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Happy 1st Birthday!

It's Inkbunny's 1st birthday!

The site went live to the public 1 year ago today.

Thank you to everyone for your support. We've grown up much faster than we expected. All the help we have received in getting here has been invaluable.

IB has gone from a site of just a few hundred regular users, to one with over 5,000 members regularly accessing it every day. Total unique visitors (which includes Guests) is now up to almost 20,000 per day. Total registered members is now over 45,000. We've had to upgrade the server earlier than expected as a result!

Useful live activity stats are always available at https://inkbunny.net/stats.php

Our new server

For those that missed hearing about it; a few weeks back we upgraded to a new server called Fluttershy which has 8 x Xeon cores, 16GB RAM and 1TB of 15kRPM SAS HDDs. It should keep things pretty fast and give us lots of room to grow for the immediate future. Thanks again to our Sponsors who jumped in with the much-needed cash for that upgrade!

What does the future hold for IB?

TL;DR version...

A new interface is in the works. A new version of the site code (all the stuff under the hood) is also in development. The code will be released as Open Source once we launch so Inkbunny can have babies and be upgraded faster. It's all going to be very shiny but could take us a year (or way longer) to complete!

Technical mumbo jumbo version...

In the next few weeks we are starting work on Version 2. Version 1 is unlikely ever to have an official release and will remain in Beta until it is replaced (with fixes and features added in the meantime as required).

Version 1 was created from scratch using a custom framework so it is difficult for newcomers to join the coding project and it is not easy to extend. We also do not currently get all the benefits of being part of an externally maintained Open Source framework.

Version 2 will begin as a major refactoring of the codebase (lots of tidying up and better use of OO to be done!). Once that is done we will begin migrating the code into a mainstream framework.

At the same time, a new user interface is being developed. We intend to keep the essence of the current interface but improve a lot of the strange/annoying (we like to say “eccentric”) parts.

We hope to release the new interface and new code base at the same time.

Once all that arduous work is complete and the new version of the site is launched, the code base will be released under an Open Source license. This will be the best way to speed up site development by allowing anyone to contribute features and fixes. It will also give something back to the community, allowing anyone to use the IB code to start their own art site. We believe having a number of successful art sites is the best thing for the growing furry community.

All this will be a heap of work, so we don't expect to be launching Version 2 for at least a year. Version 1 took about 9 months from when the first bit of code was laid down, to the day it launched publicly. At that stage it was much simpler than what Inkbunny is today. The project has grown massively in scope. Some fool keeps adding features to it.

New Sales System (coming soon, we promise)

The old Sales feature has been offline for a long time now. But work on the replacement system is progressing. It's a complete re-write from the ground up so it's a lot to do. We'll see if we can get the new version of Sales released before the old one has been offline for a year. We have until November! But really, it doesn't look like you'll have to wait quite that long. Thanks everyone for being so patient and understanding about it!

Now go and eat some chocolate cake!

That's all for now,

Inkbunny
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Lyserdigi
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday to you.. ♪♫♫♪♪
Silnat
7 years, 3 months ago
Wow times fly when you have a good time!
Happy b day!
billmurray
7 years, 3 months ago
I wonder what the licensing will be like on v2   @w@
You want people to contribute back, right!
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
I'm sure most people modifying the code will contribute back. Licenses are impossible to enforce anyway.
TomNCatz
7 years, 3 months ago
Actually, I think it's an incredible idea.  Web design isn't my strong suit but there have been numerous times I've come up with a feature or fix for something on a site and there is nothing you can do about it.  This way anyone who has the know how can make a fix for the problem or submit new functional features.  Not all of it will get used, but it's basically like signing on all of the users as code monkeys XD
darkjedi
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday Inkbunny!!!!
Webster
7 years, 3 months ago
♪ Happy happy birthday, from all of us to you! We wish it was our birthday so we could party too! ♪
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
Well actually it's the 1st birthday for the whole community here so you can party too. :3
Weehee
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday guys <3
MaxFirestorm
7 years, 3 months ago
You called the new server Fluttershy?



