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The Unsigned wIMG

As you might have already noticed, while wIMG is free and unlimited, every wIMG webshot shows a small semi-translucent "wimg.ca" in the bottom right corner.

This is the basic business model of wIMG. A free service that is making a small discreet publicity for itself. As discreetly as possible to make sure to not lower the value of the service but just visible enough so that ppl can see that the webshots are from wimg.ca if they look well.

But wIMG also wants to offer the possibility of showing the webshots without any signature at all for a small monthly price. This part of the service is not ready yet and this is what im working on now and plan to get ready in a few weeks from now.

For the moment it is already decided that wIMG will use the HTTP referer to determine on which website it is beeing shown and if this website is paying for the unsigned service or not. In a case where the referer is one of the domains that is registered for the unsigned wIMG service (or where the referer is not transmitted properly). the wIMG self-signature will not appear on the webshot.

That means that if you run some extension or addon on your browser that blanks your referer, you should never see the wIMG logo on the webshots anywhere.

But if your referer is transmitted correctly, which is the case of most internet users, you will not see a signature on the wIMG webshots when they are loaded directly in the browser or when embed on a site that is registered for the premium service, but otherwise, the wIMG webshots will show that discreet signature.

That also means that if you start using the free service of wIMG on your site and someday you would like to try the unsigned shots, you will not have to change any of your code, just subscribe your domain to the unsigned wIMG service and the shots will start appearing unsigned, if you ever stop paying for the unsigned wIMG service, the shots will still continue to display normally, only the small, semi-transparent signature will reappear. Note that all the options of the wIMG service are available in the free service. What wIMG will be selling will not be a "premium service" selling multiple bundled advantages but only an "unsigned service" causing the self-signature to disappear on the webshots. All the options of the wIMG system will remain available to all for free.

In terms of price and payments, while this is not yet 100% decided, im planning to sell the unsigned wIMG service for 0.99$/month for a domain and the same domain preceded by "www." and 2.99$ for a domain with infinite subdomains.

The method of payment will be by paypal which will allow people to pay either with a credit card or with their paypal account.

I plan to offer to people both the possibility of setting up a recurring payment subscription with paypal, or to just pay a certain amount of months in advance in a 1 time payment with possibility of email notification when the account is about to run out of funds.

Also the single domain subscription system will be fully automated but the infinite subdomains system will have to be manually approved before becoming effective and will have to respect certain conditions, like i will not allow the infinite subdomain service to be purchased for either 2 parts top domains or public blog/domains/free top domains.

example i will not allow, obviously the infinite subdomain service to be purchased for .co.uk or i would not either allow it to be purchased for .blogspot.com (blogger.com free domain) .nodesforum.com (nodesforum.com free domain) .co.cc (generic free domain) or .servebeer.com (free domain from no-ip.com).

Finally all the prices will be in Canadian Dollars (click here to compare canadian and us dollars, usually stays pretty similar). This does not mean that you need to have canadian money to subscribe, paypal will take care of doing the conversion.

And in any case of problem or question you can always contact us for assistance.

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So for now I have decided to remove the signature on all wIMG shots and postpone the inauguration of the unsigned service for a few more days. Reason is I want to let the service get a bit more popular first so I can get a taste of how this thing runs with a bigger crowd first, just to make sure it is a reliable enough system for your money.

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The Unsigned Service is finally ready to purchase. From now on all wIMG screenshots on non-registered websites will be showing the signature again. Click here to regsiter your domain to the wIMG Unsigned Service.

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we paid for unsigned, but the logo is still coming up in thumbnails

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Hi how is it going? I'm looking at your site right now and see that you are using the wIMG webshots and the logo isnt there, seems this has been sorted out if you ever have any problem like that dont hesitate to contact me with the contact us link on the top of the site, dont forget to include your email address so I can reply to you.

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The wing.ca watermark has begun showing very large lately . . . almost to the point of disrupting the thumbnail. It is no longer just on the right hand bottom corner, rather it is dead center in the middle spanning the entire picture.

Can this be looked at?
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This was not a bug but rather a business decision. However I went back to the smaller watermark in the corner for now.

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It is amazing how much you increased the pricing for un-watermarked images.

Originally you stated:

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In terms of price and payments, while this is not yet 100% decided, im planning to sell the unsigned wIMG service for 0.99$/month for a domain and the same domain preceded by "www." and 2.99$ for a domain with infinite subdomains.
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At that pricing, 6 months would have basically been $6.

You are now charging 6 months for $29.95. That's a huge increase from basically $1 a month rate to $5 a month.

Is there anyway that this price can be lower. The placement of a link in a sites footer perhaps? Someway to offset this price?
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Hey how are you doing?

Its difficult for me to make a decision as to what would be the ideal price in order to make this business profitable, there is not much models for me to base myself on. So the prices can change as I try to find the ideal balance between costs and revenues.

I have lowered the prices to bring them back closer to what they first were!

Thanks for your input!

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I have completed the purchase for 12 months wIMG Premium Service. Thanks!
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You're welcome, if you experience any problem do not hesitate to write!! You can use the contact us link on the site for this.

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