|Web hosting is built for security, with each account in its own isolated virtual server environment. It can be used for dynamic sites built on a database-backed Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or CiviCRM, or for static HTML/PHP sites.
Web includes your own virtual server, 10GB disk space, 10GB traffic, and multiple MySQL databases with PHPMyAdmin access.
The service includes PHP and other popular open-source languages (Perl, Python, Ruby), Unix shell access via SSH, DNS hosting for one domain, one email account with Shield spam/virus protection, free SSL encryption with no certificate purchase (thanks to Let’s Encrypt), access to web server logs and automatically created site statistics (AWStats), and automated nightly backups. You’ll maintain your site by uploading files over SFTP, and access your email with any program that supports POP/IMAP, via Webmail, or by forwarding it to any other email address. If you want to use WordPress, we’ll be happy to get you set up with the initial installer wizard, which will walk you through a few simple configuration steps to begin building your new site.
Electric Embers cannot create or design a Web site for you; you’ll need to either do yourself or have a Web designer/developer do for you. We are also not a domain registrar, so you’ll need to register your domain elsewhere.
|Mail service for your domain is available whether your Web site is hosted here or elsewhere. You get complete control over account creation and administration via a simple Web-based interface, and your users can access their mailboxes and control their account settings, including auto-reply vacation messages, mail forwarding, and password changes, via Webmail. (Note that Web hosting already includes one mailbox.)
Mail includes 10 full mailboxes with POP/IMAP/Webmail access, SSL-encrypted secure communications, Shield spam/virus protection, and unlimited aliases, forwarders, and shared address groups.
Mail is not to be used for bulk mail — see Groups instead.
|Groups email list service comes in two flavors: Basic and Custom. Custom lists are hosted in your own domain name with a web interface that can be branded to match your website. Groups can host both newsletters and discussion groups, providing email distribution and online information exchange (filesharing, web-based posting) for those seeking an alternative to inflexible, advertising-driven free services.
Custom Groups includes 25,000 messages sent, with list addresses in a subdomain of your own domain name (@lists.orgname.org instead of @groups.electricembers.net), and a separate “brandable” Web interface with your colors and logo or even a fully customized (by you) stylesheet.
Basic Groups includes 10,000 messages sent, with list addresses @groups.electricembers.net and standard shared Web interface.
All Groups include an SSL-protected web interface, searchable archive of all list messages, automatic handling of bounce messages, flexible configuration (restricted subscription, moderation, etc), built-in Shield spam/virus protection, and file sharing area for files and documents.
If you are primarily looking to send out newsletters, this service may lack some of the specialized features you would want. For instance: per-user message personalization (eg. ‘Dear <your name here>…’), list segmentation (eg. send only to members in California), tracking and reporting of open rates and click-through response rates, subscription activity statistics, and the like. This is also a distribution system only, not a content-creation system, so there is no newsletter creation tool or templates; you will simply compose your message (in text or HTML) in your email client, or else in an external Web editing package if you need really advanced HTML creation tools. If these things sound important, then our service probably isn’t right for you, and we recommend looking for a full-fledged newsletter/CRM service.
You can request a 30 day free trial by contacting us.