Ernie, thanks. We hope to get a response tomorrow about the one slow ad.
As to money and time, I am spending 10 times as much effort and time as a year ago on the site. Good thing I am retired. Semi-retired really, because I help out my son in his new business part time.
There are tons of add-on programs available for this new vBulletin forum software. I am spending time sifting through the offerings to add more functionality to the site.
I think I just found a 2nd map program yesterday. This one will enable us to have Google maps embedded in any posts. The best use would be for the Shooting Range Forum. But it could be used in any of the forums by the members. Pretty easy to use.
Teh Fixer, who is a paid professional helper, told me just one hour ago that we need to go to a more expensive server, given that our site traffic is up to 850,000 page views per month and climbing fast. This would enable us to have more control and we'd be better able to tweak performance.
The more traffic we have, the more posts we get. And that adds tremendously to our daily enjoyment. The busier the better. The number of new daily posts is up 50%.
We are adding 12 members per day. That's over 40% annual growth. Some of the new ones are really sharp. They will turn into great contributors.