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New Webserver for BlenderNation


helium-thumb.jpgBlenderNation started as an experiment in blogging three months ago. By now, the site receives some 5500 unique visitors per day and the combination of a 10 year old 300Mhz server and a cable modem didn't quite cut it anymore.

Today, I moved the website to a new webserver at a professional hosting service. Everything went pretty smoothly and the site should now be much faster for everyone.

Depending on your network, you may notice that you have been moved to a www2 address; this is only a temporary measure that I had to take to guarantee that we had no downtime on the site. Please don't link to this address.

A big thanks to Jeroen of Anywise, my hosting partner, for making this such a smooth ride!

Now that we're safe and sound on the new server, I'm not afraid to show you what the old one looks like. This is the same server that we used to gather the 100,000 Euros that Ton needed to buy the software from the investors in order to open source Blender, and the one that has hosted for more than 8 years. Ton and I lovingly call it 'Vrotje' :-)


About Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Killer clown guy on

    Is that your attic, it looks exactly like my room, computers and all. I have 16 233Mhz P2s that I found in a school dumpster. I will someday take over the world with my army of old computers hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!

    Anyway, congrats on moving the site to a new server.

  2. Absolutely cool setup. I haven't commented before, but I have blendernation on my live bookmarks toolbar on Firefox. I check in daily to see what is going on. I love this site.

    I am a Blender wannabe, and I use your site to keep up on what's going on in the Blender community until I have adequate time to sit down and really learn to Blend. Keep up the good work!!

  3. TroutMaskReplica on

    big fan of the blog. you have also cured the main page of its stagnant feel with the live feed. very cool.

    now, by 'moved to a new server', do you mean another derelict pc in the attic or have you gone with a webhosting service?

  4. Hehehe, that cool that such an old machine can run a lot. Same here, I got a pentium 166 mhz machine with 16 mb-ram that runs my webserver, except that it can't run mysql, but well it's fine for now. Btw, what internet connection did you have to run blendernation on that 300 mhz machine?

  5. I've passed all your compliments to Vrotje :) I'll keep it in use for my personal experiments, but it will have *much* less work..

    @JD-Multi: I ran the site on a 8MB downstream/1MB upstream connection. The new site is on a 2MB line (I think), but it allows bursts of much higher traffic.

  6. well isn't that the right time to add a modell of Vrotje to the blender nag contest? Or to include it directly, similar to suzanne?

  7. hey! I run blender on a 10(or near enough) year old 300MHZ pc!
    - I might turn mine into a webserver for fun when I eventually buy myself a new one!

  8. If that is your attic, as an officer of my firebrigade I would just like to say how much of a firehazard that setup is. I have seen at least three houses burn to the ground for setups just like this. Although where I come from (australia) it is much hotter near the roof, it is still a major hazard and I suggest you check your insurance policy or move the setup.

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