Clueless - Cost to maintain/upgrade a website?
Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:57 PM
Can anyone give us some idea (ball park is ok) on how much it might cost to set up and maintain a good club website? The reason I ask is our website administrator (a non-member) is saying that our site needs upgrading and it will cost approximately $2000 to do this. We have an annual maintenance fee of approximately $400 in addition to that. We are not sure if that is reasonable or not. Any input would be very helpful.
You can see our current website at:
Barry Simon, Secretary
Pontchartrain Astronomy Society
Posted 04 August 2013 - 10:22 PM
If you can maintain and setup your own DNS then the cost will be your line rent and yearly domain subscription.
Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:31 AM
Two grand seems really steep for a website that doesn't require PCI compliance and a custom payment gateway to host credit card transactions.
You can use HostGator for your web hosting, and get unlimited bandwidth for around $15 a month. Use WordPress as your content platform...it's free. There are a ton of free themes (to change the way the site looks) out there, but you can also buy them.
Check out the following sites that use WordPress as the content platform:
You can also use DotNetNuke. The community edition is free, but because of the technologies it uses, hosting is usually more expensive. PowerDNN.com is, in my opinion, the best DNN host out there. I have used DNN for corporate intranets as well as a number of web pages and have been very happy with it.
Check out the following site that uses DotNetNuke as the content platform:
Feel free to PM me with any questions. I'll be happy to help you out any way I can.
Charlie Elliott Astronomy, a chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club
Posted 07 August 2013 - 07:32 PM
First, let me start out by saying that there is nothing wrong with your website. It's a clean design and responds quickly. Society has changed dramatically in the past few years with regard to online habits, and you'll find that your club's Facebook Page will get more traffic than the web site.
Yes, the site looks fine, but that is not the upgrade he should be looking at. The site Barry linked to is running Joomla 1.5.x, which recently has been dropped from support. Not the end of the world, but I would upgrade eventually.
I don't work with Joomla, so I can't judge the price. It really depends on how much data and functions you have currently, how the new version will interact with them. There could be some major issues. I work with Drupal, wordpress and some other lean php frameworks, I can tell you some migrations are a huge pain.
You could always contract somebody to do it; if I knew Joomla, I would do it for much cheaper.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 08:56 PM
See this YouTube video.
Posted 22 August 2013 - 12:03 PM