A major stumbling block deterring small businesses from coming online with new websites relates to cost and complexity — either perceived or actual.
Traditionally, SMBs were understandably reluctant to spend their limited budgets on expensive website designers and hidden fees related to hosting, new domains or website applications which supposedly helped them convert visitors into customers.
However, over the last several years a number of turnkey services are being provided on shared hosting platforms which reduce both the cost of entry and the traditional complexity associated with running a website.
Additional incentivized services such as Quick Switch programs allow a SMB to quickly transfer a website over from a non-performing web host that is not fulfilling its uptime, performance or security obligations.
Nowadays a small business can purchase a free domain and get a 30-day money back guarantee on shared web hosting packages for as little as $2.95 per month over a three-year contract. Further, free tools including Joomla, WordPress and Drupal allow a small business owner to quickly deploy new websites with little effort.
The advent of turnkey domain hosting, web hosting and site design facilities on a shared server is transforming the agility and marketing ability of SMB seeking to find new ways to lower costs and target customers online. In the past setting up an e-commerce website was perceived as overly complex and time consuming.
However, cheap hosting packages from Midphase are now loaded with plug-and-play e-commerce apps, which allow SMBs to launch an online store in less than five minutes. This is made possible through attractive, friendly control panels (cPanel) that act as your management dashboard.
Shared hosting platforms group multiple SMBs on a single server, allowing the web host to reduce costs and streamline services through automation. This means a new website comes fully loaded with unlimited web space, unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 customer support.
Small businesses can elect to deploy websites quickly in any of the following manners using affordably priced hosting plans: