How can you afford running furtopia, which must cost a LOT of money each month, without even a donation button or any sort of advertisements? And about how much does it cost?
The costs have grown quite a bit since it first started as a spare cyrix 166 PC on my coffee table. With better prices for net lines I've managed to get the costs down quite a bit while still improving over all bandwidth/speed. These days we run 3 servers around the country. Our primary one is in Texas (main web host with multiple giga feeds), a secondary server here in Ohio (FAST Dual core, 2 gigs ram server that runs our forums and other services) is on a 1.5MB upstream Time Warner feed, and a virtual linux server in Washington State which we put linux only or bandwidth hungry websites. I'd say costs for the three right now run me around $250/month. Not cheap but a lot cheaper than what I used to pay.
We will gladly take any donations/help (bills DO get tight often). But at the same time me and Kada's wanted to make sure this was a "stable" home for furs. We wanted a stable home where artists could work and safely post their work without worrying about weather the donation jar was full enough to keep going or if the owner would switch to a pay site. Donations help us a lot but we will keep it going till whatever time is right and we will pass the torch to the next care takers (hopefully not for a while).
I also want to give special notice to my mods and staff. Without their HUGE donated countless hours this place would never of made it. I owe a HUGE thanks to them I could never repay. I also want to give a special thanks to Nocte! He has saved my bacon many times with his great fur programming skills. Many of the added features on this board are because of his coding brilliance. He has also helped many times with paying the bills! So thanks a million Nocte you and the others are AWSOME!
It costs a lot. But this has been my and Kada's contribution to the fandom and it's artists.