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Subscriptions... have any of you paid for an upgraded dA account?  I'm considering it, but I'm wondering how much I'd actually put it to use.  For a start, I have no idea about programming or CSS, so how would I alter the visual set-up of my page?  How did you go about it?
What are the most useful features of the upgraded account for you?  The ads don't bother me enough to make me get an upgrade just to be rid of them.
Any other pros and cons?
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ads were a pain ion the ass. i like the Polls best. and the sitback slideshow

plus the Critique part is a good feature and twitter
Queen-Uriel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The adds didn't bother me until I got rid of them. LOL! Now, whenever I login on my stock they glare at me.

I think the journal and thumbs are the best of the subscription. I don't get much about CSS either, but there is a very simple way to use them now, DA itself gives you an automatic way to put them up. And the CSS that are also available otherwise have really easy instructions how to use and change (girl, if I managed, anyone can. LOL!)

About buying a subs, you have other options too. You can join contests or make comissions in exchange for them. That way, you won't spend your money and that feeling of "maybe I shouldn't have bought this" won't haunt you until you figure out all that's new.

I'll start a contest soon myself, with subs as prizes, if you feel interested, I can send you a note. =D

But to summon it up, A subscribed account in much neater and easy in my opinion.

phantoms-siren Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I hate ads. I even have a paid account for my stock account because the ads really bother me.

I like being able to see 120 thumbnails and the CSS journals are ok if you get one that matches with the standard DevArt background. Very easy to use.
HappilyDeluded889 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I understand you completely. I had been wondering forever if it really was worth it...guess it took me about a year to finally gift myself with a subscription:XD:, still, I don't regret it one bit...I don't understand anything about CSS/programming either and like everyone else says the journal skins are pretty easy to use, the widgets really do make a difference in your main page...I like displaying more than just one featured deviation and sharing a specific favorite collection...all the stuff you've read about and then there are STAMPS :iconpresentsplz:...wicked, witty little things you can scream your ideas through--god bless people for making them!
It just does make it more amusing to be around your own stuff, easier to browse...I think you should try it;)
morganlefay1958 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I loath the ads, and I like the widgets.
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Same as what a few folks have already stated. I'm not too fussed about CSS in my journal - on most pages it actually looks weird to me to have some kind of dark purple with red spots or whatever design sticking out like a sore thumb for the journal on an otherwise gray page, but the option of posting thumbnails, sorting artminto sub-folders and displaying 120 thumbs at once is really nice. I have such diverse art, the sub-folders make it unnecessary for me to open several accounts at once. And I am out here so often, having a break from bloody ads is a big deal for me.
JaylacineChiboa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I had one for three months once, when I won some contest. I didn't use it that much though, except for spying on visitors of my page(lol), stamps, browsing old art, the CSS layout (I wanted to create my own, but it's pretty complicted, so I modified a certain pre-made one.)
I also liked having more than just 4 drawings feautured on my page; it's fun having a subby, but when it's gone you don't really miss it.
embieria Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I've had a sub for a good long while, on auto renewl - so when I switched banking account and forgot to switch it here, I found myself greatly annoyed with all the ads and not being able to browse 120 thumbnails. Really, those were the big features for me. Stamps are fun, and so are prettified journals, etc - but the ads bug me.
northangel27 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd die without my sub. This is the only website I sub to.

I like the fact that you can view 120 thumbs at a time, the fact that you can use the journal skins that *dronarron talked about, that you can feature thumbs in your journal entries, that there are no ads (I know that doesn't bother you, but it really bothers me), the fact that you can have a portfolio that looks fairly professional, and doesn't appear to be linked to DA, if you provide a link to someone.

I also like all the widgets that are available on the main page, like having widgets that just feature a particular folder in your gallery, or your favorites. I also like the fact that you can have folders in your gallery and fave gallery (I'm sort of obsessive about being able to sort things, especially my faves).

I could really go on and on. Once I folded and bought a sub, there was no going back for me.
Phantom-Moocat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I got one when I gave one to a friend.

I didn't really use it, though. :/
dronarron Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
I have no idea about programming or CSS, so how would I alter the visual set-up of my page?

With a paid account you can use pre-made journal skins, which are dead easy to install.

I got my paid acct mainly for the 120-thumbnail-per-page browsing. It's also neat to be able to display stamps and stuff in the sidebar of my journal rather than putting them in the footer of each entry, tho, too.
crystal-of-ix Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I got a subscription for Christmas. I basically like it for the thumbnails, skins, and widgets. Could do without it, but I do appreciate being able to feature a bunch of different artists without having to link them to a journal. And long live stamps ^^;
protowilson Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I see a few things on other people's pages and think it'd be nice to have them, too.
Thanks for commenting!
crystal-of-ix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :D
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