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Tentative launch date: 1st week of June - Needing funding

Looking at our development task list, it seems realistic to set the first week of June as our target launch date.

Yes, a whole week can be a launch date. Okay!? D: Shhh. It's getting close!

Obviously that's only if nothing hideous and major comes up in testing, but things have been pretty stable for a while now with only minor bugs to sort out.

Our major problem at the moment is we only have a very basic server with little disk space and slow processors.

When Inkbunny launches we are going to get HAMMERED. The amount of interest this site has already generated combined with the fact we allow artists to upload several hundred images at a time with bulk uploads means we need to be prepared for rapid growth.

We are going to get lots of new members using the system intensively as soon as we launch.

Things may settle down after the initial flood of new members but that may take weeks or months. We don't want to run into the same problems other sites have had on launching where the user base outgrew the server so fast the admins couldn't raise the cash and upgrade fast enough,

For at least the first three months I'd like to have two servers, one for the database (that does all the info storage and retrieval) and one for the web application (the one that does all the gruntwork of serving pages and crunching images).

This means we need to raise at least $600US in two weeks. x.x;; If anyone can assist us with this, please let us know. Inkbunny is my only job, and it's not a paying one (at least not yet!). Developing it has been my only employment for almost a year now so there's a big hole in my pocket. I really need your help! If you believe in what we are doing and can lend us a few bucks to get started, please either donate here to the user
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  (via Alertpay or Credit Card only) or contact me to donate via Paypal.

If you know anyone that might be able to help and they are not here in Beta testing, please invite them and ask them if they can lend a hand with funding.

Thank you!

Starling

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starling
8 years, 7 months ago
Aren't not here am bad grammar. Edited. >.<
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
Yikes! o.o; What about Dream Host? They have a Private Server option and it's not nearly that expensive. ^_^;
http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting-dedicated.html

They also have "virtual private servers" which is a shared server but you buy a chunk of it.
http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting-vps.html

The 2nd option is unmetered so bandwidth wouldn't be an issue. I played with the bar and looks like a VPS with 2GB RAM is about $110 a month or so. I'm not sure how much RAM you need to run this site, though. o.o;

I also sniffed around and found these places that seem to have some decent prices..
http://www.serverpoint.com/en/dedicated-server/busines...
I'm not sure what you need exactly, though...

Perhaps something could be offered to the 'early adopters' who donate to the cause? That may get more people to help out. ^_^
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
Thanks for the info! But we don't want to host in the US. The laws are taking a nosedive there. ;.; We get 4TB/month bandwidth for $100US but just not a great CPU/Ram deal. We need more than 2GB ram if possible. :O
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
Is $600 for just one month? x.x;
GreenReaper
8 years, 7 months ago
" Starling wrote:
For at least the first three months I'd like to have two servers [...] This means we need to raise at least $600US in two weeks

So probably three months for two servers. Not a bad deal. WikiFur pays $100 a quarter just for partial use of one server.
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
Because we don't have the "notify all in thread" feature yet... https://inkbunny.net/journalview.php?id=141#commentid_603
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
Ah, reading fail on my part. Sorry. >.<;
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
Yeah as GR said, we pay about $100 per month per server. It's not a bad deal but just one of those servers is going to fall over if we hit it too hard. Two should stand up for at least the first few thousand new signups. :P
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
Well I'm assuming they'd be managed servers so if in case they did go down they'd get back up rather quickly. ^_^;

I'm curious about one thing: Is Inkbunny coded better than FA? I mean, does it need less cpu/ram to run? Just curious.
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
I have no idea how FA is coded. :O I like to think we have a pretty efficient code base. But these projects always need fine tuning and fixes once you see a real heavy load hit them.
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
I'm assuming it's coded :p I mean, they have some part time volunteer coders.. I think. o.o;
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
After finding out how much work Inkbunny was, and I worked on it full time, I will never speak badly of people doing their best in their spare time! XD
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
That's probably for the best. ^_^;;

By the way.. how many replies does it take to break the format here? o_o;;
starling
8 years, 7 months ago
I think this is the maximum before they stop squishing up any more. :P Other than that, exactly 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 replies will overflow our database.
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
Double it! :p
StarChildebrite
8 years, 7 months ago
I was going to make a huge comment here, but I'm turning it into a journal... Also, I would donate, but AlertPay is being bull-headed for me.

