Coupled with pressures on Dave's time
and resources, Paul who had been involved in an admin
capacity from the early days agreed to help out &
take things over for a while and move things forward
to the next level.
so the following was done.
- Changed from the old Snitz based
forum to a more modern and flexible PHPBB based forum.
- Found a new host that could handle
the bandwidth demands.
- Registered a new .com and other domains.
sadly by the beginning of 2008 we were
yet again let down by another host, with poor SQL performance
and dire support.
So Paul had a few spare IP address's and some bandwidth
on one of the MPLS networks he managed in the company
he worked for, So on a spare Proliant DL360 G4p server,
a dedicated 6mb link and single IP address, we were
back in business with corporate sponsorship and that
served us well for 12 months with greatly improved speed
Paul's plans to start his own business were around the
corner, with that in mind and a taste for how much better
the site was with a dedicated server, it was time to
get a dedicated server of our own and some rack space.
Paul who is a IT manager by trade bought
a dedicated server in a data center of middle england.
This allows us to use as much high speed bandwidth as
we need, and develop the site and forum in any way we
seem fit. Sadly this doesn't not come cheap which is
why we always value members support, and members that
contribute are given some extra features as a way of
saying thanks. We still use this dedicated server today
and it has proved to be money well spent. We know running
an enthusiasts site like this one is more a labour of
love and never one that's going to make money long term.
With a busy board, the Mods and Admins try to keep the
forum clean from spam, We ask you have a look around
and read the FAQ before jumping straight in.
So on behalf of Paul, Dave and the rest of the moderating
team - welcome to 400GreyBike and we hope you enjoy
being part of a great community.