Horo's even donated... Although I can't pay the hosting bills with apples. ^_^

Just a reminder that our donation drive is still ongoing since we haven’t reached our minimum goal yet.  As of the time I write this, we have $994.57 and need at least $1600, this will cover hosting at our current levels through the end of June.  If we get another $600 in donations on top of that (for a total of $2200) we’ll add an additional server as well.

For more detailed info on the donation drive please see my original post and if you’d like to donate please go to our donations page.

Donation Meter Plugin

We have a donation meter plugin that’ll let you add the donation meter to your sidebar and have it update automatically.  If you’d like to add this to your blog just save the plugin file and change the extension from .txt to .php.  Now upload this file to your wp-content/plugins directory.  Then you activate it and add the following code to your sidebar wherever you want it to appear:

< ? php dd_display(170); ?>

The number specifies how many pixels wide the donation meter should be, so change the 170 to something slightly less than your sidebar’s width.  The plugin outputs all the necessary code, with the header being an <h2> and the meter itself enclosed in <ul> tags.  (We chose these because they’re the most common.)  If you need to change these you’ll need to edit the plugin code to do so, but it’s really straightforward.  There’s also a set of sayings that the plugin will randomly put below the donation meter itself, here’s the default ones:

$sayings[] = 'Just a bit more guys!';
$sayings[] = 'It can\'t hurt to help!';
$sayings[] = 'Be a pal, a PayPal!';
$sayings[] = 'We need money. Badly. :( ';
$sayings[] = 'Keep us in business.';
$sayings[] = 'Feel good; lend a hand.';

Feel free to change these or add new ones if you’d like. :)  (Note: single quote marks in the text will need to have a \ in front of them.)

Demographics Survey

And finally, if you haven’t taken our demographics survey yet, please do, it’ll help us out as we work on selling ads directly.  For full information on the survey check out my post on it.  This is something everyone can do since it only takes a minute or two of your time and doesn’t cost anything. :)

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Mar
12

Konata-chan wants you to donate, she did! :3

AnimeBlogger.net has always been supportive of new writers all over the world to establish their blog for free. As we continue to expand and include new bloggers to the anime blogosphere, we have reached a point where advertising dollars are not enough to pay for the hosting services.

Hence, we have decided to appeal for donations to cover the taxes and hosting fees of AnimeBlogger.net. The first goal is to raise US$1600 to cover three months of hosting and the taxes applicable to AnimeBlogger.net. When we have secured that amount, we are looking into adding another server in order to accommodate more writers, which is where the second goal comes in.  If we reach our second goal of US$2200, we’ll be able to add another server.

If you are wondering how you can donate to us, there are various ways. First, you can directly donate to the site via Amazon or Paypal from our donations page. Second, you can buy AnimeBlogger.net merchandise.  As an incentive to those who donate, everyone who donates more than $5 will be entered to win a prize. Currently we have a sponsor that’s paying for two AnimeBlogger.net shirts for winners. You can also contribute any anime-related items as prizes for the lucky draw.

AnimeBlogger.net needs your help. Everyone is integral to the support of AnimeBlogger.net. Every little bit counts to hit our target, be it $1 or $100. You will make a difference. Thank you and please continue to explore our anime blogging community!




Donation Meter Plugin

We encourage you to let others know about AB’s donation drive, and to help with that we have a WordPress plugin available that you can use to put a donation meter on your sidebar.  The donation meter shows the the current donation amount in green, a bar extends out to the first goal in red, then the second goal’s in yellow.  The plugin pulls its data from our servers so it’ll update itself as we get donations in.

