Retromags Donation Drive 2012
Retromags is currently accepting donations to help keep this site running. We all know that the economy sucks out there, so anything you can contribute is appreciated. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am going to break down what we are currently trying to pay off.
Retromags runs on a paid version of Invision Power Board. We could have went with one of the free forum's that are out there. The reason we went with Invision is that it carries quite a few features that would be sorely missed. We also can submit requests for assistance if anything is not working correctly. Generally we pay $25 every six months for support on the forum, while the additional modules we use (downloads, gallery, blogs, etc) vary from $10-$15 for each 6 month block of support/updates we wish to receive.
$25 x2 - Forum Update/Support
$10 x2 - Downloads Update/Support
$10 x2 - Blogs Update/Support
$10 x2 - Gallery Update/Support
$15 x2 - Content Update/Support
$140 - For updates/support over the next 12 months
A few years ago we got an email from our hosting company. They informed us that we were using more than our fair share of the server's resources. Sure it says "UNLIMITED" bandwitdth and storage when you are looking for a web host. The simple truth is that each one of them has legal mumbo jumbo in their terms of service that basically negates that claim. So we were forced to stop providing magazines directly from our site. We went with MegaUpload and for a while things were good. Well you all know that MegaUpload is gone. So we are now faced with the daunting task of reuploading 1100+ magazines! Where do we put them? Well I am going to suggest MediaFire. I have read through the services they offer, and I believe that we should choose the "Professional" plan. Its not a free plan, but it does allow for us to upload single files greater than 200MB in size. They also will not remove files if they are inactive, and their are no limits on how many people can download.
$64.80 - Professional Media Fire Account
$64.80 - For 1 Year of Providing 1100+ Magazines
As with running any website, there are costs associated with renewing the domain name and web hosting. It's more costly to keep renewing these by the month or year, so I would like to get them paid off at the best price possible.
$89.55 - 1 Year of WebHosting
$147.56 - 9 Years of Domain Name Renewal/Private Registration
$237.11 - To cover the domain for 9 years and hosting for the next 12 months
The total of all the items above comes out to $441.91 This will ensure that Retromags continues to function well into the future, and that we can resume providing you with these vintage magazines! Please click the button below to contribute. Also we will put putting up some prizes that will be randomly handed out to people who participate in this donation drive. For each $5 donated, your name will go into a drawing for prizes. The prizes are still being determined at the moment, and will be in the next reply under this one.