Due To Massive Hits We Are Experiencing Some Minor Problems

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Entering the month of November MoS forums has seen traffic that passes 500,000 hits daily. Although this is a great rate of growth for our forum it has also taken a huge toll on our server. JAZ and I are working tirelessly trying to resolve this problem. As of today we installed additional memory but this is a temporary fix at best. We will need to upgrade to a much larger server as our growth rate in traffic is doubling every month. I appreciate your support in the donations you make and your patients as we resolve this problem.

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Anything any of us could do to help? I know another forum started a Jelly Donut Fund when they needed a better server....they still run slow though so...Hydromaxm.......

I have personally noticed a dramatic increase in speed on this forum in the last few hours...it was lagging pretty damn bad for a while.
 

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Originally posted by stillwantmore
Anything any of us could do to help? I know another forum started a Jelly Donut Fund when they needed a better server....they still run slow though so...Hydromaxm.......

I have personally noticed a dramatic increase in speed on this forum in the last few hours...it was lagging pretty damn bad for a while.
Well things have been running well for about 45 minutes now. The thing is we can't suffer this down time as we have over the past day. I have purchased more memory but even after that was installed things were running very slow. I think a new server is going to be inevitable. At the rate we are growing now in web traffic we will be doing over 1 million hits daily within 2 months. I am not sure exactly what needs to be done or how people can help as I am still trying to figure the problem out. Hopefully I will know more as the evening progresses.
 

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Yes, I'm glad you guys are working to fix it.. If it stayed like that I believe I would get too frustrated to post. Just lemme know what I can do to help.

-ItsElectric
 

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Originally posted by ItsElectric
Yes, I'm glad you guys are working to fix it.. If it stayed like that I believe I would get too frustrated to post. Just lemme know what I can do to help.

-ItsElectric
It is very frustrating we have been working on this non-stop since last night at 7:00 and here we are 24 hours later still scratching our heads. Things have been pretty good for the past hour so lets keep our fingers crossed. We will need to upgrade very soon to a much larger server but I do not know the details of that. I need to hear a report from JAZ on the cost, etc. The best way people can help will be through the donate button. I do not want to limit our activity because of server space. I want this forum to continue to grow at its present rate.
 

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Well, it seems for paypal you HAVE to have a checking account because you have to give the information that is on your checks. I have a savings account though, if I got a Paypal account I'd be glad to donate . Any help?

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Much as I like your Porno Paradise, I have to suspect that is going to be taking big hits, especially where the pictures are loaded locally and available to lurkers.

You might want to consider at least moving it behind the "wall" so that only registered users can access it.
 
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thats a good idea, somehow restricting that section would easily solve some problems. Possibly eliminating some sections even, which are rarely visited, possibly the foreign threads?
 

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We had some serious lagging for 20 Hours Yesterday (we apologize for this).

Everything Seems to Be Back to Normal Now. We had to change some settings to adapt to the continuous heavy traffic we are experiencing. We upgraded our Memory to 1 Gig Now, but as the Forum Grows we will have to eventually upgrade to a bigger dedicated server.

All is well for now.
 

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Well done!

Everything is working fine today.
 

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I am glad for the traffic and all....good success.
To help matters me thinks that limits could be made on the size of videos in that crazy video section, stop the pasting of images in the Porn section WHICH TAKES ALOT OF BANDWIDTH UP....just have the pix attached.
I have noticed alot of attempted pasting of sites this way by many, including DLD....and when I clcik it the thing says Page unavailable....that could be the server.

I know my stuff when it comes to networks and security.
Heres some pointer that need doing:

#1 The Porno, Jens pictures and the Crazy vids sections should be made available to MEMBERS ONLY....no guests should be aloud to get in here....that is having shit loadz 'o'''' hits.

#2 Make the Movie size limits lower than they are now and also the picture size....all them pix and movies on your server is bound to slow it down alot.

#3 Make sure members only post JPenis EnlargementG converted images [saves space] and not BathmateP which takes the most.

#4 Limit or stop the pasting of images, web pages into the browser....again more bandwidth being used.

#5 Limit sound size as well [some users use sound now] this uses alot of space.

