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Then make sure you're using the exact username and password from our welcome email. You can always retrieve your username, or both your username and password by clicking the "Forgot your username or password?" link under our log in form.
Also, your internet browser must have "cookies" enabled. They're required to establish a log in session on our site (like most sites where you log in). To read how to make sure they're enabled on your browser, visit Google's web page on How to Enable Cookies.
Sometimes cookies get corrupted. If our webset says you need to have cookies enabled and you do, then you should delete your cookies and then try logging in again. Note that it may take multiple attempts and you may need to restart your browser for this to work.
You can retrieve your password, or username and password, by clicking the "Forgot your username or password?" link just below our log in form. ReportHost will send an email to you with the information you request. Note that the email will be sent to the email address specified in your ReportHost account.
Yes. The report template we give you when we activate your account can be used for both writing reports, and for generating "field notes" for use during an inspection. You print out the field notes to take with you on the inspection, then circle items that apply, fill in blanks and write additional notes as necessary. Once you return to your office and log in to ReportHost, it's easy to transfer this information to our web forms to write your report.
No. Password protected web pages require using computer code that may not work on all computers 100% of the time without glitches. We've found through experience that your creating unique, unguessable URLs (website addresses) for your reports is as effective or even more effective than a password protection solution and makes life simpler for your clients, your real estate agent associates, and you.
Email us with any support issues. We try our best to return your email within 24 hours and usually reply sooner than that. We've made every effort to make things easy by providing:
Sure. Ownership of report content is determined by you and your clients, not ReportHost.
You do. ReportHost users are provided with a default report template when their account is opened. They typically customize their templates over time. This information is stored on ReportHost servers. While no formalized export capability has been built into ReportHost, users are free to use the "Save As" option in their web browser to save their report template items to their own computer.
Yes. You may upload a graphic logo file in either GIF or JPEG file format and it will appear at the top of all your reports and on your ReportHost home page. To upload your logo choose "Extras->Your logo->Upload logo" from ReportHost's menus.
No. Search engines find web documents by following links from other web documents. No publicly accessible ReportHost web pages link to your reports (except your sample reports). So unless you or someone else not affiliated with ReportHost creates a web page that links to them, no search engines will find them.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 has known issues regarding "session cookies". The problem occurs when a pop up window is closed, like the one used for our on-line help. Few people experience this problem, but if you do, try one of the following solutions.
Of course. Just view the report on your own computer, or any computer with Internet access and a printer, and choose "File->Print" from your browser's menus. Your clients may also view the report on any Internet-capable computer they may have access to.
In brief, you copy the report's URL (web address) to the clipboard, paste the URL into an email message, and then send that email message to your client. All your client has to do is click the URL in the email message to view the report. Unlike other software, there's no need to send an attachment with your email to deliver a ReportHost report. For more information on this, read our Jim and Scott's tips article on Problem-free report delivery via email.
An acronym standing for "Uniform Resource Locator". URLs are addresses to Internet web pages, such as http://www.reporthost.com/ When you put a valid URL into an email message, it becomes a link that the reader can click to view the web page.
All modern operating systems such as Microsoft Windows have a feature where you can "copy" selected items to a thing called the "clipboard", where those items are temporarily stored. You can then "paste" the contents of the clipboard to another location. Typically this is used for duplicating text from one document to another. To copy text to the clipboard, click and drag your mouse cursor across the text to select it, then press the "c" key on your keyboard down while holding the Ctrl key down (Ctrl+c). To paste the text, click your mouse in the document you want to paste into, then press Ctrl+v. Alternatively you can choose the Copy and Paste options from the Edit menu on your browser, or most other software applications.
After you log in to ReportHost, please read the Jim and Scott's tips article, Problem-Free Report Delivery via Email. This is accessible via ReportHost's "Answers" menu.
Each report's URL is displayed on the publish confirmation in an editable form field when you publish a report. You can select the text from this form field and copy it to the clipboard.
