Raising donation threshold (just for a bit)

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Hey folks, some of you might have noticed that I raised the donation threshold from our usual 50 dollars a month to 100.

This is a temporary move as I am trying to encourage more donations this month in order to cover the costs of setting up a CDN for StP. Setting up this CDN (content distributed network) will allow us to serve people in countries all around the world, making StP more useful to people outside the United States. A CDN stores files and images on computers closer to where you are and distributed all around the world so the site will load faster for everyone (including mobile users).

If you saw my last post, I made this same announcement but at that time we were using the free account on keycdn. We blew through the limited amount of data they give free users quicker than I expected!

So, it's time to pay up if we want to make StP more broadly available to the world. By my estimations it will only take 50 dollars to cover us for the year, so hopefully that wont be too difficult to raise.

Just to be clear, this isn't an emergency, so if you're broke don't worry about it! Otherwise, if you have a few bucks to spare, we could sure use your help in raising this 50 bucks which will help us bring on more international users :)

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A CDN stores files and images on computers closer to where you are and distributed all around the world so the site will load faster for everyone (including mobile users).
Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with it and raising a bit money for it. :)

But do you really think it will have such a huge impact?

I mean, .css and .js files are just text files and the layout images are quite small. And all of that will be cached anyway, so only loaded once from the server.

When I have problems with the performace of StP (in England or Germany), it is mostly cause of the heavy use of Javascripts on my slow machine here, not the loading time.

Perhaps it's different in other parts of the world, though.

Just my two cents ...
 
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Don't get me wrong, nothing wrong with it and raising a bit money for it. :)

But do you really think it will have such a huge impact?

I mean, .css and .js files are just text files and the layout images are quite small. And all of that will be cached anyway, so only loaded once from the server.

When I have problems with the performace of StP (in England or Germany), it is mostly cause of the heavy use of Javascripts on my slow machine here, not the loading time.

Perhaps it's different in other parts of the world, though.

Just my two cents ...
without going into too much detail, yes, it makes a huge difference! that's why so many websites use CDNs. i've tested with and without from several different countries and the website loads several seconds faster than it would without. it's likely that you'd see a big difference even on an older computer :D
 
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