To install the plugin on your blog, first download the plugin.  (You can also view the source of the plugin.)  Next extract the file from the zip archive and upload that file to your wp-content/plugins directory.  Then you activate the plugin and add the following code to your sidebar wherever you want it to appear:

< ?php dd_display(170); ?>

The number specifies how many pixels wide the donation meter should be, so change the 170 to something slightly less than your sidebar’s width.  The plugin outputs all the necessary code, with the header being an <h2> and the meter itself enclosed in <ul> tags.  (We chose these because they’re the most common.)  If you need to change these you’ll need to edit the plugin code to do so, but it’s really straightforward.  Finally, there’s a set of sayings that the plugin will randomly put below the donation meter itself, here’s the default ones:

$sayings[] = 'Just a bit more guys!';
$sayings[] = 'It can\'t hurt to help!';
$sayings[] = 'Be a pal, a PayPal!';
$sayings[] = 'We need money. Badly. :( ';
$sayings[] = 'Keep us in business.';
$sayings[] = 'Feel good; lend a hand.';

Feel free to change these or add new ones if you’d like. :)  (Note: single quote marks in the text will need to have a \ in front of them.)

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Feb
08

There’s going to be a bit of downtime tonight and tomorrow for maintenance.  First off, this Friday, February 8, starting at 22:00 PST (06:00 GMT February 9th) there will be some downtime while the main server cluster AB is hosted on is moved from one data center to a different one.  This outage is expected to last up to 8 hours, and will hopefully be finished by 06:00 PST (14:00 GMT) on February 9th.  This outage will effect most blogs on AnimeBlogger.net and will also affect the Forums and Antenna.

Secondly, one of our dedicated servers will be down for some electrical maintenance, the transformer that supplies power to the hosting company has to be taken offline for 3 to 5 hours to repair a “high voltage elbow“.  This is semi-emergency maintenance, there was a fire in a nearby building recently, and upon inspecting all the transformers in the area the electric company found several needing repairs.  Work is scheduled to begin around 08:00 CST (13:00 GMT) and will take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, hopefully more towards the lower end.  This outage will affect the blogs on that dedicated server (which are most of the bigger blogs besides Random Curiosity), the main site and my blog.

We apologize for the inconvenience!

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Oct
09
Filed Under (AnimeBlogger.net, Hosting) by Maestro on 09-10-2007

Sad Girl Receiving a Bill

This is just a quick note to let everyone who’s waiting on an account know what’s going on.  Last month we first had server problems which were caused by our combined sites using too much CPU time and crashing the server.  I finally got that fixed (mainly by moving some people off to another server) and then my health took a turn for the worse and I spent about two weeks unable to spend much time on the computer at all.  Needless to say this has got new account creation way behind.

There’s still a bit of a problem with CPU load on the server, adding too many new accounts at once would not be a good idea.  The good news is I think we’ll be able to upgrade our hosting shortly so this will cease to be an issue, in the meantime I’ll be going ahead and creating accounts for everyone who’s already received a reply to their hosting request (you’ll know if you received it, it asks you for the sitename and what type of E-mail account you want if any).  I’ll be sending this reply out to the rest of the pending requests soon, but there will be a delay before I can start actually creating those accounts.

If you know someone who’s waiting for an account that might not read my blog, please let them know about this post.  Thanks!

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Nov
07


(2007-10-09): Currently new account requests will be delayed until we can get our hosting upgraded.

You can still send in a request but we won’t be processing it until hosting is upgraded.



 

This is probably the most asked question about AnimeBlogger.net, and it’s largely because we’ve never really advertised the fact that we offer free hosting for anime/manga blogs.  When I first started the site Matthew did mention the free hosting in a post on his blog, but that’s it, until now at least. :)  In a lot of ways it’s the worst kept secret in the anime/manga blogging community because it has been mentioned on our Forums several times, for example in this thread.  When anime/manga bloggers report needing new hosting you’ll often see people recommend they talk to me, for example this entry at Hige vs Otaku.  I’ll also respond to such posts and offer hosting if I see them, but I don’t always see them before the hosting situation has been resolved.  So how do you get a blog with AnimeBlogger.net?

Read the rest of this entry »

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