Publishing

Designing. Writing. Editing.

The Rasa.Studio publishing workflow is designed to streamline the development of websites, tabletop role-playing game design, related materials and other digital and print-on-demand publications. This method will also reduce the amount of “double-duty” on the processes involved when transitioning between systems.

The Rasa.Studio workflow dictates that document formatting must remain firm throughout all the various developmental phases avoiding any arduous transitions from one document type to another. From initial note-taking and development collaboration – with various co-authors, contributors, play-testers, proofreaders, editors, designers and artists – to the final publication, the primary format should remain as constant as possible. Exporting processes must be reduced to a minimum or altogether avoided. Exporting should only be utilized to produce the finished products, to include digital (.epub, .mobi, .pdf), print-ready (.pdf) and web (.html) formats.

Publication in web format (.html) are typically for online knowledgebases and to gather developmental, play-testing, and backer feedback. Web formats can also provide project marketing opportunities through additional material and resources such as social interaction, blog posts, downloads and even online e-commerce shops. Usually, this phase of a project is where most of the double-duty occurs, but with the proper procedures in place this process can be as painless as the rest.

Rasa.Studio utilizes a system of interlinking apps and platforms as outlined herein.

Designing


Traditionally, during the creation of digital or print publications, a format change is needed to incorporate the various demands of document layout-design. Transitioning from draft-mode to layout-design can be laboring, but with the proper procedures and translators in place, a worthy shift in format can be achieved.

Design Software

InDesign is a desktop publishing application used by graphic designers. It can be used to create nearly any printed media such as marketing materials, magazines, newspapers, and books. InDesign is also suitable for publishing to tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (a separate product). It also exports publications to .epub format for ebooks and other digital publications like ezines.

Writing


Markdown was designed by John Gruber and allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text syntax, it can then be converted (using a Markdown editor or other tool) into several structured formats as needed. Originally, Markdown was a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers, but since its inception, has become a great too for all writers.

Markdown’s formatting syntax is designed to make it as readable and writable as possible, then be publishable as plain text, without looking like it’s been converted. As such, Markdown fulfills all the formatting requirements as it maintains all the necessary document structures and fluidity needed for authoring without the hassles or worries of design layout. As publications transition more and more from print to digital environments, the advantages of Markdown become even more apparent; Markdown is perfect for any developmental process.

Also, many Markdown editors can provide distraction-free writing environments and often export to many additional formats for previewing or final publication and distribution. In addition, many developmental and content management systems such as GitHub, WordPress and GRAV now utilize Markdown either optionally or as the preferred method of handling content.

Writing Software

Byword is designed to make writing in Markdown more efficient and productive. All the tools you need to write effectively on all your devices. With iCloud and Dropbox support, you can create and edit documents on your Mac and iPhone, but is especially effective on the iPad. Byword incorporates Markdown natively with support for tables and more. In-app previews allow you to view your document before final publication, and then simply export to .pdf, .html, rich text format, or publish to modern web platforms.

Also, InCopy, Adobe's word processor, uses the same engine as InDesign and can be utilized by project collaborators to work on the same InDesign file simutaniously.

Editing


Aside from professional editing services, advanced spelling and grammar checking is a significant step in the development of any publication. The placement of editing within the development process is important and should be as dynamic as possible; editing could occur during any phase depending on the demands of the project and its collaborators. Also, should professional services be required, there must be an avenue in-place for this level of collaboration.

Editing Software

Grammarly satisfies all editing requirements and advanced grammar checking services as necessary for the authoring process; this will catch many of the more common mistakes in spelling and grammar before being edited by a professional for the final draft. Grammarly has a desktop interface, or a web interface where one can upload Markdown files directly, or in-conjunction-with an online browser-based Markdown editor. Grammarly also offers (at an additional cost) built-in professional editing services for all uploaded documents.

Platforms

Development. Collaboration. Sharing. Feedback.

GitHub


GitHub has bee traditionally used for application development but has many valuable features useful to writers, publishers, and especially tabletop role-playing game (RPG) designers. Features such as Markdown usage (GitHub flavored), wikis, file repositories, syncing, versioning, project branching, forking, collaboration, feedback and issue tracking can all be used for the development of text documents and RPGs too. GitHub is an ideal platform to handle much of the development and feedback from users a project may demand.

