The really major reason I wanted to do it myself was not only to learn this stuff, but also to have total control of what advertisements end up on my site. There are none and hopefully never will be. Did you know if you outsourced your on-site search routine to Google that it is the source for the ads people are whining about? Yeah, NO. So, although this has been a journey that I went into feeling nervous about, I can say it's worth it to just start learning on your own. Microsoft has lots of tutorials and there are many more sources for learning material. I can't thank my son Kasey enough for giving me some direction to follow, mainly telling me about VS2013. It doesn't get any more solid than this! Then there is my oldest son Kelly, who without his amazing expertise in graphic design, this website just wouldn't have the impact that it does now. If you ever need graphics for something, check out Krehbiel.co.
This is a completely non-profit endeavor. It is not my goal to make money from this site, rather to have it mostly pay for itself through the sales of unique products and the kindness of others. The idea is to share resources and have a central gathering place to do that. A lot of the projects we undertake here require laying out cash for research and development. The funds from the sales of our finished products are turned around and put into the next project. Meanwhile, the cost for the VBulletin Forum software was $250 one time, and then the monthly recurring costs for everything involved with unlimited bandwidth and unlimited hard drive space on the servers is about $20 a month. My hope is that you feel the research and development, shop time, many hours updating the site, etc. is priceless. It is something I felt I needed to do. If you wish to donate, click on the PayPal button below. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I won't be sitting in front of the computer, rather out in the shop welding or something!