Re: Need ALL members input!!!!! PLEASE READ!
Bring in some ad banners to help with costs. Proper ad's actually are useful. Vendors here can even submit their own websites and such.
I work in a datacenter installing and maintaining servers. I tell you make sure you use raid and make sure your getting enterprise quality drives. Reg home stuff will fail in short order!
Are you going to run this out of your house with a business line (make sure that you have redundancy here if you do) or out of a hosting site?
In order to maintain a stable site, 2-3 nodes would be ideal for failover (or cloud which you should really never have downtime...)... It'll be pricy, but like the other posts, servers aren't really that reliable... honestly. I make a living off of replacing parts 40 hours a week. lol Drives go out fast and have the most problems with corruption. Use RHEL... it's free and most stable IMO.
But like I said... simple banners are usually decent. I say get some AD revenue to help buffer the costs. I'd enact a time out function that boots idle users and auto logs them out. A small forum here in town for aquariums has this and it keeps memory and traffic usage down.
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