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My 2017 Pick for WordPress Host

I’ve been building websites for a loooooooong time. 10-years in Internet years – which is like, maybe, 112 human years, and 767 dog years. In that time, I’ve worked with dozens and dozens of hosting companies. About 5 or 6 years ago, shared hosting sites rose in popularity to fill the painful gap left by <ahem> GoDaddy. So I tried them out.

Some had fantastic, US-based support staff. And way too many outages.

Some had crazy fast speed. And no support at all.

Some had cool add-ons (backups, SSL, etc…). And none that actually worked.

Why? Shared hosting companies like HostGator, BlueHost, GoDaddy cPanel, etc… are trying to be everything to everyone.  WordPress has been the most prevalent website platform for years now, yet the hosts supporting it were using database servers that could be tipped over like a house of cards, backups that backed up themselves until you have a terabyte of back-ups which could slow your site to a crawl.

The verdict: get thee to Managed WordPress Hosting.

These WordPress-specific accounts are highly optimized, delivering a better experience. Here’s the 7-criteria I discuss with my clients when helping them choose (or more often upgrade) their host.

7 Criteria to Consider when Upgrading WordPress Hosting

  1. Speed
    1) Site Speed directly impacts SEO
    2) Site Speed directly impacts your conversion rates
  2. Security
    1) If your site is down, you stop making money.
    2) Getting the red-screen of death (Google Malware Warning) is a great way to scare away your customers
  3. Flexibility
    1) Sites are meant to grow
    2) PHP Version Upgrades, Multi-Site, CDN’s
  4. Accessibility and Skill of Support
    1) US-Based Support is critical to clear communication
    1) Hosting support should have expert-level support staff available
  5. Ease of Migration
    1) Do they have a tool or service to handle the migration for you?
    2) Have other users reviewed this aspect of the service?
  6. Backup/Restore Features
    1) Daily backups are standard now, not an add-on benefit.
    2) Restoring a backup should not be complex or require complicated FTP uploads
  7. Core Features vs. Add-ons
    1) SSL (Secure-Socket Layer) should be easy / cheap to add to your WordPress install
    2) CDN (Content-Delivery Network) integrations and add-on should be available.

About Our Services

Clean, Professional and Elegant Web Design

Responsive WordPress

Your business has two primary objectives. Help people, and be profitable.

A thoughtfully planned and professionally designed website can get your business in front of the right people, in ever-increasing numbers. These customers will notice within seconds that you care. Your imagery must be high-quality and strategically placed. Your website color palette should be beautiful and elegant. Your text should be focused and powerful. We will strive to design a clean, uncluttered website and use appropriate fonts and calls-to-action to your advantage. You can count on us to keep an eye on the smallest details and maintain high-level standards for your website’s overall appeal. We want you to love your website and we want you to be proud of its quality.

Your customers will notice within seconds that they have found a Quality Business.

Intuitive, Easy-to-Use Websites = Happy Customers

The information on your website should be organized and easy to find. The navigation should be clear. Your web pages should have a variety of formatting and good flow. Your customers will appreciate how easy it is for them to use your site and find the information they are looking for. That appreciation will translate into repeat visits, longer visits, and higher conversions.

Optimized Websites

There are two components to a successful website. A professionally designed website with strong, well-written content. And, TRAFFIC. You must have both for optimal results. Your website must be strategically placed in the search engines to drive the right people to your site. Then, once they get there, your website must be so compelling that they stay, cruise around, find what they are looking for and become a customer.

An optimized website is built on a solid foundation of Keyword Phrase Research, Competitive Intelligence, and SEO. This will give your business a huge advantage and give you realistic expectations about what you have to do to break into a profitable market online.

Smart Web Design = A Gorgeous Website + Internet Marketing Activity

There are many ways, short-term and long-term, to get traffic. On-site optimization, pay-per-click campaigns, social media, and off-site linking strategies are a great way to start. You should also consider e-newsletters, auto-responders and article marketing. Participate in social networking. Keep your traditional methods of marketing going – word-of-mouth, print material, trade shows, networking…

This is how our guidance and your commitment make it happen and your business prospers!

We love creating websites. We also love marketing. We will combine all of our design, SEO, and marketing talents to build a competitive, exceptional website that exceeds your expectations. The opportunities on the World Wide Web are unlimited. You are going to learn a lot about how to maximize your online presence and create a valuable marketing tool for your business.

Flagstaff Websites We Design and Build

We specialize in premium, responsive, WordPress websites:

  • Brochure Websites
  • Blogs
  • Small-to medium eCommerce Websites

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