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I’m leaning towards Gate 90…

I am leaning towards Gate 90 being a social network with a marketplace and a events calendar. That being said, I see no need for a separate forum on a subdomain, even if the network will be launched a while after some of the other sites.

I like a theme called Kleo as it looks flexible enough to work with my plans for the main site. It helps that it is already integrated with WooCommerce and The Events Calendar, two major plugins besides BuddyPress that I will use to create the site. I was considering a different script to power the social network, but it needed too many paid plugins to make it work properly like I want it too. Also all the themes I was considering supported BuddyPress and not it. That alone says how much support BuddyPress has in the community and how it’s the go-to plugin on WordPress for communities.

Gotta run so take care! 😉

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I am trying to decide…

I’m trying to decide what the main focus of Gate 90 is. Is it:

  • A social network
  • A marketplace
  • A search engine
  • A job board
  • Something else?

I know that synonyms of gate are portal and entry, so that does help a bit. What do you think? Let me know in the comments or use the Contact page to send me an email with your thoughts on this.

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Most of my business’s sites are going to be…

Most of my business’s sites are going to be subdomains of gate90.com, which will be the main site and a social marketplace (won’t be part of the company launch however). Search, jobs, forums, fanfiction, and ads will be the different subdomains and their names – Gate 90 Search, Gate 90 Jobs, Gate 90 Forums, Gate 90 Fanfiction, and Gate 90 Ads instead of the names and domains I’ve been using previously. Any domains I registered for the subdomains I just listed I will be letting expire when they come up for renewal including websearchify.com and unlimitedfanfiction.com.

However my blog and one other site will still have separate domains for a similar reason. Both sites would not work well as a subdomain of gate90.com. I’m too used to whiteeagleaerie.com from when my blog was self-hosted and am looking forward to returning to that, and the other site I want to separate from the others due to the content I have planned for it.

Speaking of my company’s planned fanfiction site, it will be free to use and will be ad-free, though donations will be accepted via Paypal and Bitpay (if the latter has a donate button I can set up) for the cost of maintaining the site.

I’m posting this in advance (thanks WordPress for scheduling of posts 😉 ), so take care as I gotta run! 😉

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I switched the script that…

Yesterday, I changed my mind about which script will be powering Sociable Advertising as the original script would not have done what I wanted to do. The first option appears to no longer be in business (at least they don’t respond to Twitter or emails quickly), so I found a better option, XYZ Admarket. It is more expensive, but at the same time has features that I like.

XYZ Admarket also has add-ons that I will purchase in the future after the company is making money. These add-ons will add more useful features to the site, and I will announce each one as I buy and add them to Sociable Advertising.

On a related note, I have purchased the script for WebSearchify.com and have downloaded it to my external hard drive. When I am ready to install it, I am one step closer to launching the web’s newest search engine. I know that in the future I will need to hire web programmers to expand the capabilities of the script, but it will work until my company can afford to do that and has some place for them to work.

Now I need to focus on the rest of my day and my evening shift at work, so take care! 😉

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I’m looking to launch…

I’m looking to launch my new business next January via my savings (I’m going to place any tax refund I get into it) and my credit card. The more I can save up by then, the less I will have to put on my credit card.

I will not be launching the social marketplace Gate 90 then, but my advertising solution, Sociable Advertising, and my new search engine, WebSearchify.com. (I will also be moving The WhiteEagle’s Aerie back to a self-hosted WordPress install and the old domain whiteeagleaerie.com then as well.) I just bought the domain for it yesterday for a five-year term as well as the software I’ll need to run it. All that will be on Gate 90 will be a home page with links to the two other sites and a message stating that Gate 90 is returning soon as a social marketplace.

Gate 90 will be the first site to run WordPress of the four sites I have planned. Sociable Advertising will be run off of OIO Publisher, where as WebSearchify.com will be using a script I found on CodeCanyon. CodeCanyon was the best offer I could find for a low price, while having decent capabilities.

