I am a new member (and even newer subscriber) and I am really grateful to have this site available. I found out about this site through “Black and White Magazine” for which I paid $9.95 (Canadian). I am not knocking the price of the magazine, it’s a good magazine, but rather saying $12 USD is a little more that the cost of a magazine and well worth the price. One comment (since I am now a subscriber : ) is that it might be advantageous to keep the thumbnails of the recent photos (8 or 12) in the free area. So prospective new members can see some work.
The gallery has been causing a huge load on this site transferring over 4 gigs of data per day. This is a direct correlation to the peak 6,000+ unique visitors to apug daily. Sean
thanks for all your hard work. I put my thanks into action with a subscription just before you announced this.
I have a couple of questions--this is just for clarification, I have no doubts about how you are running the site.
1) is the problem due to people viewing the images or uploading images?
2) if there are 4Gig transfered each day, that would mean 26,000 picture tranfers at 150K/image (if I did my sums correctly). That would be about 4-5 transfers per visitor per day, which sounds reasonable.
3) Most images have "views" < 100. If most of the traffic is views, and there are 26,000 views a day, I would expect a lot more views/image.
4) Is there a way to allow Google images to still crawl through the images? That might bring more users to the website. Is this a bad idea for some reason?
Again, no critique, I am just wondering where my logic is wrong. Comes from a career thinking in numbers a lot.
Hi Matt, I haven't had time to sit down and do the numbers but the weblogs definitely show the bulk of data transfer coming from /gallery. This was also when I had right click disabled so spiders coud not swamp us (right now it is enabled for those who want to copy their images down). It will be interesting to see what happens after the change and how much we save. I estimate 2 gig a day..
Sean. Fantastic site. Thank you very much for all of your effort and attention to detail. I too sent you a check as soon as I read this thread even though I don't use the gallery much (no scanner). Thanks again.