VirtualR – Now Accepting Donations

Starting today, VirtualR accepts donations to help covering the expanding costs of running this site. This was a very difficult decision for me as I was always proud to be able to refuse donations but the recent developments have given me no other choice.

As many of you will already have read in the Twitter posting below, the site will soon be moving to a more powerful server as it has outgrown the current platform again. Until March 2009, the site ran on a shared hosting account costing me less than 50€ a month. These days a long gone, the site now requires servers with multi-core CPUs and loads of RAM to stay up during load hours. As you can imagine, the monthly costs of operating this service have steeply inclined as well.

Adding to the problem is the used blogging platform. While WordPress is a very powerful and feature-rich system, it’s notoriously resource-hungry when it comes to high-load situations. That’s why my long-term goal is to move the site to a more professional blogging platform that is more suited to high-traffic sites such as this one, giving VirtualR a more solid foundation. Migrating to a whole new system goes way beyond my technical skills though, meaning I will have to get professional assistance to get this done.

Until now, my advertisers have been solely responsible for keeping this site alive, the advertising revenue is more and more unable to keep up with the rising costs though. The current number of banners on the site are pretty much the maximum I´m willing to do, I don’t want VirtualR to become one of those sites where you have to look hard to find the content between all the advertising.

There are no other sources of revenue as I refuse to accept payments from any company in exchange for positive endorsements as I strongly believe that VirtualR must stay completely neutral to be a valuable service to the community. I never want to get into a situation where I have to positively cover some arcade racer or anything else that I feel does not fit the community just because it pays well.I´m not on the payroll of any developer or companies with a business interest in this community, advertising is never hidden in content but strictly limited to the banner spots you can clearly identify as such on the site.

As all of this limits my choices to make the money that is required to keep the site alive, I have decided to accept donations as many of you have been asking about that in the past.

I`d like to point out one thing clearly: There will be no benefits for donors or any kind of limits for everyone else. Whether or not you donate, VirtualR will stay the same free place it used to be. I don’t want to pressure anyone to donate in any way, you´re free to enjoy the site without ever donating a dime. But if you feel that truly independent sim racing news are worth to be supported with a few bucks, I´ll humbly accept your donation below.

Thanks a lot for reading through all this, I felt the need to explain my decision in detail. I´m still somewhat uncomfortable with the whole situation so I would appreciate it if you could leave some of that brutally-honest feedback VirtualR readers are known for :grin:





GTOmegaRacing.com

  • scca1981

    Good luck. Gotta do what you gotta do to keep things going.

  • Mikkel Gram-Hansen

    Good decision and nothing to feel uncomfortable about in my opinion.
    Best of luck with keeping things up and running smoothly.

  • http://www.srrs-racing.net/ ermax18

    Rob I am amazed you made it this long. Your time alone is worth a ton. I just donated $50 for now. Best of luck.

  • Stream

    I know all about rising servercosts for popular non-profit sites.

    Luckily you have some sponsors allready and now hopefully also many donors in the near future.

    Btw, you should also consider setting up a paypal subscription for those who want to donate a few bucks every month.

  • bclancy

    I use VirtualR daily to keep up with the latest news and download links :happy:
    I would and will be happy to donate a few pounds (english money hahaha) to support this wonderful site!

    Many thanks for all your efforts and lets all show our gratitude by giving just small donation once in a while if and when you can! :happy:

    EDIT: Small donation now made and will try to do so every month

  • Mr. A

    Finally! I was looking for a donate button a while back. :wink:

  • kill4f00d

    you can haz money :sd:

  • michael

    Is this the same guy that wrote with so much bile and vitriol at many other sites that charge? Weren’t they a “cancer” ?

    Now you need to charge..oops.

    What about all that spitting the dummy because they didn’t want you linking directly to their video?

    I’m not surprised you feel uncomfortable. Because you now look like a complete hypocrite.

