Webhosting for Member Organizations

EPCAMR Members,

Our board has authorized us to begin asking our member non-profit environmentally focused groups in the PA anthracite region if they want EPCAMR to host their website.  What this means is that we will store the files that run your group’s website with ours on our Host Gator web server (powered by Texas Wind Energy).  We do not want to get in the business of building or maintaining your site, but can provide the virtual web space and some technical assistance.

If you already have web domain, that is great, you are one step ahead.  You will still be responsible for your website domain (ex. abcwatershed.org) and we will redirected it to our servers where your groups files are stored.  Otherwise your web URL will read abcwatershed.epcamr.org.  If you do not already have a domain, EPCAMR can help you get one and manage that as well.  Typically they range about $10 – $15 per year for a .org domain through GoDaddy.com.

Many Web Hosting Companies charge anywhere from $50 to $150 per year to host as single site.  We would charge a small yearly administration fee of $30 just to cover our costs to maintain the files on the server.   There is a prerequisite that your group has a current EPCAMR membership.

If you are interested, Please contact Michael Hewitt at hardcoal@epcamr.org or by phone (570) 371-3522 for more details.

Members that are taking advantage of the service:

Friends of the Nescopeck – www.friendsofthenescopeck.org

Schuylkill Headwaters Association – www.schuylkillheadwaters.org

Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference Committee – www.treatminewater.com

Anthracite Living History Group – avondale1869.epcamr.org

I want to stress that we are providing a place to store your site (a.k.a. a webhost) and not maintenance of the website content (a.k.a a webmaster).  We can refer your group to many cost-effective (or maybe even free) webmaster services depending on the content in your site.  EPCAMR staff can aid in webmaster services, which are billed at an hourly rate and time frames vary depending on our current workload.  Honestly, EPCAMR board would not want us to get in to the webmaster business as it can get time-consuming as more groups take advantage of the service.

Some other “web tools” that we suggest:

There are many new web building applications that our servers can support, one category called a CMS (content management system).  A CMS is different from the traditional software programs that you install on a single computer like Front Page or Dream Weaver.  A CMS is installed on the server and therefore can be accessed by any computer that has web access through a secure log in.  Multiple accounts can be created with many permission levels to share the workload of maintaining a website.  An easy to learn, expandable and secure CMS is WordPress.  Basically, if you can setup a Facebook page or even make a PowerPoint presentation, you can maintain a WordPress site.

We can set your organization up with a free Google Apps account so that you can have multiple e-mail addresses at your domain (ex. info@abcwatershed.org), address books and calendars (can be embedded in your website) for the group.  If you or someone in the group uses Gmail, they already know how to work with these features.  Google’s SPAM filters and anti-spoofing security measures are top of the line and super easy to maintain.  If you need more features we can help you look into upgrading to a Nonprofit Business Google Apps account.  EPCAMR staff were addicted to Outlook, but Gmail is so much better and we haven’t looked back since!

Want eye-popping photo galleries to showcase your projects and programs?  We can help you set up a free Cincopa Cloud account.  The cloud not only provides you with virtual space to place your photos, videos and audio files, but it also adds features to help display the galleries in ways you may have never imagined.  See the slide show gallery on our EPCAMR homepage for example or our EPCAMR PhotoGallery.

Have your heard of Social Media?  The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. Facebook and Twitter are 2 of the larger ones where you can setup and maintain a free “blog” to get the word out about your organization.  Big marketing tool!  EPCAMR has their own Facebook account with hundreds of fans following our organizations day-to-day happenings.

Need a way to accept donations online?  We can help you set up a PayPal Donation Gateway and Nonprofit Business Account.

More ideas to come…. and we always like to know about your suggestions to help develop this service.

Please contact Michael Hewitt at hardcoal@epcamr.org or by phone (570) 371-3522 for more details.

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