In order for your server to get known amongst the users you will need
to report to a server reporting site like Gotnap, for help with this take
a look at "howto: GotNap"
get your server ready to start accepting users go to the SlavaNap Console
and click Server at the top left, then Settings,
then Users. On the right top you will see Maximum Users, this is a bit
difficult.. Read on for suggestions A very General Guide would be as follows:
56K Modem – 100 users, 128k ISDN – 300 users, DSL
or Cable – 500+ users. It will depend on other parameters such as available
bandwidth, operating system and RAM.
For further advice it would be best to contact us in the Ballad Chat Channel
on-line. Or just play with different settings until your system seems
ok, One point though these settings will differ if you are a Stand Alone
server or Linked with a Network of servers, and with how many. Don't forget
you might think your 56K Modem server is great with 1'000 users always
check it as a user, if it takes anything more than 1 second to complete
a search then its not good. That is the dreaded Lag
which is very frustrating for your users, who you might see leaving quickly
and wonder why.
The more channels a server has the more Lag it will create and besides
who needs all of those channels anyway. Further more the chances of someone
using Caps (shouting) or flooding the chat rooms are very small. Recommended
are 2, 5, 256, 256 in that order, starting at the top, for the text boxes,
and leave all the radio buttons unchecked. If you leave them at the default
setting that's ok too.
Personalise Channels in the main Console click Channels
delete most of them no one will use them. Even on Networks with large
Chat populations only 2 or 3 channels are used. You can also add a channel
in this screen click the Add Channel button enter the channel Name, click
Ok and its created. Now right click on the channel
and select Properties to customise it. Play with the setup to get it exactly
how you want,
put a good Welcome Message and Topic not "Welcome to my Server"
be original, If you set the channel to Private or anything other than
User level you are shutting out 99.9% of your users! Safer to set it to
Level User or Leech
and Topic Changeable is cool.
this allows you to keep records of various things on your server. We advise
you to set them as shown in the screen
shot, otherwise you could end up using lots of hard disc space and
slowing down your server.
Back to top
You decide what is the minimum number of files to be shared by users,
or minimum Megabytes. Also if they should be banned or not and for how
long. This setting
can be hard on your system using a lot of bandwidth and CPU.
So be careful with the settings and don't use it all the time. Turn it
on when you want to get more files or if you see too many users sharing
There's also the last feature which is to check for duplicate
files but this takes a long time and uses a lot of resources. Even the
program developer mentions that the server will run faster if its not
used, so its not recommended.
Back to top
Ofcourse there are more options in the slava console, best is that YOU
play around with them, logical thinking gets the furthest. For questions
you can always ask in the ballad
forum or the slavanap forum!