Subscriptions are integral to the Shadowness community. You get more of everything! More uploads, more file size, more cool stuff and you get the ability to create a completely custom portfolio page that you can be proud to show. Also, you give back to the Shadowness community. The community benefits from subscriptions by using the money raised to create great contests, get newer, faster equipment, and to take steps to complete many other goals.
Awesome examples your page can be customized:
Customize your Portfolio!
You’ll get these fine upgrades added to your account!
- No Ads! We strive to make these as minimal as possible, but with at subscription, you won't see anything but your sweet, sweet Portfolio.
- Unlimited Uploads! No more restrictions of 10 uploads a day. You can get your best work uploaded much more easily this way.
- Unlimited Albums! If you work in many mediums or create lots of categories within your chosen field, this will help you in the extreme!
- Your upload size will be increased to 30mb per image! This is especially useful if you want to upload high-resolution wall papers, large digital works, and tutorials.
- A fully customizable portfolio AND User page! You can feature your own artworks, letting your viewers see your very best work. You can also deeply edit the way your page looks with HTML, adding your own header, background and even your background color can be edited.
- Cool Glowy Text that you can edit to say whatever you like; right next to your user Icon that shows up in the sidebar in chat. Its the SHOUT! function!
- And last, but not least, you get Professional Statistics provided by Google Analytics. Track your traffic at your page. This is especially useful for those of use that are using our Shadowness accounts for our professional portfolios. You'll know what websites refer your work, whether your features on other sites are bringing you useful traffic, and when your peak hours to be online to be available to that traffic are. This is a one of a kind deal!
Most web-sites that offer subscriptions to their members need the subscription money to run their site. They use your money to pay internet costs, storage and server costs as well as labor costs for their staff and rent on their offices, if they have them.
Shadowness differs from this model in every way. Shadowness may be the first art-site of its kind to take a very hard look at profit coming from its members. In our Vision article, Meng talks about wanting to have no profits from the community, and to use all the money earned by Shadowness to fund contests, pay for commissions and to generally just keep the site up and running while improving it at every turn.
In order to make this a reality, Meng began to offer Shadowness Subscriptions about 3 months ago. Since then we have had about 70+ subscribers who have allowed us to create the /forthewin Contest and several hundred dollars in donations that allowed us to purchase a second server, in order to keep things on Shadowness running at top speed! No lag here! Lol.
So, by purchasing a subscription to Shadowness, you give yourself an easy win-win situation. More subscriptions mean more contests, more prizes and more cash. It also means that we are several steps closer to beginning projects like a print-sales program that actually gives artists the money that they deserve for their prints, rather than tiny percentages.
Let's take the time to thank the subscribers for supporting the community for everyone!
Thanks, Shadowness for all your Support!
Apr 14th, 2011
Great news, guys. Thanks for all your support and for sharing your artwork. Everyone that participates in the Shadowness Community makes a difference on so many levels. The positive feedback I receive each day is almost overwhelming. Thank you all for helping us make it happen!