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TGTAP turns six years old today!


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#1 Chris

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 05:32 PM

So I guess some of you may have noticed on the homepage a little alteration to our banner. Hard to believe it's 6 years today that I started my first website. As a 14 year old kid sat in my bedroom, bored, and having just acquired Microsoft FrontPage 4. I began clicking everyshit in an attempt to make a webpage which I'd later host on 55mb of webspace my Dad had with our ISP at the time. Vice City had been out for a couple of weeks for the PS2, and I was hooked on that, so I put some random stuff on there like cheats and pictures I'd taken off the TV with my digital camera :rolleyes:
I called this website of mine "The GTA Place".

So yes, we've grown a fair bit since then. Every day over 20,000 people land on this website and in an average day, these people rack up over 230,000 page views between them - yes we consume a shit-ton of bandwidth.
I only have accurate data going back to mid-2006, however we estimate that in 6 full years of operation, The GTA Place has been visited over 15 million times, viewing over 210 million pages.

But enough of the stats. What do we have to look forward to when TGTAP enters into it's 7th year today?

Well, first and foremost, the most noticeable change will be a new design for the website. We'll also be upgrading forum software which will give us a nice shiny new set of features, once done that will also receive a new design to match the new website. Backend changes to the website should ensure it runs more smoothly, allowing staff to manage and update our content a lot more easily.
The forum's gang scene is likely to receive a kick up the arse to get it going strongly again, with the help of a few members here. That's about all the major things we have planned. We're looking at New Year's Day as a tentative release date for the new design, but the forum upgrades will come after that.

I'd like to thank all of you who still visit us today and find us a useful part of the amazing community that is the Grand Theft Auto fans. Especially veterans of TGTAP among you, some of you are left I know... if you have a member ID < 100 then you can pretty much say you're a vet ;)

Have a good Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and enjoy playing GTA IV on your PC's (or consoles perhaps!), and keep on visiting TGTAP for happy fun time!

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 05:37 PM

Congratulations TheGTAPlace! :D

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#3 EvoLuTioN

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 05:58 PM

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#4 Chris

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:13 PM

NO PEDOBEAR! Leave her alone!

(websites are females, like cars and boats, right?)

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:15 PM

Yes... We can love them, fuck them... :P

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#6 Sherman

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:22 PM

Glad it's made it this far, although I've only been here for four and a half of those six years, it's great to be here. :awesome:

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:23 PM

I've only been here... 1 year
Sad. :( :P

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#8 Damjan

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:32 PM

Yea,me 2.

Anyways,HAPPY BIRFDAY TGTAP.

I have a temperature and a really nasty cough,so no happy for me :(

Edited by XLR8, 29 November 2008 - 06:33 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:38 PM

Happy birthday TGTAP! Shame that I've only been around 2 years and seen just the two birthdays since I joined but not an awful lot of changes though during those two years. Hope it changes for the better ;)

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#10 Ivan

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:47 PM

Happy birthday TGTAP :)
I hope more years will come.
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#11 Huckleberry Pie

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 11:33 PM

It's nice to hear that this began as a curiosity on Frontpage, and grew up to be one of the most awesome sites ever... Well, God Bless and hope we have some more visitors/members... :lol:

EDIT: So far, here's the earliest archive of the site I found on Archive.org - http://web.archive.o...hegtaplace.com/ - I haven't seen the 2002 rendition yet...

Edited by Huckleberry Pie, 29 November 2008 - 11:43 PM.

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 11:35 PM

if you have a member ID < 100 then you can pretty much say you're a vet ;)

Hell yeah! I'm a vet. ;)

Good on you Chris. Your dedication to TGTAP is as strong as ever. Not many GTAF or GTAB administrators hung around with your amount of activity and the informative posts you put out to the public. You're a legend mate. Good stuff! :)

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 02:21 AM

*The Pebobear retreats into the forest*

Anyways, Good job on sticking to TGTAP all these years Chrisy, Hats off to you, the staff, the Veterans and all the other members that helped kept this place active and made it what it is today.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 02:39 AM

Wow congrats TGTAP and Chris! I've only been here for 1-2 year. :D

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 07:28 AM

Congrats to TGTAP, one of the best GTA fansites ever! :)

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 08:07 AM

Been here only a couple years, active for probably one lol.... but boy have I enjoyed it. :)

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:24 AM

Been here since July 06', that's been quiet a while...

And yeah, TGTAP is probably the only site which has still got it's awesomeness.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:16 PM

Sweet number six. :) Just curious Chris; how much bandwidth does TGTAP take up? :P

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 04:48 PM

Happy B-day. :D Looking forward to the new design, the current one is a little old now.

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#20 Chris

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 04:50 PM

Sweet number six. :) Just curious Chris; how much bandwidth does TGTAP take up? :P

Currently it's around 2 terabytes a month, that's over 66 gigabytes a day, or nearly 3 gigabytes an hour. A fucking lot of bandwidth :)




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