    Anyway, your problem getting a donation from me is threefold

    (a) I want to see a big, long, written apology at the top of virtualr.net the next time I visit. A blog entry saying sorry to the people who openly and honestly charge for their services explaining how you now realise some of the financial realities of life.

    (b) You say you don’t have the technical skills to run the site. Sell or give the site to someone who does. I’ll donate to them. Otherwise we’re throwing the money away on a chump. What exactly will you do, make the techie guy a cup of tea?

    (c) Write the stories? Sorry, but you barely speak English and are a million miles away from being a competent journalist in any other respect. Again, for a viable business you’d be better selling or handing the site over.

    Because it seems to me you don’t really have any of the skills required to run it…and really, there’s nothing here that Codemasters, EA, Simbin, iRacing et al don’t want me to read for free. You say you don’t want adverts, but the whole site is a collection of adverts, that’s all. You don’t add anything, you don’t write anything worth reading yourself, test anything. In short, you aren’t autosimsport magazine or IGN.

    My advice, if you insist on keeping the site yourself, find ways to cut costs.

  • Uff

    michael: Is this the same guy that wrote with so much bile and vitriol at many other sites that charge? Weren’t they a “cancer” ?Now you need to charge..oops.

    You honestly have understood nothing about the situation. Rob is asking a donation for keeping the website alive: if you don’t want to do it, you’re free not to do it.
    Other website were selling mods with cars converted from other games and without any kind of permissions (from the original authors or manufacturers): if you don’t understand this simple things, probably this is not the website for you.

  • FS

    Well … I guess michael has a few points there, but still: since RSC is gone (oh wait, it’s back!! … nah, not really), and rfactorcentral scared away most of the people, VirtualR became one of the few sites that keep you updated without having to search through hundrets of bookmarks.
    Sure, it has advertising (some of which actually sucks big time, whenever I click on a screenshot I still have that stupid VR3-ad on top of it!!) … sure, it has lots of stuff and information I couldn’t care less about (like “I’m on Twitter now” … why??? … or console-titles … or games I don’t have or don’t want …) but it still is one of the best sites to stay informed about current mods.
    And not beeing an expert in blogging-techniques (it already sounds geeky) is nothing to be ashamed for in myt opinion. This page started as a simple news-blog and just developed into something huge. Would you give up your blog because it became too popular? I don’t think so! Besides: selling it to some company would just kill it like RSC or rfactorcentral! Probably people would move somewhere else, like bsimracing for example, until that place becomes too big to handle and is sold as well. Nice vision …
    I see VirtualR as a news-gathering thingy, so I don’t have to search for hours myself. It is free, and run by one guy who has to cover his costs. If I find it usefull and have some money to spare, I don’t see why I shouldn’t donate some to keep this thing alive.

  • michael

    Uff:
    You honestly have understood nothing about the situation. Rob is asking a donation for keeping the website alive: if you don’t want to do it, you’re free not to do it.
    Other website were selling mods with cars converted from other games and without any kind of permissions (from the original authors or manufacturers): if you don’t understand this simple things, probably this is not the website for you.

    No, you donate to charities not to businesses and not to blog writers. Is virtualr.net a registered charity?

    Look at his twitter feed. Montoya is a complete buffoon. He’s whinging that sim raceway are using a screenshot. How stupid do you have to be to decide that a screenshot of game is wrong to use? And now he’s asking us to pay for youtube videos and screenshots himself.

    Please don’t say it’s optional. If he’s honest about what he said then there’s no option. The alternative will be the site will close down. All “optional” means is that those that donate will pay for those who don’t to access the site. Would you eat in a restaurant where you paid for my dinner?

    The correct term for this is “begging”, people that beg are called “bums, tramps, vagrants” and so on and eat the food I throw away in the bin. They might offer a blowjob or play a broken guitar and sing out of tune to get the cash, but they are not asking for “donations” neither are they businesses.

    If the site is worth paying for, then charge for it. Have the self-respect to run a business. If it’s free, then make it free. But you are not a charity and until you are saying “donations” is just a lie.

