Advertising raises less than (UK) £5 per month due to the nature of the site, the quietness of it and the fact that many visitors to the site use ad blockers. It also raises so little because I don't force
adverts on members once they have logged in.
Donations, will help towards the annual costs of software platform licencing and its support agreement, domain name renewal and the annual renewal costs of the numerous add-ons that the site uses etc. These add-ons increase functionality, some that already exists but isn't particularly user friendly and other features/functions that simply don't exist on the platform software such add the countdown clock and the featured threads slider.
Donations will help towards the annual costs of software platform licencing and its support agreement (US $80), domain name renewal (US $20) and the annual renewal costs of the add-ons that the site uses (US $300, GB £150 & EU €25 whoever creates the add-on charges in their own currency and I have to convert accordingly. (I keep all donations in their original currency, to avoid having to pay conversion fees twice, so donations in USD will purchase licences and support agreements in USD, whereas those in GBP will purchase licence extensions in GBP only.) This list reflects what I have paid in each currency so far this year for add-ons alone) etc. I do have a breakdown of the exact site costs available to establish, known members, on request.
Site support (that of our very kind host, my time and that of the moderators, in particular that of morning glory
) is given freely and the site is, very kindly, still very kindly hosted freely by the original owner and founder.
Finally, PayPal takes
roughly 11-14% of every donation in their costs, so if you wish to donate by bank transfer
, I'm more than happy for known members to do so. Please contact me via PM (satnavsaysstraighton)
for details. Members paying by a bank transfer will still show in the donations list and can be anonymous if requested (I will add it manually) and the entire amount donated will reach the CookingBites site support.
If you wish to donate a smaller amount on a monthly basis, please use the appropriate Account upgrade
option to be found on the homepage listed under your gravatar (click on your username icon) or just follow the link I've given. I'm still in the process of setting this up, so if the amount you wish to donate is not shown, send me a private message and I can add it in.
T&C's of the donation drives can be found here