I have been very aware of the site issues in recent times and outages, slowness, database and access errors etc.
With all this in mind, I have decided to move the site to a better hosting option. There will be some planning to take place before this eventuates, but it is envisaged that the site will move during the latter part of July.
The site is presently on a shared server, meaning we share the hard drive, RAM and all resources (including MySQL access) with other websites that are on the server. The server that AP is hosted on has 113 websites running off it at present. All of these other sites use the shared resources of the server and thus impact our speeds, access, etc.
In July the site will move to a dedicated hosting solution, where it will have its own separate server space and will not be influenced or affected by any other sites. This undertaking will mean that there will be a complete site outage during the move and the timing of this will be announced as more planning is done and the site is ready to move.
The benefits will be that Ausphotography will run on its own server with
CPU 1.98 GHZ
RAM 1344 MB
Disk Space 59 GB
Bandwidth 1050 GB
Once on the new server, complete control of the site will be within our hands, rather than needing to rely on server support from the hosting company, so in most instances any issues will be able to resolved 'in house'. The dedicated server solution is also upgradable, so if we need more Disk Space or bandwidth for example, I can just upgrade it.
I know that between now and when the upgrade takes place, we will probably continue to experience access issues and slowness at times. I hope you bear with us, knowing that there is a solution and we are working towards it.
This new hosting means an increase in costs (over double) for running the site. So please, use the site advertisers if you can, or make a donation through the AP Shop. By supporting the Ausphotography advertisers or donating, you are helping to keep AP online, and improving. I don't particularly like asking for members to give money etc, which is why I don't do it very often, but ultimately all of us will benefit from this move, and if you think AP has helped you since you joined up, please help to deliver a better, faster site, for you!
Thanks for remaining supportive and active members during the recent issues, and be assured that once the site moves, there should be a marked increase in access speed, and a big reduction (we are hoping for zero) errors generated.
Keep taking photos, enjoying your photography, and sharing with us all, here at Ausphotography.