DISDads site services – Feedback please

After gaining some experience last week moving my wife’s law office to Google For Your Domain for her Email and Calendaring, I think it might be really useful here too. It has some benefits and some drawbacks – I’m going to try and lay them out as best I can here. Please add your comments below. I’ll make a decision about using Google For Your Domain here based on those comments.

Benefits

  1. Better Email management for disdads.com Email addresses. People would have control over setting their own passwords. I’m not particularly comfortable being the keeper of others’ Email passwords, but there’s no way to automate this using the current system.
  2. Shared and Public Calendars – this would give us an easy way to share scheduled trips, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  3. Google Docs – would give us a place to share planning spreadsheets and other documents that currently get passed around via PM/Email

Drawbacks

  1. Limited to 50 accounts in the free version. We have over 400 DISDads, but accomodating everyone would force us from the free plan and into the paid plan, which even for a non-profit group would be over $1,200/year.
  2. The few who already have DISDads Email accounts may have a day or so of inconvenience, while we wait for the switchover to GFYD to propagate across DNS
  3. I don’t want to create any kind of sense of “tiered” membership. We’re ALL DISDads, and I don’t want to create conflict by being unable to accomodate everyone.

6 thoughts to “DISDads site services – Feedback please”

  1. I don’t know enough about web hosting to really know what the difference would be. I do like the idea of a shared calendar, but I also think if it’s possible to keep the site free, that would be best. I don’t know the financial situation of all of the dads using this site, and I hate to spend other people’s money for them. And like you said, it would be awkward to have a “tiered” system.

    I haven’t used the email account yet, mostly because my home computer is having trouble locating email servers for some reason.

  2. There would be very little difference to the site itself, except for the easy use of shared calendars and documents via Google Docs. Right now, and with the basic GFYD account, there is ZERO cost to maintaining this website (I guess if I were to stretch it, there’s some lost opportunity cost to me in using this hosting slot for the DISDads site and not for some other project, but I’m OK with that. My account allows me to host up to five websites for a single fixed fee, and I’ve now used up all five of my slots).

    I not even considering the paid version of GFYD as an option. It’s just too expensive to justify for our use, and the whole point here is to maintain a freely accessible service for like-minded DIS Dads.

  3. I like the idea of being able to share information between everyone easily. However, we want to do whatever it going to keep it free for you and everyone else. It is meant for fun and fellowship and not to be an added expense for you.

  4. AJ, from what you’ve written, it doesn’t sound like there’s any downside to the GFYD account. At least to my untrained eyes.

  5. The biggest downside to using Google is there are only 50 accounts.
    Let me play devil’s advocate for a minute. What do we have here, a dozen users or so? let’s say we switch to Google, then if/when this site gets up close to 50 users, we can look at switching to something else.

  6. I’m a little late on the comment here, but I think it’s worth at least giving it a shot. Sounds like a good, free solution now… and we (ummm… you) could always switch to another solution in the future. Just my 2 cents.

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