Friends General Conference

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Quaker Cloud - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The actual cost of a Quaker Cloud site for a meeting or organization is about $410 per year. This covers technical support, security updates, development costs, and so on. However, FGC sees this as a ministry, so we offer the following reduced prices. We encourage meetings to pay what they can to help support the Quaker Cloud.

 

 

Paid annually

Setup fee

Meetings with less than 50 members and attenders

 

$120/year

None

Meetings with 50 or more members and attenders

 

$240/year

None

Quarterly meetings

 

$240/year

Starts at $60

Yearly meetings and other Quaker groups Contact FGC to talk about your specific needs

The setup fee for Quarterly Meetings will be determined by FGC based upon an assessment of the complexity and setup needs for the Quarterly Meeting. 
In identifying which size meeting you would be for this pricing model, members are anyone your meeting recognizes as a member and attenders are people who regularly attend worship but are not members.  We know this will be a fuzzy number; it will be no less than your total number of members.
Annual payments can be by check or credit card.

I'm not very techy - can I still use the Cloud?

The Quaker Cloud is built for average people to use and administer; you don't have to be a geek and you don't have to write code.  If you are comfortable filling out a form online, you can update your meeting's website.  If you know HTML and really want to write code, there's space for that as well.  

Are there examples you can share of meetings using the cloud?

These websites are under construction, though these meetings have agreed to share their work thus far.
Gunpowder Friends Meeting in Sparks, MD
Durham Friends Meeting in Durham, NC
Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting in Philadelphia, PA
Clear Creek Friends Meeting, Richmond, IN
Stillwater Friends Meeting, Stillwater, OK

Are current Cloud meetings satisfied with the service?

The Cloud has been very well received by the vast majority of the 160+ meetings currently using it.  In a recent survey, 95% of Cloud administrators said they would recommend the Cloud to other meetings.

I have a web address already registered for my meeting, can I still use it?

Yes, you can set that web address to forward visitors to your meeting on the Quaker Cloud.  This is a change you will need to make with the company who is providing the web address to you.  FGC may be able to assist you, but cannot initiate the change for you as this is a contract between your meeting and a separate entity.

Can I just move our entire website to the Quaker Cloud?

Yes and no.  We have found that there is an easy home for almost all the content that meetings typically have on their websites in the Quaker Cloud, but the site structure is likely to be different, which will mean you will need to move your content page by page.  This becomes a good opportunity to conduct a content review and verify everything you have on the web is current and accurate.  

Will the Quaker Cloud include a listserv?

At present it does not.  We have heard from many Friends that this is a high priority and it will be high on our list for future development.  If you have suggestions for listservs or listserv criteria, please contact Brent Bill.

Do you use Dreamweaver? Wordpress? Drupal? Some other system?

The Quaker Cloud is built on Drupal.  If you're interested in more of the techy details, here they are.   

How does the Quaker Cloud connect with social media tools like Facebook and Twitter?

The cloud allows for you to easily create links from your meeting's homepage to your meeting's presence on Facebook and Twitter.  

What about privacy and security?  

The Quaker Cloud is built with security and privacy in mind and we are confident that storing your data in the Quaker Cloud is dramatically more secure than storing your data on the personal computer of one of your members and distributing that data via email.  

With everything you post to the Quaker Cloud, you can decide if it is private (accessible only to members/attenders of your meeting), accessible to Quakers who are using the Cloud, or accessible to the world.  Content set to private is accessible only to your Meeting and to FGC Cloud staff; no one else, including FGC fundraising staff, can view it.  Behind the scenes, we have taken a wide variety of steps to properly secure the server.  If you have questions on what specific measures we have taken, there are lots of the techy details here.  You may also want to take a look at the Quaker Cloud Data Privacy and Security Policy, which lays out the steps we have taken to protect your meeting's data.

Who is providing support for the Quaker Cloud?

The support for the Quaker Cloud is currently provided by SKYCATCHFIRE. This firm specializes in customer support and technical development of Drupal sites.

What limits are there on my account?  How much storage, how many users, administrators, page-views can we have?

You can have unlimited storage, an unlimited number of users, administrators, page views, etc.  You are limited to a maximum upload size of 3Mb per file, but you can upload as many 3Mb (or smaller) files as you like.  

Can I upload a custom theme, or modify the template?

At the moment we don't support custom themes.  Within the body of any page, you can insert almost any HTML tag or inline style you would like.  

What does the meeting directory tool include...?

We recently launched the Meeting Directory tool.  There are two features at the core of the meeting directory tool:

  • Members and attenders are able to log in, update their own information, and look up information for others in their meeting
  • A directory editor can export the current directory information to prepare a printed directory

Does the Quaker Cloud use a responsive design that resizes for mobile devices?

Yes.

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