Hi everyone, as I mentioned in another thread, I've purchased a second server just to host Universe Today. After a move tonight, the forum will be the only site running on this server (we already moved Phil to Discover.com). I'll also be able to optimize this server just for running a vBulletin site, which should make a substantial improvement on the performance of the board.
I'll be moving UT off this server tonight, and it shouldn't cause anyone any problems with BAUT. I just wanted to let you know how I'm addressing the slowdown problem.
There will be one issue, though... $$$. This server costs $209/month to operate plus license costs for vBulletin. This is too much for me and Phil to operate out of pocket.
We've got a couple of options... bring the ads back. I'm pretty certain that Google ads displayed only to non-members should bring in enough revenue to offset the cost of the server.
The other option is to go with donations or maybe some kind premium membership. If people want to go down that route - and skip ads - we can consider it instead. It kind of feels like more work, though, to keep the donation plate going around.
My preference is to just go with ads displayed only to non-members. If that doesn't cut it, we might have to make ads displayed to members as well.
Anyway, let me know your thoughts.