Alternatively, you can view any previously published report in an internet browser, and copy the URL from the browser's "address bar". The address bar is the drop-down control at the top of your browser window that displays the current page's URL. See illustration below:
To view any previously published report, log in to the ReportHost website and do either of the following:
1. On the "Home" option, your last few published reports are displayed with the report URLs shown in an editable field.
2. Click the "View published reports" link on the "Home" option, or choose "Write report->View or revise published reports" from ReportHost's menus. Find the report using the search option. URLs for reports are displayed in an editable field with each report listing.
Billing and Charges
ReportHost is a service, not installable, stand-alone software. You pay as you go rather than buying software outright.
Assuming you haven't changed your ReportHost billing plan, you'll be charged a fee for each report your write after you use up your free reports. As of this writing, the basic "Pay-as-you-go" ReportHost plan is a flat fee of $6.00 USD per published report. We send you an invoice on the first of each month for the prior month's report writing activity, and collect payment by check, money order or PayPal.
We also offer discounted subscriptions which can make the cost of reports substantially cheaper than our basic "Pay-as-you-go" price.
You can stop using ReportHost at any time with no obligation to ReportHost other than to pay for any outstanding published reports. There's literally no risk to signing up with ReportHost since there are no initial, monthly or annual fees. With 10 free reports, you should have a good idea of whether ReportHost works for you long before ever paying for a report.
If you have signed up for a subscription-based billing plan, you must return to the Classic plan to ensure that you do not incur future monthly charges.
Yes, there is a late fee for non/late-payers.
Unlike most Internet based businesses, we offer our service on the honor system, expecting you to pay your bill when it is due. Billing happens on the 1st of the month for the previous month's charges -- payment is due on or before the 21st. (e.g. Billing on February 1st is for charges incurred during January. Payment is due on-or-before February 21st.)
Failure to pay by the due date will incur a late fee of 10% of the outstanding balance (USD$5.00 minimum.)
The basic "Pay-as-you-go" ReportHost plan us a flat fee per published report. Discounted subscriptions are also available. For a complete list of prices, see our prices. There is no software to purchase, no sign up fee and there are no monthly or annual fees.
We send you an invoice via email monthly and accept payment by check, money order or through PayPal (www.paypal.com). We do not accept payment directly by credit card, but you can pay via credit card through PayPal and do not need a PayPal account to do so.
We charge you, or apply one of your free report credits when you have them, when we think you're publishing a new report. Here are the conditions where we think you're publishing a new report:
We send invoices at the beginning of every month by email to the email address specified in your company account info, or the the "Billing email" address that you have specified in your account.
We also display a notice stating how much you owe and by what date at the top of our "Home" option after you log in to our website, with a link to your invoice. Your invoice(s) can always be seen by choosing "Accounts-View invoices" from ReportHost's menus.
If you do not see the invoice email from us in your email in box, it may have been classified as spam or junk mail by your internet service provider. Check your spam/junk folder to see if it's there. If it is, mark it as "Not spam/junk", so you receive our emails reliably in the future.
When paying via PayPal with an eCheck, it usually takes between 3 and 5 business days for the money to appear in the recipient’s PayPal account. Until then, it is "pending". We credit your account when your eCheck clears. Make your PayPal eCheck payments at least 5 days prior to your ReportHost invoice due date to avoid late fees.
You can check this by choosing "Accounts->View invoices" from our ReportHost's menus, then viewing the current month's reports by using the month drop-down selector. Then review your reports for this month. If it's listed multiple times with no asterisk by the report name then you were charged multiple times for it. Note that free reports are shown with an asterisk next to them. See this FAQ item for more information.
Not all of your report's concerns are displayed on your summary page. You select which type of concerns appear on your summary pages in the Summary page preferences page. The numbering for the items matches the numbering on the main report, so non-consecutive numbering will result when not all of the concerns are displayed.
If you or your clients find this confusing, you may want to explain this in the header that you can include for your summary page.
The only concerns that appear in your summary pages are the ones with the concern type(s) that match the preferences you've set in the Summary page preferences. Not all concern types are automatically selected to be included in your summary pages when we create your user account. If you want to change what concerns appear in your Summary page, choose "Preferences->Summary options" from ReportHost's menus.
