Site Help & Support - Donations & HPC:Factor
When we started the site, it was always under the mantra that we would never force banner adverts or pop-up messages onto our users in the name of generating revenue. We want to ensure that continues.
From it's inception and up until 2010, the site has remained entirely self funded and self administered, including the hardware, software, bandwidth and development time that goes into making HPC:Factor the site that it is.Over the years we have had a number of changes in hosting arrangements, and aside from a 3 month window, the site has been hosted using the services and facilities available to its owners through involvement in IT services which has allowed the site to be subsidised in many areas.
Throughout the course of 2008 and 2009, the Handheld PC community has shrunk in many respects, and many users have moved on to new interests and gadgets. Despite this shift, the Internet traffic generated by the site has increased exponentially over the same period and continues to grow relatively speaking into 2010.
Partly due to an increase in demand for our downloads as a result of discontinuation by Microsoft, partly because of increased SPAM activity and largely due to selfish hot-linking activity, by Q2 2009 the traffic load being generated by the site was becoming to much to sustain and we had to take measures to reign in the scope of the site, and the cost that it was incurring.
While introducing the Download Centre as a way to control downloading and get a grip on the high levels of hot-linking, for the first time we started by advertise for donations on pages within the download centre.
With the gradual retirement of our facility in Florida, for the first time in Q1 2010, we have been forced to actively ask the community for help in keeping the site running as we need new server hardware in the UK.
+ Subscriber Status
+ Subscriber status is given to any registered forum member who donates £10.00 or more towards the running costs of HPC:Factor.
+ Subscribers receive:
+Subscriber status will last for a period of 12 months from the date you made your contribution.
How to Donate