Web Hosting – Why EarthLink is a Great Choice, pt 2

Last week we presented the first 5 points on this list, explaining the base reasons that EarthLink the best web hosting service provider.  This week we bring you the other five…the “frosting on the cake” if you will.  And, of course, should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us (1-888-532-5004)!

6. FREE S.E.O. Tools. Search engine optimization (SEO) can help you drive more traffic to your website through customers clicking on your search engine results. Our free tools help you optimize your business website for google (and other search engines); it also lists your website on 60+ online directories and your physical location on many popular GPS systems!

7. FREE Email Marketing Tools. EarthLink’s Email Announcer Pro makes it easy to create email newsletters, manage customer contact lists, and track the open and click-through rates of your email marketing campaigns!

8. FREE Social Media Tools. Our free SocialStream tool lets you manage and post to multiple social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN) from one simple interface!

9. WordPress blog installer. EarthLink’s WordPress Installer is makes setting up a blog on your site through WordPress (the web’s top blogging software) …all within your EarthLink Web Hosting account!

10. We want you to succeed!  Our support staff is here to help you with questions, comments, and to resolve any issues that may arise.  EarthLink also has a variety of self-help tools to answer your questions any time of the day.  You’re our customer, and we care about you…when you succeed, we succeed!

Web Hosting – Why EarthLink is a Great Choice, pt 1

The world of web hosting can be confusing, but it doesn’t need to be.  As you’re researching, EarthLink wants to point out 10 reasons why EarthLink Web Hosting is the best choice out there.  This week we’ll cover the first 5 reasons (the basics), and next week we’ll round off the list with the final 5 (the “frosting on the cake” reasons).

1. Experience. New tech companies seem to pop up daily; it can be hard to see who is trustworthy and who won’t make it through the year (leaving your service up a creek without a paddle).  But EarthLink has been providing web hosting since 1995. 1995.  18 years of experience speaks a lot louder than the ad campaigns of start-ups.

2. Do-it-Yourself and Do-it-for-Me professional Design Options. If you want to build your website yourself, you can code it, or choose from a wide selection of professionally designed templates.  (This is as easy as selecting a template, entering your business information, and clicking to push the site live.)  Or, if you’d rather have a designer make your site, we have in-house professionals ready to help you (all for a low price that’s included in the hosting package)!

3.eCommerce Options. Both our Do-it-Yourself and Do-it-for-Me hosting packages can include full ecommerce (in-site shopping cart) capabilities so you can process orders within your site.

4. Value. EarthLink has found the perfect balance between cost and capabilities.  We’re not the cheapest and weakest out there, and we’re not the priciest and fanciest, but we are the most experiences web hosting provider offering robust plans at affordable prices.

5. Free Domain Names. EarthLink isn’t going to nickle-and-dime you.  Your URL is free with any web hosting plan.


Website Design is Easy with EarthLink Web Hosting

Website design is an important part of your business, since it’s (often) the first thing customers see when they start to experience your brand.  Because not everyone has the same needs, EarthLink Web Hosting has two possibilities to make sure you’re started off right.

These plans are “do-it-yourself” or “do-it-for-me” (with a professional designer). Choose a Do-It-Yourself web hosting plan to use our tools, which includes a free point-and-click website builder (or store builder for eCommerce sites) with optional templates to choose from to quickly create and publish your business website or online store!  (There’s also a WordPress option to so you can easily add a blog to your site!)

If you’re a more seasoned web developer, EarthLink offers a Joomla!® Installer for you to manage your content.  (Or you could code your site completely from scratch if you know how or have a friend or coworker do it for you.)

So EarthLink has a “Do-It-Yourself” option, no matter your level of experience!

(NOTE: EarthLink’s Do-It-Yourself web hosting plans include a FREE domain name for 1 year, SEO tools, email marketing, social media integration, a 1-page mobile website, and more!)

If you want your website built for you, select an EarthLink Do-It-For-Me web hosting plan.  These plans guarantee you a custom, professionally designed website.

After a one-on-one consultation to understand your website needs, professional designers will create an attractive and effective 5-page business website for you.

(NOTE: EarthLink’s Design & Marketing packages include Search Engine Optimization tools, copywriting services, site maintenance, email marketing options, social media integration, a 3-page mobile website, and more!)

Browse EarthLink’s web hosting and ecommerce hosting plans to find the one that fits your needs.  You can also call us, toll-free, at 1-800-201-8615!

An Online Shopping Cart Can Make or Break Your Business

An online shopping cart can be the difference between making a sale and losing a customer.  If your business is a service (pet grooming, wedding planning, etc.) and you don’t ship physical goods, then you likely won’t need a shopping cart as part of your website.  But, if customers buy ship-able goods from you, you absolutely should include give your customers the option to order directly from you online.

It doesn’t matter if you build your website yourself or have a professional web designer build it for you: you need to know if your customers will expect eCommerce functionality (aka “has an online shopping cart”), and provide accordingly.  Customers are the lifeblood of your business, and making it convenient for them to give you their money should be a top priority!

EarthLink’s eCommerce plans let you accept credit cards through the web, and is the most convenient way for your customers to buy (since no “time” needs to be spent helping a customer when they’re shopping independently in your online store).  eCommerce web hosting plans do cost more than standard hosting plans…but the ability to sell online often far overshadows that cost with profits.

As a bonus, EarthLink includes many additional services in its eCommerce Web Hosting packages, outlined here:

  • StoreCreator Pro – Easy-to-use, professional ecommerce shopping cart builder. Includes links to help you sell with eBay.com and Amazon.com
  • Rapid SSL Certificate – Allows secure transactions through your online shopping cart; increases customer confidence in your website.
  • One-Page Mobile Website – Get customers who are online with smartphones and tablets.
  • Call Tracking – Call-tracking and analytics service helps you improve your online and offline marketing. You get a unique toll-free or local phone number so you can track and record customer calls. Includes click-to-call and other features.
  • Advanced Website Template Gallery – Choose from more than 5,000 templates.
  • Announcer Pro – Send your customers engaging email newsletters using graphic-rich HTML email templates. Includes contact management and reporting tools. Includes 500 contacts; our standard web hosting plans include up to 250 contacts.
  • 1,000 Business-Class Email Accounts – Allows for comprehensive email system as your business grows. Standard website hosting plans include up to 200 email addresses.