ReportHost lets you display three concern types specific to wood destroying organisms in addition to our other concern types. They are:
Absolutely! But this depends on the language you use in your reports. Here are a few guidelines:
Only if you have an Internet-capable computer on-site, and we realize this is unlikely. We understand that in some areas "on-site" reports are common, but we feel writing a report while clients and agents are (sometimes impatiently) waiting isn't beneficial for inspectors, clients or realtors. Most inspectors using ReportHost deliver their reports within 24 hours of the inspection. We know your clients and real estate associates will genuinely appreciate the quality of reports delivered with ReportHost and will be happy to wait a few hours for the report.
You can use ReportHost to write a report on anything, but...
We don't currently have report information that's specific to commercial inspections. We're are looking into developing alternate report information templates, such as one used for the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). A commercial inspection template is also under consideration. Please feel free to contact us about this if you have expertise in this area and have an interest in having such reports available through ReportHost.
Yes. This is simply revising and republishing a previously published report. Revisions can include adding more pictures or changing any report text.
If you haven't started working on a different report yet, and the report you want to add pictures to is still your "working report", then you can just go through the upload pictures process (choose "Write report->Inspection pictures->Upload pictures" from ReportHost's menus) and they'll be added to your working report.
If you have published different reports since that report was published, then you'll need to reload that report before adding pictures.
Once you've added more pictures, you can assign them to whatever concerns you want as you normally would, and then republish the report. We have a tutorial on this called "Revise a published report". You can see it on ReportHost's "Answers" menu after you log in.
Not yet, we're working on it.
Your internet browser is probably caching the old version of the report. You can force your browser to display the most recent version of the report by pressing Ctrl+F5 on your keyboard while viewing the report in an internet browser.
You should change the settings in your browser to check for new versions of web pages with every visit to the page. To do this:
For MS Internet Explorer:
For the Mozilla Firefox browser:
Yes. Each ReportHost user account can be configured so that user can either edit all reports for the company, or just reports that they created or published. Users with this permission granted can load any other users' published reports, and edit and publish them as they wish.
Usually this occurs when your report preferences are set to display photos in a two column format, and your pictures are so big that they won't fit on a printed page when displayed side by side. To fix this, you can either change your report preferences to display your photos in a single column format, or you choose a smaller size when resizing your photos. Either way, you'll need to republish any reports that were affected by this.
The table of contents is made of clickable links rather than a list of numbers that correspond to printed pages. Because different computers print a given document differently, there's no way for us to reliably know what page any given report section will be on when it's printed out. A table of contents without page numbers on a printed report is basically meaningless, so we don't display it on printed reports.
If you're uploading additional pictures for your working report, be aware that the new pictures' filenames must be different than the existing pictures' filenames. If they're duplicates, then the pictures will be rejected.
Most digital cameras use the same filenames for each new batch of pictures you take after deleting your last batch of pictures. So if you have new pictures to upload who's filenames match those of pictures you've already uploaded, you'll need to rename those new pictures before uploading them. You can do something as simple as adding a letter to the beginning of each filename.
Yes. A view-PDF link displayed is automatically displayed at the top right corner of the your reports and summary pages. You or your client can simply click that link to see a PDF version of their report or summary. While viewing the PDF, you or your client can choose the "File->Save a copy" option to save a copy of the PDF locally. You can send the PDF file as an attachment in an email to your client.
Just choose "Write report->Write and preview report" from ReportHost's menus, or click the "Go to your working report" link on ReportHost's "Home" option after you log in.
Some people have reported that the McAfee phishing filter that loads into Internet Explorer during startup interferes with the picture selection function. Disabling the filter in the 'Manage Add Ons' menu of IE may fix the problem. This filter may get auto updated due to my subscriptions.
