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Important question for small project like ChartGizmo is hosting.
If you are using PHP, Perl or something like it, you can get cheap hosting. If you have a lot of money you can bay expensive multi core server with best internet connection. But we are poor developers and we are using Java =)
If you are like to save your money you have to find compromise between quality and price.
For first month we had used old home PC with bad internet connection. As result our site was down for two nights.
After we bought virtual dedicated server on GoDaddy.com
We was happy. For 29$ per month we had four core server. But this price included only 256 Mb of memory. It is too little.
Next three months we had good life.
All good is finishing. After celebrating of 2500 registered users on our service we firstly got “Not enough memory” error message. It was a good error just because it was result of intense interest.
And we also got feedbacks from users about slow speed of our site. After small investigation we found grudge. It was network delays of Godaddy’s routers.
We started to think about new hosting.
We found good hosting at http://www.linode.com.
It’s pretty hosting with good price and quality. After couple months using I can recommend this service.
ChartGizmo is totally free to use but is pretty costly run. We have server costs, application maintenance costs, admin costs, legal costs etc etc etc. It all adds up to a pretty penny. If you’re interested, the Google adverts are bringing in a few pence a day. So I’m not getting rich using them, but they go towards hosting the tutorials and downloads.
We would really appreciate it if you would do one of several things:
1. Tell everyone about this great free chart maker on forums you hang out at, in news letters, word of mouth. Just shout about ChartGizmo as loud as you can from the rooftops if you like.
2. Link back to ChartGizmo from your website. Why not blog about us and link back to us from your blog. Add us to your social bookmark site of choice. Hell, why not video yourself making your chart design and put it up on youtube.
3. Write us feedback.
4. Make a direct donation of money via paypals donate system. No matter how small or large, all money is appreciated in helping with the operating costs.
The more buzz we get going about this free chart maker software, the better we can make it in the future. The more designs we can add and more functions too.
Please help us to help you make this the best free online chart builder on the net. We can keep it free with your support.
Our service has been moved from old home PC to the new high quality server.
We have a lot of Japanese users in last days. Unfortunately Japanese characters in charts don’t work.
This bug has been fixed today.
We don’t expect ever to see so many users in first days after launching. We submit link to chartgizmo.com to several blogs reviewing new startups on 24.06, and waiting for several visitors. Reality surpass all our expectations:
It is more about 150 users in 4 days.
We looking into logs and working hard to fix all bugs found by these people. Big thanks to these pioneers.
We wondering how many bloggers over the world post and review our site.
It was one of funniest days in our lives.