Now I’m off to do some more reading and relaxing today and tomorrow, as I’m off work until Friday evening. Take care all! 😉

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It’s nice to have a day off work…

It’s nice to have a day off work when I don’t have to rush about trying to get stuff done in a hurry. Today I can just relax and work at my own pace on my own projects. I’m planning on playing some Sims 3 on my Playstation 3 later while my roommate is at… Continue reading It’s nice to have a day off work…

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My future company’s focus has shifted…

My future company’s focus has shifted away from food and cooking to gaming. This is due to the fact that I want to be able to love running the company and if I focus it around a topic that I love (gaming), I will enjoy it a lot more than around a topic that I… Continue reading My future company’s focus has shifted…

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I’m glad I decided to raise my savings target…

I’m glad I decided to raise my savings target for Sociable Chefs Media Inc, as a city license for a home business is one hundred eighty dollars ($180). I also have to get written permission from my landlord, but I don’t see any problems with that as it is a pure online business. Of course, I have to incorporate the company as well provincially (cheaper than federally) but I had already budgeted for that.

When you add in the plugins that I have found which help WooCommerce integrate into BuddyPress easily, the cost climbs higher. Naturally I’m planning to ensure that Sociable Chefs will be a website worth being a member of, and if I am properly licensed I can advertise offline without worries. All in all, I’m glad to have set the savings target higher than I originally planned for and am glad I can start putting my apartment-mate’s rent and utilities share towards it starting with his next payment.

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I’m considering bringing back…

I’m considering bringing back Unlimited Fan Fiction as a site sponsored by Sociable Chefs Media Inc. after the company starts making some money. Obviously I won’t be able to sell memberships (but I maybe could have a store with hats, shirts, buttons, etc.) but I could run ad banners powered by Sociable Advertising (which will be doing all of the company’s advertising) and allow donations to those who want to help the site stay afloat. I’m looking at running the site on WordPress, but likely creating my own plugin (via my company’s future programmers – yes, I will be hiring some people after the company makes enough money to do so) so that I can completely control how the fan fiction aspect works with the rest of the site.

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Planned Features of Sociable Chefs

I’d like to take the time today to tell my readers today about some of the features they can expect at Sociable Chefs after it is launched in the new year. If you have an idea for a feature and it’s supported by BuddyPress, bbPress, WordPress, or a plugin, please let me know about it… Continue reading Planned Features of Sociable Chefs

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I’m considering launching a charity…

I’m considering launching a charity after the business is making some money called Family Life Support. The charity will have the following goals:

  • Educate people at large about euthanasia, abortion, and other life issues.
  • Be a resource for pregnant, single women to help them get the support and help they need so they will not choose to abort their child(ren).
  • Be a resource for families looking for support for family issues.
  • Lobby governments for pro-life legislation and against legislation that will harm lives, especially those of the vulnerable (in the womb, elderly, etc.).

I’m hoping to launch it within a year of opening the business, but time and finances will tell when and if I launch this effort. I also will need the help of at least two others when I do launch it, because I know that I will not be able to do it on my own.

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Instead of relaunching Believe Beloved…

Instead of relaunching Believe Beloved with my roommate, we will be launching a social network centered around food and cooking called Sociable Chefs. It’s a smart decision, as it will be less of a target for those who don’t like religion and/or Christianity, but it doesn’t mean that we do not plan to have Christian influences in the site and the running of it and our company. The company will cost us about $1200 Canadian to launch (this includes things like getting a press release written and released, design of a logo, and the site’s software), but that doesn’t include the cost of hosting.

We both are looking forward to when we can launch this new social network for those who enjoy food and/or cooking. Watch my blog here for future announcements, and if you want to see it come sooner, consider donating via Paypal or Changetip (links are in the sidebar).

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I have an idea…

I have an idea of things handmade from clay that I could sell in a shop at the future Believe Beloved. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Pendants (crosses, open graves, fish)
  • Nativity sets
  • Bunny candle holders
  • Bunny pencil holders
  • Snowman clocks
  • Cookie jars
  • Animal-shaped banks
  • Scenes from the Bible

Some of the items would only sell well probably during certain times of the year (like the Nativity sets) whereas other items would sell year-round. If I could make a steady side income from it, I’d be quite happy. Before I do it though, I’ll wait until I have a house with a spare room I can use as an art studio or a heated garage (better, because it would support a kiln). Speaking of a house, I’ve come up with a design of my future dream home. 😀

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I’ve got a partner for my future company…

I’m very happy to announce today that my roommate Jon has agreed to join me in launching Believe Beloved Networking Inc. in the not too distant future. I will be the Chief Executive Officer, and Jon will be the Chief Operations Officer. Until the two of us can find someone we both trust to be the Chief Financial Officer, I will handle the company’s finances. We each will own half of the new company’s stock, as we each will be contributing half of the money towards the start-up costs.