....yay
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
SHE WANTS YOU TO LOVE HER
Beachfox
7 years, 3 months ago
*STARES*
MaxFirestorm
7 years, 3 months ago
Oh god, you have no idea how much I just laughed xD
FerretWilliams
7 years, 3 months ago
Fluttershy will take good care of all the critters on this site. I guess if a router needs a name, "Spike" would be good if it's fast or "Derpy Hooves" if it's slow.
Pikuna
7 years, 3 months ago
Cool, wish I joined today and not yesterday, would be much cooler. xD
Happy Birthday IB! :3
Ausup
7 years, 3 months ago
Congratulations and happy birthday InkBunny ^^
LupineAssassin
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday, IB!! ^^
ArtemisVulpes
7 years, 3 months ago
This is your Birthday song, it isn't very long~
Giza
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday, and keep up the good work!
sykeus
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday guys <3
Keep up the good work =)
Halpthiuian
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Burpday! ;D
viviboi9
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday ^-^ and they grow up so fast *happy tear*
InsecureFlaky
7 years, 3 months ago
Its an honor to be part of this celebration, also It is good that Inkbunny had a quick growth it usually means good things for the future

Keep it up Bunny!
chocobo
7 years, 3 months ago
HBD :D
ALLMIGHTY117
7 years, 3 months ago
HBD IB :]
ChaosSabre
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy 1st Birthday Inkbunny! XD
LordChaos
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy happy joy joy.  May there be many more.
AndyBunneh
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday! *offers cawwot cake*
Tadpole
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday, keep up the good work.
ScottyKat
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday IB!!!
Netherwulf
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday, InkBunny.net! May it be the first of a great many.
Sinaqui
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday, Inkbunny! Glad I could make it to the party!
Henkou
7 years, 3 months ago
*blows one of those annoying party blow outs*
Issarlk
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday.
Dracolicoi
7 years, 3 months ago
yay! happy birthday!!
Toksyuryel
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday InkBunny~ *gives birthday snugglegropes*

A few backend suggestions for your refactoring project: Python, PostgreSQL, and nginx. A far more robust combination than the usual combo of PHP/MySQL/Apache, more secure, and a lot more comfortable to program with. Since you're committed to rewriting everything anyway, might as well rewrite it in something sane this time :)
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
Ah but PHP developers are easier to come by, and it's what I know. We use Postgresql for the DB. :3
Toksyuryel
7 years, 3 months ago
It's pretty easy to learn Python :)
Alfador
7 years, 3 months ago
YAY! Happy birfday Inkbunny!! *huggles Starling and all the other admins too*
Beachfox
7 years, 3 months ago
All this transparency is making my head spin!  Looking forward to what the future brings!
poweroutage
7 years, 3 months ago
Whats the activity look like on your server? Cpu usage... hard drive... Just curious, sounds sweet.
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
We're at about 3% overall load on average (which takes into account CPU and HDD load). That gives us lots of room to grow and the ability to deal with sudden activity bursts. The old server was at 20% average load and bursts often exceeded 100%.
poweroutage
7 years, 3 months ago
Wow! Only 3% That's amazing, I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to system performance so that's exciting. Are the hard drives in any sort of RAID to pull that off? I've never seen benchmarks on how much data 15K HHD's can read/write so I'm going to Google that now.
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
They're in hardware RAID-5 on our system. It improves read speed massively. In theory there's a write penalty but I've never seen it. I think modern caches are just so fast it doesn't hurt that.
SpearWolf
7 years, 3 months ago
I love Inkbunbuns.
cursedscythe
7 years, 3 months ago
I'm glad I could participate in this community from the very start. Amazing progress, let's all make it even better!

Happy Birthday Inkbunny! <3
Mrgrim
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday Ink Bunny :)
bronto
7 years, 3 months ago
baby ink-bunny, happy b-day!
dmfalk
7 years, 3 months ago
" The code will be released as Open Source once we launch so Inkbunny can have babies and be upgraded faster.


That's it! I KNEW Inkbunny was a GIRL! :D

Happy birthday to the Bunny and the site! :)

d.m.f.
Nick2Shy
7 years, 3 months ago
happy birthday and thank you alot!
hopefully we'll celebrate many, many, many more IB-b-days in the future!
cjm3rcl1n3
7 years, 3 months ago
If you want to make things even FASTER, may I recommend you upgrade even more? There's a new hard drive out, called Solid State Drive, much like flash drives, that are faster and easier to use. Well, I don't know just how new it really is, but it is faster. Oh, and happy birthday! Glad to be here!
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
Yeah SSD would be nice for the drives but I think 1TB would cost a lot! :O
cjm3rcl1n3
7 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, they are a bit pricey, but it's worth it. Fewer moving parts means fewer parts to break down!
In Google Shopping, type "1TB SSD", then select the following options: "Up to $3000", "Internal", "Hard Drives", and finally, "Solid State". That should give you 2 different drives to choose from, both under $2900. I don't know anything about the brand, but based on looks, I'd say you should go with the Collossus (You'll see what I mean).
If you're anywhere near me, I'd be able to upgrade you easy, and cheap! Just keep it in mind, and again, happy big day!
starling
7 years, 3 months ago
Thanks!
NiGhTsTaLkEr13
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy B'day! :D Hope there are plenty more to come.
Flygon
7 years, 3 months ago
Wait a minute...
 
