Famous Mortimer wrote: ↑
March 4 20, 10:14 am
heyzeus wrote: ↑
February 4 20, 10:18 am
2. Hosting the site costs about $110/month
. We're going to explore some different options that would bring new features to GRB, but I don't think the costs will change significantly unless we were to allow ads. To be clear, we're not going to do that if it means a disruption of the experience we all want here. The mods aren't going to make major changes without running things by y'all first, don't worry.
I mean, can you not shop around for cheaper hosting? That price sounds absolutely insane. Admittedly, it's been a few years since I last adminned a forum like this, but my hosting fees were like $100 a year.
You're right, it's not cheap. My personal hosting is $120 every two years. I know GRB was on a lower host at one time, but kept crashing and having db connection issues so Michael switched it to a private server instead of a shared server.
There is a hosting server that costs about $70 a month we could downgrade to. It has just enough RAM/CPU to hold GRB, and it's storage would require us to pare the site down a bit. The problem is we're grandfathered into a nicer server right now, so if we downgrade and then realize it wasn't big enough and re-upgrade we would lose some of the resources we have right now.
Ideally a site like GRB needs cloud based hosting, because we only use the max of our server maybe 5% of the year during gameday threads or playoff time, etc. But cloud base hosting is a pretty high floor. So for how small GRB is relative to big businesses, i''d expect moving to AWS or something similar to cost roughly $200 a month just because we'd need an EC2, a SQL database, backups for all of that, and then the time to set up IAM and permissions, export our db and migrate it over there, etc.
If GRB were an order of magnitude bigger then a cloud based hosting solution would make sense, if we were about half the size we are now then we could save a lot on hosting. But GRB is in that weird spot where we generate enough traffic that a shared hosting service doesn't make sense, but we don't generate enough traffic for variable hosting to save us money.