    Other sites are selling a service for races. Nothing wrong with that afaict. It’s honest and just as optional as you claim this is.

  • Novum

    How big is the trafic load / month ?
    sounds that you have some “Expensive” exampels going there….

    There are good / cheap hosts out there!

    And yes

    Thx for the best resource i know =)

  • fAk3

    Wow, rarely seen somebody complain about voluntarily stuff like that before! :weird:

    I will donate for a site that i use everyday since 2 years now and that saved me a lot of time.

  • DeDios

    Finally i can donate for my preferite sim blog :)
    Great decision, good luck for your blog!

  • spliff

    i wish all the best to virtualR.net! don’t let yourself pull down, montoya! we will support you.

    @michael:
    “I want to see a big, long, written apology at the top of virtualr.net the next time I visit.” -> i stopped reading your nonsense there. you know, you don’t HAVE to visit this site? you don’t HAVE to donate, also. just go away, or stop talking. or both. thank you.

  • http://simscreens.blogspot.com 6e66o

    Donated.

    Keep it up Rob!

  • Gnomie

    Michael: getting funds from small voluntary donations is a WHOLE different thing than being sponsored. Sponsoring immediately suggests the sponsor will be looking for something in return (like specific coverage), even if that might not be actually happening. That isn’t the case with a donation-based financing model.

    I’m sure you also see this, but your old grudges with VirtualR make you look high and low for something to criticize.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Thanks for all your feedback guys, make me feel much better :grin:

    And an even bigger thanks to those of you who have donated, your support means the world to me!!!! :grin:

    @ michael

    Well, I was expecting some comments like that.

    I´m really sorry for not being mister know-it-all like you seem to be. English is not my native language so if it’s really that bad, feel free to not visit this site anymore.

    I´m very much open to hear your suggestions on how I should cut costs. I already work for free, I use only open-source software and the site requires a powerful server to run, otherwise people will get errors like in the past few days.

    I don’t have to apologise for “charging” because I´m not charging for anything. What about the concept of voluntary donations don’t you understand? Nobody is forced to donate, in fact I offer zero incentive for people to donate because I strongly believe that only those who want to support this site should donate – Not to get rid of any kinds of limits or anything like that.

    I´m sorry for not being a skilled programmer and web designer too, it baffles me that you seem to believe that all people that run a popular blog are. What do you think programmers and web designers are for if everyone can do it themselves?

    This site started out as a tiny little thing to showcase my screenshots and has since grown into a massive place and I´ll do my best to keep up with my skills. So in your opinion I should rather close the site or give it away instead of seeking assistance? Really? You can’t really be serious..

    If you label accepting donations as begging and want to call me a bum, sure go ahead. There are tens of thousands of big websites out there who do exactly the same so I suggest you join them all to inform them that they´re beggars. And about VirtualR not being a charity: Of course it isn’t, when did I ever claim it was? “Donation” is the term that is used for this kind of stuff by Paypal, that dosen’t imply that the sites which use it are charities.

    And finally, what would be self-respecting about running this site as a business? I don’t want to use the good name of this site to promote bullshit-products, have dubious sponsors or anything like that, I don’t see the self-respect in that.

    Could I wring more money out of the site? I´m pretty sure I could, there have been various offers that I have turned down in the past. I´ve put way too much work into this during the last three years to compromise the content of this site in any way. Maybe I´m a bum, but I´d like to stick to the base principles that have made this site such a success.

  • flowie

    Until rfactorcentral.com was taken over by simraceway I didn’t spend much time visiting virtualr.net. But in the recent time I have to say virtualr has become my no.1 information source about simracing (mods & games) on the internet. You really don’t miss anything of what is important. I don’t care if the guy behind everything is not a pro in language, journalism, programming, business etc. I’m not a native speaker, too, but is there really a problem with it? This blog is not meant to be the NY Times of simracing … Just cool down everybody, give him the kudos he deserves and relax.

