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Issues regarding the club's website

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club, Uncategorized Apr 02 2013 · 196 views

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Our club's official website has recently reached a big milestone: 1,500 unique visitors in a single month! Because of this, our host, Free Hosting Cloud, has started to charge me money to keep the website online.
 
Although I have attempted to move the site to another host, none that I found have the capacity to hold our expanding website, which is currently in the process of adding a number of large games that once graced Bionicle's website. Because of this, I have found no alternative but to start paying for the website's upkeep.
 
As a result, I am planning to upgrade the website, which will save money in the long run, and give the site a new domain with a shorter address. Please stay tuned for updates.
 
A big thank you to everyone who has helped the club reach the site's milestone of 1,500 unique monthly visitors. Even if the milestone caused all this drama, it means the club is gaining momentum.

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Booker DeWitt
Apr 02 2013 10:38 PM

Personally I think you shouldn't start spending money on it. The campaign itself was never going to work, but if you now have a 'community' you can easily just set up a free forum for it or something.

 

Just...don't waste actual money on this endeavour. I know there's the whole 'Hey if the fans lost interest then Bionicle will never come back', and that's true, but I think BZP still being active is more meaningful than an organised group of 'campaigners'. BZP has the Bionicle fan base covered, if Lego consider bringing it back then this is where they'll come to gauge interest.

 

And they aren't going to bring it back just because people keep asking for it. It has to make sense as a business decision, and the Bring Back Bionicle Club will play literally no part in that.

 

It's a nice enough idea, though. But please....don't spend your actual money on it, because it'll be a complete waste. The Bionicle fans are all still here, that's all we need in the way of a 'campaign' to bring it back. Asking for it over and over is wasting everybody's time. So just leave it, and pleaseeeeee be savvy enough not to waste your actual money on it. I'm not saying this to be deliberately negative, for a change, I'm just being realistic. Please don't spend your money on it.

 

Not to mention I've never heard of that host and chances are you'd be getting ripped-off anyway.

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Makuta_of_Oz
Apr 03 2013 06:04 AM

Personally I think you shouldn't start spending money on it. The campaign itself was never going to work, but if you now have a 'community' you can easily just set up a free forum for it or something.

 

Just...don't waste actual money on this endeavour. I know there's the whole 'Hey if the fans lost interest then Bionicle will never come back', and that's true, but I think BZP still being active is more meaningful than an organised group of 'campaigners'. BZP has the Bionicle fan base covered, if Lego consider bringing it back then this is where they'll come to gauge interest.

 

And they aren't going to bring it back just because people keep asking for it. It has to make sense as a business decision, and the Bring Back Bionicle Club will play literally no part in that.

 

It's a nice enough idea, though. But please....don't spend your actual money on it, because it'll be a complete waste. The Bionicle fans are all still here, that's all we need in the way of a 'campaign' to bring it back. Asking for it over and over is wasting everybody's time. So just leave it, and pleaseeeeee be savvy enough not to waste your actual money on it. I'm not saying this to be deliberately negative, for a change, I'm just being realistic. Please don't spend your money on it.

 

Not to mention I've never heard of that host and chances are you'd be getting ripped-off anyway.

What alternative did I have? All the well-known free hosts have file size limits that are way too small for my needs, and I am working on adding large games to the site, so I need all the space I can get.

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Booker DeWitt
Apr 03 2013 09:25 AM

Why are you adding games? Surely they are hosted elsewhere anyway?

 

Just. Don't spend money on this. The whole campaign was a lost cause from the start and is making no difference and never will. That's the reality of the situation. There's optimism and then there's utter naivity, and this is definitely the latter.

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Why are you adding games? Surely they are hosted elsewhere anyway?
 
Just. Don't spend money on this. The whole campaign was a lost cause from the start and is making no difference and never will. That's the reality of the situation. There's optimism and then there's utter naivity, and this is definitely the latter.

I think he's talking about the old flash games, which were indeed rescued and re-hosted by another site-with-forums-that-therefore-shall-not-be-linked-to.
While hosting a copy yourself does certainly grant you more certainty and a little piece of mind, it's also a rather large bandwidth-eater, and why pay more if you can just embed it from someone else's server? You could always keep a copy of everything on your own computer, and upload that only, and only, if the external site shuts down.
Oh, and a little piece of advice: don't try to upload any PHP-based games or persistent MMOs. Most (read: all) hosts aren't very keen on them unless you get yourself a dedicated server, which usually costs at least $200 per month. Bionicle mostly used Flash-based games though, so that shouldn't really be that much of a problem.
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