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What Are The Benefits Of Managed Hosting? PDF Print E-mail
When an individual first begins to create web pages on the internet for their company or to start a business, one of the issues that will arise is how to host the website. There are several options available but the one that many individuals choose is managed hosting. Individuals choose managed hosting for a variety of reasons and there are many benefits to managed hosting that makes it a very attractive option for many individuals. There are a number of companies that offer managed hosting and the fees for each can vary considerably due to the features and options that the company provides. So what are the benefits of managed hosting?

One of the biggest benefits of managed hosting is the price of the service. Many companies that offer managed hosting can offer services and bandwidth for a much lower price that the individual would be able to obtain on their own. This is because the cost and the amount of available bandwidth is spread evenly among dozens of clients that need a relatively small amount of bandwidth to operate their websites. Using managed hosting also saves the individual from having to purchase additional equipment in order to host their websites, including servers and networking software. Some managed hosting companies will also allow the individual to place their website on a dedicated server for a higher monthly or annual fee. This is commonly used by companies that need a great amount of bandwidth for their sites to run effectively.

Another reason that many individuals find managed hosting to be an attractive option is because of the additional features that are included in the service package. Many managed hosting companies offer the individuals using their service increased security and monitoring services that prevent a host of issues, from the spread of viruses to unauthorized access to the stealing of customer’s personal information. Purchasing security software and equipment to constantly monitor for these issues can be costly for the average consumers, but managed hosting companies can provide these services at a fraction of the costs. Managed hosting companies can also provide an uninterruptedly power supply and data backup features to ensure that the website will run smoothly and without interruption for a vast majority of the time. In fact, many of these companies can provide an average up time of better than 95%. This is practically unachievable if the individual is hosting the website themselves.

 
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10 Rules To Keep Your Website Visitors Engaged
Do you know that most visitors leave a website within 10 seconds of landing on the home page? And they may never return to the same site. To keep your website visitors stay longer, you need to engage them. Follow these 10 simple rules to build a set of core loyal visitors who will return to your site frequently.

1. If you have a brick-and-mortar business and you want an online presence, don't just hand over your printed brochure to the web developer for your site's contents.

2. Get good text, picture, and video contents related to your products or services and organize them into categories for your website publication. How do you get contents? You can ask your kids to write contents for you. Today's kids are information savvy and know how to do research on right topics. They can help take pictures and videos of your products and provide narrations. If you cannot leverage your kids talents and you don't have time to develop contents, buy them from online sources, like distributors of private level rights to articles and stock photographs. You need a small content set to launch your web site.

3. Ask your developer for some sample websites he has developed in the past and review them. If you find clutter, music, unprofessional graphics, etc. in those sites, run away from the developer. Tell your web developer to use basic search engine optimization techniques for your web site. Use a developer who uses content management systems (CMS) to develop websites. You or your kids and spouse will be able to maintain and add contents regularly to an CMS without much efforts.

4. You must have an About US page in your website that explains the expertise of your company and your unique selling proposition. Also, you should provide a phone number and an e-mail address for contact.

5. Publish a weekly tips section in your website. If you are in a business for a long time, you have a wealth of knowledge about your business, market, and technologies involved in your business. Make it a habit of jotting down one tip every day. You will have plenty of tips for your weekly publication.

6. Don't use guest books, testimonials etc. These are so Web 1.0 concepts. Use a forum. Let your customers interact among themselves. Develop a value network. You get into the insights of your customers' minds by reading their posts and your visitors know your products and services by talking to each other. As a result, you will be able to provide improved products and services and ask for a premium price.

7. Promptly answer all your visitor's e-mail. This is one thing you should never delay. Use your visitors comments, e-mail, and other form of communications to generate ideas for new articles and tips.

8. Tell your web developer to include an RSS feed on your site and publish a filtered news related to the market you serve and emerging technologies in that market. Don't use a weather report. Nobody comes to your site to check the weather.

9. Publish a frequently asked questions related to your products and services. It helps save your visitors' time and efforts when they are looking for information on a particular topic related to your website.

10. Did you know that the average person must be exposed to an offer around seven times before they will make a purchase? Make your website an advertising platform for your most popular items. Advertise them through out your site but don't use any 'in-your face advertising' techniques. You can use side bars for this type of advertising with interesting anecdotes, pictures, etc. Be creative and use your imagination.

Your website is your publishing medium. It is not your online catalog. You want repeat visitors who spend their time at your site for valuable information. The possibility of visitors turning into a paying customers improves when they stick around your site longer.