Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas - New Features

Merry Christmas,

Our gift to you - more new features:

We've released some beta versions of some new campaign views. Now you can add an RSS Feed to your campaign, or a plain XML feed to feed a custom flash application etc.

We also have a PHP API available - using the PHP Serialize function you can access a text version of the donation totals from your own website's PHP code rather than the basic images.

A new list of donors view has been added as well, with a link to a special page on our site, you can allow your donors to view a list of donations and user comments customized to display the data you want.

Try them out today - just a Add View in your Campaign Editor, and we'll be demonstrating them soon on the blog and our website.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays from DonationsTracker

Merry Christmas! We'd like to thank everyone for their support this year and wish all of you a happy and prosperous new year!

From all of us at DonationsTracker.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

New Features

Hello again,

With the busy holiday season upon us we've taken the opportunity to crank out a few great new features and update our site as our Christmas present to you!

By popular demand, we've added in the ability to edit a donation - you can make changes to any field such as the amounts, comment, username or address (just remember that if the transaction is updated later by PayPal - like by a refund etc, the changes will be overwritten by the PayPal values). Just click the "edit" link when viewing the list of donors from the Edit Campaign page.

Our newest feature is also possibly one of the most useful - the ability to enter a manual donation. Want to add those checks or cash or other "offline" donations to your campaign and have everything tracked - Add a manual donation from the "edit campaign" page. We're also working to make the donors list display a bit more usable, so if you have any requests to make it more useful, just let us know!

Haven't signed up for DonationsTracker.com yet? Here's our best offer yet - sign up now and try the site out free for a full month. If you don't like it, don't pay, if you do like it, just make a payment from the Account Info page after you've signed in before your free month ends. Click here to activate your free month trial.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

We've moved again

Hello again,

We've had a busy weekend relocating our servers to Crucial Paradigm's data center in Dallas, Texas. We're really looking forward to our new setup which includes RAID-10 redundant disks, and access to 19 1 Gig OC-48 internet connections to 10 different providers for redundancy.

We're also working on some new functionality so keep those wish lists coming!

In other news we've helped our clients raise over $79,000! Way to Go!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tip of the day

Hello again,

Today we have a tip on making your thermometer or other graphical display fit to the image size. When you create a new thermometer or other view, don't forget to check that all the text fits - if you use the default size but use a very large fundraising goal, some of the digits in the goal won't fit. As a rule of thumb, add 12 points for every number that's cut off. So if you can't see the .00 cents, edit the view again and change the default width from 160 to 184.

Also - see that "DonationsTracker.com" text along the bottom of our images? You can change that to your own site or the name of the campaign - just fill in the Label box with your own text.

That's all for now! DonationsTracker.com has helped raise over $68,000 for our clients!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Version!

Hello,

We're pleased to announce the release version 1.1 of DonationsTracker.com today.

  • New PayPal "Donate" button style
  • New Donations mode in PayPal - now your donors will know they are contributing to a fundraising project and will see PayPal's special interface for donations.
There's no changes needed to use the new PayPal Donations mode, if you want to use the new "Donate" button, simply grab the html for the view you'd like to update after you login to the site.

Most of the other changes are behind the scenes - hourly offsite backup of donations data, new sandbox test version, and many more optimizations.

DonationsTracker.com has helped it's clients raise over $62,000!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Success!

We're very proud to report that in our first 4 months we've helped our clients raise over $58,000 USD! Surprisingly the average donation amount is just over $82.

Behind the scenes we're continuing to make many enhancements to our systems, please keep those suggestions for improvements and new features coming!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New things

Hello again from the DonationsTracker team.

We've been fairly busy over the summer with some behind the scenes optimization (new image fonts, faster graphics generation) and planning of new features for the administration interface. We also relocated and expanded our data center from Toronto, ON to Vancouver, BC.

As some of you know, DonationsTracker.com is the leading donations tracking service for PayPal, with more currencies supported, more graphical options, and the most support for multiple browsers or mobile platforms then any other competitor, we'd like to thank everyone for the growth we've seen over the summer!

