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  1. #1
    Join Date: Sep 2017

    Location: Northampton

    Posts: 177
    I'm Chris.

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    Dear bosses,

    I was wondering, being an old haggerd ITer for years now, how the site is run.

    Is it running in the cloud or in a basement? It never seems to be down for maintenance. It must eat up disk space with all the posts and the uploads - assume there is a DB backend.

    And, it must cost money to run. I understand doing things for the love of it and admire that but I still wouldn't mind contributing something.

    Just interested to know some juicy nerdy info.

    Thanks

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    Join Date: May 2008

    Location: Bristol, UK

    Posts: 9,829
    I'm Nick.

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    Hi Chris...

    We're running a pretty standard vBulletin installation here. vBulletin uses a MySQL backend. The database is now about 8 years old and is just over 2GB in size. It's pretty efficient. We do pay for a properly hosted system (Linux with an Apache web-server), and most maintenance is done without impacting uptime. I tend to try and avoid taking the system offline as much as we can, but it probably has to happen once or twice a year to allow for version upgrades and whatnot.

    vBulletin is out of box software, but very configurable. The basic look and feel is pretty standard, but I spent quite a bit of time on the CSS to get it working how we wanted... mostly in terms of the design. Rob / Filterlab has to be credited with getting the site online in the first place, coming up with the original colour-scheme and layout... that was on vBulletin v3 - we're now on v4 which required quite a bit of rework to maintain what we liked about the v3 look, while retaining the good bits of v4...

    Glad you're enjoying the site.
    Nick
    My system...


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    Join Date: Sep 2017

    Location: Northampton

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    I'm Chris.

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    Great! Thanks for the reply. That is pretty small for an 8-year old DB. Mostly text I guess.

    Yeah, I can see it looked different before. Lot better now though.

    Congrats on the design.

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

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    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.

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    Thanks for your enquiry, Chris. No problem - always happy to help, as I see Nick has done. Cheers, Nick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    And, it must cost money to run.
    I can confirm that it does, and not an inconsiderable amount either, as I pay the bills!

    In that respect, any contributions would be gratefully accepted. If you PM me, I'll give you the necessary details

    Marco.
    http://www.thestainedglasscompany.com

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