Everything we do is tailored to what works best for small business owners. This is why we register/renew domain names and host the websites we build. A single point of contact for all website services, questions, and updates means you no longer have to hunt for logins or remember what software or services you're running.
Hosting vs. Managed Hosting
Web hosting is renting space on a server to store and serve your website files. It renews monthly or annually, and it's generally nothing more than server space, an access panel of some kind and a few free tools. When you see the low monthly cost clickbait across the internet, that's just for the space, and never includes maintenance. It's assumed the website owner will update plugins, run backups, and know what to do if there are security issues. We don't know a single entrepreneur who has time to do that, which is why maintenance is built into our hosting plans. Managed hosting = maintenance done for you.
what's included in our WordPress hosting
Every website feature below is included with our hosting at no extra cost:
Free SSL setup
We set up security certificates for every website we build at no extra cost (https:// – shows the little green padlock in the address bar). Despite the ability to install SSL for free, certain hosts will try to sell it to you for an additional fee. Read more about what SSL is and why it matters.
WordPress theme and plugin updates are released every week (core updates every few months). Occasionally an update will break something, so you also need to be running regular backups. When you see those “as low as” hosting advertisements, they do not include maintenance. Weekly updates, backups, security and uptime monitoring are included in our hosting costs.
No hosting upsells
If you purchase hosting yourself, you’ll have to educate yourself on the different types of servers, how much storage/bandwidth you’ll need and other un-fun technical things. Hosting renews annually, and hosts will often try to upsell you on products or features you don’t need. Our recommendations are tailored to you. We’ll only suggest an upgrade if it makes sense for your business, and we’ll explain why.
When building your site, we run your images through our custom resizing workflow so your site loads quickly. Another layer of on-site image compression is included with every website - new images are optimized as you upload them, no extra steps required.
Powerful contact forms
We include a subscription to GravityForms for all client websites, for FREE. It’s easy to use, includes all the form fields you might need, and has a ton of integrations for things like digital signatures, PDF’s, MailChimp and more.
Drag & drop editor
We use a responsive drag and drop theme for all our websites, meaning you have the ability to access all the features we did when we first built your website. If you want to create a new page entirely yourself, the tools are there for you to do so, no coding required.
We don’t disappear once your website is built. Let’s say you’re having trouble setting up a third party integration. Give us a call and we’ll walk you through it or make you a screen recording. Alternatively, if you decide your time is better spent writing proposals, we can set up that integration for you.
Google Analytics setup
We’ll set up a Google Analytics account and connect it to your website so you can see your traffic and monitor demographics, if you’re so inclined. We also submit sitemaps so Google can crawl your new site right away.
We build our websites with speed in mind, and included for all our clients is a fantastic premium caching plugin to make sure your site loads quickly.
plugin licenses worth ~$768/year
Plugins are how you extend the functionality of WordPress. If you decide to add e-commerce, you would install WooCommerce, for example. When we host your website, we include licenses to our favorite, recommended plugins at no extra charge. Generally you would have to purchase an annual license for each of these products yourself, meaning you'd have to spend around $700/year for software we include for free.