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Now on new server in France

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Today the site has been moved to a new server and it is in France. Even though our previous server was in Australia it wasn't optimised and needed a lot of work to firstly optimise it and then tweak the site. I believe that to obtain a greater audience and use of the site it had to be more appealing, performance wise, to the rest of the world but without sacrificing the performance to use all here in Australia. So I engaged a guru not only in server management but also a specialist in the site software we use and today he completed the setup of the new server, in France, and fully tweaked the site to get the best performance possible. The performance figures are:

 

Load Times:

Country Aust Server New Server
Australia 1 sec 1.1 sec
USA 2.8 sec 1.3 sec
Europe/UK 3.2 sec 1 sec

 

NOTE: WE ARE ALSO USING CLOUD STORAGE OF IMAGES SO THE CACHE NEEDS TO BUILD UP LOCAL COPIES OF THE IMAGES SO THEY MAY BE SLOW LOADING FOR A LITTLE WHILE

 

I also have obtained a new Australian server which will contain Whats Up Australia (the off topic site), Clear Prop (the pilot supplies shop), Jackaroo (my personal domain and RecFly (my testing domain). As these are all specific to just Australia it is best to keep them here in Oz. Whats Up Australia is now also going to get a full makeover, including the move to a fully optimised version of IPS software, and promotion to make it a more social experience and a resource to discuss anything pertinent to Australia.

 

Both Recreational Flying and Whats Up Australia will also have stronger ties to Facebook with 2 separate Facebook groups, 1 for each site, as well

 

Before Whats Up Australia is moved I need to decide whether to keep the name WhatsUpAustralia.com.au or change it to a shorter iconic Australian name of jackaroo.com.au...Note that there is a new TLD coming out of just simply .au so no .com so I am thinking jackaroo.au sounds good...what do you think?

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I like Jackeroo but will people mistake it for something about horse mustering and outback stuff?

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Jackeroo??? ... No-o-o-o-o. Definitely not. Sounds like something all the big-hat wearing, rodeo rough-riders, circle-burnout bogans, and the B&S Ball mob, would instantly flock to ... :cheezy grin:

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Both WhatsupAustralia, and Jackaroo fail to indicate any ties with the original source of the site, ie Recreational Flying. The off-topic site is where we gather to solve the world's problems and talk bullshite, while RecFlying is the more serious side. 

 

Basically RecFlying is the Aero Club Briefing Room and Whatsup is the Aero Club Bar. Perhaps the new name for Whatsup could reflect the clubhouse feel the site already has.

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