  • http://www.racinglinedevelopments.com the.cosmic.pope

    Dear Michael,

    You are a fucking moron.

    Regards,
    The rest of the community

  • webbienl

    Ill donate some when i have the money for it montoya :). I check the site every day for news from within the community. Keep the articles rolling.

    @Micheal

    …ah nvm, im not even gonna reply to your foolish demands.

  • Suarez10

    VirtualR is the best site for sim racing news, simple as that!!!

    Thanks for everything Rob!

  • triskele10

    Because of this site I began with Simracing 2 years ago and showed my how mutch there is out there in the big wide world, so I donated also as I do with other good and informative sites who at something for us.

    And English is also not my language.

  • f0xx

    Long live VirtualR! :happy:

  • Jux_

    I also visit this site very often. It is my #1 and only site for sim-racing news. Keep it going!

  • Rhys

    For what it’s worth, Montoya’s by no means bad at English. For a non-native speaker, he does a stellar job. I can understand him, and everyone here can understand him. I see no reason for anyone to attack him with that as one of the points against him; to me, that reeks of nitpicking.

    On to the subject of donations: I am not a credit card holder at the present time, so I cannot donate – but if I acquire the means to, I will.

  • http://simscreens.blogspot.com 6e66o

    fyi
    you dont need a creditcard to donate.
    All you need is to make an account at paypal.

  • Hoshi

    It’s good decision to accept donations Rob! Keep up the good work and don’t be upset about the hypocrite-comment by “michael”, or should I say “Darin”?

  • pixsim

    Hi Rob
    I wish a long life to virtualr.net

    Donate done.

    Pixsim’s members team are behind you

  • http://www.srrs-racing.net/ ermax18

    Let’s not feed the mentally challenged trolls. Rob is perfectly capable of “running” the site. He just needs some one time help doing a more cosomized site with out the bloat of wordpress. I thought he went over this. Some are just a little iliterate I guess. Also, it is perfectly acceptable to donate to a “volunteer”. He isn’t “charging” and isn’t a biz. Bussinesses make money. Or try to anyways. Rob is not.

    I am a developper and run a league which has a forum and some custom software that I wrote to handle points, rewards weight, hotlap database ect, ect. I am well aware of the massive amount of time it takes and the money it takes to run a site. I am amazed rob made it this far.

  • Remus

    Donated.

    Keep it up Rob! (thx 6e66o for your text :sd: )

    best regards LMT

  • drdryvillage

    I will donate as soon as possible, next month. (all my money for this month is wasted in beer :sd:)

    Keep up the good work! Thanks

    @ michael: get some brains :wink:

  • bclancy

    I cant believe the comments made by “Michael” :eek: WHAT A COMPLETE IDIOT! That RANT of his made no sense whatsoever, a charity???? FOOL!

    IF I want to make a volantary DONATION to help keep my most used number 1 site going, whats his gripe? As stated above before, I have already made a small donation and will continue to do so as I use this site daily :happy:

    Not everyone can afford to donate, many users may be young and not have the facilitys and so on.

    So in my humble opinon, THIS IS THE BEST METHOD TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THIS SITE. Free for all to use, but OPTION of a donation!

    My very best wishes, congrats and support (and dont listen to narrow minded biggots with an obvious axe to grind!)

    Brian

  • creatorex

    Michael Michael…. instead of devaluing others please waste your time in… ok ok I will content myself. Of course everyone has an opinion. My one is that when I want to know: I find IT HERE in TIME and with the RIGHT CONTENT. The content here is very good and I save a lot of time and I get the last contents and updates for my Sims.

    1 dollar or 2 dollars… who can’t donate that? So take into account the time expended in maintain this site not only technically. Contents too. And be constant and use personal time as a gift.

    Thanks for this Motoya.

    Cheers!!!

    PD:Michael I think you wasted more than a dollar in the time you expended in to be so destructive and be so nasty minded.

