How do you use Civo?

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    Hey everyone, no doubt you've either spoken to me during beta or at least recognise my mugshot from our emails πŸ˜€

    We've done surveys before but we thought this might be a nice informal way to learn a little more about our customers, and find out what you're using CIvo for, and how you plan to use the service in the future.

    So in other words, why are you here, what are you doing, and what have you got planned?

    Cheers

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    CTO, Civo

    3 months ago
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    I lead Inkbunny, a volunteer-run furry art community. We needed to relieve a portion of traffic from our long-suffering servers in the Netherlands, which are both pushing 10TB/month. Our main host, LeaseWeb, doesn't offer virtual servers in the UK - just dedicated ones, with 10 times the capacity we need - so Civo's offer was tempting.

    This instance is one of many around the world; we using a variety of providers (Vultr, Host1Plus, SSDNodes, UpCloud, OVH) to serve different regions, with nginx caching. We only need one UK instance, but the one we have pushes ~2.5TB/month - about 1/20th of our full load - using 3% of one CPU core. Since it's coped admirably with that, and we haven't noticed any funny business in Munin (some providers really like to overcommit), I'd consider other Civo regions, if you open them.

    (I found it non-trivial to determine Civo's current hosting with ServerChoice - I ended up digging the info out of a two-year-old blog post. I get that this might be irrelevant for pure developers, but it has both performance and legal implications. Being "UK-based" doesn't necessarily mean hosting is in the UK; and even then, it's a big place.)

    I'd consider myself DevOps - our site is heavily database-driven, so I end up knee-deep in PostgreSQL queries and index optimization as well as wrangling servers and writing PHP. But I guess I'm a little old-school, as I don't play with kubernetes or docks; indeed, while the thought was welcome, I was a tad peturbed to receive a bottle-opener from Civo, as it struck me as somewhat "brogrammer" - I don't drink alcohol at all. (Fortunately, my brother who works in corporate finance had a use for it. 😼)

    [Incidentally I lost this post twice during editing, due to inadvertently navigating away while collecting URLs. An automatic draft feature with restoration might be useful. Also, an underline on links in preview mode, so you know where not to click...]

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    Laurence "GreenReaper" Parry

    WikiFur - Flayrah - Inkbunny

    3 months ago
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    I am lead developer of the open source project of the same name. I was originally using Civo similar to digitalocean's open source sponsorship. I even suggested it on the "feedback zone", but it seems no one else thinks it was a good idea despite DigitalOcean and other companies having similar offerings.

    3 months ago
    barryf Staff
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    Hi Laurence

    Welcome and thank you for the feedback too.

    GreenReaper wrote on 23 March 2019 at 00:48:42
    (I found it non-trivial to determine Civo's current hosting with ServerChoice - I ended up digging the info out of a two-year-old blog post. I get that this might be irrelevant for pure developers, but it has both performance and legal implications. Being "UK-based" doesn't necessarily mean hosting is in the UK; and even then, it's a big place.)

    Really good to know. Something we'll make more prominent within the redesign we're currently planning!

    while the thought was welcome, I was a tad peturbed to receive a bottle-opener from Civo, as it struck me as somewhat "brogrammer" - I don't drink alcohol at all. (Fortunately, my brother who works in corporate finance had a use for it. 😼)

    We have sent out various gifts such as stickers, water-bottles, bottle-openers, etc. at different times to our users and they are just to say thanks for being part of our community. Certainly not our intention for it to come across as "somewhat brogrammer", but we'll take the feedback onboard too.

    [Incidentally I lost this post twice during editing, due to inadvertently navigating away while collecting URLs. An automatic draft feature with restoration might be useful. Also, an underline on links in preview mode, so you know where not to click...]

    Great feedback here. It's a real pain to lose your post.

    Thanks again.

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    Civo Marketing Director

    3 months ago
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    I've mainly used it for playing around with the service and testing... I do have a few projects in the pipeline that I will be hosting on Civo. Not a lot to share at the moment but happy to update when they're eventually live.

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    Hello Cive....... i have 1 xsmall server running some small websites using runcloud but i use civo to learn. I might have said before in other posts that im trying, yes trying to learn Kubernetes but after a number of tries with this i thought i would be best off starting small so i have just successfully built a LEMP stack with docker compose.

    Im going to continue to learn and i hope to move my sites to docker soon so i can really understand how it works.

    i have tested a number of things while using civo, TS3 servers and some game related servers just to test and they were all successful but thats not why i joined the club 100.

    im going to post some questions regarding docker and kubernetes over the next couple of weeks and i hope there might be some super stars that might be able to guide me on the path to success.

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    3 months ago
    james_b Staff
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    Personally, I use Civo for both my personal sites and mail server.

    With the help of some of the devs here (I'm a designer, but love to learn), I'm running dokku to host my websites and mail-in-a-box for my mail server.

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    Civo Web Designer

    2 months ago
    grantm Staff
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    I use Civo for a couple of personal servers and also hosting a friends business site.

    I also use some instances to remotely monitor my home network and send out push notifications to my phone if anything goes down! :) ( Yes I have gone full geek )

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    2 months ago