Way back in 2003 when i started "Kolasib Web Portal" it was like a dream come true. I stared with spunge.org (www.spunge.org/~kolasib) hosting and then after few months i requested for a subdomain. The site was built on Flash (with swift) and had about five pages. From there we moved on. public_html was about 700kb and now its 500+ MB. Things have changed. Our data have grown. Back in 2003 i was thinking of making a big project (mizoram based website) but i didn't have the skill nor money. At that time izawl.com was very popular and the one stop for mizo netizens. It was the time when IRC was more popular than Web site, forums, blogs etc.. Nothing much was done to popularize kolasib.com as its a town/district news site and that everyone will not benefit much from it.
Moving on as a small closed community of about 3 regular visitors, kolasib.com now have more than 500 registered users. What does it takes to maintain this kind of website which don't earn revenue? We are still moving just for the sake of it. With less enthusiasm then what we had 4 years back. I cant leave it in the middle. Many people have joined as "the team" and many have gone. From day 1 i was assisted by Zoliana (Kolasib CIC Operator) and then many good friend have taken the trouble to update/maintain the site. Friends like Raymond, Ngura (spelljammer), Zaitea, Highway Juliet, Benjamin, Zothana, Lal, Mnowluck were the ones who made kolasib.com what it is today.
These days claiming "first among mizo's" have become "in". Lets see what I have to claim. :)
1) think we are the first among the 8 districts of mizoram to have a website. Informative websites like izawl.com, zoram.org, hmar.net, maraland.net etc.. were there but you wouldn't browse aizawl.com (though it was there, some non mizos registered it in the hope of selling it at high price latter??), lunglei.com, serchhip.com, mamit.com, lawngtlai.com, saiha.com, champhai.com.
2) We were giving out free email from our own hosting space. Here again hmar.net and maraland.com were giving our free emails on their domains but that was hosted somewhere else
as as you would expect, they were with adds. We had about 35 pop3 users given 2MB each.
3) We started giving out hosting space to individuals and association/organizations for free. george.kolasib.com mnowluck.kolasib.com aizawlchat.com thalaieng.com computer-nest.com zoram.org were just few of them. Some of them are still hosted with us while some of the have moved to a new host.
For bearing the financial cost, at the beginning Rs 1500 was donated by Kolasib Cable Network and around Rs 20,000/- was donated by our Honourable MLA Mr. K. Lalrinliana in words (as you would expect MLA to do) but not a single Rupee reached our hand (This itself is another story, i may write some other time) .
Kolasib.com have moved on. We are now hosting professional sites like
lelte.net - Lelte Weekly Magazine
zolife.info - Zolife Magazine
webspidey.com - a Web hosting project with my friend Lalremlien
zoram.org - another news site co founded with my friend Lal
Aizawlchat.com - #aizawlchat channel website,
drthangte.info - Minister Dr. Thangtea's family website
mizolyrics.com -right now in negotiation with another for development and maintainance drdachamphai.in - Department of Rural Development Agency, Champhai
Maryma.net - Mizoram, Aizawl, Ramhlun North, YMA Website
thalaieng.com - Ramhlun TKP Website
gkc.ac.in - Govt. Kolasib College Official Website
Thanks to all thos who hosts their website with us. With your support Kolasib.com can be financially Independent.
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