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    ProSkill got a reaction from AA15 in Any IPS 4.1 high-load community examples?   
    He's my experience for what it's worth. My site gets 15K - 20K visitors per day and I have been having serious slowness issues. Initially my site was running on a VPS with 8GB of RAM and 24 shared cores. I ran into a storage issue where the VPS only allowed up to a 200GB of storage so I had to move to a different server. I first moved to a dedicated server with 4 cores and 8 GB of RAM. I thought being on a VPS would provide better performance, but boy was I wrong. The site quickly overwhelmed the 4 cores and was basically unusable. I then decided my only option was to move back to the VPS, and offload attachments to Amazon S3. Well, Amazon S3 is insanely expensive for bandwidth it was running about 400 per month just for S3 storage, and the site was still slow. So my next try was to move the database over to Amazon RDS which again was insanely expensive it was $11 for about 8 hours of use (imagine the monthly cost) and was very slow due to latency. I then decide to spin up another VPS just for the database, and move the site and attachments back to a dedicated server. Well everything was still very slow and PHP was eating up all the CPU even with no MySQL running on the server, I was getting 64 Server load with 4 cores! So here is the fix and it's like night and day. I installed Easy Apache 4 and installed php 7 with memcached. The site is now faster than it's ever been even with 2k users on. So if your site is slow I would highly recommend upgrading to PHP 7. This took me about 2 months to figure out but, the site is blazing fast now. 
    My current setup is: 4 GB 24 core VPS that only runs MySQL, and a 4 core 8 GB dedicated server that runs the forum. 
     
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    ProSkill got a reaction from Hans_F in Gradient Theme [ support topic ]   
    How can I change the logo to float left? I love everything about this theme, but not being able to left justify the logo is really annoying. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from sobrenome in Any IPS 4.1 high-load community examples?   
    He's my experience for what it's worth. My site gets 15K - 20K visitors per day and I have been having serious slowness issues. Initially my site was running on a VPS with 8GB of RAM and 24 shared cores. I ran into a storage issue where the VPS only allowed up to a 200GB of storage so I had to move to a different server. I first moved to a dedicated server with 4 cores and 8 GB of RAM. I thought being on a VPS would provide better performance, but boy was I wrong. The site quickly overwhelmed the 4 cores and was basically unusable. I then decided my only option was to move back to the VPS, and offload attachments to Amazon S3. Well, Amazon S3 is insanely expensive for bandwidth it was running about 400 per month just for S3 storage, and the site was still slow. So my next try was to move the database over to Amazon RDS which again was insanely expensive it was $11 for about 8 hours of use (imagine the monthly cost) and was very slow due to latency. I then decide to spin up another VPS just for the database, and move the site and attachments back to a dedicated server. Well everything was still very slow and PHP was eating up all the CPU even with no MySQL running on the server, I was getting 64 Server load with 4 cores! So here is the fix and it's like night and day. I installed Easy Apache 4 and installed php 7 with memcached. The site is now faster than it's ever been even with 2k users on. So if your site is slow I would highly recommend upgrading to PHP 7. This took me about 2 months to figure out but, the site is blazing fast now. 
    My current setup is: 4 GB 24 core VPS that only runs MySQL, and a 4 core 8 GB dedicated server that runs the forum. 
     
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    ProSkill got a reaction from The Old Man in Crowded VPS - Add second disk just for uploads?   
    1. I am at the highest VPS package that my host has, and my options are either move to a dedicated server (added expense, plus hassle to move), or figure out how to add additional disk space for attachments. I actually just setup Wasabi as mentioned by someone else in this thread. I'll see how that works. 
    2. I'll check them out, I did a search google but I wasn't able to find anything relevant to what I was doing. 
    3. That was in reference to a different, larger forum that I own. I wasn't using a CDN so I think that contributed to it, I also didn't notice any real performance improvements so I just got a larger dedicated server. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from Joel R in Crowded VPS - Add second disk just for uploads?   
    I am using it solely for attachments. I tried S3 before but it was VERY expensive I was spending $400 - $500 per month for hosting and bandwidth fees. Also, AWS isn't very DMCA friendly, in other words, if you get a few per year that can be enough for them to suspend your account, and if they do that you may lose all access to your content, even if it's over something stupid like an avatar image. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from SeNioR- in How do you explain these sitemap/index results?   
    I have been saying for a long time that there seems to be an issue with the IPB sitemap generator. I have been told by one member in particular whose name I shall not mention that the problem is with my site and not the sitemap, despite the fact that many others are reporting similar results. Before I go on, I am running 4.3.3 on a dedicated server.  At one point  two years ago I had almost 400k indexed pages in Google, however, after the Fred update and 4.2 upgrade I lost close to 300k indexed pages, at the lowest point I was down to about 92k indexed pages. After doing the 4.3 update I ran the rebuild sitemap tool hoping that it would update the sitemap and submit new/moved/edited pages and that the sitemap would be larger, however, the opposite appears to have happened my sitemap went down from approximately 78k pages to about 11k pages and I still don't understand why. In any case, I saw in another thread someone mentioned that they were using a paid sitemap service and that they had seen good results so I decided to try it. Here are my results so far, I started this on June 1st. 
     
