A site of this size and complexity costs money to set up, maintain and develop. All of our original development costs were provided free of charge, using donated web servers, based in Nottingham, UK, given to us by a leading (but very publicity-shy) server organisation which supports artists' sites.
The site runs on the Joomla system, a remarkably flexible framework which is open source and free of charge. We did buy our template, to give the site the image we wanted, after looking around for almost six months for something we thought was clear and functional. This, in effect, saved us money as we would have had to spend hours building the template from scratch.
Everyone who has worked on the development of the site has done that for free. They think artists should be supported and wanted this site to help in some, small, way.
We generate a small income from some of the links we feature on the site. These are ‘affiliate’ links which pay us a fee or commission if you click on them and then, subsequently, go on to use (or buy something) on the connected site.
Being paid for your possible use of these links does not influence our editorial content. We offer the best advice we can, and search for the best economies we can find and only then, look to see if there is an affiliate link provided by our online affiliate partners. We will never provide one of these links simply to try and make money. If there is no affiliate link to an external website, we will still include a 'normal' link because we think you should always have the option to take advantage of our advice and suggestions.
Our model is based on the remarkably successful site Moneysavingexpert.com who pioneered this type of funding system. They are so successful that they have been able to donate large sums to charitable causes. They also fight for you, the consumer, and provide some substantial savings on a wide range of services you might find useful.
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