Well, I’ve threatened to do it before, and now I’ve finally gotten around to putting up a button asking for donations. You can see it now at the top of the sidebar, under the link to the new Exploding Forums. If that’s too much of a trip for your cursor to make, you can also make a donation by clicking here.
The process is fairly painless, and you don’t need a PayPal account to donate.
Here’s why I’m asking for donations:
As recent events have shown, EXGfilms has outgrown the sort of service that our current web host can provide, and I’ve made the decision that it’s time to move elsewhere. The problem? Parcom, our current host, has just about the cheapest rates you can find anywhere, about $30 per year for hosting and a domain name. I’ve found a couple good-looking alternative hosting plans, but they’re all in the range of about $7 per month. This may not seem like a lot, but let me remind you that I’m a film student.
So here’s the deal: my first goal is to raise $100 to cover the cost of the first year of hosting with a new provider, and then I will take the plunge and switch.
What you’ll get out of improved hosting:
Most importantly: improved stability. I’m sure you’ve seen those WordPress errors occasionally when trying to get to this site; this is an issue with our current host’s servers and would disappear entirely if we migrated to another service. All in all, it’ll be easier for you to get here.
Your own e-mail address @exgfilms.com: the hosting plans I look at come with an unlimited number of POP3 e-mail addresses. Knocks the socks off Gmail. With a new host, simply ask and ye shall receive.
More reliable vodcasts: Archive.org is great, but their servers are slow. With an improved hosting plan I’d have plenty of room to host all the vodcasts locally, meaning faster and more reliable downloads.
More media content: One of the things our current host has trouble with is dealing with media file types. I’ve got plenty of video and audio clips I’d love to upload for you all to enjoy, but haven’t been able to. Add to that enough server space to store them, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
larger web presence: Remember WholesaleSouls.com? It’s a HUGE traffic generator for this site. Our current hosting plan limits us to two domain names per account. A new host would let us have, well, a host of domains and project-specific sub-sites.
A sonnet. Yes, you read that right. Anyone donating at the preferred level of $10 or more will be personally thanked on the vodcast and I will write you a Shakespearean sonnet. What more incentive do you need?
Again, as soon as I raise enough money for a year of hosting (approximately $100), you will get all this and more! Please donate today!