Frequently Asked Questions We have an existing web address (also known as a URL or domain name) or plan to buy one. Can we use it?
Yes. We have found two ways (there may be others).
1. You can go to the website of your domain name provider and change some settings. Set your domain name to forward to your offtheblocks website (e.g., to www.offtheblocks.org/ourteam) and set masking to yes. Once these settings are activated, anyone using your purchased domain name will be forwarded to your off the blocks website. Masking will make your purchased domain name show up in the browser, not the off the blocks name.
Most domain name companies make this relatively easy to do, although some charge for this service. There are two problems we have found with this solution. One is that when anyone refreshes a page on your website, they will always be taken back to the homepage. The other is that search engines typically do not find forwarded pages.
2. The second solution is to set up a separate account space for you on our server and then you can point your domain name to this special account. There are no unusual problems we have found with this solution, however, there are some setup fees. At the time of writing, set up of a separate account space is $50. This solution increases your storage space from 1 to 2 GB and we can add a few email accounts and other options to a separate account space. Some of the extra options have costs. For example, we can offer spam filtering of email, but there is a step of fee ($15) and a monthly fee of $1/email account.
Why do you limit file size on upload? I have some photos that are 5 MB and I want to put them on the website.
5 MB pictures cause a number of problems on the web. The two biggest are as follows:
Initially formats are restricted because we want to encourage teams to use file formats that are accessible to both Mac and PC users who have many different browsers. If you need to upload other formats, please talk to us. We can turn on the capability for other formats. There are no fees associated with using other formats such as spreadsheets.
Not all of the files I want to use are in the formats allowed (e.g., HTML or PDF). How can I convert my files to those formats?
How many people can work on the website?
As many as you want! You can let any member of your website become an administrator.