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  1. Thanks guys. This is great. Have managed to pay for the renewal, and also for a few of the plugins. Any left over, will be paid forward for the hosting for the next month or so.
  2. Thanks Guys. Great work. Truly appreciate it.
  3. Hi Guys, Hope all is well in this crazy time, especially to our VIC members who are under lockdown. A trying time for all. Our yearly renewals have come up for our software and plugins, and unfortunately our monthly income just covers the cost of the hosting costs per month. So thus our license will expire, and we will lose functionality of the forum. You can donate to the cause by clicking the following link - https://www.fordxr6turbo.com/forum/clients/donations/ Thanks in advance License Expires in 4 days An active license opens up access to many more services and offerings, including our Spam Defense service, and technical support and updates.
  4. Thanks guys for the tremendous effort. We raised an additional $200 and managed to put this towards next months payment as well. Your support has been amazing!
  5. Thanks all. Great work! $177.49 so far, and a few payments awaiting clearance.
  6. Awesome work team. Sitting at $159.13.
  7. Sitting at $110.51 at the moment. Thanks for all the donations so far.
  8. Thanks all. We have $70 at the moment.
  9. Thanks Mate. Greatly appreciated.
  10. Hi All, Due to COVID-19, and restrictions put on businesses, some of our advertisers have been slow to pay and unresponsive and thus have put us in a position where we are now behind in our monthly server lease, and thus today received a disconnection notice. In order to get us over the line, we need to raise $250 in order to cover this months costs before the end of the month. If you can would be great in trying to raise the funds for this to get us over the line for this month. I hope you are all staying safe in this difficult time. You can use this link to donate to this cause - https://www.fordxr6turbo.com/forum/clients/donations/ Thanks in advance
  11. 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.
  12. Let me speak to the missus and see what we can do.... might be a worthwhile trip....
  13. 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...
  14. Thanks. I will look into this further.
  15. 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.
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