First, I want to let everyone know that the subscriptions and donations are completely optional. If you do not choose to subscribe or donate, none of your current access or privileges will change and you will still be able to enjoy WI for free, as you always have!
I finally had the courage to put the system up and let things start running! Cross your fingers, everyone!
As the state of our economy continues to deteriorate, ad revenues are declining as well. As such, we are forced to find other revenue streams to fund WebkinzInsider.Com and keep it free!
Shortly after the completion of our donation program for Philip, I decided that a complete overhaul of the donations system was necessary to automate the badge awards. Wendy & I also discussed premium subscriptions to WI, which would give "Insider Insiders" a number of upgrades, including the ability that many have asked for -- disabling all ads on the forum!
If you would like to simply donate to WI, you can find the link to donate in the navbar on any forum page. In order to become an "Insider Insider" subcriber, you click "Paid Subscriptions" near the bottom of your UserCP menu or click here: Insider Insider Paid Subscriptions
Details for the "Insider Insider" subscription program can be found here: Insider Insider Subscription FAQs
Details for our "W Supporter" donations can be found here: Donation FAQs
It's taken almost a year for me to put the finishing touches on the premium forum subscriptions and donations system and... here goes nothing!