By Richard Rost 6 months ago
OK folks, I'm writing this because I'm getting emails almost every day from people who are confused between the differences in memberships between YouTube and here on my site and where they can watch the Extended Cut videos. Here's how it works. In a nutshell:
About 6 months ago, I decided to set up paid memberships on YouTube and offer the "Extended Cut" TechHelp videos and some other perks. I thought it would be a nice way to make a few extra bucks from people who visit my YouTube channel. Well, fortunately for me, it became very popular. I've got over 150 subscribers now, and I'm adding a handful every week. Thank you.
However, I started receiving emails from people saying that they wanted to join, but they live in a country that YouTube doesn't allow to become a paid subscriber. Also, some people who are customers of mine already don't want to set up a separate paid subscription on another site just to watch my videos.
So, last month, I decided to set up the same kinds of memberships here on my site. You can subscribe through YouTube like you did before OR you can subscribe on my site and pay me directly. It's the same membership. Silver members and up get access to the Extended Cut videos. Gold members and up get the template downloads and Code Vault. Platinum members get a bunch of other cool stuff and top priority in the question queue. You can find all the info here.
The difference is if you sign up on MY web site, you have to watch the videos on MY web site. The member videos will not play if you go to YouTube. You don't have an account there. All of the videos have been uploaded here though.
If you signed up on YouTube, then you have to contact me and let me know you exist! YouTube doesn't give me any information about you except your username (which might be meaningless like RikerLadiesMan1701) and membership level. They don't give me your name or email address. So in order for you to watch the Extended Cut videos here or for Gold members to download files and use the Code Vault, you have to email me your info: YouTube username, real name, email address. Then I can look you up and set you up an account MY SITE.
Everyone got it?
I'm very happy with YouTube and I plan to leave the memberships active over there for the future. Lots of people who already have established YouTube accounts can join my channel as a member there with just a few clicks. Nice and easy. I've also got it available here for people who are already my customers and don't want to set up multiple accounts. I aim to please everyone.
One major benefit of signing up here is that I can offer Annual Memberships at a 20% discount. YouTube is only month-to-month. So if you're interested in switching, just let me know.
Technical Support Not Provided
Signing up for a Membership of any kind gives you access to specific perks as listed. If you have questions about the material covered in a specific course, feel free to post them in the Student Forum for that course. If you have other non-related questions you would like to submit to be considered for a TechHelp video, you will be given priority consideration over non-members, however an answer is NOT in any way guaranteed. Even in the event your question is accepted, the waiting list is generally several weeks long. I will answer your question IF I think it makes for a good video. Otherwise, I will do my best to point you to another video (free or paid) that may answer your question.
Membership does NOT include free technical support for your database problems. I do my best to answer questions for my students as I have time, however it is NEVER guaranteed. As of June 2021, I no longer provide Technical Support. If you are looking for someone to help you with your database, whether it needs troubleshooting or you want someone to add something to it for you, feel free to post your request in my Access Developer Network. I've got a group of very knowledgeable Developer students who love helping people.
TechHelp is for generic questions that I can make videos to answer for lots of people to enjoy. "How do I...?" type questions. It's not to get support for your database issues. Sorry. There are only so many hours in the day, and I can't help everyone myself.