This article will help give you guidance for the type of machine you will need in order to run Sitebulb Server DIY.
The machines suggested on this page could be machines that you already have available, or that you rent from one of our recommended suppliers, or that you purchase and own outright.
If you wish to rent your server, we recommend Prostack. They provide enterprise grade servers, with US or UK datacenters, where all machines are fully managed with excellent support.
Note that it can take Prostack a few days to get servers up and running.
We would not recommend running Sitebulb Server on a lower spec machine than this.
Recommended for: Freelance SEOs or consultants: 1 user, no concurrent crawling, rough max of 500,000 URLs per site.
Sitebulb Server will not install on systems with less than 16GM RAM, and SDD storage is strongly advised over HDD.
Recommended for: Small agencies and solo consultants: 1-3 users, no concurrent crawling, rough max of 500,000 URLs per site.
Recommended for: Mid-sized teams: 3-5 users, concurrent crawling, rough max of 1 million URLs per site.
Recommended for: Large agencies and in-house teams: 6-8 users, concurrent crawling, rough max of 2 million URLs per site
This is for in-house teams, specialist consultants or larger agencies who need to regularly crawl very large sites with millions of URLs - i.e. where scale is a big factor.
If this fits your description, it is probably best to have a conversation with us, so we can properly understand your requirements and come back to you with specific recommendations. It may be that you need a range of servers, or a fully managed solution.
Please fill in our kick-off survey, then we can set up a call to discuss your options.
We recommend a maximum of 5 concurrent users per machine. This means that 5 users can be logged on and connected to the machine - at any one time - looking at audit data and reports. So 'how many users need access?' is the first question you need to ask yourself.
The next thing you need to think about is the number of clients/websites you need to regularly audit, and the size of the websites you need to crawl - all of your websites can't be crawled at the same time.
We'd suggest you start off with a single machine and see if you are able to set up sensible schedules that allow all the websites to be crawled within the required time frame (e.g. weekly/monthly). Then you can always add additional servers to cover all your websites afterwards if you need to.
You'll need to make some decisions about what solution fits best for your business.
We have some rules and recommendations we'd suggest you follow here:
Once you have a server sorted, it's time to move onto the next step: 'Configuring Sitebulb Server'.