MacRumors - revenues generated and cost of running?

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  1. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    Feeling nosey, bored and curious. Couldn't find a thread on this in this forum.

    How much does MR cost to run? And how much revenue does it generate?
     
  2. arn macrumors god

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    Sorry, we don't give out those numbers. Best I can tell you is the site runs on 4 dedicated servers and is making a profit.

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  3. Allotriophagy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes...what kind of machines?
     
  4. Allotriophagy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. liketom macrumors 601

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  7. arn macrumors god

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    Sorry, no Xserve... just Linux x86 Servers. :)

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  8. liketom macrumors 601

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    and a fine job they do too :cool: this is more then a website ... it's a online home for me:)
     
  9. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Is there a reason? Cost? Software? I'm just curious as I'd kinda expect a Mac site to run on XServe not that there's anything wrong with Linux.
     
  10. arn macrumors god

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    Well, the Xserve didn't really exist when MacRumors started (2000). Beyond that, Xserve's just aren't used for web hosting as much. Harder to get reasonable deals on Xserve hosting.

    Switching providers isn't a minor task, so there's no real incentive to move hosts. In fact, due to the hassle, my current provider would have to screw up pretty badly for me to ever move.

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  11. Queso macrumors G4

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    OSX Server, like its desktop equivalent, is an all-purpose OS, good at a variety of things but more generic in nature. Linux can be easily customised to do one thing extremely quickly, so for a high-performance web server it's the best option.

    Most of the Web is hosted using Apache on Linux these days.
     
  12. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    What does the info in the picture mean where the Glasgow address is? What does the hosting of MR have to do with the area I am from? I feel connected to the site more than ever now!

    In otherwords, what is the nameserver organisation?

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  13. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Knox one of the mods, lives in Glasgow.
     
  14. Knox Administrator

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    In general terms, by far the greatest cost in running a website of a reasonable size is time - both writing it in the first place and even more significantly, maintaining it. How you value that time is another matter but if you had to pay a company to create & maintain a large site it could easily add up to thousands a month.

    The nameservers translate www.macrumors.com into the IP address of the server that runs it. As others have said, I run those servers and live in Glasgow (although not at that particular address I should point out :p). The actual nameservers are in the US however.
     
  15. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Well...at least...not until the IPO :eek: :eek: :D
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    And here I was, planning a special trip to see you. I was gonna bring beer!



    :p
     
  17. Peace macrumors P6

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    Linux Servers are some of the best around!! And Apache rocks.

    I used to run a couple.
     
  18. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Ya great get him drunk and then we are going to have to run the servers ourselves.:p :rolleyes:
     
  19. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Right on brother! :D
     
  20. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    Could we get numbers only for the Macrumors Live event coverage? Thats all I am really interested in.
     
  21. MacNut macrumors Core

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    What kind of numbers? Im sure the stats are available if you do a search for them.
     
  22. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    Cost
     
  23. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Fairly certain you are not going to get those numbers.
     
  24. Knox Administrator

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    Again, the real cost is very difficult to determine because of the value of the time spend preparing for the events, and MacRumorsLive in particular takes a lot of time. It's an extreme example because the visitor numbers are so huge; this in turn means that a lot of time needs to be taken to ensure every possible eventuality is thought of and prepared for. We started planning for January's keynote in September (and early discussions about how photos might be included happened way back in March) so there's a long lead-time up to an event where it's being worked on.

    Getting someone to implement and run it it on a commercial basis, the hosting cost would be insignificiant compared to the cost of labour.
     

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