Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hosting, Email, and Domain Names Unite

Everybody likes convenience. No brainer, right? Well this is something you’ve got to remember when managing your business on the Internet too.
Like mobile phone carriers that offer you Text Messaging Plans and Data Packages and more. The company you choose to host your businesses website should also be the company that provides your domain name and email accounts. You wouldn't use T-Mobile as your cell phone carrier then buy your Text Messaging plan from Sprint. So why would you register your domain at Network Solutions and host your website at Yahoo. Internet service providers unlike cell phone carriers, actually allow you to mix Internet solutions with different providers. What you don’t know is there 3 very good reasons why you should start thinking ahead on how you manage your business online.

Why it’s a good idea to bundle your businesses Internet solutions?
I know the answer to this based 10 years of experience at helping clients do everything from creating, registering and retrieving domain names to hosting and managing multiple email accounts. My findings will give you good reasons to pick one safe, reliable and affordable Internet services provider to help you manage your business. You will have solid reasoning to integrate Hosting, Email, and Domain which will enable you to make webmaster like decisions when managing your business online. It's not only smart for your business it could mean tainting your brand.

I’ll tell you upfront that I can be long winded on purpose, which I hope will help you examine my opinions and point of view from a chicken-eye-view and eagle-eye-view.

Okay, here’s the beef:

Let’s start with Passwords.
These little jumbled letters, capital letter, lower case letter, no special symbols, limited numbers and sticky phrases are sometimes remembered and often forgotten, can be a stinker to keep up with and record. Don’t be in a hurry or have a type-o in your password. No, this will most likely get you locked-out of whatever website you are making an attempt to sign into for a few hours or have you dialing technical support listening to music and artificial intelligence. So what do you do? Create fewer passwords. Simply put: fewer passwords equal fewer headaches.
The same goes for managing your Internet services. With multiple Internet service providers you can bet you last dollar that each will have its own uniquely safe password that you are supposed to create according to the rules they provide and never share this with anyone. This mean having your hosting, email, surveys, email marketing, and domain name divided amongst different service providers, you will also have an equal number of passwords to retain. That’s bad news. So remember to use one Internet service provider that with everything you need.

Now let’s talk Email.
You should be using business email to do just that – business. And when it comes to keeping commitments and communicating with your prospects and clients, you better make sure you email and website are properly aligned. If you don’t already know, email is one of the easiest ways for outsiders to interfere with your business operations. So you might choose to separate your hosting provider and email because you think one company offers more safety than the next which might be true? If and when you have a technical problem with your email, hosting or domain; having the same technical support for all three keeps you from dialing three different numbers searching for the answer that fixes your problem.
If you have hosting at provider A and email accounts at provider B, each will have limited ability to track activity from beginning to end. So you are left with trying to balance who’s right and who’s almost right with who doesn’t have a clue which is normally you at The End. The thing here to remember is the benefits of learning the habits, abilities and response time of one Internet Services provider Technical Support Team rather than spending half your day stitching together the suggestions of multiple representatives.

Let’s move on to Domain Names.
Your URL aka Domain Name, aka Website Address is the single most important part of your business online that keeps you in the know. No domain name. No online business. Failure to keep up with renewal dates. Somebody new becomes the new YOU. When you’ve registered your domain name with a different company than your hosting provider or email provider, you have more email notifications to monitor. You have or will most likely acquire your domain name, hosting account, and email provider all on different dates. Rest assured that your renewal notifications will respect these dates. This means you could miss important email and kiss a great domain name goodbye if you miss the renewal date. Limiting your online business solutions to one provider means you get one consistent billing system, using one credit card with a company you trust.

My clients have come from all walks of life and made the best decisions based on the information provided to them. I help my clients integrate Internet services that make it easier for them to manage business online. I’ve made dozens and dozens of phone calls to various companies registrars, hosting plans, and email plans and I have found that it’s imperative that you find 1 secure, reliable, and affordable Internet services provider where you can bundle your needs or move your business to a new company that helps you eliminate the headaches of managing your business online.

This is Gibron T. Williams, Head Honcho at Oevae Marketing Consultant and these are my opinions. You can find oevae marketing consultants on the first page of Google when you search for: the best marketing consultants
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