There are three main versions of DONATION:
Whether you use the Web Network, Local Network or Standalone version, pricing does not depend on the number of computers on which you install DONATION.
For complete details on this version, please see the online copy of the Help pages about it, starting here.
The Web Network version of DONATION is still not what is normally considered as being web-based, because it is still installed on your Windows computer. That computer does need to have fast, reliable Internet access, to access the database on our server, and you can use multiple computers to access the same database, from anywhere at all with a fast Internet connect and the Web Network Version of DONATION installed.
The Web Network Version has some advantages, and some disadvantages, when compared to the other versions.
Select the Web Network version if:
One disadvantage of the Web Network Version is that because you are accessing your data over the Internet, rather than from a local computer (or one on your local network) it will of course be slower.
See also the DONATION Version Comparison page.
Pricing for the Web Network version depends on how many simultaneous users of the database from different computers you want to be allowed. If one simultaneous user is sufficient, you pay at the Standalone version price, but if you want up to 5 simultaneous users to be allowed, you pay at the Local Network version price.
Because you are now paying for a service, you must keep up your annual payments to be allowed continued access to your Web Network Version database. In addition, if you have multiple databases for multiple organizations, you have to register each one separately - with a different email address - and pay for them separately. With all other versions, additional databases are free (up to 5 databases for the Standalone version, after which you can pay at the Local Network Version price to allow more databases).
If you have an existing installation of the Standalone version on multiple computers, be sure to install the Web Network version on the computer that has the most up-to-date copy of your database on it.
When you run a Web Network Version on a computer for the first time, after installing it, you will be prompted to register the program. Unless you have already registered the Web Network Version through the program, or you know that an Administrator for your organization has already assigned you a login, you need to register it at this point.
After the registration, you will be informed that Software4Nonprofits will set up your web database and login for you, and email you with your login information when that is ready. The program will then exit, since you cannot proceed until we send you that information. We will always get back to you in at most 24 hours, but usually much sooner.
Once you receive that login information, run DONATION again, and log in. If this is the first login, and you have a previous database from the Standalone or Network Server version on this computer, you will be prompted to convert the data from the local database from that previous version of DONATION into your web database. That action is also referred to as an "upload". Choose to do that, unless there is some reason you want to skip this and either start with an empty database, or restore a backup from a previous version of DONATION, or import from one of our competitors' programs that DONATION knows how to import from. If you choose to upload, please be patient - it can take a while!
All access to your database and other aspects of the server on which it is stored are encrypted, using the same types of secure protocols used for online banking etc.
Your data is protected by many levels of secret techniques and strong encryption, but ultimately the final level of security will always depend on securing the login email address and password you use to access the database through the program. (Anyone with that information could install the Web Network Version of the program and access your database. Virtually any web-based software has exactly this same problem!)
The server is in Canada.
Free 60-day Evaluation! Download and evaluate DONATION on your Windows computer for free. (Mac users can try DONATION if your Mac also has Microsoft Windows installed.) Do not pay until you decide to use the program for your organization. Check the PRICING/PAYMENT details.
Sorry, the Web Network Version is not currently available for evaluation. We will inform all registered users by email when it is released.