Dear all, I need a little bit of guidance and direction from many of you. The forum has been growing steadily for the last few years now thanks to leadership of @Magpie and @Kilmory. In the last 2 years or so, I have been involved more in the administration part, sometimes with success and some others not so much! Hopefully it there where more good moments than bad. Some of the older members remember that the forum started off on a tiny little server which my father was paying unknowingly. When he started questioning how a normal shop website (I had installed the forum on his small shop subdomain) with so little traffic (he would hardly have more than 40 users a month) was costing him so much I had to move it away. It's been 11 years now and I think it's time to look a bit into the future. Some of you have been here since the start. Some joined later but for sure is that everyone here, like me grew up together with this sport site. We are now in a position where we cannot afford to continue on shared hosting. In simple terms, the forum size (2.3 GB) has outgrown our current home. Apart from the sheer size I would also like to move the hosting from the US (that's where the current server is located) to Europe (where most of our users are) - the assumption is that we would make it a little faster. Last but not least I would like to make the website more secure with ssl (when you see the https:// in the browser) for everyone's safety. Apart from the actual cost of hosting and SSL, I also need someone professional to do the migrating for me. I'm not risking it myself with such a big database and userbase. We will be having some adverts soon and they will definitely help with the costs. It's people like them who make the current software and server run but the people who actually make the forum are you, the members. Without you there's no content, no discussions and no sharing of information. We all came to this place because we where looking to discuss the sport that we truly love with like minded people. Cutting a long story short, I am currently toying with the idea of a premium membership for anyone who wants to pay something small. This started off because I was looking at a replacement of the Tapatalk app. Apparently tapatalk, aren't the nicest of people. They have questionable business practices where they where caught harvesting data and dealing with security vulnerabilities for their users in a very lax way. I found someone who can customise an app just for the forum and I have to admit that it looks cleaner and nicer + it is definitely more secure. The drawback as always in these things is the price. There's a $100 for the setup and with all the customisation it would come to $40 a month. At first I said we leave it as it is but then I started thinking what if those who regularly use the mobile app pay for the actual app. I found that on average we have 40 daily visitors through tapatalk (of which I'm one of them!) so if those daily users pay $1/month than we are sorted. After that I started looking into how to make it work and the ideal solution is to setup a premium membership for more things than just access to a mobile app (which can be downloaded from the app store itself... how cool is that!) Having said that I would like to have the premium membership as something that is worth it for you and not just a glorified donation. Apart from access to the Mobile App, this is what I thought to include: - Different coloured username with premium member banner - Verified member next to your username - Access to a private forum for discussions - Chat Box (especially useful during live tournaments and also the idea to get high profile players, umpires and coaches to organise webinars) - A complete resource centre for umpires, coaches and administrators (I still have a large collection of resources which I plan to share and also work to increase). I would still like to make the resource centre public (that's the whole idea of sharing) but maybe the resources will be made available to the general public after 3 or 4 months being private. - Access to a private marketplace for good condition used sticks - Discounts from 'Preferred Vendors' on the forum - A really nice FHF branded Polo shirt which can be actually worn (my last attempt was a failure). I would get a professional designer to do it for me. The Polo shirt would be for those who take a yearly membership I guess. I'm thinking of giving the possibility of a monthly membership and a yearly one (maybe the yearly one would be a bit cheaper) Now, I have two big questions for you... Is it something that you would be interested in having? and how much would you pay for it? Again, I want to make it clear that it's not a donation but something that you put value on. Please answer the poll so that I can have an idea of what to do.