[IPFire Artwork] Reworking the donation page

Maurice Gesswein maurice.gesswein at ipfire.org
Thu Nov 23 00:45:06 CET 2017


due to personal reasons I was not able to spent that much time into the
donate page so far. This is an unfinished version in our biggest viewport.
Rest will follow asap.


Best, Maurice

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 2:10 PM, Michael Tremer <michael.tremer at ipfire.org>

> Hello,
> I put together some ideas for the donation page. We have the problem that
> we
> basically get no donations any more outside of the wishlist and even those
> are
> frankly way too low. The don't even cover our cost.
> And since we a providing a good product here which saves people a lot of
> money
> we should not be afraid to ask for donations. Of course it is still free
> for
> everyone to donate or not, but some people need to be reminded that this
> possibility exists.
> So we will now add some new features: We will allow donations via credit
> card
> and standing order to make this really hassle-free and we will allow
> recurring
> donations because some people prefer to give a small amount each month
> instead
> of a big amount once a year.
> We will also remove the variety of currencies and just use EUR & USD and
> suggest
> depending on GeoIP which one is default. USD will be default for the US and
> Canada obviously, but we will try to encourage people to use EUR when ever
> possible since we pay less fees.
> Payment options are credit card & SEPA direct debit which support recurring
> donations. We don't support that with PayPal at the moment, but I think I
> will
> need to implement their API.
> I would like to suggest amounts to donate. That seems to be common
> practice. We
> should have 250, 100, 50, 25, 10 and a custom option where people can
> enter what
> ever they want. The minimum should be 1 (EUR/USD). If a recurring donation
> is
> picked, we should use some JS to halve the amount on those buttons.
> We have to get the full name and address of the person who donates for tax
> reasons and secondly to get the payments through because the credit card
> companies validate those against their own database.
> We will also collect the email address to get in touch with people.
> So in the end the process will look like this:
> 1) Person selects one-time/monthly payment, an amount by clicking on a
> button
> and selects the payment type. Click something like "Donate Now".
> 2) A form is shown to enter name, email & address.
> 3) Redirect to payment provider to enter credit card stuff, etc.
> 4) Payment provider redirects back to a thank you page
> This is probably a good example and done quite similar:
>   https://donate.mozilla.org/
> I have also written a few new texts that probably need a little bit of
> refinement, but should be a good start:
> Why should I donate?
> We are proud of what we are doing here at IPFire. We create a free firewall
> distribution that is free to use for everyone anywhere in the world. To do
> that,
> we need to provide the infrastructure to distribute it to our users and
> provide
> the right tools for our developers to help them to make IPFire better
> every day.
> Donations from individuals and corporations are the only way to keep all
> of our
> services free for everyone. They pay for hosting, advertising, purchase
> equipment and to fund the work of the people behind it.
> Our ambition is to compete with projects backed by large corporations and
> proprietary solutions and we cannot do that without you. Become a supporter
> today!
> How much should I give?
> Donations range from single digits donations to hundreds. For us it is
> important
> to give something back to help this project to succeed. If you want to
> help,
> please do so and encourage others to do so, too.
> Maybe we will also have a small FAQ depending if people have some
> difficulties
> to donate or commonly asked questions.
> There should also be some area for the smallprint since we need to tell
> people
> who they are donating to and that we don't do any refunds, etc.
> @Maurice: Could you design a page like this?
> @Sven: Would you be up to implement his with the JS and all other frontend
> bits?
> I would develop the backend and the interfaces with the payment providers.
> Best,
> -Michael
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