1,000,000 pageviews in 2 weeks...! Why? Because Discourse. 🚀

We’re doing okay. We’ve had some issues when one of the members livestreams… and the entire thing tanks. But, we’ve been working towards adding stuff:

https://meta.discourse.org/t/are-there-fundamental-thresholds-on-responses-to-a-single-thread/70089?u=8bit

How long have you been operating your forum? You’ve got some good numbers!

I added the forum to the site in September '15 I believe. I scaled it up a couple of times; I started it with the 2GB RAM/2 vCPU/20 GB SSD.

Oddly only a fraction of people from the main site use the forum, but that just lead to a really nice atmosphere in there :slight_smile:

I will be checking out your site soon, as I am interested in crypto as well :slight_smile: Well, mainly just Ethereum, but there are a few other I find interesting :slight_smile:

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Fantastic! If you have a moment, I’d love to hear (and many others would appreciate it as well) what you’ve learned from running a Discourse system for the last few years… what worked, what didn’t, what did you learn and perhaps maybe how you’ve financed it?

Well, I just keep it updated, and don’t use a lot of plugins. The only two I use are discourse-affiliate (which unfortunately only does Amazon-links, and not even UK-ones) and retort. I do have the standard ones enabled.
It’s been relatively unproblematic, although I am thinking about storing images externally (S3 or Digital Ocean Object Storage).

As for financing, I run ads on the main site, not the forum. The reason for this is, that people can donate to have the ads removed, and I haven’t worked out how to turn ads off for some users on the forum, so I left it ad-free for now. If I were just running a forum, I’d probably just throw some ads in there (though I’d like to be able to turn them off for some users).

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holy moly, that’s giant… still on 2gb ram. :stuck_out_tongue:

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We’ve scaled things up a bit to handle and done some performance-related tweaks and upgrades. We’re now on a High-Availability CPU (‘High CPU’) with 12GB / 8 CPUs.

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How much bandwitdh do you need?

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Not much - There aren’t a lot of media on the forum :slight_smile:

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7 posts were split to a new topic: Split from “1M pageviews in 2 weeks”

Really enjoyed Patreon’s recent write-up about you :wink: Congrats on your continued success!

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ah, thanks so much!

so much of our continued growth has been because of Discourse… i can’t express how grateful i am to the team here and the product!

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loved meeting some of the team today @ the CMX event!

this software has literally changed my life… and the lives of many folks that we’ve been able to connect with from all over the world.

:clap: THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR AMAZING and IMPORTANT WORK! :rocket:

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This is now a redirect to a Discord server. What happened?

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It probably was too expensive to run discourse for a chat style system for 100k+ people that continued to grow without any constraints. But that’s just a guess.

Also the timing of conversation in cryptocurrency is important. They are shilling and inventing and the rest of it. So synchronized chat in real-time is probably more appropriate than anything.

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40 Gb to small for large community with 1 million views, storage play a huge role on communties. not only cpu power. Even computer relax with more storage.

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Well, there sure aren’t 100k+ people on the Discord server.
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Hmmm. It’s funny how crypto works isn’t it — here today, somewhere else tomorrow.

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And therefore very compatible with ephemeral chat media …

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Good catch. From that can we conclude the migration away from Discourse was not a brilliant success? :thinking:

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I don’t think you can say that. Like many projects, the leads could have lost interest or got what they needed out of the exercise and reached their objectives.

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