last few days just getting the site to come up was incredibly slow. Zip zip! :bravo-009:
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Frankly, I wonder if it isn't just the servers choking down on the bandwidth until you decide to pay more. This site doesn't seem to have grown any that I can see. Do you have any sort of measurable metrics that explain the slowdown?
  13. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Great, thanks!
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I've wondered the same thing, but so far my experience with the host has been that they don't try and upsell. For example, several months ago there were some problems, and I sent them the following message:

    They could easily have recommended a more expensive plan at that time, but they gave this reply instead:

    Likewise, when I first switched to this host and asked what plan to get, they didn't try to upsell me one bit.

    Over the past couple days, they said the slowdown was because we were exceeding our CPU resources and sent me some graphs showing this. I asked again which plan to go with, A (more expensive) or B (less expensive), and they actually said B ought to do it. I asked why they aren't trying the upsell, and the guy said that competition is tough, and customers leave if they don't get good value.

    I don't think our use has gone up a whole lot recently, but I think we have been exceeding our server resources ever since the E-M5 brought a lot of newcomers to Mu-43. S.C., TalkNEX, and Mu-43 are on the same server. Why it got slower in recent weeks I don't know, because none of the three sites had a big uptake in those weeks, but I think it's faster now than it's been in a long time.

    Overall, I've been super happy with this host. There wasn't the slightest hiccup today from the server move, and the particular hardware we're using right now would have been way beyond what I could have afforded with our last host.
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  15. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    It's always a little weird paying for something that you can't actually see. Water usage bills I'm pretty sure are just random numbers pulled out of the air.
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    That's for sure.

    Fyi - I'm still tweaking for speed. For example, I read that removing the rounded corners on page elements would make the page loads snappier, so you may have noticed that things like "Reply to Thread" are no longer rounded. With our new server, this site should be able to be super fast, and I want to get it there!
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