*checks join date, jawdrops*

Well... er... the initial hype sure as hell worked! Happy Birthday Inkbunny, and may the site continue experiencing the benefits of a mining boom!
hintofmint
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday! Even though I have only been a member for just a few days, I am still happy for the whole staff!
Shokuji
7 years, 3 months ago
Sounds great! I guess I'll stop suggesting so many things since you're going to have more important things to take care of. X3 Hope the development is smooth and the end product is beneficial. =3
RaynetheJester
7 years, 3 months ago
Late but oh well. Happy Birthday Inkbunny! :3
Jimox1985
7 years, 3 months ago
HAPPY BIRTHDAY INKBUNNY!!!! :D
MaDrow
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy B-Day IB~!

I wonder in IBv2 if the old (version of) Prototype JS Lib still will be used. :3c
Chaytel
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday, Inkbunny!

This is by far the most convenient and feature-rich site for furry writers, and I'm glad to have my work hosted here. Here's to many more years.
Vuk91
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy Birthday Inkbunny!
KEDI103
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday Inkbunny.I love Inkbunny site.Happy birthy day.:DDDD
slushy
7 years, 3 months ago
Happy birthday
polkakitty
7 years, 3 months ago
This site really has taken off, hasn't it.  I think there's more desire for a better furry art site than any of us realize, and the dedication and ambition Inkbunny's developers have put into that goal over the last year really is phenomenal.  It's great to see the server being upgraded and the code being redesigned to accommodate new developers, because we are going to need a lot of room to grow in the next few years.
akiresu
7 years, 3 months ago
WOW Genial feliz cumpleaños XD  ojala sigan igual a como lo han hecho durante todo este tiempo jajajajaja y no se vuelvan payasos como los de "DA" n_n
Jimbear
7 years, 3 months ago
I must say a belated happy birthday! :-) Best art site ever!
Lloxie
7 years, 3 months ago
WOOT! Happy b-day to the Bunny of Ink! :3
Chibii
7 years, 3 months ago
wow already a year? ^^ time flies when youre having fun, and this site is fun!
Kazekai
7 years, 3 months ago
Wow, this site's really young. No wonder it actually looks up-to-date.

And gives those of us who aren't too fond of FA somewhere else to go.~
Yifferman
7 years, 3 months ago
amerika fuck you!!!
FakerFace
7 years, 3 months ago
As much as I'd like to say "happy birthday" to the site, I think it's more appropriate to say thank you to the site developers and administration for providing so many people with a better alternative to furry art galleries. It's been fun being here but as a normal member, I get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. So, congratulations to them for creating such an awesome place.
yssupnikcid
7 years, 3 months ago
Belated Happy Birthday..[ Sorry for the late comment]
FurryPinkFoxy
7 years, 3 months ago
As much as I like chocolate.. is a red velvet cake acceptable?
renny17
7 years, 3 months ago
You never forget your 1st!!! ;) Happy Birthday, InkBunny! KUMPIE!!!!
RealZero
7 years, 3 months ago
I personally hope there won't be more and more and more small new sites which I have to ponder if using them is necessary or not, checking comments, answering, uploading and on and on and on, just to "be able to watch the people I like", so, I'd personally prefer to have some very few good sites...or a universal login and nickname and message center for all of 'em. *laughs*

But well, that's just a small personal thing, what is much more important:
Thanks very much!
Thanks for the great time around here so far. Thanks for showing us you really do great work and listen to your users. And, despite what I said just now in the beginning, thanks very much for going such an "open" way.
Why a full open source of the website would never have been something I'd ask for, it's great to see more people follow the philosophy of sharing knowledge, using open standards and all of those things.

I already was impressed before by your attitude, and I'm even more now. Thanks very much, for everything.

As I said, I personally am a little afraid of even more furry sites coming up which are basically "all the same", but we'll see what the future brings us. No matter what, I'd still love to see IB grow and become the number one furry gallery and I certainly hope the best for the site's success. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I'm looking forward to IBs future, go on as great as you did so far, and once again, thanks for everything.

Greetings,
RealZero
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