As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome as we grow the site and add new features. Please keep them coming!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

MySpace Support Added

We've been pretty busy working some of the behind the scenes things, such as streamlining the donations process. Allowing custom text to be used in the number of donors banner. And creating a blob of html to add to a MySpace blog to show a donations graphic and donations button.

We'll be adding more and more features regularly and have been taking some suggestions from users. Send us your suggestions here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Now in Rotation

For those of you familiar with our Stellar Donations Tracker who used the monthly-resetting feature to collect and display contributions for a monthly or annual cause or anyone needing to collect a set amount every month - we have a solution for you. You can set your Donations Tracker campaign to reset every month or even every calendar year.

This is great for those collecting funds towards monthly costs - such as running a website or gaming server - the amounts collected reset on the first of the month.

Monday, May 19, 2008

FaceBook App Launch

Hello,

Today we launched a Beta of Donations Tracker for Facebook. Now you can display one of the graphical views on your Facebook profile that will be automically updated as you get donations. Your friends can even click the graphic or donate button to make a donation through PayPal.

Add Donations Tracker to your FaceBook profile!

Get a donations tracking thermometer, bar graph, or other listing in your FaceBook profile, signup now.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Raising the bar

Now that you've seen some of the donations tracking displays similar to our original PHP software package Stellar Donations Tracker we'd like to introduce some of the fancier things we can do on our hosted Donations Tracker service, one our neatest developments is bar graphs - something like a horizontal thermometer.

DonationsTracker.com - Live Donations Tracking for Donation Test Euro

As with all of our fundraising campaign graphics at DonationsTracker.com the colors, currencies, goal and sizes are fully customizable. We automatically scale the image to whatever size you select and that label at the botom can display any text you want.

We're pretty excited about this, the smaller size of the bar graphs allows them to be placed all over your website, forum, blog, or anywhere you can add HTML. We do the processing on our site and host the automatically updating image - even monthly or annually resetting campaigns are supported.

The image is regenerated to constantly be up to date as you receive new donations. Donations are always processed securely by PayPal directly into your account, we do have any involvement in the financial transaction or have access to the financial information such as credit cards. We do use the PayPal IPN (Instant Payment Notification) feature to record the donation for tracking purposes.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Banners galore


We've released a few more "views" this week. Views are what we call an image that represents your donation campaign with useful information like the current totals, target goal, and number of donors.

Our latest undertaking is a banner that can be added to any page that displays the number of donors. For larger campaigns where you don't want to advertise the specifics of your exact income, a number of donors listing can help provide that instant feedback to donors without releasing too much financial info.

Rememeber that every campaign can have an multiple "views" showing different data and using different colors or sizes anywhere on the internet. Mix and match that thermometer with a banner and so on.

The banner will scale to any size - when your number of donors is too big to fit, the font will drop down until the number still fits withing the image size you've chosen. Don't forget you can enter your own donors color, text color, and background as well.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Zero Hour

Make a Donation - Test CampaignWe have officially launched our Donations Tracking service for PayPal at http://www.donationstracker.com/. After several months of hard work we've adapted our Stellar Web Solutions Donations Tracker for PayPal to a service based model, relieving users of the need to install a database and insert PHP code into their website. The new site initially offers a graphical thermometer representations of donations towards a specific goal. We also plan to offer additional views such as a bar graph, banner, and lists of recent or top donors.







Thermometer features:
  • Custom size
  • Custom colors for thermometer, text, and background to better blend into your website.
  • All PayPal currencies supported
  • Automatically generated on every donation.
PayPal Processing:

We provide generated html Links to correctly track the PayPal payment - all payments are made to your account - we simply use the PayPal IPN feature to record the transaction and update the campaign totals.

Test Button:
DonationsTracker.com - Make a Donation to Donation Test

And putting it all together:


DonationsTracker.com - Live Donations Tracking for Donation Test Euro

DonationsTracker.com - Make a Donation to Donation Test Euro