Fundraising (website running costs)

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Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Wed Dec 09, 2015 11:38 pm

Hi all,

I've had a chance to look at some costs incurred (over the last 7 years, since I last looked) to maintain the 2 UBT websites under my "control" (namely this one, plus ukboincteam.co.uk) and I've updated the accounts info on the following page:

http://www.ukboincteam.org.uk/ubt-accounts.html

If you'd like to make a small donation (say £2-£5, and certainly no more than £10) then it would be gratefully received. PM me for details - Paypal might be best?

Note: When we originally had some donations, we were able, with Darrens help, to include a small symbol on the UBT stats signature. Sadly, with Darren AWOL, this isn't possible now.

But we can offer a "Special Team Rank" to anyone who donates - maybe a few different levels could be offered, as a "reward" for your support? Plus you can have your very own "ukboincteam.org.uk" email address....which you can use either as an incoming email address, or we can re-direct it to your own existing email account.

Of course, you could also remain anonymous, in which case, no info will be noted publicly, but I'll do my best to send you a Xmas and/or Birthday card, by email :) )

Membership of this forum is FREE and will remain so, for as long as is possible (and assuming no sudden increases in costs).

FYI: annual domain name registration currently costs around GBP 5 per domain and hosting is approx GBP 17 per annum.

regards
Tim

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby Steven L. » Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:12 am

I suggest running advertisements on the website to cover up a portion of the costs.
Google AdSense has made me keep going for a non-profit initiative I made on the internet,
Though it does not make all that much, it is definitely better than nothing.
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:50 am

Hi Steven,

Thanks for the feedback.

TBH, I'd not considered including adverts on the forum. Maybe it's something I should look into and see if it's a good way of covering some costs, although in simple terms, anything that helps offset domain registration and webhosting charges would be useful. ;)

thanks and regards
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Chris » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:14 pm

Ads would work - I'm sure nobody would mind if it means that the forum keeps running! :D

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:20 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for the hints and advice.

I've looked into adding some ads for the forum - as this is the section of the website that gets the most "hits" :)

There are some phpBB add-ons that can carry ads, but none seem (AFAICS) to be compatible with the phpBB version of software that is running. And I don't want to risk having any issues with a "working" forum, just for the sake of a few pennies in ad revenue.

Plus if it did go wrong, I'd have issues fixing it... ;)

So, I'll keep an eye on the possibilities and when one shows up, then I'll give it a go.

regards
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Chris » Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:48 pm

Sounds like you have it under control, Tim ;)

Regards,
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby nick » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:42 am

i can host your sites for free you will just have to pay for the domains. i have a reseller account on ix web hosting.
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby chriscambridge » Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:02 am

Hi,

When would you expect to next update the accounts?

http://www.ukboincteam.org.uk/ubt-accounts.html

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:09 pm

chriscambridge wrote:Hi,

When would you expect to next update the accounts?

http://www.ukboincteam.org.uk/ubt-accounts.html

Chris


Hi Chris

Done it now.

Sorry but I've had a lot of "work related" stuff that has been on-going and hence I simply forgot to update the UBT website.

So, thank you for the reminder :-)

regards
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby chriscambridge » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:26 pm

No worries; I'll make another donation in the next few weeks.

Did you ever get any further with Easyfundraising?

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:14 am

Hi Chris

Yes, I did look at a number of options and for now, I've put the idea on a back-burner as some of the options are not available to us (as we're not a charity and hence we don't qualify) and I'm not so keen about imposing some advertising on the forum members.

In simple terms, the website hosting and domain registration fees are not THAT excessive, so, it's more a question of minimising any costs, without detracting from using the forum.

And I doubt we'd raise much on the "clickable links" idea anyways, as footfall to this forum is quite low....although we have over 450 members, there are less than 25 who "pop in" regularly.

I'll take another look around in a month or two, when work eases up a bit.

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby chriscambridge » Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:32 pm

Ok that makes sense.
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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:59 pm

Hi all

I've now added a "Donations" link at the top left of the page (to the right of FAQ).

This allows you to make a donation by PayPal. As such, please note that I've registered as a business user (to use this extension), and, as such Paypal takes a few percentage points as their commission.

The alternative is to send a donation to my email address which is:

founder @ "the_ubt_domain_name_shown_above_in_the-address_bar_of_your_browser"

and make sure you use the Paypal website function to send money to "friends/family".

Hope this helps

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby wkdwill » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:10 pm

I've now added a "Donations" link at the top left of the page (to the right of FAQ).


I'm not seeing it, might just be my system, I've tried clearing history/caches/cookies and the rest but no link :(

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:14 pm

wkdwill wrote:
I've now added a "Donations" link at the top left of the page (between FAQ and ACP).


I'm not seeing it, might just be my system, I've tried clearing history/caches/cookies and the rest but no link :(

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Hi Will

I've only just fully configured it, and it is working OK (as far as I can tell). The link is viewable on my PC.

But it is likely that your browser hasn't fully cleared it's cache, so maybe give it until tomorrow and see if it's OK then?

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby wkdwill » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:16 pm

yep, possibly cached data from ISP.

I'll check back tomorrow.

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:19 pm

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby wkdwill » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:34 pm

I'm deffo thinking cached data from ISP, tried three different browsers(Safari, Firefox and SeaMonkey) and none show the donate link :(

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Timbo » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:48 am

wkdwill wrote:I'm deffo thinking cached data from ISP, tried three different browsers(Safari, Firefox and SeaMonkey) and none show the donate link :(

Will


Hi Will

Thanks for the feedback.

OK - so I need to check if it's something else I need to configure in the ACP, so I'll wait for others to feedback if they can see it...if not then it must be something else I need to tweak. ;-)

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Re: Fundraising (website running costs)

Postby UBT - Mikee » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:27 am

Hi

I got 'donations' next to the 'faq' .

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