Membership is an optional service you can purchase in addition to your site registration. The reason for offering Membership is to provide specific additional features/services
on a user-pays basis. We see Membership as the life-blood of ExplorOz and put all our energies into developing and maintaining site features to encourage those who desire the optimal service from ExplorOz to subscribe as a Member.
There have also been many people that have felt uncomfortable using our site and having access to such a wealth of free information and these people have chosen to pay for Membership without ever using some of the features and service that come with it. Of course, we genuinely appreciate that and respect this is done as a donation.
Why do we need to pay for it?
If we could cover our operating costs from other means - shop
, and advertising, then we wouldn't need to charge our users. However the site has massive visitation numbers, and the site itself utilises significant complexities to manage user-profiles, enable public contributions and downloads, run multiple, large databases, a mapping system that is integrated into almost every page of the site, and a full e-commerce system. All this requires a very advanced web infrastructure
and our monthly web hosting charges are significant. At the end of the day however, the site does not gain any "profits" because all earnings are put back into the site operations (staff and operating expenses).