Some have asked about paypal, patreon, etc…
First of all, what does this cost to run? During the time I was pulling together what you now see as the site, my fixed costs a month were $12.50 for the existing site plus $25 for the new one per month. During the creation there were some purchases here and there for skinning or various feature addons made which were all one time costs. I started pulling this together over Christmas break.
I believe we now know that the $20 (plus $5 for backups) server currently being used will not cut it during heavy load situations (new coach for example). So, I plan to move us to a larger virtual server that will settle us in at $40 (plus $10 for backups) a month. This will give us twice the cores and twice the memory. I run the site through Linode for anyone interested. Of course, there was a lot of time/effort that went into this as well.
Total yearly fixed costs will then be $600 plus domain registration fees.
Anyway, contributions are not necessary to keep this all afloat. I’ve been doing this for quite some time and with the new direction, I’m energized again. I see the effort/time/and money I put into this as supporting the school that I love but also that lead to my gainful employment. So, donations are not needed.
I should also state that we are allowed to use the Niner Nation name through agreement and as part of that, I cannot run this as a for profit site and never intend to do so. I’ve always been heavily against ads, etc.
All that said, if you want to buy me a beer or help defray a little of the server costs, below are a couple ways you can do that:
Patreon can be used at https://www.patreon.com/nnn
Keep in mind that it is a subscription where you’ll be subscribing to monthly donations of at least $1 a month. If you use this service, you’ll get a little Patreon bling on your forum avatar.
PayPal no longer supports the donation type links they used to unless you’re a legal business or 503c. I’m neither and don’t want the hassle. However, if you just want to do something as a one time, you can paypal to n i n e r m a c a t g m a i l. Please include a note to let me know it was NNN related and your username. I’ll try to setup a similar support bling as to what Patreon provides, but can’t guarantee that happening.
All that said, I hope everyone is liking the new digs. I’m bias, I know, but have to feel there aren’t many college fan setups this good. We’re ahead of the curve…