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Pantheon Foundation

You may be interested in Pantheon Foundation: building 21st Century Pagan infrastructure, an event planned for Sunday night at this year’s PantheaCon, being organized by Hermetic Library fellow Sam Webster.

“Announcing the Pantheon Foundation: building 21st Century Pagan infrastructure.

We are a California non-profit religious corporation applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. Our mission is to provide IRS group exemptions for Pagan organizations through fiscal sponsorship, develop Pagan ministry, study the history, promote the culture, and advance the social welfare of Pagans and the Pagan community.

Come to our reception at PantheaCon, Saturday night at 9pm in Suite 1060.” [via]

Hermetic Hosting’s new party dress and dance card

There’s been a couple updates over at Hermetic Hosting recently. Last night I pushed a big update to the site, so there’s now information about my plans within plans, um … well, information about hosting plans, anyway. I also have been working on an update to the logo.

 


The new Hermetic Hosting logo

 

For the idea behind this I’ve long been inspired by the image of Fludd’s Temple of Music, which is the origin of the details within the textured H in this image, and have been slowly approaching a logo for Hermetic Hosting which includes more of that inspiration. This is the next iteration of the image in an ongoing quest to approximate my imagination. There’s beautiful structure to both music and the virtual world of information, and I cannot help but imagine that the infosphere has it’s own celestial harmony. Hopefully, people will be interested in joining the symphony I am trying to create by building a community of esoteric sites.

 

Well, the big band music of the Infosphere Orchestra is beginning to swell in the background, and Hermetic Hosting has a new party dress on. Are you ready to be on Hermetic Hosting’s dance card? Don’t be a wallflower!

The first couple of founding early adopters have joined, and already have their temporary sites up and running. You can read more about details on the Hermetic Hosting site or in the posts about Hermetic Hosting on this blog, but as a reminder:

I am in the process of re-introducting Hermetic Hosting as a web hosting service to the esoteric community. In this early “Phase Zero” I am looking for early adopters committed to both supporting the library and also to hosting their sites on the same infrastructure used by the Hermetic Library. And, so, Phase Zero of Operation Resurrection: I am looking for at least 10-20 people who will commit to holding an account with a hosting service that is in service to the esoteric community before I set up the new server.

Take a gander at the updated Hermetic Library site and consider if I can be of service to you in hosting your site or your project!

 

You can also read previous Hermetic Hosting posts on this blog about the re-introduction of Hermetic Hosting, hosting plans and services, some super, but limited time, discounts offered, why you should consider Hermetic Hosting for your site hosting needs; and, the elevator pitch and tl;dr summary.

Whether you want to be part of the initial 10-20 founding early adopters who will commit to being part of Phase Zero, or you wait until the service is completely up and running and join during Phase One; you should consider Hermetic Hosting as a partner in your project. I’d sure like to be of service, and hope you’ll be part of the project.

There will be more to say over time, but I wanted to mention some of the recent updates. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns; or, you know, if you want to join in Project Resurrection!

Hermetic Hosting tl;dr

So, I’ve posted a lot this week about Hermetic Hosting. Here’s the elevator pitch:

Hermetic Hosting will offer shared web-hosting services that have all the buzzwords and features, and it is the service on which I will run the Hermetic Library itself, so you know I’ll be committed to keeping it up and running! In summary, the service is reliable, secure and highly configurable; suitable for a wide range of clients from individuals who are just learning to put together their first site to the professional website developer looking to place their own clients with a superior hosting service.

This will be professional quality hosting, where you have full access to all the tools you need to manage and configure your services. Service will be on Robust, Enterprise-class Infrastructure; be Secure and Safe; have Full-featured Email; allow you full Website Management, Traffic Statistics, Pre-installed Programs, Advanced Web Features; and, all the Developer-friendly Features you need to do just about anything you can imagine.

 

Let me summarize my various other posts and what I am asking from you:

  • I want to upgrade the infrastructure I use for the Hermetic Library.
  • I want to offer hosting services to the esoteric community as well.
  • I would like you to be one of 10-20 early adopters to commit to use Hermetic Hosting in order to get the new infrastructure up and running.
  • As an early adopter, you will pay for at least 1 year of hosting in advance. (Typically, that will be the Starter plan at $85.86/yr.)
  • I can set up a temporary space for you, on my current service, gratis, at no charge, until the new server is ready, and only start the year of service once the new server is up and running
  • On the other hand, if you aren’t able to be part of Phase Zero, consider joining Hermetic Hosting later on in Phase One!

 

In order to become an early adopter, there’s really just three steps:

  1. Contact me to arrange pre-payment in advance for at least a year of service.
  2. Register a domain name, or names, via dns.hermetichosting.com if you want to use me as your registrar, or you can use any other domain registrar. I just, personally and strongly, advise against using GoDaddy, as they are evil, the WalMart of registrars. Once you register a domain name, or if you already have one, I will let you know what name servers to use for the temporary hosting space I can set up for you in step 3.
  3. Then, I can set up a temporary site for you, if you want one in the interim, and get your email configured how you like and so forth. You’ll be up and running!

 

 

So, now you’ve read the previous re-introduction, heard about hosting plans and services, you know about some super, but limited time, discounts offered, you have heard some more about what will make Hermetic Hosting unique in the community and why you should consider Hermetic Hosting for your site hosting needs; and, now, you’ve heard the elevator pitch and tl;dr summary.

