News related to the Emulation Realm
I am now working 1 job at 50 hours a week. I'm doing a little work in the background.
My house needs some TLC and I have a ton of other things to catch up on. I estimate, maybe, 3 months before I have to go back to 2 jobs and will do what I can with the site in that time.
As I stated before ... I lost my job... things have gotten bad financially.
I live in an area that has only one broadband internet provider. It cost almost $100 a month... I don't have the money.
I am left with a choice of paying internet access or the server (server cost $40 a month).
I feel the server needs to stay up and my access to the internet be limited.
I have worked on this site for almost 14 years. I don't want to let it go :)
I will be back .... just give me a little time.
The Emulation Realm has had it's ups and downs over the past 13 years. This has always been a hobby but it costs me nearly $500 a year. I never planned on making any money but I look at the other (general) emulation related sites and think this one is better. I don't require registration and all files are hosted locally on a fast server.
every year I get less and less visitors. I simply want, and at this point, need to make enough money to keep the site running.
Zophar's Domain was dead for nearly a decade yet has better ratings than the Emulation Realm.
EmuCR is the god of emulation related sites but mostly offers GIT compilations that are nothing more than compiled tests. None are hosted locally and all require downloading from file share sites.
EmuFrance I really like. Been around about as long as I have and we seem to have a similar style :)
I take a lot of time to make sure I am only providing good emulators or experimental emulators of interest. I test them so you don't have to :)
Any input on how I could make this site better would be greatly appreciated. I'm not an arrogant person and could use some good advise or constructive criticism.
Just last year I had 100,000 visitors a month ... now only 10,000.
The bad news: I lost my job.
The good news: I have time to work on the Emulation Realm.
I've spent the last week or so upgrading the server and removing bad links on the site.
I am now in the process of updating all files to the most recent versions.
This site has nearly 4000 pages so this will take a bit :)
The Emulation Realm is a rather extensive archive of emulators and emulator related software available for most popular operating systems.
This site has been designed to be hassle free with only one ad banner and no login required. Downloads are freely available and hosted locally, no file sharing site links here.
The latest rendition of The Emulation Realm has a more simplistic layout that should contribute to quicker loading as well as better rendering on smaller devices -- cell phones.
The majority of changes were done on the backend. I rebuilt the server from scratch and implemented some additional security and few tweaks. The bottom line is the site "should be" quicker and more responsive.
I've had the week off work and have been tweaking cache and other settings on the server.
I've switched to a different CDN and have managed to speed up page loading by about 20%.
These tweaks will probably be more noticeable to those visiting my site from outside the U.S.
I'm pretty happy with end results and believe the site is now running as fast as possible.