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Boost Your Sales with a Lead Generation Form

October 3rd, 2016

What is a Lead Generation Form?

A lead generation form is simply an online submission form that you use to collect your potential customers’ information so that you can follow up with them and convert that lead into a sale.

Most people seem to think that getting a website up and running is the end of it — my website is up, and the leads are going to come flooding in. But the fact is, if you want to use your website as a lead capture and sales generation tool, you will need to setup and optimize your website to do so.

Adding a lead generation form to your website would be a good step in the right direction because it helps you connect with the people who are interested in your product or service. For example, if you’re running a service-based business, like a plumbing or roofing company, you can have potential customers request for a quote through your form. Once you get their contact information, it will be easy for you to reach out and sell your services to them.

Best of all, you can add a lead generation form for FREE since we include this feature on all of our hosting plans.

How do I add a FREE Lead Generation Form to my website?

First you will need to make sure you’ve turned on the “Hosted WebForm” feature for your account. Just log into Member Zone and follow these steps:

1. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “Add Hosted Webform”. If you”re logging in from a Master Account, you will need to select a domain first before you can see this link.

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2. You should now be on a page titled “Add Hosted WebForm Plan”. The free “WebForm Basic” option should be selected by default so all you have to do is click “Next”.

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3. You should now be on the “Payment Confirmation” page. Don’t worry, this page is just to tell you that this feature is free of charge. Simply check the checkbox, and click “Submit Order”.

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4. Now if you head back to your account’s main page and scroll all the way down to the bottom, you will see a new option called “Activate Hosted WebForm Now”. You can click on that.

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5. You will now be taken to the “Activate Your Hosted WebForm” page. Here, simply fill out your contact information and create a password for managing your form. The email address you enter here will be used to receive submission notifications. Once you’re done, check the checkbox and hit “Create WebForm Account”.

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Fantastic! You’ve now turned on the WebForm feature for your account for FREE.

If you’ve followed the steps listed above, you should now be in the WebForm Control Panel. This is where you can create, customize, and manage your forms.

To create a new form, click the “New Form” button at the top-left of the page.

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Once you do that, you will need to give your form a name and click “OK”. This name will be used to differentiate this form with the other forms that you can create later on.

Now, this is where you can customize which field you want to add to your form.

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On the left, you will see a list of the different types of fields that you can add to your form. You can click on a type that you want and it will be added to your form.

You can change the label for each field by first clicking on the field to open up the edit menu to the left, and then clicking what’s under the “Label” heading. Once you have made your change, click the “Save Settings” button that’s at the bottom.

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If needed, you can also re-order the fields on your form by dragging and dropping the fields with your mouse.

Aside from the standard field types, there are also advanced field types that you can use. The advanced field types will check and see if the visitor has entered their information in the correct format before a submission is allowed. For example, an “Email Address” field will check the input to see if it looks like an email address, and the “Phone Number” field will check the input to see if it looks like a phone number. If they don’t look right, the form will require the visitor to put in correct information before allowing a submission.

We recommend you use the standard “Input” field in most cases because it doesn’t put restrictions on what can be entered. Having fewer restrictions is actually a good thing because your visitors are less likely to get stuck while filling out your form, and this will result in more submissions.

Secondly, we recommend keeping the number of fields on your form to a minimum since people don’t want to spend too much time filling out forms. If you’re a service-based business and you want your visitors to contact you for a quote, usually just asking for a name, email address and a phone number should suffice. In general, a shorter form will get you more submissions than a long, tedious one.

Once you’re done, click the “Save” button that’s at the top-right hand corner of the page. This will bring up the “Forms Settings” dialog box.

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Here, you can click on the “Notification” tab, choose “Yes, send me notification with form data”, and click “Save”. This will allow you to receive email notifications whenever someone makes a submission.

Activate your form by clicking the “Go Online” button to the left.

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You can then click “Get Plug-in Code” to get the code that you’ll need to embed onto your website. Essentially, you will need to embed this code to whichever part of your website that you want your form to show up at.

Is there an easier way to add a FREE Lead Generation Form?

Yes! Actually, adding a lead generation form is much easier if you’re doing it through our Site Builder. In fact, using the Site Builder gives you many advantages over building your website the traditional way or using WordPress. Just to name a few:

  • The Site Builder is drag-and-drop, meaning you can just use your mouse to easily change where things like images and text are placed on your website.
  • The Site Builder is entirely visual — what you see is what you get. There’s no need to touch any code or do any programming (unless you want to).
  • The Site Builder provides you with hundreds of website templates and stock images. This saves you time by drastically cutting down the amount of design work needed to get your website up and running.

Plus, the Site Builder is included for FREE as part of your hosting plan so there’s really no reason not to use it.

Getting started with the Site Builder is super easy — there’s nothing to install and you don’t need to go through that entire setup process. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can access it by clicking on the “Start Now” button that’s in Member Zone.

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Now if you’ve already built a website using the Site Builder, you can add a lead generation form by clicking “Add” from the menu to the left, and then “Contact” from the list that comes up.

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Here, you will see some different form styles that you can use. Just click and drag the one you like and place it onto your website.

You can then click and drag your form to move to wherever you want to put it. And if needed, you can change the width of your form by clicking and dragging its left or right edges.

We recommend placing your form in a prominent spot on your home page since that’s where visitors are likely to look. Most websites have their submission form right on their home page’s main banner.

