Over the past 2 weeks Myself & Syerate have struggled to keep the Website online due to the Sheer amount of Data that it takes up & the amount of Traffic it Generates
In total our Website/Forums it's self is 2.3 Gigabytes
In total we used 231 Gigabytes of Traffic last month
We are at 76 Gigabytes of Traffic so far, in Comparison to last month at this point we were at 91 GB already
Due to the amount of Data and space we use, It's quite hard for Myself & matt to keep things going endlessly without faults, i'm sure some of you have Noticed "issues" with the website over the past month or two, error pages, things disappearing, error messages with no text, missing threads/posts, timeouts, logging in not working, not being saved when logging in
These issues are due to Data corruption, No ones fault, not even the Websites, it's just due to the stress at which the website is being Put through
the Culprits: Roster, Awards, Twitch, Teamspeak
Thse 4 Items cause 75% of the load it's self on the server, The roster taking a whacking 40% on it' own, 20% on Twitch, 10% on awards & 5% on teamspeak
How does that get Tallied? Roster due to the amount of data it pulls directly from the Database/core files with a load of 3% content per 0.001 second, The awards isn't that bad, but it pulls 10% due to the amount of people that hold awards, whenever a page is loaded, awards are loaded as well, Twitch takes up 20%, but it's technically more than that due to the Amount of data/Query requests it's sends back & forth between us & the twitch API, not sure if many of you know how API Requests are handled, but it's not as simple as "request embed_video_konvictgaminghd", it runs a sequence of Algorithms to pickup each and every part of the video, it's status, It's info, It's encoding, its preview, it's audio coded & how it's security, it also picks up the chat & what game it's playing, viewers & title, Each of these requests get's loaded when the website is online, that's a near 99% uptime, which means the website is constantly sending information back/forth, We have been Banned from the KRAKEN api 3 times since we started using it due to flooding, I’ve had to modify the plugin to requests once per 2 hours....
A lot of you as of late have given your Opinion on the Website, some blunt some stupid, calling it Shit, Some replying with simply "It's awful" "I don't like it", i like KG don't get me wrong, but sometimes you really aren't helping...we need ideas/suggestions not "i don't like it"
Myself & Syerate work around the clock to try & keep the Website & forums online as best as possible, past countless DDOS Attacks, HTTP flooding & Endless amount of port attacks
You take what myself & syerate do for Granted, How many of you visited the Website every day for the past year & told yourself it looks shit? because i know that's how i felt & i was the one that set it up
The fact is the Website/Forums was only meant to be a temporary solution until we had a Website made for us, it's taken a lot longer than expected & we've been screwed around a lot, We've had 3 Designers/Coders quote us £3000+, two for £2000+ and one called BizHero for $1200 but wanted half up front no questions asked/previews/Milestones
We dropped him & started searching again, Right now we have a definite Designed/Coder that is also a close friend of Hellsbadass who is Going to give us his Custom CMS he created & also design & code the Website/forums into it for us, Which means Come christmas, we should have a new Website, the Funds we need? $1200, we've spent $260 on a new vbulletin unfortunately which means we are lacking in Funds, however because it's Hellsbadass we have quite a bit of time in regards to Payment & the time frame, He has generously started working on previews & mockups for us, he also recently started working on a system with Hellsbadass known as "Otakuni.com" an Anime website that Uses a complete VB Rewrite with increased functions, Which is what we will be getting, But he's also working on a custom CMS for themselves, We've tried our best to make sure we get the Best that KG deserves & not waste it away with random people that we don't know/don't trust, but after talking with him for a few days i'm 100% confident in his Abilities & the fact he's willing to show previews/Sketches before hand & also a flexible payment system
In regards to the current front page, I put it up due to the constant stress on the forum system, as everything was running through the forums, everything was being called by the forum, not the main website, this was mostly my fault as the technician, because of the features being requested I didn’t really care about the usage and stress it would put on the system, this is in no way the fault of the forums, or it's users, but its merely getting to the Point where we have to Many users/members making requests every day, we simply need to minimise the amount of usage the forums makes, making the Website it's self make custom requests, the forums it's self merely becoming a forum, the guy we are working with fully recognises what we are trying to achieve, And please only consider the current front page as temporary, We are working on it, but i needed to take some of the stress off of the forums i do apologise, But people that are talking behind my Back & calling my work shoddy & crap, i advise you stop, because i do this work for free now, the Initial payment i received to do everything was £20, i don’t know if Syerate gets paid, but i work for free from now on, even though I have a girlfriend who lives nearly 30 Miles away from me, Work & Game, i still find as much time as possible to Develop new things for KG, and setup partnerships with developers for other Products
I'm in talks with the Developers of ts3musicbot.net to hold a Permanent license to allow us to Host up to 5 Bots for free as long as we Hold a Partnership Banner, Again with Ts3developers to host an up and coming Moderator bot, one that beats the crap out of mine that can also run through a forum/website
I am trying my best to make sure KG keeps alive, and develop the way it needs to, without you guys and your donations we wouldn't have gotten this far, not even by a long shot, But we are all here for one Thing, To game, your donations are for us to move forwards & i can't thank you enough, it's because of you guys i can make sure KG has a new Website & forum hopefully before/on/after Christmas, So keep them coming
Please don't take this as a Rant or a Rage thread, i'm making this to simply enlighten People of how much work & effort goes into the Website/forums & that we need CC, not just "it's shit" "i don't like it" if you had taken the time to Read the actual thread about the front website, you would see why i had done it already.
Thank you for taking the time to Read this thread...I know it's not easy, but this is for the Future of KonvictGaming