  • http://gprt.net/ Biek

    Feel free to keep reminding me to chip in from time to time m8, this site is well worth the money.

  • joseki

    Keep it up Rob, you have one of the best blogs I know and of course you can accept donations without any guilty feelings.

    Michaels post was the first post for a long time which made me so angry that I had to shut my browser, go to get a cup of coffee and calm down a bit before I post.

  • mrwout

    Well if you look at it VirtualR is a charity, it gives easy access to valuable information free of charge to the simnews hungry.

    But seriously I can’t see how someone can complain about a donate button. It is not begging, it just a person who is giving us a valuable newsblog, free of charge, made in his own free time. If that person allows people who are willing and capable of giving him a hand on the financial side of business that is by no means begging. He even is so humble to apologise for placing a donate button, and he even apologises to your comment.

    It is really grood to see al those great reactions, seems like the sim community is not that bad after al :p.

  • Jack B

    I’m always happy to support something that is worthwhile, whether it be a charity a website or a business. Websites go away or fade away or just stop delivering quality. Hope our donations help VirtualR stick around. Good luck.

  • Sidney Thomas

    I follow VirtualR almost religiously. I find the content to be quality. Even if I am not the target audience of some of the content. It is nice to be aware of what is going on in other sims to provide a comparison to the sims I race. With that said, I offer VirtualR this:

    I am not in a position to provide any funding at the moment. However, I am a software developer in the IT industry. I would be willing to assist you with the blog migration and other technology needs. My contact information is stored in the user database. Email me if you would like for me to help out. Also, this is a call to all of the software developers or IT professionals that sim race and follow VirtualR. If you have some spare time, I recommending contacting VR and seeing if you can help out.

  • corsa

    First off, thanks for providing this site. I, too, visit the site several times per week and really appreciate the work you put into it.

    On a technical note: looking at your traffic stats on Quantcast, it doesn’t look like you have near enough traffic to run into resource issues with WordPress. Are you using a cache plugin like WP-Supercache, and have it enabled and configured?

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Sidney, thanks a bunch for your offer, I highly appreciate that and I will get back to you when things hit the fan again :sd:

    Corsa, the stats in Quantcast are inaccurate as I have only been using it for a few days since the WordPress plugin seemed to cause problems. VirtualR is read by around 20.000 readers each day, somes day more, some days less.

    The readers itself wouldn’t be the problem if they would evened out over the day. There are high-load hours when most of the readers come though (usually between 6-9pm GMT) and that’s where the trouble starts.

    Yes, I´m already using WP-Super-Cache, the site wouldn’t stay up during these load hours without it. I´m using quite a lot of plugins for all the features the site has, all of which are creating a lot of database queries, putting a strain on the server.

    It gets especially worse on days with highly popular stories. A few weeks back when there was major news on F1 2010 and rFactor 2, over 30.000 readers visit the site in 24hrs, many of them coming at once due to links posted on popular gaming sites.

    Add frequent comments that reset the caching for the popular stories to that and it gets even worse.

    That put the server on the brink of collapse and forced me to temporarly deactivate some plugins just to keep the server up. Since my visitor numbers are still rising every month, such occoasions will only become more likely and I have to prepare the site for that. Right now, there’s absolutely no wiggle-room left, the server is running on the last bit of capacity during load hours.

  • adriecoot

    I would like to donate some of my free time and help you out with web graphics, banners etc. Sadly i have been “suspended” from the community on this site. I really don’t know why. If someone from VirtualR would like to contact me i would be happy to help you guys.

  • GeraArg

    Rob, is good to see you have these “problems”, when does an excellent job the people come en masse to the page. :wink: :happy:

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    adriecoot: I would like to donate some of my free time and help you out with web graphics, banners etc. Sadly i have been “suspended” from the community on this site. I really don’t know why. If someone from VirtualR would like to contact me i would be happy to help you guys.