I will try again later today and see if I can transfer funds for donation.
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
That's very cool of you to donate something. =3 Though you can just use a credit card too! ^_^
StarChildebrite
8 years, 7 months ago
I don't have a Visa card... I have another kind.
Shokuji
8 years, 7 months ago
I use my Amex card. ^_^;
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
I think you can actually recharge your Alertpay balance from other credit card types, and then pay using option 2 on the chackout page (Alertpay Balance only).
StarChildebrite
8 years, 6 months ago
I'll have to check that out.
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Let me know! I'm guessing based on the interface. There's a chance, based on something a friend told me yesterday, that the credit card registration is just so the cards show up instantly to pay via CC directly later, and not fund the actual Alertpay balance. This is a "fun" learning experience for us all. x.x
DestroyerOfWorlds
8 years, 6 months ago
Hmm, signed up to Alertpay and chose option #2 (0.59 fee) but after I logged in it said "This seller does not accept credit card payments at the moment."
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Sure.. that's because option #2 is for Alertpay Balance only. So you need an Alertpay account that you have added money to already to use option #2. Option #1 is for paying directly with Visa or American Express. We're working on getting an option for Mastercard.

I understand that you can recharge your Alertpay Balance from any Credit Card or Bank Account but you need to do that first before choosing option #2.
DestroyerOfWorlds
8 years, 6 months ago
Ok, Alertpay's interface is a bit confusing then... it should say that / have the option to top it up :)
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Let me know if you can do that. I'm assuming that from the fact you can add credit card details to your own account. I wish it was as easy as Paypal. ;.;
DestroyerOfWorlds
8 years, 6 months ago
Still prefer #2 for avoiding tiny extra cost associated ;) But I can't seem to add balance to own alertpay account via credit card I've already associated. Must just be on file for making payments to sellers who can accept cards. I've associated a normal bank account so I can do a direct deposit into alertpay... but get this, the client code I need to add as a reference is 13 characters long whereas my bank allows a max of 11 chars... the plot thickens like gravy!! I'll keep you updated :P
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Argh. Let me know if you can figure that one out. I'll be making a special FAQ here just for Alertpay!
DestroyerOfWorlds
8 years, 6 months ago
Well, it costs AU$5.00 to do a deposit via bank transfer anyway... which would be OK for high money amounts, but it ended up cheaper for me just to pay via the credit card option and pay the percentage :D (I like that Alertpay withholds your mailing address unless it's necessary, perfect for digital transactions & donations). Good luck with the launch, and thanks for all the chilli jam! XD
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Hooray! Thankyooooou <3
korrok
8 years, 6 months ago
Have you considered doing an artist charity auction to raise the funds? Getting a few interested artists who are in the beta to offer something each then auctioning that on one of the furry auction houses? It might be something to think about since it's easier for some of us to do than give monetary donations.
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
It's not a bad idea! But we might do that if we need funds after launching. A charity auction takes a lot of time to execute and to get the money back from, and we need the money in just a few days. x.x;;;
korrok
8 years, 6 months ago
It certainly is a tricky thing to execute - but I am sure it could be something to consider if you are still lacking funds after launch too. :)
GreenReaper
8 years, 6 months ago
Honestly, the thing I'd advise artists to do is seek to earn money from the site. If you make money, Inkbunny should make money, too.
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
About 10% of all transactions in fact!
GreenReaper
8 years, 6 months ago
You should say artists get to keep 90% - that sounds a lot better. ;-p
starling
8 years, 6 months ago
Artists get to keep 100% of 90% of profits!
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