New server + 1st annual fundraiser

The growth of the Moped Army and the moped community in the last few years has been an amazing thing to watch. I'm happy that this website has been able to help foster that and provide a place for discussion, education, and much more. You'll be happy to know that I'm planning a redesign of the website this spring with upgraded functionality and a new look.

Unfortunately we have experienced some growing pains. We continue to max out our bandwidth allowances and disk space usage. Rather than cut back I've decided to take the next step and move to our own dedicated web server. Early this morning the transfer was made, giving us more than enough speed and capacity to expand.

I'm dedicated to maintaining and improving this site, but I can no longer handle the costs on my own. We've had a donation button for a long time and I sincerely thank everyone who sent in a donation in the past. Today I'm changing our fundraising efforts from an open tip jar to a yearly campaign with a set monetary goal.

The always reliable pair Networks has given us a good deal on a server. Between the monthly costs and a few upgrades the total we need to raise is $1,500. I know that everyone is in different financial situations but I'm suggesting a minimum donation of $12. For a dollar a month you can take pride in knowing that you helped fund the growth of the moped community.

I've set up a DropCash account, which is an easy way to manage fund raisers. Payments are handled by PayPal and can be made with a credit card if you don't have a PayPal account. The campaign's progress is updated in real time as we reach our goal.

Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this site in the past, either monetarily or with your words, photos, and wit. Let's get this thing out of the way so we can focus on making the site better and not worry about money for an entire year.

Thanks for everything. Click here to contribute.