The Occasional Fusor.net Fund Raiser – 2019 Edition

Where we're going, we don't need roads..

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads..

Greetings, Fusor Friends:

First: a note of sincere Gratitude to Frank Sanns, Richard Hull, Andrew Robinson and others who have borne of the burden of keeping this site running smoothly while I have been largely MIA over the past… well, sigh, it’s been a while now. I will spare you the gory details of my personal travails (begins with the letter “D”), other than to say how gratifying it is to see Fusor.net continue to run on its own energy (pun intended) and that interest in the topic remains high around the world.

The cost of maintaining the site has always been fairly modest, but over the past year has been increasing. My account with Media Temple provides a monthly allocation of bandwidth, but recently we have been running over that allocation and incurring additional charges. Some of that overage has been traced to the bots that crawl the site for search engines, and some effort has been made to minimize the bots impact, but we are still incurring additional charges. We have also recently added a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) that cost an additional $75/year

In light of the changes in my personal circumstances and the increase in costs, it is going to be harder to bear the entire cost maintaining the site for at least the coming year.

So it is time, as have on occasion in the past, to ask the Fusor community to step up and pitch in.

If you are so inclined, just click on the “Donate” button to the right of this post and contribute whatever you can.

Thanks,

–PS

  • Wes Hanney

    Since you’re only using domain validated SSL, you can use LetsEncrypt to get a free SSL certificate and save yourself $75/year. Media Temple is likely using cPanel/WHM or Plesk, both of which have tools for automating the whole process.

  • Wes Hanney

    Also, if possible, you should force redirection to HTTPS to improve your search rankings (Google prefers SSL over non-SSL)