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All web hosting is not all the same. I offer services that I have never heard of before. They came about by helping real clients, one-on-one. I’m not a technical genius. The difference is that there is only one of me. Therefore, common sense, follow through, and a customization come naturally. Large companies can not make this claim.
I rent space from a large company, and I manage it for you. So you get the best that both a large and small business has to offer. You know that your website will be up, and your email will actually get to you (which goes beyond web hosting). You also know that you have your own consultant who is looking out for you. Here is how:
Since I am making your web site, and will be editing/updating or upgrading your website, I can offer a level of convenience and personal service that no other web host can provide:
The 3 questions above are critical. But who is asking them? Who is checking? Someone you know? Or someone you don’t know? Someone different every time you call? When you call you hear “press 1 for hold, press 2 to wait even longer, or press 3 to get hung up on”?
Managed hosting means I manage the web hosting for you. I’m asking the 3 questions above, and I’m finding answers, or solutions as needed.
If you call me, I’ll probably answer my cell. You have my number.
What do all of the following have in common?
That’s right! They are all hosted on my web server. So, if my email or website goes down, I know yours has too. Then I call and “press 1 for hold, press 2 to wait even longer”, until it is fixed. Do not worry: That has never happened with my managed hosting server.
It has happened though. I used to try to find the best value for my clients in terms of less expensive hosting. I went from the “best one” to the new “best one” 4 times before I decided that you get what you pay for. 99% uptime is a lie.
If someone you do not know tells you that your website or email will never have problems, do not believe them. “Stuff” happens. With monitored email, I make sure that you actually get your emailed sales leads from your web site. No other web host helps with this.
Did you get the email?
Many problems may arise with website email. No web host has control over these problems. If it looks like an important sales lead, I might contact you to make sure you got it. From your website, to your inbox, I make sure the email makes it. Who else does that?
Search Engine Optimization Analysis
What is the point of a website anyway? Is it the hope that users of your website will contact you? I think so.
We would expect the number of leads emailed to you from your “contact us” form on your website to increase as a result of the addition of more SEO services. Who is going to keep up with that? I do. This is one of the methods that I use to measure the effectiveness of SEO on your site.
Why does no other web host keep up with this? Probably because they do not really know you, and you do not really know them. So there is a lack of trust. Also, asking you who of the mailers were perfect strangers helps guide Search Engine Optimization Analysis. This takes time, which costs money.
Site email from perfect strangers may be the goal of SEO. However, it is not the only way to measure its effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement. SEO analysis tools like Google Analytics play an important role as well. Site statistics such as:
These factors tell me how to tune your website for SEO. However, most clients will not really look at that. So I do that for them.
I’ve seen clients throw big money into radio ads without even considering any of the above factors, or even contacting me. If the radio listener can remember your URL, www.IcantRememberOrSpellYourWebAddress.com, they may misspell it. That is why you may need to have multiple domains; some of them misspellings; such as: http://www.icantrememberorspellyourwebadress.com/.
Suppose the interested radio listener does not give up, and knows enough to Google the parts of your web address that they remember. Depending on how many SEO services you have purchased, and how well we have tuned them, they may find you through the search engine.
As you can see, site promotion needs to be a unified effort between the web host (me), the web developer (me), the SEO consultant (me), and the client (you). Who else can provide such a unified array of services?
Notifications that you don’t know what to do with
Clients who try to procure their own web hosting get emails from their web hosts like, “Virus threatens your website, please upgrade to PHP 5.0”. If you do not know what this means, don’t worry I will take care of it. When there is a need for a security upgrade on your website or web application, I will be notified of it. I’ll know what to do.
I have the freedom to upgrade your site and even do customized programming on your site because of the robust web hosting environment that I have chosen. If you choose your own web host, it may not allow me this freedom.
Moving code from one web host to another can sometimes be difficult, especially since my more advanced code might not work on a less expensive web host, which was intended only for simple web sites.
Also, other web hosts may not support additional features to your web site, such as:
· Message Boards
· Shopping Carts
· Photo Galleries
· Custom Calendar System
· Guest books
· Survey/Poll Builder
· Client Portals and Communities
· eCommerce Applications
· Bulletin Boards
· User and Site Tracking
· Article Publishing Systems
· Properties Listing
· Site Tracking
Or, they may support them for now, but later send you an email saying that they no longer will unless you follow some very technical procedures.
Short answer: Too many things to list on this page. Click click here for the long answer. Here is a summary:
Click here and follow the instructions. Web hosting is what lets you see your website. So don’t forget to pay for it!