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Coming In 2007: New Lupinia Server!
Greetings everyone! I've been holding back from announcing this, but I think the time has come. I'm really excited about it :-D

For the last 3.5 years, I've had a hosting account in one form or another from iPowerWeb. They're a pretty good hosting company, with lots of space and bandwidth for the money, and a pretty good collection of features and utilities. And, up to this point, I've been quite satisfied with their services.

However, I've been running into some issues lately that are a direct result of being in shared hosting space, or would be remedied much more effectively if I had more direct access to the server. Database load-balancing issues in particular, as well as various email issues. I've also wanted to install my own software for applications such as TeamSpeak. It's gotten very frustrating, and Lupinia and its associated sites have outgrown their current home. Thus, it's time to take the next step: Co-location.

I've found a very good hosting location that a friend has used for years, with no trouble. Our new server will be 100% owned by me, with no resource-sharing or overbearing administrators. Thus, we can literally do whatever we want with it. I even plan on running some games servers from time to time, as well as spam filtering on our email services that doesn't tag every legitimate message as spam.

The reason I'm posting this is two-fold. Firstly, I want everyone involved to know what's going on in advance. I aim to make the actual transition as smoothly as possible, but because of the nature of DNS re-assignments, and the way dynamic systems like forums work, there will have to be some downtime. This will occur sometime in mid to late September, right before my current hosting account is up for renewal. Some of the lesser-used domains associated with this server (lupinia.eu, for example) will be re-pointed early on, for adminstration purposes.

The second reason is one I'm less proud of; money. I plan on funding the entire project myself, since Lupinia was never meant to be a capitalistic entity, nor will it ever be. However, this will be a bit expensive for me initially, so if you're excited about this move and want to help make the new Lupinia the best it can be, I humbly ask that you consider making a donation. It doesn't have to be a big one, every little bit helps. I don't have an official cost for the new server, but we're looking at about $1500-2000 USD. If we could even raise $1000, it'd be a huge help. The monthly fees associated with this move won't really be a concern, so you don't have to worry about making a recurring contribution. We're strictly looking for help with the initial costs.

Everyone who donates $50 or more will get free email services for life on the new server, including POP3/SMTP and webmail access. Anyone who donates $100 or more will get web hosting space for life, as much as you need (within reason). And EVERYONE who donates, regardless of the amount, will have their name printed on the Donations page (if they desire).

So, if you'd like to help Lupinia out with this move, please visit http://www.lupinia.net/donate.htm to view the funding options. Thank you all for your assistance.

-Felix J. Lockhart

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From: nightfurson Date: March 20th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC) (Perma-Link)

*catching up on LJ*

Heya chief! As small news, I've also been slowly reviving the furry website/etc listing I was building. Some things about life, or larger hobbies/distractions had gotten in the way, but they're getting less intrusive.

The progress on the site had come to mind, when you mentioned needing money for site etc. I don't have money to donate, but I'm wondering about maybe putting adverts on the site once I have something up, to help support you folks. I'm not sure if something like that is possible/helpful, or how to go about it, but I could try. I had been -planning- on leaving adverts out of the site for the sake of keeping navigation quick and visually simple, but it's an option.

I suppose if such a thing DID work out, and DID bring in money that wasn't needed for site support, I could use it for art and further supporting the furry community. Funding of any amount is a powerful tool, and I'm plotting to stop ignoring it as such. Let me know what you think!

-NF
natashasoftpaw From: natashasoftpaw Date: March 21st, 2007 02:34 am (UTC) (Perma-Link)

Re: *catching up on LJ*

Honestly, I really don't want ads on any site hosted on or affiliated with Lupinia. If you really want to put some up, we can discuss it via IM or email. I appreciate the offer, though :-)
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