Originally Posted By: Chris Morrell
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It's a little bit of both. I'm developing an application that will allow NACHI members to create a hosted account on one of NACHI's web servers. This account will be managed through a web control panel, allowing the member to create pages, upload images and reports, et cetera. The service will be available only to NACHI members.
It's not a traditional web host -- you won't be able to upload your own html, etc. files to the server. Everything will be through a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) control. There will be a varying degree of flexibility in the design. In the beginning I hope to have about 10 major designs done in several color schemes (with 2-3 font schemes as well). After that, depending on the popularity of the service, more designs will be created. You won't be able to download the designed site and host it elsewhere. It's an entire package.
This will be a NACHI service offered through me. It works much like our upcoming dial-up internet access. The service will be offered to NACHI members only, but will be managed in part by a separate company. The dial-up access will use another ISP's access numbers and support staff, but will be limited to NACHI members and have NACHI-specific features. Both the ISP and NACHI win because they get new customers and we get another great feature to offer our members. The website application will work the same way.
We've not yet completely worked out the pricing for the system. Similar applications can go anywhere from $40-$80/mo. I've guaranteed to keep it under $20/mo for NACHI members. I want our members to have to pay as little as possible while still covering the support and development costs.
I'll post more information about it when the system is nearly ready to be released.
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