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  1. Please do guys. Only around $70 sent through so far.
  2. Thanks Guys. For some reason stuck in "Authorisation" at the moment. Worked out that I must approve this on the back end. Approved, and received. Thanks again. Received in total so far $67.28 and our license expires in around 3 days.
  3. Hi Guys, Hope you are having a great year so far. It is that time again where our software licensing charges are due. These updates allow us to add new features, have SPAM prevention, and allow us to upgrade to the latest version as it they come out. Usually twice or three times a year. The IPB costs are around the $160 mark, plus any additional license charges for our plugins such as the gallery etc. If we can raise around $400 or so, will allow us to pay for these in total. Why do we need the donations? Basically in a nut shell, our monthly hosting costs, and income based on advertisers just covers our monthly charges. And even then its a constant battle to ensure that we get paid on time and able to keep everything paid in full. We regularly review our hosting requirements, in line with disk space, and memory usage, and only recently evaluated in which our current setup is still suitable. You can use this link to make a donation - https://www.fordxr6turbo.com/forum/clients/donations/ Thanks in advance
  4. Thanks all. Have just updated the goal, as there is a few updates / plugins that need to be purchased. Adding about $150 AUD to the total. Some of these expired back in January 2019, which probably explains why the donations mod is playing up as well. so about $150 short at the moment to update it all. Cheers
  5. Just tested this and you need to enter an amount. Works without any issues then. Cheers
  6. Hi @arronm All up is around $300 AUD. The normal license is $100 USD and then additional licenses for the plugins. We had a donation of $20 the other day, but then need the additional to update. Update: After checking all the outdated plugins the total is $520. This includes the forum software license renewal. The joys of everything being USD. Plugins to be updated are: Timeslips Donations Videos Birthday Greeter Collections Forms Cheers
  7. Hi All, That time of year again when software renewals are up and unfortunately the site again is just covering costs (besides the license costs). Our license has now expired for IPB (around 5 days ago) and we need to update our licenses to ensure that we are able to update it to ensure we get the latest updates, SPAM management and new features. https://www.fordxr6turbo.com/forum/donate/make-donation/ Please dig deep and help where you can to keep the community up to date, and operational. Thanks again
  8. Well 2018 is nearly done and dusted, and yes we are still here. Thanks to all the hard work of the moderating team who tirelessly day in and day out, ensure the site is kept in order, and operating as it should. Special thanks to the guys who put effort in to keep this place running. A shoutout to Keith for the upgrades, and ensuring the back end is running efficiently, and a special thanks to the few sponsors who keep the site above the line. And more so a special thanks to all the members who visit the site on a daily basis, who feel that site such as ours should still be around, and that add value to it every day. This year has been a tough year, with constant conversations about whether we should be around, times were funds were not covering the costs of the site, and times when even I have contemplated turning off something which now feels like a legacy. However we are still, we are still here, still strong and are looking forward to 2019 with all of you. Thank you to all those who have contributed to the site, both via posts, financially via donations, and for just being around and ensuring we have an active community. I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Please stay safe on our roads (double demerits), and spend this special time with your loved ones... Thanks again for a great 2018.
  9. Let me speak to the missus and see what we can do.... might be a worthwhile trip....
  10. Just wanted to say thank you to all who have responded to this thread. It actually means alot, that people who use the site regularly, and those who have been with us from the start feel so strongly that they needed to comment, or provide recommendations into the future state. It also opens our eyes into seeing that the site is not dead, and has life yet in it. Thank you to those as well, who have thrown some funds into donations which have enabled us to renew the IPB software for 6 months. It is actually nice to see some of our friends from day one @Dagabond@EvilDaifu and others have reared there heads again for a comment or two...
  11. Thanks. I will look into this further.
  12. To be honest with you it probably doesnt anymore. Due to previous server load, it was always recommended that we had a dedicated server with substantial memory and disk. We went through phases where we were suspended from a shared hosting plan, we tried things like nginx, and other apache modifications but it didnt work. It may have been bad code design, but the grunt to cater for the database queries required for all the different addons, modifications eg garage required a dedicated server. We initially started with the planet in the US and were paying close to $1000 a month for hosting, then moved to several dedicated servers with Servers Australia over the years, and last year moved the box to the US to liquidweb due to the cost reductions gained. We were paying close to $500 a month for a server with SAU, that was aging, and had zero support. We now have a dedicated box with 24/7 support at $221 USD per month (around $300 AUD). I agree with you on the technology changing, and should look at some options around cheaper alternatives. Happy for you to give me some recommendations on next steps for this. Server is Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1230 v5 @ 3.40GHz with 32GB of Memory and 2 x 1TB Drives in Raid Configuration (SSD + SATA) + a remote backup solution. We had an issue about a year ago where the server died, and we lost several months worth of data. So this was a must have. This site uses 22GB of Disk, 30% CPU Usage, has a 3.13GB MYSQL DB and averages around 80GB Of traffic a month. It is also using around 2% of available RAM (as of now) Agreed. Was moved from SAU due to cost to a server that had double the power, for half the cost. In order of transparency the server is also hosting several static websites for myself and friends. It is NOT hosting any business applications. nor services that are resold to other clients. It is also NOT used by my business (other than hosting our static page (landing page). I am not sure how my role has anything to do with the hosting requirements of the site. I am not a server or hosting engineer, and have based the server that it currently sits on from advice of the likes of SAU, and Liquidweb in working out the specs of the site. I have also looked into relevance, eg aging server (with SAU) to something modern with Liquidweb. As discussed it isnt, and has never been used. If this was the case, the site / server would be self sufficient. Bold statement, yet incorrect. It seems to be that we are focused only on the costs of the server hosting. And i am sure by your comments that the upkeep of the site needs to come from somewhere. Domain Renewals License Renewals - IPB is $100 USD per 6 months + all the other addons eg garage, donations, forum logos, timeslips, messages the list goes on and on. These need to be renewed on a 6 monthly basis. Developer Costs - I am not a developer, and whilst Keith has alot of involvement in the upkeep of the site from a day to day point of view the last upgrade cost in excess of $1000 as the theme is custom developed, and needs to be recoded everytime there is an upgrade. Not only that we do not even have the funds to get merchandise made. I know its not important, but we used to have a budget allocated for stickers, tshirts, mugs and even had a dedicated merchanding person. We may be beyond that at the current state, but these are things that we would love to bring back (at least stickers).. I agree with you that we can look at reducing the server / hosting costs 100%, but the sustainability from the current site is just not there, at the current moment, unless we look at either implementing new features (which again costs money) or do things differently.
  13. Had to chip in here. The site hosting costs it is on a dedicated server costs over $300 a month without any upgrades, modifications, add ons. I can assure you this is no cash grab. If it cost $500 a year we would not be having this conversation as advertising would cover the costs more than enough. But we are not. I think we need to be factual here and not detract from the purpose. I have had offers in the past (in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the site) in which I refused due to the fact that I wanted to keep the community intact. But when it’s coming out of my pocket monthly to keep it afloat, whilst as others have other expenses I need to entertain the option of keeping it running and whether it is indeed worth it. Thanks all for your comments, it was purely a way to look at the sustainability of the site moving forward.
  14. Saw this in the feedback / contact us form too: Might be an idea to implement this again. I am sure we had it in the past, but it didnt work for some reason.
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