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blinkey501
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much it cost to buy the domain?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't actually buy a domain, you 'lease' it from the domain name 'registrar'. In the UK this is an organisation called Nominet. You don't deal direct with Nominet, you go through agents who organise the lease on your behalf. In most cases you can take out multi-year leases on a domain name up to (I think) 5 years, which may be cheaper.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mangocrazy wrote:
You don't actually buy a domain, you 'lease' it from the domain name 'registrar'. In the UK this is an organisation called Nominet. You don't deal direct with Nominet, you go through agents who organise the lease on your behalf. In most cases you can take out multi-year leases on a domain name up to (I think) 5 years, which may be cheaper.


Five year lease sounds good.
I will chip in 100 quid for the cause if in the long run it works out cheaper?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another few quids in the tin.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The forum is I think a php application so shouldn't require a great deal of infrastructure to support the website.

My website and Domain only costs around £20 a year, so why is this so expensive?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably historical I suspect, Keith. Domain and hosting charges have decreased with competition, but we're probably paying prices that were current 10 years ago. I've seen .co.uk domains for as cheap as £5 per year. I think there are savings to be made. We only need one domain, and we can probably get it cheaper if we shop around.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mangocrazy wrote:
Probably historical I suspect, Keith. Domain and hosting charges have decreased with competition, but we're probably paying prices that were current 10 years ago. I've seen .co.uk domains for as cheap as £5 per year. I think there are savings to be made. We only need one domain, and we can probably get it cheaper if we shop around.


For our name we pay £1 a year to keep it current. We payed for 10 years a long time ago but that was because I didn't want to bother about re registration every year. Now its going to die around the 1st December so need to get a new email address.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with mango.
I think the issue is that we've never really been aware of costs before and how they stack up competitively these days.
Once our head is back above water we'll have a look at these things and utilise the expertise we have on the forum to sort it out.
With the way folks are pulling together, I think the future is bright ..... we certainly have an Orange logo .....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just dropped my bit in ...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D-Rider wrote:
I agree with mango.
I think the issue is that we've never really been aware of costs before and how they stack up competitively these days.
Once our head is back above water we'll have a look at these things and utilise the expertise we have on the forum to sort it out.
With the way folks are pulling together, I think the future is bright ..... we certainly have an Orange logo .....


orange, ORANGE, ORANGE, you Sir are a philistine its MANGO
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donation sent, if you're buying sweeties I like the white mice best :)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely it's not the name that costs the money, it's the hosting which is a seperate thing?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back to the main topic:

First of all, thanks to everyone who has donated so far - we have collected enough to make an initial payment of £470. I paid that tonight.
To get us paid-up until the end of the year we need to find another £50 ... so we're doing well but if you haven't yet contributed, we are still in need of some funds.

As I said before we also need to get a bit ahead of the game so that we're not in arrears again.

Following the discussions on here and those that some of us have also been having in the admin team, we're looking at the whole hosting thing and the potential to move onto a more versatile forum platform - and possibly have forum storage for files and pics etc.
Please bear with us while we think about this - but don't worry, we'll not go and make wholesale changes without consulting the forum. One reason for mentioning this is that if we do migrate things, we will have some setup costs that we will have to cover in advance. Again, we're not in a position to say how much these might be - or if we will need to go down that route. Just a heads-up to prepare us.

Anyway, thanks again for making a big dent in the amount we owe.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that so much has been raised so quickly shows how much this forum is valued!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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