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  • Chris Phillips
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    And thanks to a further donation of £50, we have now fully covered the cost of the renewal. In fact we are about 2 dollars in surplus, which can be carried over until the next renewal.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed!

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  • Chris Phillips
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    And thanks for a further donation of £15 that has just arrived!

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  • Chris Phillips
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
    The vBulletin cloud hosting has now been renewed for another year. Actually because it automatically renewed for just a month and they then adjusted it to a year, we have ended up with a few extra days for a few extra dollars.

    So we are now paid up to 14 June 2023, at a cost of $365.75.

    Here are the (anonymised) donations received so far (in GBP):


    £25. 17 May 2022 at 08:43.
    £25. 17 May 2022 at 09:53.
    £23.36. 17 May 2022 at 15:40.
    £25. 17 May 2022 at 20:56.
    £23.05. 18 May 2022 at 00:10.
    £50. 5 June 2022 at 12:08.
    £41. 13 June at 17:39.

    That is a total of £212.41 (or about $254).

    So we are a little short at the moment, and there is an opportunity for some more donations if people would like to. However, the above donations don't include my contribution, so taking that into account we are not too far off.
    And thanks to a donor who has just given a further £25,

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  • Chris Phillips
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    The vBulletin cloud hosting has now been renewed for another year. Actually because it automatically renewed for just a month and they then adjusted it to a year, we have ended up with a few extra days for a few extra dollars.

    So we are now paid up to 14 June 2023, at a cost of $365.75.

    Here are the (anonymised) donations received so far (in GBP):


    £25. 17 May 2022 at 08:43.
    £25. 17 May 2022 at 09:53.
    £23.36. 17 May 2022 at 15:40.
    £25. 17 May 2022 at 20:56.
    £23.05. 18 May 2022 at 00:10.
    £50. 5 June 2022 at 12:08.
    £41. 13 June at 17:39.

    That is a total of £212.41 (or about $254).

    So we are a little short at the moment, and there is an opportunity for some more donations if people would like to. However, the above donations don't include my contribution, so taking that into account we are not too far off.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    One further reminder.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    Just posting a further reminder to keep this in the public eye.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    A number of people have generously donated towards the hosting costs, but we are still about £150/$190 short of the mark, so if anyone else is able to contribute, that will be welcome.

    Obviously the renewal will go ahead anyway.

    Although some people who have already donated did offer to give more if necessary, I'd suggest not doing that for the time being. As my previous appeal would have disappeared from "Today's Posts" quite quickly, probably there will be people who didn't see it. This time I'll post a few follow-ups to keep the thread prominent.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
    Having looked into the options, my recommendation is that we should migrate the site to the cloud hosting service offered by vBulletin (the company that wrote the software the site runs on). We could then dispense with the Bluehost hosting account, which accounts for the bulk of the current cost of running the site. This service would include the maintenance and updating of the software and daily backups by vBulletin (as well as any additional downloadable backups we requested). The web address of the site would remain the same, as should the URLs of existing forum pages and posts. The long-term cost of the cloud hosting, given the current bandwidth requirements of the site, would be $360 a year (or $40 a month). (If the bandwidth increased significantly, we might need to move to a more expensive package, but at the moment we seem to be comfortably in that bracket.) There is an additional charge of $240 for migrating the existing database to the cloud hosting, but that includes a 6-month extension of the hosting package (so the additional charge for migration is really $60).

    On that basis I would recommend we move to the cloud hosting at a cost of $280 for the first seven months. I would suggest also having a cheap basic hosting account which would allow us to put other material online, such as a static archive of the discussion pages and - I hope, though I haven't yet investigated the details - the linked images that are currently hosted at Photobucket (at a cost of $140 a year). The annual cost of that hosting account would be about $80.

    By comparison with what we had considered previously, which was $760 to renew the existing Bluehost hosting for a year, these costs would amount to about half of that now to set things up for the next seven months, and half of it next Summer to continue for another year. If people are happy with that, I suggest we can go ahead with people making half the donations they offered previously, to the PayPal account with this email address:
    jtrfcommittee at gmail.com (obviously make that into an email address in the obvious way)

    Any comments and questions are welcome, either here or by private message.
    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
    I'm pleased to say that, as two people have made generous donations equal to or larger than the amounts they previously offered, we already have enough to cover the payment for the cloud hosting.

    So please put a hold on any more donations at the moment. If everything goes according to plan, there will be another opportunity to contribute next Summer.

