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ashkir

Core license
V3 Beta tester
Big Chevereto
Hi everyone. We're at 2,610,819 lifetime now! Growth \o/ And on the flip side...

The cost to me is now down to $22 a MONTH. If interested I can write up how to keep costs low and what optimizations worked for me.
Curious, if you could start this journey over again what would you have done differently?

Any security issues or hardware issues you ran into that could have been avoided?
  1. Start using external storage, to begin with. Never save images in the same server as your installation. You want your installation to be on it's own, very strong, unstressed server. An SFTP external server is perfect.
  2. Use a CDN subdomain early on, even if you don't want to use a CDN yet I would still set up a CDN subdomain now, that I would've used in the future. Would've saved a lot of headache in URL updates for myself and my members.
  3. Don't use MaxCDN. I started with MaxCDN as it used to be a Chevereto recommended one. But that changed, and MaxCDN changed rather quickly and became unbearable. i tried CDN77 and they sucked and were slow. BunnyCDN seems to be the happiest medium.
  4. I would've built out the randomizer feature earlier.
  5. I probably would've used a shorter domain. I own like bx.rs and dot host offered me apretty awesome 1 character domain due to my site's popularity. But I don't want to rebrand. Too much hassle.
  6. Clearly document any and all changes you make to the Chevereto templates. Sometimes when Chevereto updates, it no longer uses certain files, which just build up in your /vendor/ libs or elsewhere. I probably should've cleaned it long ago. I did this recently.
  7. Use less custom_hooks I like the idea, but it bugs outsometime. A while ago @tomsit and I were trying to figure out why a URL wouldn't change on mine, and we realized that one of the custom_hooks even though properly set up got completely ignored.
  8. I think documenting your changes is far better and far safer, as template files, and other files get updated every so often. If you document the changes you can easily reapply them without having to worry about chasing down the changed code in template files.
One thing I think is important to remember for the theme is half the theme's colorings are not even in the theme folders.
 

ashkir

Core license
V3 Beta tester
Big Chevereto
- Main Server
- Remote storage server for 2.6M images
- CDN

And just $22 a month?
Not using cloudflare?
Cloudflare Enterprise costs me about $12 a month, it's part of the $22 :) Enterprise partners are allowed to use it to serve non-html primary content. The company I use for the storage node costs is about $10 a month and are an enterprise bandwidth alliance member which allows it.

The main server is completely paid off, and is in a data center, that was donated to me for life.

When my webhosting company found out I was having a heart transplant they made my main server free for 2 years:

Then name.com found out and they donated to my gofundme, BigWetFish turned around and gave me $300 cash and made my server free for life:
I joined them back when I was a teenager, back when they were a baby company. So I've been with them for 15 or so years now. So it really reduced my cost drastically.

@Rodolfo himself has been amazingly helpful and supportive during this time. My site is massive compared to most Chevereto and has different needs, etc. He's been very able to help us and other big sites see what's happening first, down the line so we don't have to worry about things breaking.
 
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ashkir

Core license
V3 Beta tester
Big Chevereto
Our randomizers are still by far extraordinarily popular. Our users are loving sub-albums a lot! Thanks for implementing it @Rodolfo! <3

To help our users with their navigation through their albums I added Album Heiarchies as a side bar
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ashkir

Core license
V3 Beta tester
Big Chevereto
2,872,732 we're still climbing :D

Keep in mind, we're one of the LARGEST Chevereto sites out there, we've been around since 2016. Our growth is word of mouth. We do NOT pay for advertising like others do. We have NO advertising like others do. We're privately funded by our users. We only have 9k users. This means nearly every user is a regular!

We have about 6,701,520 requests to our server on a daily basis. In the last 30 days 276,283,200 requests to our server (we mostly allow hotlinking) this isn't counting what the CDN is doing yet! Which is a lot more!

We are robot unfriendly, and again are a place of word of mouth growth only. I don't chase SEO rankings so please stop PMING me about it.
 
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friv

Core license
So according to your
2,872,732 we're still climbing :D

Keep in mind, we're one of the LARGEST Chevereto sites out there, we've been around since 2016. Our growth is word of mouth. We do NOT pay for advertising like others do. We have NO advertising like others do. We're privately funded by our users. We only have 9k users. This means nearly every user is a regular!

We have about 6,701,520 requests to our server on a daily basis. In the last 30 days 276,283,200 requests to our server (we mostly allow hotlinking) this isn't counting what the CDN is doing yet! Which is a lot more!

We are robot unfriendly, and again are a place of word of mouth growth only. I don't chase SEO rankings so please stop PMING me about it.
So according to your post ,you said: "We are robot unfriendly, and again are a place of word of mouth growth only"

Can you share with us your Google analytics for example 30 days?

And you usually receive traffic from gaiaonline.com
 

ashkir

Core license
V3 Beta tester
Big Chevereto
So according to your

So according to your post ,you said: "We are robot unfriendly, and again are a place of word of mouth growth only"

Can you share with us your Google analytics for example 30 days?

And you usually receive traffic from gaiaonline.com
I don't use analytic software from Google, because it is a blatant violation of my users' privacy. I have internal analytics on the server with an additional set on the CDN, that are self-hosted. But, I do not wish to share them at this time. My website has a pretty solid ironclad ToS/Privacy Policy for the most part.

And my entire website's niche are role players, GaiaOnline accounts for a small portion of our traffic, but, not the majority.
 

Hoffman

New Member
Cloudflare Enterprise costs me about $12 a month, it's part of the $22 :) Enterprise partners are allowed to use it to serve non-html primary content. The company I use for the storage node costs is about $10 a month and are an enterprise bandwidth alliance member which allows it.

The main server is completely paid off, and is in a data center, that was donated to me for life.

When my webhosting company found out I was having a heart transplant they made my main server free for 2 years:

Then name.com found out and they donated to my gofundme, BigWetFish turned around and gave me $300 cash and made my server free for life:
I joined them back when I was a teenager, back when they were a baby company. So I've been with them for 15 or so years now. So it really reduced my cost drastically.

@Rodolfo himself has been amazingly helpful and supportive during this time. My site is massive compared to most Chevereto and has different needs, etc. He's been very able to help us and other big sites see what's happening first, down the line so we don't have to worry about things breaking.

How you got enterprise plan for $12 :rolleyes:
 
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