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neverforget98

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  1. neverforget98

    Hey there!

    Thank you very much! I'm sure I will! Thanks very much! I'm sure I will and I definitely will!
  2. neverforget98

    What computer/laptop do you own?

    The main computer I use is my laptop and it is an Acer Aspire 7551. I have another older Acer laptop setup as a Windows Home Server for my house. Then I also have a custom-built CoolerMaster that I built on my own with parts from a local computer store called G&G Computers!
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    Web Hosting 101

    Web Hosting: Keep a Variety of Packages A good way to start off/keep a web hosting company, is to ALWAYS keep a variety of packages. If your a completely-free web hosting company, you should have one or two packages, a starter and a beginner maybe, but you might want to be a Post2Host Web Hosting Company, and provide 1 free-trial package, and multiple Post2Host Packages. You want to try and be able to provide Reseller Packages, so make sure you at least get a Master Reseller, unless you just want to start out small, and gradually get bigger. If you want to be a paid host, your better off providing more paid packages, a few Post2Host packages, and a free one. This way, it gives your web-hosting company more variety. Remember, you should NEVER give much space and bandwidth to free packages, and don't give them any emails or email lists, because that leaves a high-risk of spam, and email abusers. Always remember to keep a high-eye out on those accounts! B. Arsenault Web Hosting: Start Out Small When you start a web-hosting company, you're better off starting out small, because you won't be big in a matter of days, unless your merging with another community or company. You should start off free, with a little mixture of Post2Host packages, and than once you get bigger, provide paid packages, and remove some of the free packages, that way you have a nice variety of packages. Then, focus on keeping the staff focused in on the community. If they have other commitments, try to have a replacement to be on-duty for them. Start off with a small team, and then grow the team, by placing ads out, and announcing applicants will be accepted to the community. After you start to get bigger, make sure you start to use the ban hammer when needed, and make sure your clients are following your Terms of Service, and the community rules. Start putting advertisements out, and look into gaining revenue from the company. Start expanding your services, and look to get some other communities to merge with you, (once your big enough, and really are ready for it), to get more clients. Get your staff to refer you, look for reviews, find advertising services, and do everything you can. After you get big enough, sit back and relax, but dedicate a time to the company. B. Arsenault Web Hosting: Background Checks Before you choose a host to be with, and stick with, you need to do some background checks, get some client reviews, ask them for uptimes, and server specifications. Don't go with a host that you have bad doubts about. Don't go with a host because they SAY they have good reviews. Don't go with a host, because of what you see on the webpage. I've learned this from experience. STICK WITH AN ONSHORE HOST, IF YOU CAN. Offshore servers are extremely unreliable, as so many people abuse the services, whenever they can. If you get an offshore server, don't go cheap, and don't resell cheap... The host I started my big company with, was terrible. They looked so professional, but they didn't make their clients stick to the Terms of Service, and our account being the only account following the Terms of Service, the whole server got banned, because most of the abusers were hosted by that account. You need to find a good host. Do some searches for top hosts. Ask some friends. Or just look at ads, and the comments. Don't choose without a background check! B. Arsenault Web Hosting: Stick The Rules When you start off your community, you don't need to throw down the community guidelines so much, but you really need to keep the Terms of Service stuck on them. You can't let customers abuse the services, because then they think it's just funny. If they abuse the services, and break the Terms of Services, I say flat out ban them, because then they know you were serious, and then you get a better reputation for not letting freaks and rude service-abusers ruin it for everyone else. Once you get 50+ members on your forum, you need to really start enforcing the community guidelines, because you can't let it get out of hand. Make sure you release a STRICT amount of community guidelines, once you get to the 50+ members count, and before you even open, you need to have an extremely strict, but flexible Terms of Service. Don't let the clients kill you with kindness, and don't unban them or remove a warning because they're "sorry". I've seen it all, they'll just do it again. DON'T LET THEM RUN THE COMMUNITY INTO NOTHING, YOU RUN IT, YOUR WAY. B. Arsenault
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    Community Management 101

    Community Management: Choosing Your Teams Once you get started with building your community, you need to figure out what teams your going to have at the community, and what they will be for. This is critical, because you need to know what their job is at the community, and be able to provide a description to them of what their job is. You should double-up your employees if you need to, but only do this in a case of A-shortage in staff; or B-a new team. You need to get the community and staff used to a team, so before you open the community, you should probably get a few staff members, to get the place running a bit, and get some posts in. Second hand, you need to have a good handful of staff members running your community. You should have a second full-time administrator, or a junior administrator to rely on, encase you have to take a leave-of-absence, or an unexpected leave. Try to maintain contact with your other administrators encase of one of those situations listed above. Make sure you have multiple moderators encase one or more of them are not as active as the other(s). Here are some other teams you might want to have, depending on the community: Web Hosting Support Team Server Team First-Response Team Graphics Graphics Team Request Team Showcase Team Graphics Moderators Advertising Package Team Advertisement Moderation Team Sections Administrator Off-topic Moderation Community Management: Maintain a Relationship With Your Staff It is very important to maintain a relationship with your staff. You need to treat them with respect, and you need to befriend them. The better friends you are with him/her, the better change you will work with them for a long time. If you don't maintain a good relationship, they're working for nothing, and they're getting no respect out of it. Try and give them some kind of compensation if it is a volunteer job. Try and speak to them everyday, or whenever possible. Make sure the community is treating the staff with respect, and don't let them overturn the staffs decision. You might want to think about implanting a rule of the following "And disrespect to authority (staff), will land you a ban or warning level increase." That rule will come in handy for most communities-but not all. Community Management: Remove Tension Another major factor that closes a community is tension and anger. Don't let the community members be angry with the staff, find a solution to that. Don't let the staff be angry with the community, find a resolution. You can't have tension, hatred, and anger within the two sections of the community, because that will completely close the community. You need to start contests, get the staff involved in them. You need to get the staff more involved in community things so they will work with the members. You need to get the staff to drop a PM to a community member every once in awhile just to see how their doing, to reassure them that the staff is always there for them. Don't leave doubt, leave happiness and fill-in those holes. Community Management: How an Administrator Should Act Through my years handling various multi-interest communities, whether they be gaming in particular, or geared to any certain interest over the internet, an administrator should always act accordingly to a few basic guidelines, which will eventually promote affection from the members of the community. Note how these few guidelines go well along with the Bill of Rights provided by the American government. If followed correctly and regularly practiced, these guidelines for an administrator of a community will help the community prosper. A community administrator should always be active and open. This ensures that the members of the community are always heard, which brings us into this next concept of free-speech. Allow community members to freely and openly discuss matters they want to address about the community, whether the issues may tarnish the community's reputation or not. At the end, people will realize that despite any bad comment that may be promoted, it was proudly displayed, and the community has nothing to hide, bringing in more people to become a part of the community. Finally, a community administrator must abide by his or her own rules. You think this may be obviously done by any able administrator, but there is always a case where an administrator provides a degree of lee-way for him or herself, destroying the purpose of the guidelines set. All in all, these few guidelines should be able to promote a sense of governance in any community.
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    Which Control Panel Do You Prefer?

    I've used cPanel for a lot of my time on the internet. I find it much easier to use, navigate through, and get used to. I also find it quite a bit more secure then a lot of other control panels. Sure, it is a BIT costly, but it is a great control panel to have.
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    Hey there!

    Hey everyone, My name is Brandin Arsenault. I am the Founding President of an anti-bullying organization. Anyways, take care.
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