For sure most of You are quite acquainted with our site and are able to point to the download button with eyes shut. This doesn’t change the fact that people who see our download page for the first time run away screaming with a visible grimace on their face.
We want to change this fact. Therefor we are working on changeing the visual appearance of Zippyshare. Don’t panic… the changes won’t be revolutionary. We want the layout to be readable, clean and functional. Everything that is needed to download a file will be on the top of the page without the need of scrolling, without any captchas and other crap. Additionaly a BIG download button will be added so it will be clearly visible to everyone.
A test version of our new layout is available under the following link. Please rate it and comment on the good and the bad:
Link has been removed (New layout is already online )
It’s not a final version. We know that the layout can be a lot better. To keep our users in the process we have came up with the idea of organizing a competition. If Your hobby is graphic design and You have some free time then 500$ are for You to take. Just modify the new layout so it is more visually appealing. It’s a competition so not everyone will be a winner but the winner/winners will be awarded 500$ which will be paid via paypal. Please send Your work to: support [at] zippyshare.com.
Competition runs until 18th May 2010.
Yesterday we have put up a new server. It’s not our usual configuration. This time we have aimed at a high-end machine.
The new server has the following configuration:
2x Intel Xeon E5530 (4x 2.40Ghz, 8 MB L2 – QPI 5.6 GT/sec)
24 GB DDR3 ECC, 1066MHz
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP 512MB DDRII Cache (667MHz)
12x WD RE4 (2 TB SATA , 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM)
Qlogic QLE3142-CU-CK (Dual Port 10GbE PCIe 2.0 adapter)
It is possible to add 2x DAS Shelf (12x WD RE4 (2 TB SATA, 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM) connected trough SAS 12 Gbps (4x 3Gbps))
The server is connected to an all new network infrastructure.
We kindly ask You to assist us with some tests. Please let us know in the comments which download speeds do You get, from which location and what is Your network connections bandwidth.
If the tests succeed every new server added to our infrastructure will be of exactly the same configuration.
We have been discusing this step internaly for quite some time. We were not sure if we could cope with this but the final decision could only be one :-).
A little example:
We are not sure where this will lead us. We will react if we encounter to much strain on our servers. In the mean time we offer You the embed option without any limits, ads or other such crap and we are very hopeful that it will stay that way.
If something does not work, needs fixing or You simply want some option to be added just let us know in the comments.