A website consists of one or more web pages stored under a single domain name (for example, www.yourbusinessname.com). If your company offers more than one major product line or brand, you may want a separate website for each. With our Platinum package, you can create and publish as many websites as you need for one low price, limited only by the total storage space required by your files. Our Gold package gives you up to 3 websites, and our Starter package gives you one.
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Blogging capability to communicate with your customers.
A blog is an excellent way to keep people up-to-date on important information about you and your business, and to keep search engines interested in your site. Post customer comments, daily specials, your thoughts on the day... whatever you like!
You'll find the Blog element in the Communications section of SiteBuilder; you can use it to add a blog to a new or existing page on your site.
A web page displays information (text, graphics, links, audio and/or video) in the window of a Web browser in a format that can be scrolled, viewed, printed, or saved like any single document. Multiple web pages are linked together under a single domain name to form a website. If you need to present a lot of information on your site, it's best to present it as several short Web pages organized by topic and sub-topic. This ensures each page downloads quickly, and visitors aren't overwhelmed with information. As a general guideline we recommend keeping each web page less than 100KB in size, and under one and a half to two screens long. Our Platinum package allows you to publish an unlimited number of web pages, restricted only by the total storage space required by the files. Our Gold package allows you to publish 100 web pages, and our Starter package allows you to publish five.
Capture new business with zero effort. Our optional SearchLight service places a clickable ad for your business directly in front of people searching for what you're selling. The "Standard level" SearchLight service costs $49.99/month, but our Platinum package includes a $30/month credit, and we'll even waive the setup fee, so you pay only $19.99/month! Our experts do everything, from choosing the search words (keywords) that will trigger your ad, to creating the ad and placing it with the popular search engines, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN and AOL. You're guaranteed a minimum of 400 clicks per year from Google and Yahoo!. For a greater number of clicks, upgrade to our Turbo or Ultimate SearchLight package. You'll still save $30/month with your Platinum account.
Traffic Booster helps your site get ranked higher in Google and other search engines. It analyzes the text on your site, then generates a custom footer with key words and phrases related to your business. This makes it easier for your site to get found in searches.
Ensure your site looks professional and attracts customers with up to 3 phone sessions with a web design and online marketing consultant. Plus, you can call in anytime for help setting up and using your website services.
A domain name is a label that identifies the location—or "address"—of a website on the Internet and directs Web browsers just like the street address on an envelope. (Example: http://www.yourbusinessname.com) Publishing your website (and receiving your email) at your company's own domain name conveys the impression of a well-established, professional firm, so you can compete more effectively with larger companies. Registering a domain name costs anywhere from $5 to $25 per year if you do it yourself, but it's included with any Homestead Gold or Platinum account. We'll even handle the renewals for you.
Send and receive email under your company's unique domain, and read it on any Web browser, in or out of the office. Our email program "Hmail" is drag and drop simple and includes auto-reply vacation announcements, automatic email forwarding, and a calendar tool that lets you check and update your schedule from anywhere. Hmail also includes built-in anti-spam and anti-virus protection. Our Gold package includes 5 assignable accounts under your personalized domain name for you and your employees. Our Platinum packages handles up to 50 assignable accounts and also comes with the 2 accounts of the powerful Hmail Suite which has group calendaring and an easy way to organize messages and contacts.
WebListings can help raise your visibility on the Internet, so people searching for what you have to offer can find you more easily. WebListings-Local regularly submits your business information to Google Maps, Yahoo! Local, and other search sites so they can help drive new customers right to you. WebListings-Global lists your business in the Business Directory for worldwide reach, and publishes customer-written articles that give you much needed exposure when customers are searching for businesses like yours. A combo listing costs $14.99/month, but our Platinum packages include WebListings for FREE!
Advertise and promote your website with attention-getting graphical emails. Choose from several email-ready templates, drop in the details of your announcement, and send the message to all or part of your mailing list with one click. Track the success of your campaign with reports that show how many emails were delivered and opened and which links got the most clicks.
Have a question or problem? Call 1-800-710-1998 toll-free, and talk to our friendly, expert support staff right here in the U.S. They'll answer your questions and talk you through any task, viewing the results online at the same time you do. They can suggest domain names if your company's name is already taken. They can even help write your search engine ad. If you're not sure which Website package is right for your business, they can help with that, too. Call them.
As you create your website, the online software automatically saves your text, images, and any other content, and stores the files on secure Web servers that allow visitors to view your website 24 hours a day. To give you an idea how much space you might need, an average single Web page from the multi-page sites in our Design Library uses about 0.4MB (400K) of storage space. High-resolution images, audio, and multimedia files generally use a lot more space than text files: a 1-minute audio file occupies about 1MB; a 1-minute video file about 4MB. You can keep tabs on the total disk space used by your site as you create it by checking your Homestead Account Summary. Our Starter package allows up to 25MB of total storage space-that's about 12 times the size of the average complete site in our Design Library. If you need more space, you can opt for our Gold package, which offers up to 5GB of space, or our Platinum package, which includes up to 10GB. No matter which package you choose, you can upgrade to the next level if you find you need more storage space.
The amount of information visitors can download (and upload, if your website contains forms or blogs) from your website over a specified period of time. When a visitor views a page on your website, the text and images that make up that page travel from our server to their computer via the Internet. The bandwidth included with your account is the maximum volume of data that can be transferred to and from your website in a month. The larger your files, and the more visitors you have, the more bandwidth you'll need. If you're not sure how much bandwidth you need, our staff can help you. And you can always upgrade or downgrade later. Call us toll-free at 1-800-710-1998.
Ring up credit card sales 24 hours a day on your website. Accept payment with PayPal or use Intuit Web Payment, a merchant account that lets you easily accept debit and credit card payments without any extra logins for your customers.
Do you want a simple way to sell products online through your website? Do you want to be able to accept credit cards and other online payment methods 24/7? Get started quickly and easily with SimpleStore! All you need are the same tools you use to build your Homestead website - you can even choose from hundreds of our website design templates - and you can be up and running within minutes!
Select from hundreds of professionally designed websites created for 100 specific types of businesses, from talent agents to wedding planners. Each template includes multiple pages, images, and even usable text created just for your industry. Customize the template any way you like with our incredibly easy, intuitive online tools. Or download the software to your PC at no additional charge for even more powerful customizing features.
All website packages provide valuable "real-time" reports that help you fine-tune your site and your advertising. See which pages are most popular, where your visitors are coming from, how they're navigating your site, and more.