As everybody knows, MTS is one of the largest and busiest Sims 2 and 3 fansites around, offering many thousands of high quality downloads, creation help, game discussion and more! Running a site this large takes a lot of stuff on the back end: eight servers, and a metric boatload of bandwidth. Long term members of the site will recall that, occasionally, we do a donation drive just to make sure that we are covered in the event of any hardware or server problems, and in case of any other unexpected costs.
I would like to take this opportunity to announce the 2009 Donation Drive for MTS. This is actually the first time since March 2008 that we've actively asked for donations - that's over a year and a half ago. Our costs this year are higher than when we did the donation drive last year due to the addition of another database server and general hardware upgrades. This site currently costs $2,200 a month to run.
The goal of this donation drive is to raise 2 months' worth of server fees, which can cover any overages and hardware maintenance issues for the foreseeable future. This gives us a bit of a "safety net" in case of unpredictedcosts, and can help smooth out the site finances as ad revenue fluctuates from month to month. For two months' server fees, our target figure is: $4,400.
The graph at the top of the page will update in real time to reflect the number of donations, so you see how close we are to our goal. Note that people who have already donated won't see the banner message.
Please try and give a little - even if it's not much! Every little bit helps, especially for a site this large.
Just as a couple side notes:
If you do not have a Paypal account: You can still donate using a credit card through Paypal without linking your credit card or bank account to Paypal. It's quick and easy whether you currently use Paypal or not.
If you prefer not to use Paypal whatsoever: If you prefer to contribute in another way, you can purchase items through our Amazon Store Link - just follow that link before making Amazon purchases (even if they're nothing sim related) to help out the site. It's a less direct way and gives a much smaller amount, but if you were already planning on placing an Amazon order, you can help us while buying books.
MTS is and always will be free to use - while donation can come with some minor perks, we're dedicated to keeping the site running smoothly for everyone. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has donated in the past, and also everybody who is willing to donate in this current drive. Your help is very much appreciated!
Update 28th September. Donation drive is finished! We reached out goal, and it only took 3 days. You guys are incredible and I'd like to thank each and every one of you who donated! Thank you!
(If you donated and didn't get your heart please let me know in this thread or via PM - thanks!)
um...i feel old now...happily donated may start subscribing if my monthly income increases a bit, I barely cope now!
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Nothing matters. We're essentially all highly evolved monkeys clinging to a rock that's falling through space and the rock itself is dying. Frankie Boyle. Just call me sam its easier.
how are you not technically donating, if it's linked with mts?
Oh I see you have to make a one time donation in order to get a heart. Well that shouldn't be a problem. And next time I buy from amazon.com I will be sure to use the link provided above, hopefully I can buy mp3s while supporting mts at the same time.
Delphy, and Staff I remember your last donation drive, I donated then and also at different times after the drive was over. I think you all work hard, to run this site and answer all of our questions when needed. For me to donate again is not a problem, I am more than happy to do so. But it will not be until the early part of the weeks of October coming up that I will do so with pleasure.
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