    Here are my indexed pages, they were trending down, however, notice on or about 6/1 the number of indexed pages shot up significantly. On 5/13 I had only 92k pages indexed, by 6/10 that rocketed to more than 146k indexed pages. 

     
    Here are the details from my forum generated sitemap, notice how it only has 10,857 pages
     

     
    Here are the results from the paid sitemap service, 92,222 submitted pages, with 40k already indexed. 

    Here are the pages processed by the sitemap service:
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    Conclusion, the default IPB sitemap has issues. Secondly, to those who say that the sitemap doesn't matter, I would argue that these results show pretty clearly that the sitemap does matter.  What do you think? 
     
     
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    ProSkill got a reaction from SeNioR- in How do you explain these sitemap/index results?   
    According to Google Analytics there was a 25.98% increase in users over the same period last year. 
     


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    ProSkill got a reaction from seapoolvn in How do you explain these sitemap/index results?   
    According to Google Analytics there was a 25.98% increase in users over the same period last year. 
     


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    ProSkill got a reaction from seapoolvn in How do you explain these sitemap/index results?   
    I have been saying for a long time that there seems to be an issue with the IPB sitemap generator. I have been told by one member in particular whose name I shall not mention that the problem is with my site and not the sitemap, despite the fact that many others are reporting similar results. Before I go on, I am running 4.3.3 on a dedicated server.  At one point  two years ago I had almost 400k indexed pages in Google, however, after the Fred update and 4.2 upgrade I lost close to 300k indexed pages, at the lowest point I was down to about 92k indexed pages. After doing the 4.3 update I ran the rebuild sitemap tool hoping that it would update the sitemap and submit new/moved/edited pages and that the sitemap would be larger, however, the opposite appears to have happened my sitemap went down from approximately 78k pages to about 11k pages and I still don't understand why. In any case, I saw in another thread someone mentioned that they were using a paid sitemap service and that they had seen good results so I decided to try it. Here are my results so far, I started this on June 1st. 
     
    Here are my indexed pages, they were trending down, however, notice on or about 6/1 the number of indexed pages shot up significantly. On 5/13 I had only 92k pages indexed, by 6/10 that rocketed to more than 146k indexed pages. 

     
    Here are the details from my forum generated sitemap, notice how it only has 10,857 pages
     

     
    Here are the results from the paid sitemap service, 92,222 submitted pages, with 40k already indexed. 

    Here are the pages processed by the sitemap service:
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    Conclusion, the default IPB sitemap has issues. Secondly, to those who say that the sitemap doesn't matter, I would argue that these results show pretty clearly that the sitemap does matter.  What do you think? 
     
     
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    ProSkill got a reaction from AmericanRev2 in News Ticker [ support topic ]   
    How do I remove the default text: "Plaint Text Ticker This is a custom ticker"? Also, how do I get it to look the one in your demo, on my site it's just showing as scrolling black text.
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    ProSkill got a reaction from AlexWebsites in How do you explain these sitemap/index results?   
    Now up to 195,259 indexed pages. 
     