#6 Remove posts from all sections that are dead...and never used......like ones that are nuthing special and are just taking space up.....DLD, Jazz back them up on ya harddrive and than erase them from the server......their must be ALOT of useless posts on this board.

I know that a PC site I use are VERY strict on posts as this is a massive killer of memory....<<<<< These posts : The amount of them is a big factor in the slow down also.

#7 Possibley try to implement a system where only so many guests can visit at one time....so they dont hug all the bandwidth.

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Security issues:
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#1 Make a new ban system where when someone is banned their IP stays banned and they cant keep coming back under diff' names.

#2 Remove the ability to view other users IP addresses.....this is a privacy issue and needs to be resolved.....any of us could be the target of hackers, spammers, flooders etc etc as the IP data is easily availabel....you must stop this being shown.

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Alright alot of pointers their; but I dont belive you need a new server.....do most of them in that first list and you'll be fine again.

Do the ones in the security list for shore as this needs to be suped up.

Hope the advice is appreciated.

cyaz
 
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Red, most of the things you mentioned there will simply free up hard disk space on the server, although shifting stuff to members only is a good idea.

If you really want speed - you need to upgrade hardware. What sort of processor do you have at the moment? How large and how fast is your harddrive? 1GB of memory - is is SDR or DDR? Consider getting a couple of new drives and connecting them via RAID. This will often speed up disk access times by 33%. Faster processors - in the 2.5gHz-3gHz range with 1GB of DDR memory and a 100GB RAID drive will easily handle 1,000,000 hits a day.

As for security - under vBulletin IP banning is already possible. Also, I wasn't aware that normal users can view other users IP addresses... mods can view them all, naturally. The only problem with IP banning is that some users are still on dial-up, so all they have to do is reconnect, get assigned a new IP, and re-register. Banning an entire subnet is just not acceptable.

One more thing - make sure you've shut down any non-essential services on the server. What OS are you using? Windows? If it's Windows, you should be using NT/2K or even .NET Server. If it's none of those, consider switching to Linux - it's a free download, or less than $100 a copy off the shelf. It is known to be more stable and more reliable, and excellent for webservers.
 
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Originally posted by Jaz
We had some serious lagging for 20 Hours Yesterday (we apologize for this).

Everything Seems to Be Back to Normal Now. We had to change some settings to adapt to the continuous heavy traffic we are experiencing. We upgraded our Memory to 1 Gig Now, but as the Forum Grows we will have to eventually upgrade to a bigger dedicated server.

All is well for now.
Why have ONE GIG, when you could have............HALF a gig?? Muah ha ha haaaaa!!!! ;)
 

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I'm wondering if your server lag is playing with your email as well. I'm waiting for my user login and password after 45 minutes. It doesn't say anything on your site about it, so I'm wondering if this server issue is causing the problem.
 

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Hey Guys, First I'd like to say I am happy that things are running smooth today. I have lost allot of sleep over this and my biggest question is why??? I do not want to limit access to these forums because I feel this should be open and free to everyone, even if they choose to remaiin a lurker. I do not want what happened yesterday to happen again and I do not want to stiffle membership because of bandwidth issues. We will need to upgrade to a much more powerful server. Some sort of donation drive would be awesome. JAZ and I discussed other improvements we want to provide also. We are going to need a tech admin. who is completely skilled in VBuletin, DOS, and All Server Issues. This person will need to be VERY SKILLED in these areas. EVERYONE keep your fingers crossed.

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I still need my question answered. It has been 2 hours now, and I would like to know if it typically takes over 2 hours to receive log in details. I'm hoping it is just server lag causing a lack of immediate response to my purchase, but can someone PLEASE just tell me how long it usually takes?!?!?!?!

Thanks.
 

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Originally posted by ecstasis
I still need my question answered. It has been 2 hours now, and I would like to know if it typically takes over 2 hours to receive log in details. I'm hoping it is just server lag causing a lack of immediate response to my purchase, but can someone PLEASE just tell me how long it usually takes?!?!?!?!

Thanks.
Check your mail. I am trying to catch up on everything so forgive the time issues.

DLD
 

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thanks DLD...I can't wait to start working on my soon to be 9x8 cock :D
 
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