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Hosting costs due. Donations needed!

Our next quarterly hosting fees are due! If anyone could spare a few dollars and donate to help us out, that would be much appreciated. If you could spread the word in your own journals that would help us a lot too!

With the server upgrade about a month ago, our ongoing operating costs are now quite a bit higher than they used to be. The upgrade also hit us with hardware installation fees as a one-off cost which we were able to cover easily thanks to past donations, but it drained the bank account further.

We now have about €900 ($1170USD) per quarter to pay.

These costs include our main server and secondary server hardware rent, rack space for the two servers, 100Mbit pipe to the net, externally hosted email+wiki and source code hosting just to name the major ongoing costs!

Considering how big and busy our site is, the high spec hardware and the unmetered data connection we get, the costs are actually amazingly low. But we still have to find that cash every 3 months!

If anyone could spare even a few dollars, that would help us tremendously. Anyone who donates can get a shiny sponsor badge on their account too. Just check out the details on the Donations page.

Thanks very much!

IB
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Added: 4 years, 10 months ago
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mobkiller
4 years, 10 months ago
i´ll send you some tomorrow^^
JeffyCottonbun
4 years, 10 months ago
Sent a ticket :3
Khzhak
4 years, 10 months ago
I so want to, but I'm kinda broke.  Soon though.
Harumi
4 years, 10 months ago
i send you a email.
catprowler
4 years, 10 months ago
Wednesday for the first time for me but I hope every three months
catprowler
4 years, 10 months ago
Sadly it took me till today but sent.
DarkestUmbreon
4 years, 10 months ago
I know theres problably a reason, but why not put a banner of advertising across the bottom of the main site, itd sure make $1200 every 3 months much easier...
starling
4 years, 10 months ago
Advertising pays almost nothing, even on the bigger furry site. Donations are nicer! :D
DarkestUmbreon
4 years, 10 months ago
Really? Thats surprising!
& yeah, donations are nicer, but if you have to got begging for then then something needs to change obviously XD
Thi this is the first time in the 2 or so years ive been here that ive seen yall ask, sooo...
SpoonFox
4 years, 10 months ago
Part of that problem is that people put adblockers on all the time (I use them because some of the sites I've been to have had viruses hidden in their ads -.- one such place was Curse surprisingly)
Harumi
4 years, 10 months ago
True!
JeffyCottonbun
4 years, 10 months ago
It's not really begging, if you think about it. If you ran a big site like this, you'd know a thing or two about how hard it can be sometimes with money (I've owned a large website as well and it's no picnic). Registration on InkBunny is free and so is its content.
IB offers a welcoming community as well as good art.
It's only fair to give something back. If you can't afford / don't want / whatever, it's fine, but please don't call it begging.
DarkestUmbreon
4 years, 10 months ago
I am in no way familiar with the costs of keeping such a large site open (especially for free) but i would think IB would have some source of income other than the kind hearts and continued support of others?
& i feel you have mistaken my use of the term begging as to be condescending, i was just saying having to make a journal about how it's that time of year again and we need some money seems a little silly if there were other ways to go about it... Due to yours and other responses i have realized that advertising wouldnt come up with near enough to keep the site running and that some people feel it would draw away from the sites appeal
arkthebear
4 years, 10 months ago
Like premium subscription costs? Size limitations for free users, gallery size limitations, PM restrictions etc etc

I don't think you want that.
DarkestUmbreon
4 years, 10 months ago
Note to all i am just going to bow out and be done with this conversation because it seems like no matter what i say someone is popping up to shoot it down when all i really did was ask a question
KLT1M
4 years, 10 months ago
I would pick an artist(or group of artist) to draw for the first.....lets say 5 or even 10 people that donates 20 dollars or more
Ketsa
4 years, 10 months ago
This is as good enough reason as any to go back to Gold sponsor status. :3
iedasb
4 years, 10 months ago
This site is amazing, I wish I could donate, but I'm broke aswell :(
rautamiekka
4 years, 10 months ago
Can't help, as much as I like Ib.
EtherRu
4 years, 10 months ago
Fear not, Ink Bunny!  I hath sent bountiful coin.  TWO THOUSAND... Pennies!  Of course, that was too heavy, so I sent it to you digitally =^.^= PayPal is so nifty.
Jacinth
4 years, 10 months ago
Make a forum only accessible to Bronze+ members? :)
Harumi
4 years, 10 months ago
Its not a Bad Idea, a gallery of some members with Great art only for Donators
GreenReaper
4 years, 10 months ago
We have some artists who do something like that, but we'd rather they get the money! If they like the service we give, they can pass some on. :-)
Harumi
4 years, 10 months ago
i want try donate more times XP
Ketsa
4 years, 10 months ago
How close are we to the current funding goal?
shirokitsune
4 years, 10 months ago
Well why not have like a link to ads for furries so artist and furry sites can have a page dedicated for banners with descriptions next to them.
So youd have 2 random ads at the bottom of the screen and then a tab maybe between notices and pms for it.
Maybe like $20 a month at a rough guide
So the adds would be between the comment box and the links at the bottom
Shokuji
4 years, 10 months ago
Journal made, hope it helps. How far away is IB from reaching it's donation goal?
EvilDog
4 years, 10 months ago
I can't really afford to help,

but I do have a small suggestion, banner ads, which donators can choose to turn off
GaruuTooncatPopka
4 years, 10 months ago
I'll do it next paycheck! tomorrow x3
LeafyGreens
4 years, 10 months ago
what about using project wonderful ads? those are pretty trusted, and i've seen a LOT of furry sites use them
Harumi
4 years, 9 months ago
I want to ask, what if the donator can see Human adult art, only the people who pay something is allowed to see human Pics in this site, its that possible?
GreenReaper
4 years ago
We do not permit humans in sexual situations here primarily because they are problematic from a legal/moderation perspective. This would not change because we had more money, and we are not looking to introduce premium features; rather, we'd prefer that people donate so that everyone can enjoy the features that we have.
seann20
4 years, 1 month ago
Yes, I know this post is old but I just found this news message.  I did not know that it costs about 900 euros to run the website.  The cost is probably higher after today.  I'll try to donate some money soon.  Bye
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