B.A. Umberger’s GitHub Projects

Dropbox


Dropbox is an excellent, modern and versatile online storage asset and can be critical when developing and collaborating on documents. Dropbox connects to all sorts of devices across the spectrum including virtual private servers (VPS) for transferring files directly to a flat-file content management system. Dropbox also has file versioning; this makes Dropbox the perfect proving ground as a collaborative development workspace for individuals and teams alike.

Grav


Grav is fast flat-file content management system with sophisticated caching for optimal performance. Publishing content is just simple Markdown files in a hierarchy of folders, with no complicated databases. Plugins extend Grav, and a comprehensive package manager provides easy installation and updating of extensions. Flexible Twig templating allows the easy realization of designs.

Leanpub


LeanPub is a publishing platform that fulfills many of our workflow requirements. Co-founded in 2010 with the intention of building a platform for authors and publishers, LeanPub is designed from the ground-up to write and publish “in-progress” ebooks. LeanPub has been growing steadily, evolving in response to feedback from early-adopter authors, publishers and followers alike. So far our authors have earned over $2.9 million in royalties, and readers have downloaded over half a million books.

LeanPub is a powerful platform capable of handling many authoring and publishing tasks; translating documents written in Markdown to .epub, .mobi, .pdf (including print-ready versions) and .indd (InCopy/InDesign formats). LeanPub can even generate a basic .html website based upon the project documents. LeanPub links natively with Dropbox where it supports all features, but can also link to GitHub and BitBucket with a limited feature-set. LeanPub also offers complete online feedback and shopping solutions for authors and publishers.

Using Leanpub’s amazing writing and publishing tools, Sigillum-Rasa can produce books and put it up for sale in the Leanpub bookstore with a mere click. Plus Rasa.Studio can also upload books we have created using our own production processes and then sell them in the Leanpub bookstore, taking advantage of the in-progress publishing features.

Serial, In-Progress and Lean Publishing

Using Leanpub, Sigillum-Rasa can start publishing our books before they are finished. Publishing a book before it’s finished allows us to interact with our early readers and improve the book in a number of ways. Readers will receive all future updates of the book for free, as new content is added and as the book is otherwise improved. At the same time, readers can provide us with suggestions and even corrections; LeanPub will act as a great proofreading platform for Sigillum-Rasa’s authors!

In the world of fiction, the chapter-by-chapter publication of books as they are being written has a long history. For example, many great nineteenth-century books were initially published serially, including novels by Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Elizabeth Gaskell. Novels written this way are are usually not finished before the first chapters are published, and writers can even change their projects based on the responses they get from their audience.

In the twenty-first century, in-progress publishing is a great way to publish non-fiction books too. Role-playing game sourcebooks are perhaps the most obvious example of a book category that naturally fits the Lean Publishing model, since things move very quickly during game development and early access to cutting-edge ideas and mechanics is so important.

Rasa.Studio’s LeanPub Profile

Web Design

Discover. Design. Develop. Deploy.

Rasa.Studio specializes in website design, content management systems (CMS), search engine optimization (SEO), marketing, e-commerce and many advanced web apps and internet technologies. Businesses and organizations of all types and sizes rely on us for our dedication, expertise, creativity, and confidentiality. We have the eye for design, and the talent to incorporate the elements you need most into your website.

However, there is more to a website than just a good looks. We’ll bring your website to life by combining great technologies, exceptional marketing skills, and social media insights to deliver a stable investment. Book your appointment today and learn how we create websites.

Discover


After years of experience, we know that success begins with listening. Our first step is to gather information and content through one-on-one meetings, phone calls, and even questionnaires. We’ll guide you step-by-step through the process of collecting all the data needed to build your website.

Design


It all starts with a vision. After we’ve gathered all your information and content, we’ll begin to form a list of feature-sets and ideas for your website based on your personal, business or organizational demands. We’ll take into account current design philosophies and trends to build a site for today and your future needs.

Develop


With your goals in mind, we’ll bring your website to life. We have years of experience and specialize in many content management systems and stylish theme designs. Plus, while your site is under construction, you can monitor it along the way with 24/7/365 access. View pages, test features, send additional content and feedback. You’ll have direct access to your webmaster at every phase of development.

