Originally Posted by Teuobk
Originally Posted by Hans
how big is the SQL file? and how much actual bandwidth does the site use in a typical month?
Other than to say that the site data is north of 1 GB and that traffic is "lots," I'd rather not disclose specifics.
I currently manage around a dozen websites, all on one server (rented) which costs roughly $40 a month including bandwidth costs...
At one point I managed a forum of roughly 3000 members, ~200k posts a year was on what is known as "shared hosting", it was not on a dedicated server but set up in a way bonneville club is. It has one server hosting multiple sites and domains. On this I was allocated roughly 100GB a month in bandwidth and had around 10GB of storage, this ran $11 a month, $100 a year on top of the domain costs of $20 a year or so.
On that forum I mentioned there was roughly 20GB of transfer each month, which included the ability to upload photos under 100kb, some bandwidth from that was also stolen even with the protection I had in place.
My point is that (from what I understand) bonnevilleclub could easily run on $200 a year for server costs, including everything.
There are about 200 members at any given time that ABUSE the site lol...so I say 1/10th of them would donate.... that is $10 a member for 20 members, it seems reasonable. Hell, I'd chip in $20 a year.
In other words I know most would not donate (I had the same problem with that forum) however I did receive around $100 a year in donations, not quite enough to cover it but enough to leave me out of pocket just a few bucks and dozens of hours developing the template.
This is easily my most visited place online, I spend several hours on here each week. I dont like looking at 2006 bonneville ads.
My Point is all I do all day is work with servers and network crap and have a laundry list of contacts and companys if you need to lower the costs.
Advertising is NOT the way to do it as you will find out, How much does a click receive? 5 cents? Thats several hundred if not thousands of clicks a month? I doubt it will happen and if anyone tries to game the system - google will hold and keep the funds as per the user agreement that was put into place.
I say we take the funds generated by advertising, multiply that number by 3 and I dont see how we would have any problems raising that kind of money
Furthermore I just bought the Turbonator, its being overnighted.