Donation thermometer and support for individual blogs?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and seem to get only more confused.

Got tired of having to update several WP blogs and decided to go with MU for my next project – one site for all my blogs and possibly other users. The site will be a bit like, but much smaller with documented complaints instead of rants – one blog per report.

Since I get many reader requests for help and more info, it would be really cool for readers to be able to either support the site (to pay for the premium subscription here, etc) and also to support individual blogs (causes).

I’m familiar with chip-in, but it would be MUCH cooler for supporters to be able to select how they want to see their donation used.

Of course I’ve looked at the supporter plugin and it sure has many nice features and the “no ads” for supporters is very cool, although I’ve been trying to do without any ads.

Is it possible to allow comments only by supporters or moderate only comments from people who are not supporters?

That would keep the morons out.

I also read “somewhere” (can’t find it now) about being able to give dollars or credits to bloggers. It would be nice if one could buy $20 in credits and then use it to support individual blogs.

I plan on using the BuddyPress corporate theme at /reports/ and Nelo for the front page at / — is that a good combo?

Appreciate any thoughts and tips or just links to read as I’m a bit overwhelmed and as you can probably tell, it’s not supposed to be a profitable site and I don’t have the funds to hire pros.

Thanks, Christine

  • James Farmer
    • CEO (of WPMU DEV, honest)

    Hi Christine,

    That’s quite tricky – in my experience things like donations are much better handled by a third party application as they can integrate payments and also offer display embeds which will vastly outstrip something that we might knock up here.

    “Is it possible to allow comments only by supporters or moderate only comments from people who are not supporters?”

    I’m sure that would be technically possible, but to be completely honest with you making comments only by registered users will reduce your problem comments by 99.9%.

    I reckon the b3est approach might be to approach each of your issues in turn – trying to get everything done at once is a recipe for disaster (I speak from experience :wink:

    Cheers, James

  • Christine
    • Flash Drive

    Yeah, I think I have to look at one issue at a time.

    Comments ARE a huge problem at all my sites. Due to spam and attacks by the subjects of my blogs, I moderate all comments.

    I would MUCH prefer to not have to moderate comments because only people who PAY or are otherwise added to a white list can submit comments. Even if someone only pays a dollar, there’s some connection to a bank account, credit card or PayPal and they’re a lot easier to trace — keeping the morons out. And I doubt that any spammer would pay to spam.

    Recently looked at the Google sidewiki and noticed the option to be VERIFIED through a credit check. That also would be a nice option to screen out spammers and morons.

  • drmike
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Recently looked at the Google sidewiki and noticed the option to be VERIFIED through a credit check.

    One of our photo phpbb forums does that. Charges a buck via paypal. Sort of works. Still gets the porn uploaders. A buck is too cheap but some folks can’t do more than that.

  • Christine
    • Flash Drive

    I was reading on WP membership plugins for over 3 hours last night. But aside from no mention of MU, they all focused on limiting content and I’m not sure that the ability to post comments is possible.

    I use aMember for my subscriber only site, but I don’t see how I could use it to restrict comments either.

    I think a plugin to assign comment post privileges to certain members would be great and I sure wish it was part of the supporter plugin. I like how Yahoo groups give you the option to moderate or even prevent posting PER member.

    It sure would be nice to be able to have an active site without spam.

  • Andrew
    • Champion of Loops


    All you have to do is restrict commenting to logged in users. Any membership plugin that provides users access to a user account should work for something like that.

    Note that we have a new membership plugin that will be available soon. You’ll definitely be able to do this with our plugin.



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