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I have plans to start a new Community Website. I think the page will have 10,000 visits a day and 500-1000 Core People that visit the site regulary. Now : I'd like to have it as a service for the community. And I want to make it for the people and not for profit. How much does it cost to have a community like that?

I don't want to spend $2,000 / month for server hosting costs. It's fine when I make no money, but it's not fine when I have to pay more than $50 a month.

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Send me an invite. =) – Wesley Nov 16 '09 at 20:50

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Have a look at setting up a community on Ning - it's free.

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That's exactly what is set up on. Works decently enough. – Wesley Nov 16 '09 at 20:50

You really need to provide more information then "Community Website"

Do you want it to be like Facebook, like YouTube? Do you want forums, pictures, profiles, a blog, a wiki?

You could likely use a hosting account with a company like GoDaddy for a low monthly fee (less then $20 a month) and the free apps they include with it (everything above) to put something together.

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If you have found the software that will power your community, the next thing you should focus on is content caching. Cache as much dynamic content as possible. Doing this part right, you will definitely spend less.

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