Bucky Box is now Open Source, come to us for Hosting and Support


Well it’s no secret that we’ve been moving to Open Source, we opened sourced our web store a while back, and today we’re pleased to announce  Bucky Box is available on GitHub as free and open software!

What does this mean for the Bucky Box service?

The biggest consequence of this move is we will shift our services from Software as a Service to a company that offers hosting services. Essentially the monthly price will drop and support will be charged on a per ticket basis.

What will be the new hosting plans?

Like other platforms, for example dedicated WordPress hosting, we have picked a metric that best reflects the demand on server resources. For WordPress that is usually page views and visitor sessions per month, in the case of Bucky Box, our best proxy for server utilisation is monthly deliveries. Please check our pricing page for the latest hosting prices. Plugins hosting can be added for a flat rate of $10 per month. Hosting services covers cost of server time, routine server maintenance and ongoing monitoring of servers so they run effectively and securely. Upgrades to software will be our gift to the community.

How will customer support work?

Official Bucky Box support will be charged as a paid service at $100USD per ticket. In future we may outsource this out or allow existing Bucky Box community businesses step forward to take on this service.

How will sales support work?

Many of our customers signed on to Bucky Box without personal demonstration from our team as the app is very simple to discover. We encourage you to sign up and try the system. However, should you a require direct demonstration, we offer this service at $100USD per session** which will include a live one-on-one 1hr demonstration via web cast with our team.

Where can I get access to the code?

Go over to the Bucky Box GitHub account, it’s all there.

Do you sell technical services?

Please contact us directly. Depending on our availability, we will offer developer level support, we bill at $100USD per hour** for these kinds of technical consultation services.

** Tentative pricing, this may change so please keep an eye on our pricing page.

The web store is now available as open source and ready for your tinkering

Bucky Box open source web store is now available on GitHub

We announced last year that Bucky Box is transitioning to open source. Yes okay, that was a while ago but today we’re excited to spread the word that the Bucky Box web store source code is now available on GitHub under the GPLv3+ license.

It’s been quietly available for a while now, but we thought to announce it today because this codebase is now running live for a subset of Bucky Box powered businesses. Over the weeks ahead we’ll be quietly rolling it out to everyone else. In other words, it’s tested and reliable.

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Opening up the secret sauce. Open sourcing Bucky Box

I took this photo last night, check it out…

Matt Mullenweg visits Wellington and talks about the benefits of Open Source

Do you know who he is? Okay, well the slide tells it all. It’s Matt Mullenweg, the guy leads the stuff that powers 22% of web sites out on the Internet today. Twenty – Two – Percent. Wow. That’s WordPress, and it’s an open source success story.

It’s a timely visit for sure. This is because last week we made the decision to open source  Bucky Box.

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Wairarapa Eco Farm CSA – Farmer’s left to farm

Wairarapa CSA, Femke and the hens
Frank and Josje run New Zealand’s first Community Supported Agricultural scheme (CSA). They live in a Mediterranean style, straw-bale walled farmhouse near quaint Greytown in the beautiful Wairarapa. Their land overlooks fertile plains up to the often dark and stormy Tararua ranges. The property is filled with hens and chicks, barking dogs and running children. They do most of the growing for their customers at their farm up the road.

CSA is agriculture that is supported directly by the people who eat the food produced on a particular farm. Shares are bought for a season at the farm via a “membership” or a “subscription”. The dividend that you receive for this investment is a box (or bag, or basket) of nutrient rich fruit and veg, often organic and picked just hours before they arrive the city. In New Zealand, Wairapapa Eco Farm (WEF) delivers bags of fruit and veg over the ranges to New Zealand’s capital city Wellington. Continue reading

New Feature! In-app emailing, making customer engagement easy

This week marks the release of an important new addition to Bucky Box… an in-app emailer. You’ll now find an inconspicuous wee mail icon which when clicked will bring up the Bucky Box emailer.

The emailer will allow you to:

  • Send individual emails
  • Send Group Emails and newsletters
  • Create and message templates for your most used messages
  • Insert dynamic content into messages with merge-tags

Bucky Box emailer

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Unlimited Magazine features Bucky Box and NZ Social Enterprise

Unlimited Magazine features NZ Social Enterprise including Bucky Box

A mysterious parcel arrived at Bucky Box HQ yesterday. When I ripped it open, I found the latest copy of Unlimited Magazine – ‘Inspiring New Zealand Business’.

It took me a moment or two to remember why this magazine had been mailed to us, and then the penny dropped – a couple of months back, I had a good chat with a friendly reporter who wanted to hear more about our story with a particular interested in our take on social enterprise.

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Hashtags for local food

Twitter Hashtags for Local Food

Hashtags are a great way to follow specific areas of interest on Twitter, so here’s our run down of hashtags we follow to keep up on the amazing work going on around the world in the local & organic food movement.  Set up a couple of feeds in tweetdeck / hootsuite, and watch the good news roll in!

We’ve also been curating a list of people who talk & work on creating a people & planet friendly food system for you to follow.

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The story behind Bucky Box

The Bucky Box Startup Story (this was the first logo)

I got involved last winter kickstarting a high profile vegetable box scheme with some friends for the Auckland region.

What’s a vege box scheme I hear you ask? Well I’m glad you asked, it’s a service that offers box of local vegetables, usually organic, delivered to your door. Now that’s all good and that, but what I didn’t expect to see quite so clearly was the reason why we mostly have mega farms and chemical food on the table.

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