Deploy


After thoroughly testing your site on our dedicated draft server, we’ll ask you to take one last look around. From there, we’ll make any last-minute adjustments. Once complete, your website will go live! However, our relationship doesn’t end there. We’ll give you another 30 days of minor changes and tweaks for FREE, plus a full tutoring session, one-on-one or remotely, on the complete use of your website. You’ll have your very own login to add or change any content or make any adjustments you like. If you have any problems or issues, we’re only a call or email away.

Once your website is running live, we’ll make sure it stays that way through constant monitoring and updates. We’ll handle all the bug fixes, security patches, and feature improvements. All you have to worry about is updating your content; we’ll take care of the rest!

Design Package

Unlimited. Custom. Managed. Extras.

We use powerful, fully responsive and mobile ready, content management systems (CMS) which together powers more half the web – a figure that rises every day as more and more people, business and organization realize the feature-rich abilities of content management systems. Everything from basic websites and blogs to complex web portals, enterprise websites, e-commerce stores and intranet hubs are now built with content management systems. In many cases, it is the only real way many of these sites can be constructed.

The most redeeming quality of a CMS is its simplicity and flexibility for developers, end-users, and publishers. Our clients will never need to learn coding or complexed software; if you can use the internet or a word processor, then you can use our websites.

The following is a list of standard features available, these are included with most website design packages, per the needs of the client. Also, there are tens-of-thousands of plugins that extend what many content management system can provide. So, the actual functionality is only limited by your imagination. If you have a need for a particular feature, there is probably a plugin that covers it!

Unlimited


  • Unlimited static pages
  • Unlimited blog/news posts
  • Unlimited calendars/events
  • Unlimited discussions/forums
  • Unlimited downloads
  • Unlimited FAQs
  • Unlimited galleries/portfolios
  • Unlimited newsletters
  • Unlimited maps/pins
  • Unlimited sliders/banners
  • Unlimited members/users
  • Unlimited use of colors and images

Custom


  • Customizable headers and menus
  • Social sharing across all content
  • WYSIWYG editor for creating content
  • Drag n’ drop content builder
  • Drag n’ drop uploads for files
  • Drag n’ drop form generator
  • Built-in basic image editing

Managed


  • Added security against hacking
  • Added Google Analytics
  • Added database optimization
  • Added search engine optimization
  • SSL and E-commerce ready!

Extras


The following upgrades are included with all Websites we design for our clients ...

  • 1 Year of hosting with full cPanel access!
  • Fully-managed monitoring and updates!
  • Secure off-site backups spanning 30 days!
  • Domain name research — we’ll find you a domain!
  • Basic logo and mobile icon design (if needed)
  • Tutoring session (if needed)

Be Aware: All content data (including products, images and text) are the full responsibility of the client. Server limitations may apply per fair-use policies. All features are subject to change without notice.

Web Hosting

Pricing. Specifications. Features.

Rasa.Studio’s hosting plans offer an excellent solution for hosting a business site, personal homepage or a blog. All of our hosting plans are driven by fast servers loaded with extra RAM and solid-state drives, all tuned for hosting flat-file or dynamic database powered applications such as Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress, phpBB or, in fact, any PHP / MYSQL script.

Pricing


$15/month or $180/year

Each additional 1GB of data: +$2/month or +$24/year

As your website grows, you can seamlessly upgrade to a larger plan without downtime or penalty fees.

Specifications


Our world-class data-center is located in Dallas Texas, and London England. We also have Content Delivery Networks (CDN) and points of presence (POP) across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. These datacenters are monitored 24/7/365 by technicians with over 13 years of experience. To provide the highest levels of reliability, complete control over the hosting infrastructure is required. Our servers, network switches and even server racks are the latest technologies and kept lightly loaded. Our engineers monitor the status of all services 24/7/365 without exception.

