Affordable Web Design is at your Fingertips

Building a website for your business can be daunting. Is it better to risk a lot of money on a designer or a lot of time on a built-it-yourself option? Too often, designers are prohibitively expensive, and website builders can look unprofessional.

EarthLink Web Hosting makes your choice easy with two solutions: an affordable, professional-grade do-it-yourself design tool, or an affordable professional designer. Let’s compare them…

Independent Designer / Design Firm

PROS:

  • Design is their only product (so it’s likely good!)

CONS:

  • It could be difficult to get one-on-one time
  • Turn-around may be slow
  • This is the highest-priced option
  • Designers may have an esthetic they don’t like to deviate from

Designers Within Your Web Hosting Company

PROS:

  • They are invested in your business (for example, EarthLink offers web design services to compliment their web hosting plans, and prefer to support you in all areas instead of only supporting hosting)
  • They have incentive to keep you as a client (ex. If a designer loses your business, he only loses your deign business; if a hosting company loses your design business, they will probably also lose your hosting business!)
  • Pricing is lower than design-only options
  • Other services (such as internet marketing) can also be added to your account (and costs are cheaper bundled!)

CONS:

  • Turn around time may be slower than desired

Yourself, With Easy-to-Use Tools

PROS:

  • EarthLink offers tools (ex.Net Objects Fusion) that let you to create your own website on your own time with no design experience required
  • Turn around time is up to you (and you can alter it at your discretion)
  • This is the most affordable of your options

CONS:

  • You will spend a little bit of time learning how to use your chosen tool(s)

Website Templates Can be Professional-Looking and Easy to Use!

Website templates can look cheap and they can be hard to use…but they don’t have to be, so EarthLink wants you to know about the amazing template options in their web hosting packages (which includes an easy-to-use website builder).

The Website Builder includes professional-grade templates, and you don’t need to do any coding whatsoever! Just choose the webpage template you know will work best for your business. fill in the text, add images (upload them straight from your computer), answer a few basic questions, and click on “publish.”

Check out some of the pre-made templates we have:

Website Templates Available with EarthLink Web Hosting

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Animals & Pets
  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astrology
  • Auto
  • Books
  • Business
  • Café / Restaurant
  • Children
  • Chiropractic
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Clothes
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Employment Agency
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Farming
  • Fashion
  • Flowers & Gardening
  • Food & Drinks
  • Funerals
  • Furniture
  • Games
  • General
  • General Contractors
  • Gifts
  • Health & Beauty
  • Health Care
  • Heating & Air
  • Holidays
  • Hosting
  • Hotels
  • Industry
  • Insurance
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry
  • Landscaping & Lawn Care
  • Law
  • Locksmith
  • Media
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Office Supplies
  • Optical
  • Organizations
  • Painters
  • Pawn Brokers & Auctioneers
  • Personal Pages
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmacy
  • Photo & Video
  • Plumbing
  • Politics & Government
  • Printers
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate
  • Religion
  • Roofers
  • Science
  • Security
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Tourism & Travel
  • Transportation
  • Wedding

Don’t see a template category name that’s a perfect fit? Many of the website templates listed above can be easily adapted to fit other businesses simply by altering the text and images you use!

Web Hosting Packages – Buy for Current Needs or Future Growth?

Web hosting packages vary in scope as much as businesses vary in needs.  It can be tough to determine the right package to purchase when your company is new (or in a phase of growth) because you need to decide if you want to select a web hosting plan that fits your current needs and upgrade as needs change, or to pick a plan you can grow into so you don’t have to hassle with an upgrade.

Here are three scenarios of a business that will help you decide which option is the best fit for you…

1) Your Business is a New Start-Up

As a start up, the goal is growth.  It can be tempting to try and cut costs when launching a business, but the time and stress of upgrading a hosting plan soon after purchasing it may not be worth the cost savings.  If you plan on growing, why select as plan that fits your current needs, when you could go one step up and have room to grow?

2) Your Business is Established, but is Getting Online for the First Time

If your business has been established, and you’re simply getting yourself online for the first time, select a plan that fits your current size. Unless you plan on moving most of your sales to an online store, or plan on revamping the way you do business, chances are you will know the commitment to an online presence you’ll need.  It could still be useful to select a plan a step above what you think you’ll need (especially if you’re adding an online shopping cart), but you can be comfortable selecting a plan that fits your current needs since you’re established instead of brand new.

3) Your Business is a Side Business or Hobby

Being a “small” business can be wonderful.  Either it’s a side business, jut for fun, or the online component of your business doesn’t need to be huge (though you do need an online presence, as it’s expected by consumers in today’s economy).  If you’re this type of business, feel free to select a small plan.  If it grows, congratulate yourself and then upgrade, but if you know going into it that your web hosting needs will be conservative, there’s no need to chose a more in depth plan until you have to.

Experienced Web Hosting from EarthLink

In 1995, before Google, before Facebook, before NetFlix and Wikipedia, when AltaVista was the top search engine and email was new…there was EarthLink Web Hosting.

For 18 years (practically as long as the concept of “web hosting” itself has even existed!), EarthLink has been giving businesses (and individuals) a quality option to host their website(s). Many other companies have popped up (and will continue to do so, now that the cloud is here), but no one has the tried-and-true experience like EarthLink.  Trust a brand new company, or one that’s proven itself for almost 20 years?

So, if you’re in the market for an experienced web hosting company to be your long-term, stable provider, look no further than EarthLink’s plans.  There’s bound to be one that fits your needs; after all, we’ve been around long enough to know!