    The identity of the donors will remain anonymous, but in the interests of transparency the amounts and times I was notified were:
    100 dollars 10.23 on 4 Nov
    150 pounds 16.50 on 4 Nov
    We shall be coming to the end of our initial seven months' cloud hosting with vBulletin on 10 June. As far as I'm aware there have been no significant problems with the hosting, so I would suggest we renew it for another year. The cost of that would be $360 (or about £295).

    For the first period, two people were so generous and so prompt with their contributions that no one else needed to donate. This time I'd suggest putting a ceiling of $30 (or £25) on contributions - at least initially - so that we don't have the same problem again. Of course smaller donations will be equally welcome. And I'd also suggest the two people who donated before should hold back now.

    I think the best way will be for people to let me know by a private message or email how much they are able to contribute, and when we can see how things stand we can arrange the payments.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post

    Just for the record, I should just note the payment for the vBulletin hosting, made on 9 November, for one month's cloud hosting (39.95 dollars) and the migration process including a 6-month extension of the hosting (239.70 dollars) plus tax (55.93 dollars), totalling 335.58 dollars. I added a small donation of my own (about 23 pounds) to make up the difference.
    Thanks for the update, Chris. It’s worth every penny, IMO.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
    I'm pleased to say that, as two people have made generous donations equal to or larger than the amounts they previously offered, we already have enough to cover the payment for the cloud hosting.

    So please put a hold on any more donations at the moment. If everything goes according to plan, there will be another opportunity to contribute next Summer.

    The identity of the donors will remain anonymous, but in the interests of transparency the amounts and times I was notified were:
    100 dollars 10.23 on 4 Nov
    150 pounds 16.50 on 4 Nov
    Just for the record, I should just note the payment for the vBulletin hosting, made on 9 November, for one month's cloud hosting (39.95 dollars) and the migration process including a 6-month extension of the hosting (239.70 dollars) plus tax (55.93 dollars), totalling 335.58 dollars. I added a small donation of my own (about 23 pounds) to make up the difference.

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  • Debra Arif
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    Brilliant news. Thank you to those two generous people!

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Chris Phillips View Post
    I'm pleased to say that, as two people have made generous donations equal to or larger than the amounts they previously offered, we already have enough to cover the payment for the cloud hosting.

    So please put a hold on any more donations at the moment. If everything goes according to plan, there will be another opportunity to contribute next Summer.

    The identity of the donors will remain anonymous, but in the interests of transparency the amounts and times I was notified were:
    100 dollars 10.23 on 4 Nov
    150 pounds 16.50 on 4 Nov
    That’s good news Chris.

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  • Chris Phillips
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    I'm pleased to say that, as two people have made generous donations equal to or larger than the amounts they previously offered, we already have enough to cover the payment for the cloud hosting.

    So please put a hold on any more donations at the moment. If everything goes according to plan, there will be another opportunity to contribute next Summer.

    The identity of the donors will remain anonymous, but in the interests of transparency the amounts and times I was notified were:
    100 dollars 10.23 on 4 Nov
    150 pounds 16.50 on 4 Nov

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  • Chris Phillips
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    Having looked into the options, my recommendation is that we should migrate the site to the cloud hosting service offered by vBulletin (the company that wrote the software the site runs on). We could then dispense with the Bluehost hosting account, which accounts for the bulk of the current cost of running the site. This service would include the maintenance and updating of the software and daily backups by vBulletin (as well as any additional downloadable backups we requested). The web address of the site would remain the same, as should the URLs of existing forum pages and posts. The long-term cost of the cloud hosting, given the current bandwidth requirements of the site, would be $360 a year (or $40 a month). (If the bandwidth increased significantly, we might need to move to a more expensive package, but at the moment we seem to be comfortably in that bracket.) There is an additional charge of $240 for migrating the existing database to the cloud hosting, but that includes a 6-month extension of the hosting package (so the additional charge for migration is really $60).

    On that basis I would recommend we move to the cloud hosting at a cost of $280 for the first seven months. I would suggest also having a cheap basic hosting account which would allow us to put other material online, such as a static archive of the discussion pages and - I hope, though I haven't yet investigated the details - the linked images that are currently hosted at Photobucket (at a cost of $140 a year). The annual cost of that hosting account would be about $80.

    By comparison with what we had considered previously, which was $760 to renew the existing Bluehost hosting for a year, these costs would amount to about half of that now to set things up for the next seven months, and half of it next Summer to continue for another year. If people are happy with that, I suggest we can go ahead with people making half the donations they offered previously, to the PayPal account with this email address:
    jtrfcommittee at gmail.com (obviously make that into an email address in the obvious way)

    Any comments and questions are welcome, either here or by private message.

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  • tel
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    Oi, oi, oi!

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