Key Hosting Specs:

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Addon & Subdomains
  • Unlimited Email
  • Daily Backups
  • Full cPanel Access
  • SSL & Ecommerce Ready

Key Server Specs:

  • Supermicro Rackmount Servers
  • Dual Hex Core CPUs
  • Minimum 192GB DDR4 RAM
  • Solid State Drives (SSDs)
  • Hardware RAID10
  • Dual Power Supply Units (PSUs)

Key Facility Specs:

  • Fully Redundant 10G Cisco Network
  • Fully Redundant Power Architecture
  • SSAE-16 Audited Data Centers
  • 24/7 Physical Security
  • Temperature-controlled environment
  • Fire detection and suppression

CDN Map

Features


Rasa.Boost

With our unique resource pool technology, dedicated systems resources can be allocated to an individual website. This is particularly useful if your website requires extra CPU and RAM, but is not yet ready for its own server. Just ask for Rasa.Boost!

Rasa.Shield

Rasa.Shield is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) protection system to prevent common CSS and SQL injection attacks. Rasa.Shield receives daily updates to protect against the latest threats and provides “virtual patching” to further protect Joomla, WordPress and Drupal websites!

Rasa.Cage

Every website deployed at Rasa.Studio is “caged”, segregating it completely from other websites. This provides premium protection, without a costly dedicated plan or separate servers. Each primary domain requires its own cPanel.

Rasa.Updates

Rasa.Studio runs a fully-managed service for our web design clients. Managed updates are available for popular scripts like WordPress and others to ensure your websites are always running the latest, most secure version. We also offer security-hardened installations of these applications during account activation.

Hosting Details

Servers. Data. Domains. Email.

Servers


Rasa.Studio utilizes LiteSpeed Web Servers (LSWS), a high-performance Apache drop-in replacement. LSWS is the 4th most popular web server on the internet and the #1 commercial web server available today! LiteSpeed Web Server is compatible with commonly used Apache features, including mod_rewrite, .htaccess, and mod_security. LSWS can load Apache configuration files directly and works as a drop-in replacement for Apache with hosting control panels — replacing Apache took less than 15 minutes with zero downtime. Unlike other frontend proxy-based solutions, LSWS replaces all Apache functions, simplifying use and made the transition from Apache smooth and easy.

Performance and Stability

With its streamlined event-driven architecture, LiteSpeed Web Server can serve thousands of clients concurrently with minimal memory consumption and CPU usage. LSWS’s highly optimized code serves static content faster, taking advantage of high-performance kernel syscalls, while LSAPI maximizes PHP performance. LSWS serves users, handles traffic spikes, and neutralizes DDoS attacks without adding any new hardware.

Server Security

LiteSpeed Web Server is mod_security compatible and has a host of built-in anti-DDoS features, like bandwidth and connection throttling. We work constantly to address the Internet’s newest security issues — such as SSL BEAST attacks — and release security updates as soon as new attack methods become known. LiteSpeed Web Server is also supported on Atomicorp’s Realtime ModSecurity Rules and Atomic Secured Linux.

Reduces Support Costs

LiteSpeed’s licensing cost is generally far less than the hardware upgrade required to pursue (and not necessarily attain) the same results with Apache. Switching to LiteSpeed Web Server was quick and painless with minimal costs during the switch. LSWS will reduce the support costs in the long run by allowing us to keep the hosting control panel and interface many users are already familiar with while and relieving us of the troubles of overloaded servers. It’s even supported by cPanel!

Load Balancer

LiteSpeed Load Balancer (LSLB) is a high-performance HTTP load balancer application. LSLB is feature-rich, secure, and efficient, offering more flexibility than similarly-priced load balancing software. This makes it an excellent choice to scale applications beyond one server — both to improve service speed as well as reliability in case of hardware failure.

Server API

LiteSpeed Server Application Programming Interface (LSAPI) is designed specifically for seamless, optimized communication between LiteSpeed Web Server and third party web applications. Using LSAPI with LSWS, we have seen 50% greater performance than Apache with mod_php. LSWS plus LSAPI means faster, more stable dynamic web pages.

DDoS-Guard

LiteSpeed’s anti-DDoS proxy service allows us to redirect traffic to our LiteSpeed specialized servers for intelligent web traffic filtering when they are under attack. LiteSpeed’s proxy service can defend against many of the common HTTP attacks that websites face, allowing us to forgo other high-cost DDoS protection plans.

Solid State Drives

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently instead of a spinning disk drive. Because SSDs have no moving (mechanical) parts this distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) which contain movable read/write heads. Compared with standard hard drives, SSDs are more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and less latency; this means they are fast!

