Announcements & Updates

Today, March 17 2013, a report about HolyClock was published in the Israeli most popular newspaper, "Yedioth Ahronoth".

Here is the English translation:

"The Israeli website HolyClock offers God-fearing website owners a simple and convenient way to "lock" their website to visitors during Shabbat and Holidays. The service, which offers a free basic plan and a Premium plan (starting from $9 per month for 3 websites), identifies the visitor's location in the world and makes sure to block their access as Shabbat enters. It is important to mention that the closure is performed by embedding a javascript code in the website, which may be bypassed."

In this post we will review the payment process for the Premium plan. The payment program is flexible and fair, and our prices are very attractive.

The service cost is calculated based on the number of websites in your account to include in the Premium plan. You build the package that suits you best. The basic package covers 3 websites in the Premium plan, for a period of 3, 6, 12 or 24 months. The longer the period, the lower the price per month. The following table demonstrates the service costs in relation to the selected period and number of websites in the Premium plan.

Example: for a period of 12 months, the cost is $10/month for 3 websites in the Premium plan. For 4 websites, the cost is $12.50/month, and so on.

The cost is just one parameter of the payment system. We wrote that the program is fair, and we mean it. As is known, every new website automatically gets access to the Premium features for 36 days (trial period). If the account owner purchases the Premium plan during the trial period, we will add the remaining time of the trial period to the Premium plan time, so that the trial period is not lost! For example, a website owner who opened an account received 36 days of trial period. 6 days later, they decide to purchase the Premium plan for 1 year time. We will add the remaining 30 days of the trial period to the year's plan, so that it will expire after a year and a month.

Sounds fair? That's not all. We know it's not easy to commit to long periods of time, and surely not knowing how many websites we will own in the future. For this reason, we let you switch quickly and easily from one plan to another, while refunding the remaining time of the old plan. For instance, you have purchased the Premium plan for 3 websites for a duration of a year for $120. After 2 months, you have decided to add a 4th website to the service. We will refund your account for $100 (10 remaining months), so that the new plan will cost just $50 for a year, starting to count from today ($150 minus $100). We deduct PayPal's processing fee from the refund amount.

For your convenience, we offer 2 types of payment: auto-renew payment, and one-time non-recurring payment. The recurring payment has a few advantages. Beyond the hassle involved in manual renewal which is spared, the first installment is not processed immediately, but only when the account's trial period expires, so that if you have 14 days remaining to the trial period and you purchased the Premium plan now, the first installment will be collected only 14 days from now. This is as opposed to the one-time non-recurring payment, which is processed right away, and the trial period is added to the plan time. Immediately after each payment you receive an email with the payment details, so that everything is transparent and straightforward. The recurring payment can be stopped anytime. When stopping a recurring payment, your account will remain in the Premium plan for the duration covered by the last payment, and then will be automatically switched to the free plan.

The payment system development took a considerable amount of time, because we did not want to compromise on any option. We want to give you the best value for your money, and maximum control on the payment type, with the flexibility to make changes and not be bound to a plan that no longer suits your needs. In fact, we don't know of any other service which offers such flexibility, and we hope that the investment will pay off - for both sides.

To begin, add your website to the Control Panel right now, and get 36 days trial period for free. At any stage you may purchase the Premium plan by clicking the "Purchase Premium Plan" button. We are of course available to any question you may have, and even just to hear your impression on the payment system and our service in general.

We are excited to announce major updates - heading with the new Premium plan!

Up until today, embedding our service was quick and easy, and did not require any registration or identification. Simply copy the embed code from our homepage into your website, and that's it - the service is activated! All this remains unchanged even now. So what changed really? Since we launched our service, we were approached by website owners asking for the possibility to customize settings. Well, now it is possible!

The Settings

For starters we have decided to offer the three most requested settings:

Hide our Logo
Upon using our service, a seal that confirms that your website observes Shabbat appears. If you are not interested in showing it, you may opt to conceal it.

Host the Closing Page on your Server
You may choose where to host the closing page, to which your visitors are redirected to on Shabbat and holidays. By default we host it with us. You may host it on your server instead, and style it to your liking.

Safety Margin when Closing and Reopening Website
The time for closing and reopening the website is determined by the sunset. To this we add a safety margin (60 minutes by default). You can set a less restricting safety margin as you please.

These three settings belong to the Premium plan, meaning you have to pay for them. But do not worry, we offer them to you free of charge for 36 days! Even if you do not intend to pay for the service (it's okay, we understand!), you are invited to try the advanced features during the trial period. At the end of the trial period, the Premium settings will reset automatically, and there is no need to restore the old embed code or perform any other change on your part. We also wanted to emphasize that the basic service will continue to be provided completely for free, always!

Site Management

Adding a Website
To take advantage of the advanced settings, click "My Websites" at the top menu, type the address of your website and click "Add Website". You may add as many websites as you want, and manage them through the easy and intuitive control panel.

Change Settings
In order to change settings, click on the website name or the "Settings" icon () in your websites list. You may set different settings for each website.

Activate Settings
To activate your settings, you need to replace the generic embed code from our homepage with an embed code that is specific to your website. To get the new code, click the "Embed Code" icon () in your websites list. It is important to remove the old code before embedding the new one! After embedding the new code, you will be able to change the settings in the control panel, and they will come into effect instantly.

Removing a Website
If you have chosen to remove a website from your list, you may do so by clicking the "Remove" icon (). A removed website is restored to its default settings. There is no need to restore the generic embed code after removing a website from the list.

We are happy that we were able to provide the website owners' demands and improve our service thanks to you. We will be happy to hear ideas for new features, and your impression of the service and the new features in general!

We have added instructions for embedding our service on websites based on Google's Blogger platform. If you own such a website, you may now integrate our service easily and without requiring any technical knowledge!

For the embed instructions, click "Details" on the top menu, and then select the "Embed Instructions" tab.

Thank you Rinat for requesting the embed instructions, and good luck in your workshops!

If you require embed instructions for other platforms, please tell us about it!

It's been a while since our last update. Despite our silence, we are working diligently behind the scenes on the next update to our service. Unfortunately, during the work we have detected a problem with our Contact Us form on the website, which resulted in messages sent from certain customers to not reach us. The affected customers are those using the major email providers, such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. As soon as we have discovered the problem we have fixed it, and as of now the Contact Us form is fully functional again.

We believe that a good product needs a good customer service, hence we make sure to reply to all the emails that we receive. If you have contacted us through the form and did not get a reply, it's not that we are playing hard to get, it's just that due to the failure we never received your message... Therefore, if your issue is still relevant, please contact us again, and we promise to reply promptly!