Running a website is sometimes not as easy as many people might think. Especially if it is not an 0815 page from one of the many web construction kits of the providers. I also suspect that very few people think about the monthly costs. Therefore, I have created a small survey to see if this effort for a hobby is justified at all.
As far as page views are concerned, especially for a page that is so short on the net, you can't really complain. As far as the feedback is concerned, but yes. Even the evaluation function, which ultimately only "costs" a simple click, seems to be too much for almost everyone.
The most important thing for most people, however, is to get as much as possible with as little effort as possible. Even a simple thank you seems to be asking too much.
Naturally now the question comes, why I am idiot then also so stupid, and make me the work. I'm also to blame myself.
Right, that's the crux of the matter. That's exactly the question I'm asking myself right now.
This side consists in the core of the free CMS Joomla. The webspace, however, you do not get for free. And since I did not want one of these cheap providers, I have chosen a good provider of a German company. The pages are also hosted in Germany. But for this I am rewarded already for more than 10 years with an extraordinary reliability and extremely good support (I do not only run this site, therefore the long time).
But the real costs are in the supposedly free Joomla. The basic framework doesn't cost anything, but this alone doesn't do much. All these little gimmicks around it, including the template, are additional "plug-ins". And most of them cost money. And also not once, but in forum of subscription fees. These are in the range of 6-10,- Euro per month and plugin. A good dozen can be counted, because even with a backup is possible, it needs a plugin.
Since I don't want any advertising, also because I personally don't think much of it, and the whole thing is a hobby, of course no income comes in.
And even now, you'd only have an empty page. This page must also be filled with content. And exactly this content does not make itself by itself. Many things I had already built a long time ago. But for the articles I have to do everything again and again, in order to get appropriate photos and also to look again, which steps were so necessary.
Then to build up the whole download area. For this I had to prepare all files accordingly, bring them into a uniform form and above all check them, because unfortunately broken or faulty files crept in here and there. Also the enormous number of projects made the whole thing confusing for outsiders. Therefore I am in the process of bringing the whole projects once again into a better manageable form.
I don't expect any money for this or that there will be crosses here. I am not angry or offended now either. I just want to know if I do the work for free.
For example, an evaluation of a contribution would not be much work and would not hurt anyone. But above all, it helps me to find out whether it is interesting at all. Also criticism, even if you don't like to hear it of course, would help to make improvements.
With exactly 0 (in words: zero) feedback I only get the following message: Nobody is interested in what I am doing here. That would be all right, but then I would save myself the trouble.
Therefore the somewhat provocative survey, on which the continued existence of this page depends. Otherwise I could use the time and money very well for other projects (For example, my project of a portable C64 has been idle for months because I simply don't have the time). So I won't maintain the download area for now. So it's literally up to you. If you are interested in the topics, then you may also write this in the respective comment fields of the articles. So give me feedback.
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