OK, so what went wrong? - Grin with cat attached — LiveJournal
|OK, so what went wrong?||Aug. 6th, 2003 10:00 am|
Each LJCard is about 60KB in size.|
On average, they were each viewed 150 times. That's 9MB of traffic per card. My colo host supplies extra bandwidth at 2p/MB - so that's about 20p per card, so far.
1000 people made their cards live. That's 9GB of traffic over 4 days. My colo's monthly allocation is 10GB PER MONTH, but we already use most of that - so the LJCards could cost £200 ($US 300) quite easily.
It was also putting quite a strain on our colo server.
This may explain to you why I took the system down quite so quickly.
If I'm to bring it back, I'm going to need to:
Charge about 50 cents per card generated
AND/OR make the cards available for creator download ONLY (ie, only the one user can view this file; to share it they must host it elsewhere)
AND/OR persuade remote webcaches to cache the cards more efficiently
AND/OR find an industrial-grade host to volunteer to carry these, cheap or free.
AND scrap the gallery.
Comments / ideas / help welcome!