>>1896>Self hosting a domain is expensive.
I'm not self-hosting. The site is hosted on a VPS located in a datacenter in New York City.
>Dedicated hardware/server initial cost
It's $396/yr for the VPS and $36/yr for 500Gb/sec DDoS protection. There were no setup fees.
>Maintance of said hardware and backups
$0/yr. I handle backups myself.
$0/yr. I'm not paying for it.
>The domain name itself
I continue to renew
in addition to
, but together they are only $98/yr.
>Personal time (doing things like blocking spammers etc)
We have been blessed with several wonderful moderators (we could always use more!) that volunteer their time doing this, but most of the moderation involves handling breaches of rules and guidelines, not deleting spam.
>Security (Opening up port 53 to who knows what, gdpr compliance etc)
$0/yr. I'm not a sysadmin, but I still know what I'm doing somewhat.https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=arisuchan.jp
>A good internet connection + static IP
$0/yr. It's not needed.
>Arisuchan has no ads to pay for this luxury… How does it maintain such good uptime and still be safe from hackers and malware? Also if people are paying for this, why do so many small Lain sites still exist - some 20 years old? Please help my confusions.
Because I'm not hosting it on my personal hardware. I would imagine most other lain-related sites are on small VPSs (my smaller sites collectively run on a $15/yr VPS, for example) and shared hosting environments. Also I would think our community is more technically inclined and is much more likely to use an adblocker extension, alternative DNS server, or modified hosts file.
So collectively the cost of running the site is about $530/yr. I'm not wealthy, but that isn't too much of a problem. That being said that we do accept donations just as many other image boards do. However, it has been suggested in another thread that these funds be distributed among the moderation team instead of general expenses. I'll see what they think about it.