See average hourly traffic over a year?

creativeforge

Active member
Hi,

Is there a graph of some sort showing our forum's traffic peaks and lows? Ideally over a period of many months, up to a year?

I'd like to identify the best time to run an update that way.

Thanks!

Andre
 

briansol

Well-known member
if you use google analytics, or even we server software like Webalizer, etc, that's the best place to start.

Or, just make it easy --- if you run a 'normal' forum (eg, not for nocturnal people) with one country making up 70% of your user base (eg, USA), it's probably least active in the 3-5am window, eastern time. Maybe 4-6am if you have more west coast folks.


the xf updates are pretty minor unless you are upgrading from 1 to 2 and probably only takes 30 seconds with little of that being shown as 'off' to the user unless you have a massive forum.
 

creativeforge

Active member
if you use google analytics, or even we server software like Webalizer, etc, that's the best place to start.

Or, just make it easy --- if you run a 'normal' forum (eg, not for nocturnal people) with one country making up 70% of your user base (eg, USA), it's probably least active in the 3-5am window, eastern time. Maybe 4-6am if you have more west coast folks.


the xf updates are pretty minor unless you are upgrading from 1 to 2 and probably only takes 30 seconds with little of that being shown as 'off' to the user unless you have a massive forum.

Big forum, yes, international (round the clock) members, yes. I'll take a look at Webalizer, but I hoped to see something from within XF2.

Thanks!
 

FTL

Well-known member
I hope you get your stats sorted. However, of course, this doesn't remove the inconvenience to your members, only reduces it.

Since you have a large and active forum, I suggest putting up a banner notice at the top of the forum which shows on every page (you can do it in the ACP, it's a standard function) advising that on xx date and time the forum will be closed for maintenance and apologise for the inconvenience. Don't elaborate on what that maintenance is, for security reasons. I suggest making this notice period a week. As it gets nearer the time, say, 24 hours, update the message to say that the maintenance window is approaching and to log out before then or data will be lost.

At the time of the upgrade, close the forum to visitors and then run the upgrade. Note that just running the upgrade will autoclose it for the duration, but you should remain in control of this, especially if it doesn't work properly afterwards. Thankfully, XF updates tend to be quite quick.

Finally, make sure that you take a backup of your server and database just before and just after the upgrade to help with disaster recovery should it happen.

Good luck.
 
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