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    Exclamation Important CF Feedback Needed

    Important CF Feedback Needed

    Our current hosting company is changing ownership and consequently the price for our dedicated server will be increasing by about 50% a month. As it is right now with ads & donations, we're breaking even so the increase could really throw some kinks into things as I've already invested personal money towards other features and enhancements for the site.
    I've got two options at this point; 1 - pay the increased fee that would make the site somewhat of a hindrance for me as I have some other expenditures right now (aka buying a new house) or 2 - move to a new hosting company.

    The new hosting company route wouldn't be bad because I already have something in mind that would actually give us the latest Quad Core machine for the same price we're paying now, allowing us to be more stable and give us more room for growth. The only downside would be the site would be down for a couple hours some weekend and a few issues could always arise for a few days, however, I already have measures in place to get around the IP address issues we've had in the past. We would also finally get rid of some issues we're currently having where several Qwest customers can't access CF due to IP conflicts at the current host.

    So I guess what it boils down to is; the new hosting company is a pretty premium company with the best support and bandwidth in the industry so it would mean a long-term commitment to keeping CF growing and thriving. If the community believes that can happen, I'll take the plunge. If that's not possible, then I have to look for other options.

    Any feedback?


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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Go for the new hosting company. Sounds like a win/win.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    new hosting company. no question. If the site is down for minutes, hours, days, i will survive. If its easier for you and good for the project as a whole, I am for it.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Everyone here appreciates what you've done with Cyclone Fanatic. Since I live about 2,000 miles away from Ames, I don't have access to the latest news about Cyclone athletics. I usually check this board a few times a day to get updates on what's going on, and I definitely appreciate the service.

    Personally, I don't think you should go into your own pocket to provide an essentially free service to this community. If the site's down for a few hours to provide growth for the future, that's no big deal either. Basically, do what works best for you. And thanks again for Cyclone Fanatic.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Like others have said, go with the new hosting company, it's a no brainer.




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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Go to the new company. Recruit help from current members who do this for a living to help you (I can help).

    If this were 5 years ago, I would host your site in my server room for free, but alas, we are now a public company so those types of perks are gone.


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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Yeah, seems like an easy decision to move the site elsewhere.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Is this the announcement?



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Jeremy based on the responses I get the impression that either myself or others are misinterpreting your choices.

    My understanding is that the new Company is the one that will cost you personally but will allow for growth.

    The second alternative that costs less would be a step back in terms of host.

    My advice would be to take the less expensive option unless or until funding becomes available to pursue the higher cost/bandwidth option.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    New hosting company. Football news is a little slow right now anyway. This way you can have it moved to the bigger more stable machines, soaked, and have the kinks worked out by opening night.



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by sdillon500 View Post
    Everyone here appreciates what you've done with Cyclone Fanatic. Since I live about 2,000 miles away from Ames, I don't have access to the latest news about Cyclone athletics. I usually check this board a few times a day to get updates on what's going on, and I definitely appreciate the service.

    Personally, I don't think you should go into your own pocket to provide an essentially free service to this community. If the site's down for a few hours to provide growth for the future, that's no big deal either. Basically, do what works best for you. And thanks again for Cyclone Fanatic.
    I echo this. CF is the best source for ISU athletics that I have found living out here on the West Coast. I appreciate the site immensely and plan do donate at some point when I have a financial upswing!!



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Jeremy...

    Looks like a consensus: go with the new hosting co. I think we can all like without CF for a short time if necessary. Do you think you'd have it transferred by opening night?

    As always, keep up the great work. I greatly appreciate all you do for us Cyclone Fanatics!



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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Yep, go with the consensus. I, for one, will be extremely pleased if it solves the Qwest DSL problem!

    Thanks for all you do!


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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Nedrick View Post
    Jeremy...

    Looks like a consensus: go with the new hosting co. I think we can all like without CF for a short time if necessary. Do you think you'd have it transferred by opening night?

    As always, keep up the great work. I greatly appreciate all you do for us Cyclone Fanatics!

    i'll second this! no need to dip into your own pocket, especially right now.
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    Re: Important CF Feedback Needed

    Back up the U-Haul and move on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky Jeremy, your constituency demands it.



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