What a day, man. It's been crazy as hell over here among command during launch day for The New Angry Army! I am really taken aback and humbled by how much support you guys have shown me and our new community!
Get this... 5,814 members, apart from our stealth launch where we got around 300 members, all came within just one day--less even! We launched around 3:00 P.M central time. So, it's actually only been about nine hours! LOL, wowie!
Good GOD! You see, this is why; this is exactly why. I really respect the fact that when I make a video or ask for your support, you guys come through. That's why I tried my best and worked my butt off to create something that looked good and had some of the best features around for you. Now, I'm nowhere near finished, but now that you have shown us so much support, I'm only going to redouble my efforts to make this the best community we can make it!
As a direct result, you guys obliterated my dedicated server, lol. The site went down almost immediately. I got on the phone ASAP, and was troubleshooting and tweaking the settings with my host nearly the whole way through!
I apologize for the crashes and slow loading times. Angry Bot on Teamspeak which assigns you guys the correct permissions also got knocked the eff out by your might, lol. I'm currently repairing him with his creator.
Anyway, the server people tell me that even with my current configuration there is not much else they can do if we plan to maintain these levels of traffic or if we continue to push very directed youtube traffic to the servers at one time. They have recommended me adding one, possibly two, servers and even a load balancer that should be able to offset this in the future. Unfortunately, that's pretty expensive. They are putting together some options for us and will get back on Friday.
On the flip side, we absolutely destroyed our November site and server goals. Hell, it was at 95% just from the stealth launch users alone! So, what may end up having to happen is we will need to raise this goal to cover the costs of running those new servers if we decide to upgrade and add 'em! I want to personally thank (and have been in the forums) everyone who has donated so far, and everyone who has signed up to the Club Memberships we offer; the Club Memberships allow us to know for sure how much the guild treasury will have each month to cover our costs and allow us to do some of the cool things we have planned! Thanks to everyone who helped, and to those who plan to help in the future!
There's still much I have to do! There's more people and club members to thank in the forums, plus features to fix and upgrade for the site. Please stay tuned for that!
Also, the AJSA Recruitment video will be going up on AngryJoeShow YouTube tomorrow, so please be on the lookout for it and give it another view! Spread the word, too! See you guys then.