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    ProSkill got a reaction from sobrenome in Large community? You have a problems with sitemap!   
    Anyone have updates to report after moving to 4.3? I noticed that the number of links in my sitemap is now significantly smaller. I am not sure why that is, I ran the sitemap rebuild function. It's too early to notice any ranking changes. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from Duken in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    It's not irrelevant. You're making assumptions based on your obviously limited knowledge of the Google Search Console. There is no argument that Google dropped pages, the question is why? The content didn't change and the pages weren't deleted. My theory is that "Fred" is the main culprit, and I'd like to hear ideas for improving SEO to be more Fred friendly.  With Fred and other algorithm updates Google has started to penalize what it considers "Iow quality content" which can be a problem for forums, as forum posts are often short and conversational and only make sense if you understand the context of the forum or topic.  I am not blaming IPS for anything, I am simply trying to get to the bottom of an issue that I and others have experienced.  As others have pointed out the default sitemap generator is slow to update, this can be and issue for large dynamic forums that have a lot of moves, edits, and splits.  Also, as noted above  my sitemap only shows 78k pages, while last year at about this time I had 400k indexed pages in Google. I haven't deleted 300k+ pages, why aren't they reflected in the sitemap? Again, if your sitemap is out of date the pages that Google indexes will likely be out of date. If you haven't experienced this issue then so be it, I am not interested in hearing about your opinions on an issue that you know nothing about. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from **pushkar** in Large community? You have a problems with sitemap!   
    Cached URLs in Googles index. If the site map isn't generating fast enough or enough URLS then obviously the number of URLs contained in the sitemap won't give Google the full picture.
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    ProSkill got a reaction from prupdated in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    It's not irrelevant. You're making assumptions based on your obviously limited knowledge of the Google Search Console. There is no argument that Google dropped pages, the question is why? The content didn't change and the pages weren't deleted. My theory is that "Fred" is the main culprit, and I'd like to hear ideas for improving SEO to be more Fred friendly.  With Fred and other algorithm updates Google has started to penalize what it considers "Iow quality content" which can be a problem for forums, as forum posts are often short and conversational and only make sense if you understand the context of the forum or topic.  I am not blaming IPS for anything, I am simply trying to get to the bottom of an issue that I and others have experienced.  As others have pointed out the default sitemap generator is slow to update, this can be and issue for large dynamic forums that have a lot of moves, edits, and splits.  Also, as noted above  my sitemap only shows 78k pages, while last year at about this time I had 400k indexed pages in Google. I haven't deleted 300k+ pages, why aren't they reflected in the sitemap? Again, if your sitemap is out of date the pages that Google indexes will likely be out of date. If you haven't experienced this issue then so be it, I am not interested in hearing about your opinions on an issue that you know nothing about. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from prupdated in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    The above images don't show enough information to come to that conclusion. If the sitemap isn't functioning properly it may not accurately reflect the total amount of pages.  Also, the bottom chart (the historical view) shows total indexed pages found via Google's web crawler. The top image shows cached vs submitted from the sitemap only. For whatever reason Google is only indexing about 22% of the submitted pages, this is an issue that I doubt is specific to my forum.  Also, if this time last year I had close to 400k pages indexed, but my current sitemap only shows 75k pages, where did the rest go? I haven't deleted 300k plus pages.
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    ProSkill got a reaction from prupdated in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    Here is an example:


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    ProSkill got a reaction from prupdated in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    I've been trying to get this answered for about a year now. My best guess is that "Fred" Google's algorithm update last March is the culprit. I lost close to 300k indexed URLs. The gist of it is that Fred penalizes "low value" content which is a problem for forums in part because of the nature of how forums work; short conversational posts. I have yet to see this addressed or even really talked about. However, there is no denying when looking at my index status that around the time of "Fred" I lost a ton of indexed pages. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from AlexWebsites in Not all topics indexed by Google from sitemap   
    I've been trying to get this answered for about a year now. My best guess is that "Fred" Google's algorithm update last March is the culprit. I lost close to 300k indexed URLs. The gist of it is that Fred penalizes "low value" content which is a problem for forums in part because of the nature of how forums work; short conversational posts. I have yet to see this addressed or even really talked about. However, there is no denying when looking at my index status that around the time of "Fred" I lost a ton of indexed pages. 
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    ProSkill got a reaction from media in Large community? You have a problems with sitemap!   
    I second this @Matt
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    ProSkill reacted to ucjohn in Large community? You have a problems with sitemap!   
    @Matt any word on why this hasn't been addressed?
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    ProSkill got a reaction from David.. in Large community? You have a problems with sitemap!   
    This sounds great. I've seen a HUGE decrease in cached URLs on google from 1/1/17 to 12/31/17. Can anyone else confirm that this works? Also, why hasn't IPS addressed this?
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    ProSkill got a reaction from Nathan Explosion in (NE) HTML5 Audio/Video Player   
    What does pre-load videos mean? I'd like to make it so that embedded videos from third-party sites show up and play, however, I don't want upload video attachments to auto-play because where there are 10 to 15 videos per page it slows the page and server down as it tries to play all of the the videos at once.
    Edit: I figured it out. Once again thank you, this plugin is great! 
     
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    ProSkill got a reaction from orp in Provide a way to block certain groups from seeing images   
    It's really frustrating that there isn't a way to prevent certain groups (i.e. guests) from seeing images that have been uploaded as attachments and then inserted into posts. Every forum software that I have ever used has this ability. Just blocking non-paid groups from being able to upload isn't enough. This feature is very important for those of us who run forums that require membership fees. If I can't prevent guests and non-paid members from seeing content it basically defeats the purpose of having a fee based system. I don't understand why this feature is overlooked and brushed off by IPS staff I have brought it up on numerous occasions. You spend so much time trying to improve on the "Activity Stream" that most people never use or could do without, but don't put in the time to add basic features that are of critical importance to a lot of people. There is a third-party mod called Cloak that attempts to add these features, but it broke in some of the recent updates, and really we shouldn't have to rely on a third-party to add this critical feature. I would note that the cloak mod has 700 downloads, so it is certainly a feature that people are looking for. I apologize for the tone of this post, but this is really frustrating, and I likely wouldn't have switched over to this software had I known that this feature was missing.
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    ProSkill got a reaction from TAMAN in News Ticker [ support topic ]   
    Yes, that was it. Thank you for your help. All is working now. 
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