$340 for the server + 6 months of co-location.
$340 will be due in another 6 months for the remaining balance on the server + another 6 months of hosting.
$30 per month for hosting. (After the first year)
$11 per month for Plesk Control Panel.
$3499 to $3999 for web site design and build.
$10 for the domain registration, yearly.
PCIe SSD for database storage
Additional DDR3 ECC registered RAM
I can throw in some money as well.
My personal paypal is leroy @ leroyblanchard.com if anyone wants to help with costs sooner rather than later.
Going to be a little while before I get accounts setup specifically for the site.
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Icecold donated $500. Thank you for the support.
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Biodoc donated $250. Thank you for your contribution.
I made a payment of $2080 so they can begin building the site. The remaining ~$2000 will be due upon completion. They estimated about 2 months to build it.
04/21/21 - $2,080.00 - 50% of the site development costs to get started
04/04/21 - $360.00 - 6 months hosting/server cost
04/12/21 - $340.00 - 6 months hosting/server cost
04/14/21 - $9.06 - boincgames.com domain purchase
05/26/21 - $193.75 - Plesk Pro Edition for 12 months
08/19/21 - $2,079.00 - Remaining balance for the site development
08/19/21 - $384.30 - 192GB DDR3 ECC Server RAM (Maxes out what the server can support)
08/19/21 - $74.70 - 2x Intel Xeon X5680 Processor @ 3.33GHz 12MB Cache 6-Core SLBV5
08/20/21 - $22.00 - Cost of shipping CPUs and RAM to datacenter + UPS to package them
Don't think I've forgotten anything.
So far I have received donations from:
$250 - Crashtech
$250 - Biodoc
$500 - Icecold
Total donations: $1000
Total cost I've spent: $4542.81
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I will also point out the recurring costs of the site.
Plex License - $200
Server Hosting (Co-location at a datacenter) - $360.00
Domain renewal - $10
So roughly $570 a year to keep the site hosted and running.
Once I get the site hosted on the server and everything is running smoothly, I will setup some recurring donation as well as one-time methods on the site so people can donate if they choose to.
Realistically, though the initial setup costs is really digging into my wallet a good bit, but from here on out ~$600 a year wouldn't be something that I couldn't easily handle on my own. I've been renting dedicated servers for nearly 20 years now; granted it's only been one that I've been hosting www.ut-files.com on for eons, but adding a second wouldn't kill me.
That's not including if anything breaks that needs to be replaced or the cost of hosting and Plesk's yearly costs don't go up.
The only thing I foresee int he near future is upgrading/adding SSDs to the server. I am still not 100% sure on how I plan to do that. Next time I call the datacenter I am gonna ask them more details about how many hdd slots I actually have on that particular server, and what size add-on pcie card they can install inside it. Then decide if I wanna get a PCI-e RAID controller card, PCI-e NVME card or just populate the onboard SAS/SATA controller with regular SSDs.
I was billed twice, back in April when I got the new server. One was for $340 while the other bill was for $360. I was in talks with the datacenter at that time about switching my billing from semi annually to the full year. So when the second invoice arrived on the 12th, I assumed it was for the rest half of the year for the new server.
I was mistaken. They hadn't switched to annually on the new server and the old server* yearly bill was due. Wasn't paying attention, so this whole time I assumed the new server was paid for throughout the year and I owned the server outright. They do a Rent-to-own on some of their servers where after you pay xx amount over a 12 month period you'll own the hardware and only have to pay for the co-location fee. This is what I thought I did.
So, when I had the new (used) parts delivered to the datacenter to upgrade the new server their was only one co-location server on my account which was my old server. So they assumed that was the server that was getting upgraded. Luckily, none of the hardware was compatible with the old server so they didn't install anything.
That's when we went back and forth until we figured out what the issue was.
Now, I have paid the remaining year on the new server and the hardware as been upgraded.
The remaining year was not $360 as I initially thought, but rather $308. So it was $52 cheaper than I had originally thought.
8/26/21 - $308 second half of yearly hosting
8/26/21 - $-360 wrong server costs, subtraction of above costs
*The old server was where this site was originally hosted. Now the only thing hosted on that server is www.ut-files.com and a few gaming servers. I intend to completely redo that server with a latest Linux install (probably Debian Buster) and use it to host ut-files.com as it's been doing, hosting my game servers as it's been doing and serve as a backup for the boincgames.com and teamanandtech.org sites. While the backup will most likely only consist of hosting backups and not an actual fail-over should the primary server go down, but that's only because I believe that sort of setup might be a bit beyond my knowledge. That's not to say that I wont look into attempting it in the near future though.