    I suppose you talk about the Community Zone? I´m sorry about that, that section is run by a third-party service (Ning) and they seem to have huge issues with spam bots signing up for their site.

    To fight this, they ban members that meet certain email-adress patterns and it sometimes happens that legit users are cought up in this. I wasn’t aware of this when I opened the VirtualR account there..another lesson learned.

    I´m very sorry about that, If you can give me the mail-address you´ve used to sign up, I can have your account restored ASAP.

    Thanks a bunch for offering your help with graphics stuff, I´m not exactly an expert in that department. I will get back to you when I need help with that stuff :grin:

  • adriecoot

    Montoya:
    I suppose you talk about the Community Zone? I´m sorry about that, that section is run by a third-party service (Ning) and they seem to have huge issues with spam bots signing up for their site.To fight this, they ban members that meet certain email-adress patterns and it sometimes happens that legit users are cought up in this. I wasn’t aware of this when I opened the VirtualR account there..another lesson learned.I´m very sorry about that, If you can give me the mail-address you´ve used to sign up, I can have your account restored ASAP.Thanks a bunch for offering your help with graphics stuff, I´m not exactly an expert in that department. I will get back to you when I need help with that stuff

    i sent you an email to contact at virtualr dot com, dont know if you check that address… cheers!

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Done :grin:

  • fishersj

    If I want to know what’s going on in the world of Sim Racing this is the only site I visit. Absolutely awesome work Rob! Straight forward to use, visually impressive and interesting to read. You also have a great command of the English Language :). Cannot believe the criticism levelled at you by Michael. Who’s forcing him to read/visit? I’m all for constructive criticism but the comments just smacked of sour grapes. I’d be happy to donate every so often.

    Keep up your great work. Love the site.

  • felipe

    michael: Is this the same guy that wrote with so much bile and vitriol at many other sites that charge?

    man you are a worthless piece of you know what but not for your comment but for your double account and hiding behind it.

    BOT… Rob sites like yours and RD and few other indie sites must continue inform us in an unbiased way and I’ll be donating as often as I can!

  • FS

    May I stupidly ask what important plugins there are? Can’t you just live without them?
    Or does this include videos and screenshot-popups (although again, one could live without the latter).

  • DeDios

    I know is it OT, but i’d like to have in future the “edit” option for Firefox users too. Actually for edit my posts i need to open each time Internet Explorer :grin:
    And..yes, i’d like to see an “union” blog+community zone in all in one site. Would be great. Keep up the great work rob!!

  • Rhys

    felipe:
    man you are a worthless piece of you know what but not for your comment but for your double account and hiding behind it.

    Michael is not Darin. It may seem that way from the disrespectful nature of pretty much every post he makes, but I have encountered him on other sites. I can assure you, Michael is Michael, and no-one else.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    FS: May I stupidly ask what important plugins there are? Can’t you just live without them?
    Or does this include videos and screenshot-popups (although again, one could live without the latter).

    Plug-Ins provide everything that is not basic functionality.

    For example: The avatars, comment quote, comment edit, the smilies, the contact form, the screenshots and much more..

  • Mr. A

    Pleeeaaaase don’t change too much of the design! I like that this site has a rather simplistic design. It’s easy to read and find what you want. :grin:

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Mr. A: Pleeeaaaase don’t change too much of the design! I like that this site has a rather simplistic design. It’s easy to read and find what you want. :grin:

    Don’t worry, I´m not planning any major design changes anytime soon. I´m still pretty much satisfied with the design myself, so no reason to act :grin:

  • FS

    Montoya:
    Plug-Ins provide everything that is not basic functionality.
    For example: The avatars, comment quote, comment edit, the smilies, the contact form, the screenshots and much more..

    So basically everything except plain text? :tongue:
    Ok, in that case it’s hard to cut down on them significantly.

