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    Hi --

    I am creating (basically) a community/portal/etc. for actors including "Custom Free Web Pages" (similar to Tripod, Geocities, etc.).

    I want to offer the members who sign up for a free web page many features to add to it including their own message board, guestbook, counter, etc... I have the ability and desire to do this.

    My question is this: Should I charge members for such additional "upgrades" to their free web site that I provide, or should I expect to make enough money soley through ad space on the pages and offer the members these additional features for free upfront? How can I tell which is smarter / more profitable? I don't want to scare off potential members by charging either.

    Just curious for some feed back. Thanks.
    --Joshua

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    do just like yahoo...

    make it free, but with limited features.

    if they want more features, then charge a reasonable price...because they can probably find what they want elsewhere...


    hope it goes well!

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    Offer 2 packages with one option...

    Pkg. 1: Free website with Javascript support; http://www.jcarys'sdomain.com/yourname/

    Pkg 2: $5/month; Website with SSI, Perl, FTP, and telnet support; http://www.jcarys'sdomain.com/yourname/

    Option 1: $2/mth plus Domain fees; yourname.com

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    Who the heck is Gen. Failure and why does he want to read my hard drive?
    Soon to come: Aspology.com

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    Thanks for your suggestions, d3v!

    Can you expand on your package ideas in terms of what that would actually mean to me as webmaster/developer? For example, what exactly is the difference (features, etc.) between a website with just javascript support and the one with SSI, perl, etc. support? To help me better understand your suggestions, what features would and would not be included under each?

    Thanks again,
    JCary

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    The javascript support is kind of a joke--however many newbies don't know that Javascript can be used on all servers.
    Here's an improved chart...

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">code/font><HR><pre>Here at [name] we have several excellent hosting packages, customized to fit your needs.

    Basic Package
    --One e-mail address, @[name].com
    --http://www.[name].com/yourname URL
    --Access to member's area
    --Unlimited site updates

    Premium Package ($5/month)
    --SSI support (this allows you to create one template and use it all over your site!)
    --Your own cgi-bin (this allows you to run Web applications written in Perl)
    --5 [or so] preconfigured Perl scripts (FormMail, WWWBoard, ...)
    --Techical support (our experts will find and eliminate any problems you might be having!)
    --Subdomain or normal URL--http://yourname.[name].com OR http://www.[name].com/yourname
    --2 free e-mail addresses

    With each package, you can add a domain! A
    domain makes it possible for visitors to just type in "yourname.com" and come
    directly to your Website! This service
    costs just $2/month plus the registration of
    the domain. If you'd like, we can register the domain for you. ... elaborate[/code]

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    Perl is a scripting language for more advanced things that HTML cannot do ... www.perl.com
    SSI allows you to insert HTML comments and the server sends the corresponding code from the specified file

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    Who the heck is Gen. Failure and why does he want to read my hard drive?
    Soon to come: Aspology.com

    [This message has been edited by d3v (edited April 27, 2000).]


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