Donations: Where Your Money Goes
We save our pennies when getting website hosting. Our site runs off of namecheap.com and it costs us about $10 USD/ month after all the expenses are accounted for, including our domain name, the Shared Hosting, and our e-mail from noip.com, as well as DNS redirection. Quality web hosting doesn't come cheap. It comes at a good price but its certainly something we have to budget for.
Part of BBS Day is the advertising for our Scene's special day. We print out posters and post cards at www.vistaprint.ca at certain times when they have sales or discounts on their services. A batch of 25 posters with the dimensions of 11" x 17" costs around $100 CAD. Post Cards with the dimensions of 5" x 9" for a pack of 100 cost about $80 CAD.
To make professional websites you need professional software. We use WordPress, Elementor, Enfold, Essential Elements, and a few others. When combined they can make for a website that looks good and has many features. We also have to pay for pictures, audio, and video. We license media from elements.envato.com. Stock Media is quite expensive, but its required so that we don't end up with legal problems from violating copyright. Everything here is on the up and up. So everything needs to be acquired legally and paying the content creators their fair share.
There are several projects on the go that need funding, so that is what we intend to do. Some of these projects include Textmode Magazine, TexTalk.news, and the creation of small books on BBS related subjects, that will be released in PDF format as e-Books. For this we need to use quality desktop publishing software that may cost a few quite a few coins.
One thing close to our hearts is the development of BBS mods. There are a few good ideas that need funding. One being FileMail and the other being ZmodemGbit. FileMail would involve the ability to send files from one BBS user to another over a mailing platform, similiar to echomail or even being based on echomail allowing for a store-and-forward file distribution system. ZmodemGbit would be a version of z-modem but with optimisations for gigabit file transfer speeds.