It started with a Facebook closed group which now has over 40,000 members. The Facebook group is unique in that there are no other sites specifically specialising in camping on remote stations.
The website needs to be able to handle quite large numbers of visitors, around 2.5k per month.
It also needs to handle large spikes in hits eg 2.4k on 20th Jan
We hosted the site on Boldacious cloud servers to be able to handle these sorts of visits and server load. The cloud servers upgrade resources immediately where necessary so Station Hoppers never suffers from an embarrassing server failure. The site would have broken on 20th Jan with the 2.4k hits for the day.
Station Hoppers has a free members-only area (with over 5,000 members) which has details of most remote stations (about 150 so far).
The website was built on no budget and needed some way of allowing easy updates of stations by remote team members so Airtable has been used as a backend to the WordPress website.
Airtable is one of Boldacious’ favourite business apps and has almost unlimited uses.
We used Airtable and had a remote team member update the airtable database without having to go into the backend of WordPress.
It is also very easy and intuitive to use, and updates immediately on the website.
Boldacious designed the website very much for mobiles and tablets as almost 90% of this website’s audience use mobiles and tablets to view and login to the website.