What the hell is a steptax?
Steptax is a server run in a home office in Pinner, England. It and its extended network host Discord bots, game servers, a handful of websites plus a few other backend, private, magic things.
The name 'Steptax' was completely random and doesn't actually mean anything.
The gaming community, not at all confusingly with the same name, naturally formed alongside the physical server.
It is primarily made up of the owners of the server and their inner circle of friends who also like video games and other techy, nerdy things. You can join the Steptax Discord here.
Steptax (the server) was created by Elliot and Bevan when Bevan claimed his mother's old computer and repaired it. With help from Elliot it became a cheap and crappy home-run server. It was later replaced with a more powerful machine purchased on eBay. Since then, additional hardware has been purchased allowing for more services to be hosted.
Elliot and Bevan both work in highly technical jobs full-time and develop the Steptax network of servers as a fun and educational side project.
Give me the technical details!
Alright, alright! Keep your trousers on.
|HP Z400 Workstation|
|Intel Xeon W3550 @ 3.06GHz (Liquid Cooled)|
|12GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz|
|Nvidia Quadro NVS 295|
|Windows Server 2012 R2|
|64GB SSD (Boot), 256 GB SSD (Data)
|Enterprise Managed Switch
Virgin Media M350
Other servers on the extended network:
Fortis, a custom-built Windows PC, is our dedicated gaming services workhorse.
Rubus, a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, is used as a test bed and dev server primarily for Discord bots.
Rubum, a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (4GB), is used for more heavy lifting testing and internal solutions.
Altor, a cheap VPS hosted in New York, monitors uptime of other services and hosts the Overseer Discord bot.
As a backup to Altor, we also use Uptime Robot to monitor service status and notify us of outages.
|Steptax Bot||Steptax's administration, user management, community entertainment and music bot.|
|Ainsley||Steptax's resident shitposting and meme bot, with some bonus text functions.|
|Flumen||Flumen announces in the Steptax Discord and Twitter when our Twitch-streaming members goes live.|
|Overseer||Overseer automatically notifies Elliot and Bevan when any of the Discord bots above go offline.|
|Steptax.win||The website you're currently on.|
|TeRRa4.pro||Bevan's website which literally just has his branding and a link to his Twitch.|
|& more!||Steptax also hosts a handful of other sites for various reasons and people.|
Do you have any future plans for Steptax?
We're always exploring and adding new services for our members, but we don't have any solid plans.
You can join the Steptax Discord to keep up-to-date with our escapades, and maybe even join us on some games!
What's your uptime like?
We're proud of the fact that we have a 99.9% overall uptime 99% of the time.
Most of our stuff is pretty damn stable. You can check on all of our services by clicking this link.
We want to ask you other things!
If that's true, you can join our Discord and spam tag us.