NEW FEATURES: ZB Premium, Innovation theme, browser favicon, new Amazon Affiliates

CheriePie
Beyond Obsessed
CheriePie
Beyond Obsessed
Joined: 5:53 PM - Apr 24, 2006

12:03 AM - Feb 08, 2015 #1

Thanks to the donations provided by several members, as well as continued use of our Amazon affiliate program when shopping at Amazon US, we have been able to add a full year of ZetaBoards Premium to our account here. (along with renewing the bookobsessed domain for an additional 4 years.)

You can see a list of the features that come along with that at http://docs.zetaboards.com/services/premium.

Unfortunately, PM notifications via email—a feature we had with our previous InvisionFree board—is not yet available, though I was told it is still "planned" for a future update.

Outside of the Admin features, some of the features users may find useful are:
  • PM/Email based topic subscriptions - This expands on the current ZB topic tracking system. Two new options are introduced; Email and PM subscriptions. Members can manage their desired subscriptions via their preferences, or when adding a subscription.
    Board email frequency - ZB Premium boards will have unrestricted use of the bulk email function.
  • Removal of the second ad for large boards - The bottom ad on the Index page will be removed. This ad is normally only present on boards that display multiple forum sections on the index page.
  • Resource Database - Our new theme and code database is currently exclusively available to ZB Premium members.
Whether these features, along with the admin ones listed at the link above, are enough to justify $79 per year will remain to be seen, especially with regards to whether or not they implement the PM notifications via email feature within the coming year.


From the new Theme database, which includes more professionally created and maintained themes than what was available to us before, I've installed a new one called Innovation. Check it out via the dropdown at the bottom of each page. It's already become my daily driver. :thumb:


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There are a few additional monetization features planned. Those of you in the recent Best of 2014 Swap may have heard about them already, but they involve additional Amazon Affiliate accounts for BookObsessed at Amazon UK, CA, DE, ES, FR, and IT. More details about how these affiliate links will be integrated into the forum will be forthcoming once I figure out the best way to do so.

In the meantime, here are the relevant affiliate links you can bookmark in your browser if you like:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob-20
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob06-20 *
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob-06-21
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob0e-21
Amazon ES: http://www.amazon.es?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob07-21
Amazon FR: http://www.amazon.fr?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob09-21
Amazon IT: http://www.amazon.it?_encoding=UTF8&tag=bookob077-21


note that any previous format given out for Amazon US still works fine. This new one is just a bit shorter.


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CheriePie
Beyond Obsessed
CheriePie
Beyond Obsessed
Joined: 5:53 PM - Apr 24, 2006

7:40 PM - Jan 13, 2016 #2

The DONATE button at the bottom of each page, as well as in the site menu is for a PayPal donation to the BookObsessed fund, used to pay for our domain name, ad removal, and the above-mentioned ZB Premium service since we had the funds to go for the year worth.
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