  • http://arseforums.com/phpBB/ r8response

    Montoya:
    Don’t worry, I´m not planning any major design changes anytime soon. I´m still pretty much satisfied with the design myself, so no reason to act

    Could make the layout to suit widescreen monitors though :cool:

  • Ghoults

    I think you at virtualr could encourage us users to add virtualr to our adblock whitelists (or in opera, take content filtering off for this site) which allows ads to load for this site. Since you are keeping the ads sensible (no half screen ads or anything too flashy) there’s no reason why not do this.

    Maybe a small addition to the ads income :)

  • BNR32

    Stop posting about arcage rubbish like NFS Shift, F1 2010, TDU etc. and your site would have less traffic when the casual gamers wouldn’t be loading up the screenshots and posting comments like “AWSUMMM IMMA BUY DIS GAME LOOKS SIK”.

  • Zenitchik

    @ Michael are you impersonating Daring Gangi? (he will not be happy about that, it is about time that we forget what happed there!)

    Sorry, but you barely speak English and are a million miles away from being a competent journalist in any other respect

    after reading the statement above, I get this impression of you:
    http://lineout.thestranger.com/files/2007/11/crybaby.jpg

    @ Montoya

    I’d love to help out with some coding, I Cannot believe that 30.000 hits a day can be that heavy on the server :weird:

    Anyways here are some easy things you could tinker with, that might improve performance in the short run

    If you are not already using tools like firebug and yslow, you defiantly should try them out. they are extensions for firefox that measure performance of your site and help figuring out the errors.
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843 Firebug
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5369 Yslow

    Google chrome also just got a similar tool
    http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/speedtracer/

    Without looking at what is going on the server, I can see that one of the issues might be the enormous amount of server calls that get generated each time I refresh the page.

    When I hit the main page the first time (nothing in the browser cache) i get 140 calls to the server, reducing this will give more breathing room to the server and save some bandwidth :)
    http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/3175/aboutblankj.jpg

    Javascript
    This page has 17 external Javascript scripts. Try combining them into one. Try combining them into one.
    I do not know how these are structured in wordpress, But this is a major hit on the loading time, the script tag blocks the execution of the page, so you would like to have very few requests for js files and place the scripts at the bottom of the html. PHP Speedy seems to solve that problem, take a look here
    http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/optimize-wordpress-page-loading-time-with-php-speedy-and-wp-super-cache

    Another big hit on your server is obviously images.
    Putting fewer images on the front page and showing the rest them on the actual post might save you some bandwidth, and increase the responsiveness of the main page :)
    You could also compress some of the images, I do not know if it can be automated with wp.
    http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/2393/wwwsmushitcomysmushit.jpg

    WordPress plugins and MySQL obviously are not made for each other :D
    I dunno how far you have gone optimizing DB performance, but there are some things that can be done to squeeze a bit more out of the standard install of php and mysql:
    http://elliottback.com/wp/why-my-wordpress-site-is-so-much-faster-than-yours/
    http://yoast.com/wordpress/optimize-db/

    I hope that virtualr will survive! :tongue:

  • hoboracer

    BNR32: Stop posting about arcage rubbish like NFS Shift, F1 2010, TDU etc. and your site would have less traffic when the casual gamers wouldn’t be loading up the screenshots and posting comments like “AWSUMMM IMMA BUY DIS GAME LOOKS SIK”.

    So you hate all arcade racers, we get you man. But whats the chance a few of these arcade guys come here to get news and get turned on to something more serious like iRacing. Fishing in the arcade pond is a great way to find serious drivers. And with the rating system that iRacing has, it can keep the wreckers at helm while the truly skilled can advance and enjoy the clean competition.

  • http://www.virtualr.net Montoya

    Zenitchik, thanks for all the links!

    I digg through that in the coming days, looks really helpful!

  • http://www.blogtechnical.com Brad

    Im surprised you paid 50 euro for shared hosting. :shock: Those guys were blindly ripping you off, unless you’re talking about VPS/Cloud hosting.

    Also… W3 Total Cache… rather than Super Cache…to help further reduce the strain on the static page calls.

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