Post subject: A new dedicated server might be in order Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 11:31 pm
Joined Fri Aug 18, 2006 11:47 am
Location Merseyside, United Kingdom
Favourite OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
As you may have noticed recently BA has been going offline or has periodic times where it is very slow. This is either down to my ISP being unreliable or so much traffic hitting the server we utilise 100% of the upload bandwidth.
Because of this I think it might be worth moving to a dedicated server permanently, but this time WE or rather I will be paying for this server and not someone else, meaning I have full control and I will know if its going to go offline for whatever reason.
The only problem is paying for it. I have just started work but I am on minimum wage, which isn't much, and after tax, national insurance, paying for my lodging, car insurance and fuel, doesn't leave me with much (about Â£40 a week) of which I have to live off.
I have found a server which is suitable, and is the same as the last server we had.
AMD Athlon XP 2800
1GMB DDRAM Memory
120GB EIDE Hard Drive
1,000GB Data Transfer
Windows 2003 Web Edition
$115/month (thats about Â£60/month)
I could pay for this on my own but it will stretch my budget a lot. What I am asking is if anyone could donate on a regular basis to help pay for the server. It doesn't have to be much, even if its just $5 or something like that, it will all go into the kitty for paying for the server.
A friend of mine said he might be able to pay something towards it because I host his website at the moment for free. Unfortunately he is still in school and only gets Â£20 a week.
I am able to pay half of this guaranteed per month, but that is all. I will have to find the money for the other half somewhere else which is why I am asking you if you can donate towards it.
So what will you get out of helping to pay for it? Well you'll enjoy faster speeds including the pages and images as well, and you'll also enjoy the fact you have helped the community to stay alive.
So a summary:
$115 (Â£60) a month
$28.75 (Â£15) a week
What do you guys (and girls) say? Do you think you could help out?
Questions and comments welcome.
Last edited by Andy on Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
I've had many people complaining about timeouts today, this is down to the extreme bandwidth we are now using. Opening the Wiki at this time was not the best of ideas as it is putting further strain on the bandwidth we have left.
If you get a timeout, please keep retrying the site. We won't have gone down, you just hit the link when everyone else did.
It looks like we definately need this server now. Even Craig (my friend) has agreed we need it and he will be contributing his share towards it.
I am debating whether to purchase the server today or not. I will have talks with some people and let you know.
I think that there should be more "perks" for people that donate. e.g. have a "donator" status under their name and maybe have access to a protected/hidden forum which only donators have access where they can talk about anything. This will encourage more people to donate.
The other alternative is to bring back the adverts to raise a bit of revenue
I think the time zone's wrong, or a clock's off or somethin', 'cos this message was written at 16:29 BST 28th August 2007 (15:29 GMT/UTC 28/08/07) but the forum says 00:29 BST 29th August 2007 (23:29 GMT/UTC, 28/08/07)
(My profile's time zone is set to GMT+1, which is where I am.)
* Moonlit guesses that the fact the forum was moved 7 hours west might've had something to do with it...