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Re: Club internet domains
This topic is probably wearing thin for some on killietalk, but:
At 07:56 PM 11/26/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>Barry et all;
>I know this may be herecy, but why not use AKA funds to buy a site domain
>name(which we apparently already do) and begin to pay a host provider
>(independant of Cornell) for some space to host the domain and then "give"
>sub folders to AKA affiliate clubs. As mentioned, pasword protect FTP to
>the sub folders.
The AKA already pays for the registratioin costs of the domain name. To pay a provider for what we have running now would be quite expensive. Our site is quite large and complex. It has the ability to search databases and it has an electronic store, with capability to accept credit card. From what I see on the lists that I frequent related to web servers, that would probably cost us around $150 a month, which would make it unprofitable, to say the least, for the AKA. Furthermore, there is no need for it. I am in a position to provide the server and a fast internet connection. We can provide web sites for affiliate clubs, and some take advantage of that. Others choose to mount their sites elsewhere, usually for reasons of convenience. It's thneir choice.
To try to bring this into focus and maybe to terminate what is becoming an over-done discussion, let me say this. We have a server, we have the software we need to run it, and we have the connection. Affiliate clubs are invited to mount their own web pages on the AKA server. FTP access to the appropriate folders can be arranged. Of course that access is password protected. Most importantly, my comments about clubs getting their own domain names are simply meant to indicate that I think that it is a good route to go. Clubs are in no way obligated or being coerced to do so. They can use a sub-domain or continue to use the folder-based access that some currently do. I have merely suggested what I think is a more effective way to attract visitors to their pages.
>If that is too radical, charge local clubs $10 a year or
>something for the use of the AKA site. My guess is a cost of about $200 a
>year for the host and no additional cost for the domain (isn't that done
>anyway). To be an AKA afilliate, you need a minimum percent of "paying" AKA
>members so it is funded by the local clubs in reality. For those paying AKA
>members who are not in local clubs, at least it centralizes club information
>for them to find. On the PAKA club site, we try to keep a reasonably
>updated list of what fish members are keeping and what they may have
>available. We only keep maps to members homes for directions to meetings
>private since our site is available to all who surf the internet. The BNL
>surely does not really supply such species availability information and this
>would be a service to all members (those with PC's anyway). The AKA has
>"pockets" of species availability and this should allow a better "box
>exchange" foundation among clubs.
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Barry J. Cooper, Prof., Dept. Biomedical Sciences, Cornell University
Current address: 27505 Riggs Hill Rd.
Sweet Home, OR 97386 (bjc3 at cornell_edu)
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