Data


Unthrottled

Data transfer (a.k.a. bandwidth) is the amount of data sent to or from our servers via your account. Typically, most other web hosts will set a limit on this data and change extra for large amounts of data transfer. Our bandwidth is unthrottled and unrestricted with full access to our Internet backbone providers. We want you to have the resources you need to build a significant online presence.

All customers are to be fully compliant with all our terms. Excessive streaming, file sharing or backup services are not compliant with our policies. These types of services can cause continued server strain over time. In such cases, this might constitute server abuse and would affect your account accordingly. See our Terms of Use for more information.

Daily Backups

Working like a time capsule, through cPanel itself, files and databases can be easily restored and website scripts like Joomla, WordPress and Drupal can be fully rolled back to an earlier date. All of your SSD-stored data is backed up every day to an off-server secure RasaVault with restore points spanning 30 days. Or, if you would like to restore a previous backup, just contact us with the request.

In addition, backing up data is simple with cPanel software’s “Backup Wizard.” With a few clicks, cPanel software will make a full backup of your databases, email, and websites, which you can download to your computer or send to another server over SCP or FTP.

Addon & Subdomains


Our clients are allowed to host an unlimited number of add-on and sub-domains per account. Add-on domain and sub-domain hosting allows unique domains to be parked on top of the primary domain or pointed to a specific folder.

Email Accounts


Web site owners can use cPanel software to create email accounts, available through the standard protocols including POP, IMAP, and SMTP, all with or without SSL encryption. cPanel software also supports Push Email via IMAP IDLE, enabling fast incoming and outgoing mail delivery designed with mobile users in mind.

Webmail Access

cPanel software provides several web-based interfaces for checking email, including Horde, Roundcube, and SquirrelMail. You have the ability to access your email from any web browser, as well as configure many account options including email forwarding and auto-responders.

Spam

To reduce spam, cPanel software gives you the option of using powerful spam filters, SpamAssassin, and BoxTrapper. These powerful utilities analyze your incoming mail, looking at the source and content of the message, as well as comparing it to lists of known spammers. You can also setup spam filter rules that route messages to a spam folder, helping to keep your inbox uncluttered at all times.

Email Forwarding

cPanel users can set up email forwarding that allows account holders to have an address for one domain and forward incoming messages to another.

Email Filtering

For power users, mail filtering is available for improved organization and handling of incoming mail, as well as a mailing list function to enable your users to engage in discussions via email.

cPanel

Standard Features

cPanel makes life easier for website owners, offering powerful tools to help you to perform essential tasks quickly, easily, and reliably. cPanel for website owners provides the world’s most familiar user interfaces for managing a website. With cPanel software, website owners can easily manage their email accounts, databases, applications, security, FTP, and control every aspect of their websites within the confines of your hosting plan.

Core Management

  • Monitor Bandwidth
  • Add-On Domain Management
  • Sub-Domain Management
  • POP3/IMAP Accounts
  • Mail Client Configuration
  • Forwards and Aliases
  • Autoresponders
  • Account Level Filtering
  • Spam Assassin settings
  • BoxTrapper settings
  • Mailing Lists
  • Webmail (Horde, RoundCube)
  • Delivery Reports
  • Email Delivery Routes
  • SPF/DKIM Authentication
  • MX Records
  • Mass Email Account Creation

Database

  • mySQL 5+ with phpMyAdmin
  • PostgreSQL with phpPgAdmin
  • Remote mySQL Control

Statistics

  • Website Stats
  • Logaholic Stats
  • Analog Stats
  • Raw Access Logs
  • Bandwidth Stats
  • File Management
  • FTP
  • Anonymous FTP
  • WebDisk
  • File Manager
  • Instant Backups
  • Disk Space Usage
  • Custom Errors Pages

Advanced

  • PHP
  • PERL
  • Perl Module Installer
  • Ruby on Rails with RubyGems
  • Python
  • JSP/Tomcat
  • Cron Jobs

Security

  • Password Protect Directories
  • IP Denial
  • SSL/TLS Management
  • SSH/Shell Access
  • Hotlink Protection
  • Leech Protection
  • GnuPG keys

For detailed information describing the features of the cPanel interface, please visit the official cPanel User Documentation website.