Pantheon (https://www.getpantheon.com/) has become the new standard of excellence in commercial Drupal hosting, and I like to use it as a basis of comparison for our hosting service. In other words, if we can't provide something better, then we shouldn't be doing it.
Many of you have contacted us with questions and concerns about complying with the new Federal Anti-Spam Legislation that comes into force on July 01 - 2014. Fortunately, CiviCRM can help meet many of these new requirements.
It's official! iATS Payments has approved our proposal to fund development work to upgrade the current CiviCRM iATS plugin to the new iATS Webservice: ProcessLink standard. Alan Dixon and I are trying to find time to schedule to start work on this in July/August - aiming to have it completed in Fall.
One of the services we're offering at Blackly is "Drupal and CiviCRM Hosting". My first thing I always say is: we're not running a hosting business. The reason I started hosting sites back in 2007 was because the other hosts I tried to use sucked and I decided I could do it better myself. Better means not only better direct experience for visitors to the sites, but less hassle during development and maintenance - i.e. less wasted developer time.
After a short and successful gestation period, I'm happy to open wide the doors of our new consultancy to the non-profit public.
Four years ago, I decided it was time to go it alone with my web development work. During that period I've enjoyed myself immensely and am proud of all the work I've accomplished: my client work, contributions to Drupal, contributions to CiviCRM, and balancing my work with my family life.