Hi, I’ve been in contact with James who ran the evowners site and said I would pass on his comments (I'll post this both on Facebook and SpeakEV, over to James ...
"It seems to me like the Facebook group is more than adequate. Are people missing the site simply because of all the historical data there, or is the site preferable to Facebook?
I know a lot of people are missing the site but it just doesn’t make any financial sense for me to spend time on it at the moment.
If someone were to make an offer though I might be more inclined to get it up and running again, but when I’ve advertised it before I didn’t get much interest.
Even dumping the data would require time and effort; I’d have to restore the site from a snapshot I’ve taken, fix the technical issues and then dump it from the admin section if you wanted something half usable. This would still be the case for a plain DB dump as all the data is in the snapshot.
I know I offered premium memberships to try and ease towards some kind of financial support and I’m thankful for those that helped out, including you. Ultimately though I found there really weren’t enough people willing to help out financially to make it worth my while. It is after all just a small forum and I don’t blame them.
SpeakEV basically killed off any potential EVOwners had. I tried for a while to attract more users to EVOwners but SpeakEV is just so big it was pretty fruitless.
As I said, I’m willing to listen to offers if somebody else feels able to keep the site alive; I have after all put a lot of time and money into it for 10 years so I won’t be handing it all over for free.
You are welcome to relay what I’ve said here to the Facebook group if you wish.
He also added ... "For the record I always found it difficult asking for money from people. I initially started the site to help people and I didn't want to come across like I was only in it to try and make money - but at the end of the day I was paying the hosting costs each month and spending time running the site and when the technical problems hit I just decided that I'd had enough.
Advertising alone didn't really make enough and the number of active users and engagement on the site wasn't enough to attract decent advertisers willing to spend the money. In order to run something like this successfully you really have to put the time in to maximise the financial opportunities and for whatever reason I was never really able to make it sustainable."