Whether you want to be part of the initial 10-20 founding early adopters who will commit to being part of Phase Zero, or you wait until the service is completely up and running and join during Phase One; you should consider Hermetic Hosting as a partner in your project. I’d sure like to be of service, and hope you’ll be part of the project.

There will be more to say over time, but I wanted to start getting the word out. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns; or, you know, if you want to join in Project Resurrection!

Hermetic Hosting is full of win

Already this week I re-introduced Hermetic Hosting, described a variety of site hosting options, and then outlined some really sweet and special discounts for early adopters.

But, there really are a lot of options for site hosting these days and I’d like to talk about why you might decide to have Hermetic Hosting as your hosting provider. I think using the services offered by Hermetic Hosting is a unique win-win-win for you, the Hermetic Library and for the larger esoteric community. Let me tell you why I think that.

 

Hermetic Hosting provides the infrastructure for the Hermetic Library, so allowing Hermetic Hosting to be of service to you helps the Hermetic Library be of service to the community as well.

Further, my conception of Hermetic Hosting is that it be in service to the community in other ways as well. First, by being uniquely responsive to the needs of the esoteric community for reliable and professional hosting services. Second, by being uniquely socially conscious and providing special discounts for non-profits, sponsoring sites for special organizations, and helping the Hermetic Library continue to offer a place for the sites of luminaries within the community and preserving archives of important community sites.

Moreover, I intend to reserve a healthy portion of any eventual profit from hosting services to create a fund with which to sponsor events, creative endeavours and research related to the mission of the Hermetic Library. In other words, I am committed to the creation of a philanthropic fund which will be used to award grants to important work within the community.

I think Hermetic Hosting can and will be an important and integral part of the community.

 

When I first started thinking about the opportunity I had to take on care for the Hermetic Library, I had in mind something like Hermetic Hosting. And, I did a bit of research; I talked to people. There have been other attempts to create hosting services specifically for the esoteric community, but it seems to me that the ones I found, that existed or exist, are usually far too narrowly conceived, being really aimed at a specific “current” within the larger esoteric community, or just simply not that well conceived. There may be one out there that is doing something similar to what I’m talking about, and doing it well; but, honestly, I haven’t heard about it.

What other options are there? There’s always the deals with the devil that can be had from the Walmart-like and Target-like hosting services out there. But, really, is hosting your esoteric site really served by that kind of procrustean deal where your money goes to lobbying Congress to destroy the Internet and dismantling the public domain, cruelly hunting elephants in Africa, or other bizarre, anti-employee and anti-customer and moreover anti-egregore, practices? Is that the kind of foundation you want for your work in the world and hosting you online?

Now, I do know there are also some really awesome hosting providers in local communities around. I fully support their work and I’m glad they are doing their best to be better than the large, impersonal and, frankly, evil commodity service providers. You could definitely do worse than working with one of these local and responsible companies. But, as awesome as those are, hosting with Hermetic Hosting specifically helps to support the esoteric community, and helps to support the ongoing mission of the Hermetic Library; and, obviously I say so myself, that’s something that is and will be completely and forever unique about Hermetic Hosting.

There really doesn’t seem to be anyone ethically and effectively offering hosting services to the esoteric community. I intend Hermetic Hosting to be the kind of service that I personally can be proud of offering and that I am proud to use for my own projects. I hope Hermetic Hosting will be the service that meets that need for you too.

 

It seems to me that the demographic in which both you and I exist is particularly difficult for traditional services to influence through advertising because such organizations and members are far more influenced by personal recommendations.

I hope that the reputation and service of the Hermetic Library will help Hermetic Hosting to meet this uniquely difficult and important need because the library already has had a vast audience for more than a decade. And, of course, I hope that Hermetic Hosting is able to be of service to the community in a reciprocal way that does justice to the reputation of the Hermetic Library as well!

 

In addition to offering a great array of standard services, the Hermetic Library and Hermetic Hosting offer some particular services to the community which are really unique.

Hermetic Hosting will offer special accounts to help non-profit groups get online inexpensively. We also sponsor important sites for organizations, in exchange for reciprocal brand awareness. While sponsorship is common, offering especially low-priced non-profit accounts is uncommon.

Further, by offering special hosting relationships with luminaries who wish to be hosted at the Hermetic Library, Hermetic Hosting provides the foundation for a unique and exclusive service offered by no other company. Many of these luminaries, because they are from the alternative community, need somewhere to host their materials that understands the community and supports making esoteric information available; and the Hermetic Library has been providing that service for 15 years already.

With your help, here’s to the next 15 years! And, together with you and the esoteric community, here’s to the next 15 after that!

 

So, now you’ve read the previous re-introduction, heard about hosting plans and services, you know about some super, but limited time, discounts offered; and, now you have heard some more about what will make Hermetic Hosting unique in the community and why you should consider Hermetic Hosting for your site hosting needs.

Whether you want to be part of the initial 10-20 founding early adopters who will commit to being part of Phase Zero, or you wait until the service is completely up and running and join during Phase One; you should consider Hermetic Hosting as a partner in your project. I’d sure like to be of service, and hope you’ll be part of the project.

There will be more to say over time, but I wanted to start getting the word out. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns; or, you know, if you want to join in Project Resurrection!