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Old 10 Mar 2006, 22:57
Jon_Simmonds Jon_Simmonds is offline
 
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Whats it cost?

What does it cost to run a "big board" in a ideal world people who run "small boards" (like me!) will make it into "big board" land.

Currently my only cost is vb license, and shared hosting costs (88 for the license and i think its 30 for the yearly charge so i can get the updates, and 9 a month)

Obviously license costs will remain the same, but have you had to spend any more on other software?

As to hosting, I just know costs will spiral as the board gets busier, how much am i looking at having to find a month as things grow?
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Old 10 Mar 2006, 23:45
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Hi Jon!

I'm currently running a small board as well, but we're bandwidth intensive. Right now I'm eating a good 100gb a month (and that's with sharing loads with other affiliates ) and we're an extremely young podcast (5 episodes). Anyhow, we'll be transitioning to a dedicated server this summer and that is where your best bet lies.

As boards grow so will your demands. Eventually, a shared hosting plan won't provide enought. You'll need to make the move to a dedi.

Currently I use Surpass Hosting and they're doing a dang good job. When I make the "big move" it will be to one of their managed dedicated servers.

At a good deal too. Expect a good $100ish dollards for a lowish-end dedicated . Obviously that price rises with what exactly you get.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 00:00
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My website has over 50,000 registered members, 2 million posts, and we average 186gb of bandwidth a month. I pay $209 hosting fees through www.servermatrix.com (bleh server) and $60 to my server manager to keep me secure and updated.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 03:37
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$569US/m for 2 servers. one for web and email, other for db.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 13:36
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additional costs .. maybe costs involved in

1. buying license for app beyond compare for comparing changes to hacked files/templates to vB forum updates
2. license costs for secureCRT, secureFTP from vandyke.com for ssh telnet, secure ftp transfer
3. other admin software tools/apps you might need to make admin duties easier

etc etc

those kinds of things i needed to fork out for along with domain renewal costs, server upgrade/moving costs i.e. new setup fees etc
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 14:03
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Basically m costs for my larger forums like sprintusers.com, zeldauniverse.net, or smashboards.com come down to hosting and promotional items I use for contests and giveaways. My two largest forums on 2 servers a piece, which costs aroun $600 a month at The Planet.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 14:09
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....bribes for eva2000 to get the perfect Server configuration.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 14:11
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....bribes for eva2000 to get the perfect Server configuration.
I will chip in on this bribe deal...
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 14:29
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....bribes for eva2000 to get the perfect Server configuration.
ah forgot compulsory fees like that
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 15:39
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Let's not forget to mention that as your userbase builds so does your ad revenue options. With some well placed ads there is really no reason that your community will make you money rather than cost you money.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 17:08
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Uh, on my board (almost a year running now with 15k members (weekly pruned), 200k posts, roughly 50k hits per day) we're luckely being sponsored, it's not too big though, that's a fact. Using about 70gigs a month of the bandwidth, the rent for the dedicated server costs about 69€ a month. Right now we haven't got ad's so theres no income, the host has a fulltime job though.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 01:03
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our server is a damn good deal at about $50 a month. it handles our users with plenty of ease(forgot the specs). we go through 1-300GB a month.

i have the problem now of possibly needing to upgrade the server and that would mean i am up in the 100+ range a month. but with that i found a host that will give me 4TB of transfer a month(video hosting, possibly e-mail hosting) all that fun stuff would help to generate some extra revenue. but i dont know if it would be enough to get 100ish a month. my site is pretty much payed only by sponsors with some user donations here and there.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 06:05
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We pay $800/month to two dual opterons at a very nice D.C. This server expense will increase i am thinking about another load balancing option in the near future.
Plus the seo hacks: We paid like $500.
Admin for the server : $100 a month
Ads expense: Thinking about $750/day ads and other ads $200/month

Income Adsense and 3rd party advertisers , definetly not covering the costs. Love my community so money is not a problem.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 21:05
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Dedicated servers = waste of money.

After you buy your own servers (and co-locate), the bandwidth and server space prices aren't expensive at all. In fact, the more bandwidth you use, the cheaper it gets.
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Old 12 Mar 2006, 23:56
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Originally Posted by kerplunknet
Dedicated servers = waste of money.

After you buy your own servers (and co-locate), the bandwidth and server space prices aren't expensive at all. In fact, the more bandwidth you use, the cheaper it gets.
who has the $$ upfront to fork out for that option? Then what happens when a drive dies? memory goes bad? You have to buy it ship it to them and get them to install for a fee.

colo=waste of money
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