Revision of Web Building Ideas from Wed, 02/06/2013 - 14:02

ISP and Site Building Choices

Jan 28, 2013 Bob Proctor

Talking about ISPs

  • From PCMag

    • (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL, T1/T3 lines or fiber. Customers are generally billed a fixed rate per month, but other charges may apply.
  • From Wikipedia

    • An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organization that provides access to the Internet. Access ISPs directly connect clients to the Internet using copper wires, wireless or fiber-optic connections.[1]
    • Hosting ISPs are a kind of colocation centre that leases server space to smaller businesses and other people. Transit ISPs provide large amounts of bandwidth for connecting hosting ISPs to access ISPs.[2]
    • Internet service providers can be either community-owned and non-profit, or privately owned and for-profit.

Desired functions of new ISP

  1. Mail - Unlimited Accounts
  2. Low cost per month
  3. Web Site Building Features/Options
    • C_Panel
    • Possible Wiki
    • Drupal / Joomla / WordPress / RapidWeaver

Possible Web Building Suites

  1. NetObjects Fusion - Tool that was used to build today's ( Jan 23, 2013 )
    • $60
    • Obsolete program NetFusion
  2. WordPress
      • Easy
      • Cost: ??
      • Complex
      • Roll Your Own
      • Cost: ??
  3. RapidWeaver
    • Site is on Mac, then sent to ISP
    • Fine for one administrator but NG for passing administrator job to new guy
    • Cost: ~$35 for Mac Software
  4. SquareSpace
    • Web Hosting
    • Closed System
    • No E-Mail
    • Seems fine for us, but no E-Mail is the issue
    • Cost: $8/mo (basic) or $16/mo (unltmited)
  5. Tumblr
    • Blogging Platform
    • Closed System - they do the hard work
    • Single administrator
  6. Drupal

    • Roll Your Own
    • Install on your ISP
    • Can install for free on ISPs like
    • Training Video on <--- Essential Training done Jan 26, 2013
      • Free on SiteGround ISP
  7. Joomla

    • Roll Your Own
    • Install on your ISP
    • Can install for free on ISPs like
    • TBD
      • Free on SiteGround ISP


  1. GlobalReach
    • We use this today
    • Free account but it's a minimal account
    • E-Mail
      • Login to
        • secretary account
        • newsletter account
    • No Admin Functionality except possibly changing e-mail settings
    • ftp works therefore we can change the code for
    • Joomla or Drupal would be $30/month extra

* SiteGround * is on this (Bob Proctor's) * ~ $4/mo * All the site-building tools we'd ever want


  • What is POP3?
    • Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is a standard mail protocol used to receive emails from a remote server to a local email client. POP3 allows you to download email messages on your local computer and read them even when you are offline.
  • What is IMAP?
    • The Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a mail protocol used for accessing email on a remote web server from a local client. IMAP and POP3 are the two most commonly used Internet mail protocols for retrieving emails. Both protocols are supported by all modern email clients and web servers.
  • Main difference between IMAP and POP3:
    • The POP3 protocol assumes that there is only one client connected to the mailbox. In contrast, the IMAP protocol allows simultaneous access by multiple clients. IMAP is suitable for you if your mailbox is about to be managed by multiple users.
  • Choice
    • We definitely want to use IMAP in our E-Mail Clients

My Recommendations

  • ISP: SiteGround
  • WebSite Software: Drupal v7

Comments and Ideas are welcome!