Having a website is as important and necessary as having a phone number. It enables your business to reach potential clients 24 hours a day!
Websites are affordable and cost effective and may cost less than a one-time print ad. For example, you can reduce phone call inquiries by listing your business hours.
Does your competition have a website? Now you can differentiate your business, product or service from your competition.
Your domain name is your internet address, the "www" and "dot com" that you see in everyones web address. Generally, you purchase a domain name from any number of firms and it is registered to you for a period of one year. Of course, you should sign up for longer periods, as you will plan on using it for your website for many years.
Selecting the domain name is usually a tougher challenge. Ideally, you want to have the name of your business or organization as the name, but sometimes they are already assigned to someone else, so you have to be creative to include your name. You also have the choice of using .com, .net, .org, .gov, etc. as the trailing identifier. Together, we can figure out the best solution for you.
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The host server is where all your pages and content of your website are located to be broadcast on the internet. Basically, it is a large computer with a directory and sub-directories that are assigned to you and only you. Your domain name is then "pointed" to this directory and that is how your website is broadcast on the internet.
At SEED Internet, we do not host any websites directly, I rely on other third party partners to host the website and manage the pages and content securely. Hosting can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis, depending on your needs and requirements for the website. Pricing can range from under $10.00 a month to $50.00 or more monthly. If you plan on selling your products or services on-line, you will want to have an SSL certificate which encrypts your transactions and secures the information of the buyer from hackers and thieves who may intercept an otherwise unsecure transmission.
In addition to the SSL certificate for an e-commerce solution, you will need a shopping cart solution and an e-commerce merchant account to handle the transfer of funds from the buyer to your banking institution. Depending on your needs and budget, we will recommend the best solution for your application.