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Launching GitHub Sponsors for Contao
por Andreas Schempp
The Contao Association was founded in 2011 to promote and fund development of Contao. Today, we're adding a new option – besides an Association membership – to support your favourite Open Source CMS: GitHub Sponsors.
To use GitHub Sponsors, all you need is a free GitHub profile and a credit card or PayPal account. Donations are monthly, because our work isn't one-time either. You can cancel a subscription at any time. Depending on the selected tier we offer rewards, from being listed to private support from the Contao core developers.
Why sponsoring Contao is good for your business
Contao is actively developed and maintained by a handful of Open Source enthusiasts, investing their spare time into making Contao what it is today. Most of us have a business that relies on Contao, but working for free is a pretty bad business decision.
Imagine these people would move away from the project, for personal or other reasons. What would that mean for you and your company, relying on Contao and its ongoing maintenance?
Luckily, we're nowhere close to that! But, as Richard Stallman said, free software is "'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'". Financial investment in the project will ensure we're all in for the long run. Help us make the best CMS to help your business ✌️
Finding the best option for you
There are plenty of ways to financially contribute to Contao. Depending on your business, there might be one or multiple options suitable for you.
GitHub Sponsors is our latest addition. It offers an easy and convenient way for everyone that already has a GitHub account or if you simply want a recurring subscription on your credit card. We're looking into expanding this to other platforms, but feel free to reach out if you would like a yearly invoice or the like.
Becoming a member of the Contao Association means you want be an active part in our community. With an active membership, you will get a democratic vote on how money is spend and what projects should be funded. Active memberships are only available to people, not to companies. Our passive or supporting memberships are similar to GitHub sponsors, you might consider moving them to get the GitHub rewards.
Enlisting as a Contao Partner is perfect if you are available for hire to people searching Contao services; for extension development, hosting or web design. Being enlisted in this directory can show your clients that your are a Contao professional, as well as getting new clients through people searching someone in their region.
If you want to make your product or service known to the Contao Community, the Contao Association offers advertising options at events, on the extension list or in our community forum. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Maybe you don't want to subscribe to a monthly payment, but for example decided to give back 50€ for every Contao website you build? We greatly appreciate one-time donations, just email us at email@example.com and can send you account details or an invoice.
If you have any questions, we're also available on our public Slack channel. Contao wouldn't be what it is today without its community and supporters, we're looking forward to having you on board.
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