If disabling the phishing filter doesn't fix it, then:
Yes, there are a few ways to do this:Upload them with your inspection pictures and assign them to concerns as you would any inspection picture. Note that the picture size limit will be 50kb like other inspection pictures. or: Upload them with the option that allows you to store documents on our server, and then you can use them in all future reports. Choose "Extras->Your uploaded files->Upload a file" from ReportHost's menus for this. Images you upload can be JPEG or GIF files and be up to 100kb in size with this option. URLs for uploaded images are displayed when you choose "Extras->Your uploaded files->View your uploaded files" from ReportHost's menus. You can then copy those URLs and embed images in your report. or: Embed images located somewhere else on the internet in your report. Do this by copying the URL to that image and then embedding the image in your report.
Yes. Choose "Write report->Inspection pictures->Review and delete pictures" from ReportHost's menus. Then click the "Select unassigned" button below the pictures to select only those pictures that aren't assigned to a concern. Then click the "Delete selected pictures" button.
ReportHost relies on web browsers' built-in spell checkers. You can install spell checkers for Internet Explorer. See this Jim and Scott's tips article for more info.
By default, Firefox only enables spell checking on textarea fields (the large ones with multiple rows), not text input fields (the single line ones). However there's an easy fix for this.
IESpell doesn't seem to work in the 64 bit version of Internet Explorer. Just run the older 32 bit version of Internet explorer and it should work.
If your arrows or circles aren't appearing where you thought they would, then most likely you've changed your browser's text size settings. Make sure they're set to the default size to correct this. Learn how here.
Choose "View->Published reports" from our website's menus, and find your report. Then click the "Create invoice" or "Create receipt" button just below the report name and follow the instructions.Note also that links to create a receipt and invoice are also displayed on the publish confirmation page.
You can still download and install ReportHost Pro, which is our free Windows software for recording your inspection findings in the field with no internet connection. Our support for this older software is limited at this point since it has been replaced by ReportHost for tablets. You can download ReportHost Pro after you log in to our website here.Note that you can use ReportHost for tablets with a laptop and any modern web browser (older version of MS Internet Explorer won't work). For more information on ReportHost for tablets, go here. And go here for a full tutorial on ReportHost for tablets after you log in to our website.
Privacy and Security
ReportHost is in the business of providing online report writing services, primarily to the residential home inspector. We are not in the business of selling personal or contact information. Except as required by law, ReportHost has no intention of sharing information about you with any entity outside ReportHost.
The Elder Geek website ( www.eldergeek.com ) has very good instructions on how to create folders in Windows. It can be viewed at http://www.theeldergeek.com/HT1_002.htm
The Elder Geek website (www.eldergeek.com) has excellent instructions on basic file management under Windows at http://www.theeldergeek.com/file_management_in_windows_xp.htm
There are a few common reasons why your attempts to upload pictures via email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) don't work. They are:
1. You're sending them with the wrong email address
2. You're sending from Microsoft Outlook in rich text format (RTF).
3. Your pictures exceed the 50kb maximum file size, or are in the wrong format.
If someone tells you that the link you send them in an email doesn't work, it's typically caused by one of these reasons.
1. In some cases, the recipient's email program may display the link as plain text rather than a clickable link. It's a good idea to include some standard language in your emails that explain how to copy a link from the email and paste it into their web browser's address bar for when this happens. For an example of this text, please log in to ReportHost and read the Jim and Scott's Tips article Problem-Free Report Delivery via Email.
2. Because of how you composed your email message, and/or because of how your or your client's email program works, the link you send may "wrap" and become split across multiple lines of text. Links will be broken in this case. Again, please see the Problem-Free Report Delivery via Email for suggestions on how to compose your email so links don't wrap.
3. When emails are forwarded, special characters such as angle brackets (>>) are often inserted into the beginning of each line in the original email. This can result in your link having angle bracket characters tacked on to the front of it. So for example, a link like:
The angle brackets will break the link. You could include some standard text in your emails explaining this, and also explaining how to copy the actual link and paste it into your browser as mentioned above.
Also, make sure no characters are appended to your links. For example, don't type a period just after the link.
The easiest way is to log in to your paypal account and use the seller tools area for creating buttons. Make sure you don't check the option to encrypt your link when you're inputting the details (price and name) and paypal will give you the HTML code for both a graphic button and a "text link for emails". Use the text link for emails. Copy it, and paste it into your report header or footer. It will automatically be displayed as a link.