This page is dedicated to the relics of the past: Projects we once believed that would conquer the world, but which have been abandoned.
JoomlaReporter was a blog slash news portal which focused on Joomla!. We believed that there was a lot of potential for a Joomla niche blog. However, the project never took off. It could never compete with our own website Joomla & More (now branded as JAndMore)
Eventually, maintaining two blogs about the same topic became too much of a hassle. JoomlaReporter faded out, and when the hosting deal we had made ended we decided to close the doors of JoomlaReporter once and for all.
- Lessons learned: Don't compete with your own product. Don't spread your resource(s) too thin. That goes for your time, too.
- Fun Fact: Part of the reason JoomlaReporter was started, because people made fun of Joomla & More for running on... WordPress
Before crowd funding made the news and Patreon picked up steam, there was ToralkoDocs. While not a platform for crowd funding, we used crowd funding to sponsor the launch of the website.
The goal of the website was to offer "Paid" tutorials to Freelancers and Businesses. The core concept was that there was a "free" tier of content and a "Paid" tier which unlocked extra options like digital downloads and custom work,, plus the removal of ads.
However, the project never really took off. Our attempt to tap into the audience of JAndMore didn't have the desired effect. We managed to collect less than $50 which didn't even cover the costs of the hosting.
Soon after, we came to the conclusion that there wasn't a market for "Paid" Joomla tutorials. Since JAndMore was already offering free Joomla tutorials, we decided to stop the project after a year.
- Lessons Learned: Analyze your audience. A lot of visitors doesn't equal a lot of potential income!
- Fun Fact: We used Akeeba Subscriptions to setup the "Crowd Funding". The "Founder Tier" paid only $5 for a year of access.
Brevcom.net was a small community forum, built upon PHPBB. When we gave the forum a second life, we had dreams of turning the website into a gaming site. However, due to a "catrstrophic hosting event" most of the site data was lost. It was a different time, when I thought I knew how to host websites myself and didn't think that back-ups were important, because "What could possibly go wrong?"
The community members lost interest, soon after, and the project was never rebooted.
- Lessons Learned: Web Hosting is the foundation of any web project. Don't cut any corners here.
- Fun Fact: The panic of "Databasegate" made me buy my first hosting package, from HostGator.