We wanted to provide a recap of all the changes that have taken place over the last 30 days, and there has been some really important changes you need to be informed about.
Last month we released our news about Spruz Goes Premium.
Effective October 1st Spruz will be a premium service provider. The choice to no longer offer long term free unlimited websites and to go premium was not made lightly and was a decision that took us 6 months to decide on. We did this for a number of reasons, while we know there is a number of sites out there that provide free web services, nothing comes close to the features Spruz offers for a reason, Spruz is a data advanced platform, that allows you to create fully interactive websites, member orientated websites. As such the overhead for Spruz is very high. Providing free ad supported websites can not generated the revenue needed with 1 banner advertisement per page to maintain a company that wants to provide great support, performance and features to the public. Free websites also invite a lot of unwanted websites that add to the problem. We have to continually police websites for content because of advertiser and user complaints. If we can't keep advertisers then we can't keep the doors open, offering ad supported websites.
Remember: Other free providers do not give the level of support that we have always offered. Most people under estimate the need for support, but quality support for you can mean the differance between success and failure.
By moving to a premium service model our users can upgrade and monetize there own traffic with as many advertisements per page as you want, and we give you the tools to make it easier to place ads on your sites, or some of our users sell products or charge for membership. The fees for upgrading are very affordable and scalable, most plan configurations cost less the a can of soda a day.
In completing this move we will reduce the demand on our resources while at the same time providing us a strong revenue stream to upgrade and add new hardware (BTW thanks to those that have upgrade already we have just tripled our hardware that will be deployed in the next few days.) All sites created add to the data demands of the system.
After the last free 30 day period we will begin the great site purge (Deletion of Websites), after that point everyone should notice more stability, even faster page load times, and more programming added to the platform to bring you the best features, and advancements.
New Webinars Announced!
As part of our commitment to our users we will start having regular webinars on a wide range of topics. For those of you that are not familiar with a Webinar, a Webinar is a web based seminar that you can join from the comfort of your PC. Webinars have real-time video and audio, allow us to show and teach participants in real time. Our first webinar is tomorrow at 8pm EDT and will be a general Q&A How To. We still have some space available, about 540 have signed up for the event. To reserve your set, go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/547044981
We have added live chat help!
Recently we have added live chat help as another tool to help you with your website and goals. This is all part of moving to a premium network. Live help is located is the support and payment areas of the websites.
We now have Email Accounts as part of the upgrade!
When upgrading your site and if you added the domain name, you get your own email @yourdomain.com. We have included 10 email accounts, but you can add more. Access your email configuration from your site properties section in your site administration.
In other news!
Of course we have added many new updates, features, and fixes t