Post by Admin on Nov 18, 2012 3:01:02 GMT -5
ProBoards, our forum host, is a "free" host, which means they use advertising to subsidize their expenses. Therefore we get one ad at the top, an ad at the bottom of our board, and a so-called "related topics" that feeds us junk from around the web which is sponsored.
We CAN get rid of these ads by paying money to ProBoards to go Ad-free.
Recent changes in payment plans gives us more options. Ad-free credits are sold in blocks of 50,000 page views. Either purchasers can pay One Time Only
at $8 per block, or they can set up monthly Subscription
, priced at $7 per block. Additionally, the more page views purchased at a time, the cheaper the rate. We generally need four blocks per month. If purchased at the same time, this would knock the rate down to $5.25 per block, making it $21 a month. This compares to $32 paid for a month using the One Time Only purchase of four blocks.Comparison of the two plans
| Plan|| Cost per block || Blocks per month || Discount for 4 blocks || Monthly cost |
| One Time Only || $8 per block|| 4 blocks|| None|| $32|
| Subscription|| $7 per block|| 4 blocks|| 32%|| $21|
Donators using a One Time Only plan do NOT need to pay for a whole month. If you as a contributor want to go for a lesser amount and/or time period, that's fine.
Untouched blocks of 50,000 that aren't used can be reapplied in another month. A month is a calendar month. If we apply 4 blocks in the last week of the month, we may reclaim 3 blocks and reassign them, but it won't roll over to the following month automatically.
We can purchase up to three months in advance.
Payment is by credit card via ProBoards' secure checkout.
The contribution link is at the bottom of every webpage.
We ask our benefactors to email/pm the mods if they donate funds. ProBoards sends the Admin account a notice of Ad-free credits via PM, but oddly it doesn't initiate a forward to our email address. We could easily miss it.