Here’s an example:sample-webform-on-website-com-website-builder

That was easy, right? There’s no code to embed and placing the form in the right spot is just so straightforward.

Well, there’s actually more good news! The Site Builder allows you to do much more in terms of customization with the form.

If you click on the form from within the Site Builder, it will bring up a menu of tools to the left.

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Your standard tools for editing the form fields and turning on email notifications are under “Edit Form” and “Form Settings”, respectively. But unlike the standard form that we talked about earlier in this article, the Site Builder allows you to change the fonts, colors and other visuals of your form through the “Style” option. These form style customization features are exclusive to the Site Builder which makes it vastly superior to the standard lead generation form.

Once you’re done, just click “Publish” at the top-right hand corner of your page to make your website and all your changes go live. That’s it!

Power up Your Website with Doteasy’s Cloud Hosting Service

March 27th, 2013

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At Doteasy, we offer various web hosting plans to cater the needs for different clients. For customers with a limited budget and would like to try out building their first website, our Basic Hosting plan is the perfect solution. Simply register a domain with us and subscribe to our Basic Hosting plan for less than $40 a year,  probably less than the amount of money you would spend on coffee during the week. Don’t know how to make a website? No problem! We have compiled different video tutorials such as “How to create your website with Doteasy Website Creator” and “Building a Professional Website for only $25” to guide you through the building stage, with no skipped steps. With these great tools, you can use either our “click-to-build” website creator or free CSS templates to build your website.

For more advanced users who would like to build their websites with different scripts such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, we recommend our award-winning Unlimited Hosting Plan with PHP support. Never heard of PHP? Definitely check out this great post featured on our Scripts Library about PHP! Our Unlimited Hosting plan comes with FREE Softaculous, an auto-script-installer which offers over 250 hosting apps that can help you install scripts in just a few clicks. Powerful open-source scripts such as WordPress and phpBB enable clients to create websites with more features such as blogging, forum, photo gallery, and even e-commerce options.

The two hosting plans mentioned above are both in a shared hosting environment. With a Shared Hosting plan, you share storage on a web server with other users. Since the costs of the web hosting servers are shared, web hosting providers like Doteasy can offer more affordable prices for such services. However, all the files are exposed to the users that are on the same shared server. If any one of the users makes an error in scripting, all users on the shared server are affected. To lower the chance of this happening, users that are subscribed to Shared Hosting services are not authorized to run their own programs. This may become an issue to certain advanced users as they often need more control over the server settings. Also, in a shared hosting environment, your server resources are shared among all users in the same server. When a website in your server experiences a higher-than-normal website traffic, it will automatically require more usage of the resources. This, however, may affect your website performance.

If your website has high traffic volume, or if your business greatly relies on online presence, you should consider subscribing to our Cloud Hosting plan. One of the main benefits of cloud hosting is the fully-redundant infrastructure, down to every server, router and switch. Automatic failover measures are configured at each layer to ensure your website and applications are accessible at all times, even in the event of a single point of failure. Watch our YouTube Playlist “Cloud Hosting with Reseller Features” as our Cloud Project Manager Marcus not only explains in details about the Cloud Hosting technology, but also takes us on an on-site tour to see our data center.

Now the question is, what’s the main difference between Cloud Hosting and Shared Hosting?

Here is a comparison chart.

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You may check out our Cloud Hosting Service Feature Page to learn more about the details or contact us through our live chat/service support ticket/real-person telephone support.

How Doteasy helps you in achieving your New Year’s resolutions

January 5th, 2011

As 2010 has already passed us by, many of us may already have planned their New Year’s resolutions. Many people believe that resolutions are made to be broken – that’s only because they don’t have to right tools to make a good change happen. This year, Doteasy is here to offer a helping hand toward achieving that triumvirate of aims.

Here are some popular New Year’s resolutions:

1. Keep in Touch

We all know what it’s like, people move away and slowly the effort to stay in touch with them starts to dwindle and fade. This year is the year to change all that.

Letters are a grey way of showing you care and you’re making the effort to keep in touch. But snail mail takes awhile to get there, thus making email the next best thing.

Doteasy email solutions and tools that can help you:

  • Doteasy webmail – you can login and manage your emails from anywhere, as long as you have access to a computer, a web browser (ie. Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox, Safari…) and Internet connection (ie. dial-up, high-speed, cable…)
  • Doteasy POPmail – you can also setup your domain emails on your Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, and even you smart/mobile phone!
  • Doteasy WebMail – a free Doteasy hosted application that allows you to easily create a contact form and even registration/RSVP/order, etc. forms for your website, blog, etc.
  • Doteasy Spam and Email Virus Protection – the fact of the matter is, spammers will continue to send out spam. While we can’t stop them, we can try to minimize the damages they do to our inboxes.

2. Lose the Bulge

With the sumptuous food and treats available during the holiday season, it is easy for all of us to overdo it – even while we are adopting a weight-loss new year’s resolution. Experts suggest that an effective way to lose weight is to start a food and exercise diary, and to join a support group – maybe it’s because we tend to be on our best behaviour when someone’s watching.

You can do both with a blog! You can keep a record of and share what you ate and how long you’ve ran with your readers (supporters). Brag about your achievements and get feedback and pick-me-ups from them.

Doteasy blogging solutions and tools that can help you:

  • Doteasy Hosted Blog – a free Doteasy hosted application that allows you to easily add a simple blog to your website.
  • Fantastico one-click WordPress installation – if you like the WordPress blogging platform, you can certainly add one to your Doteasy website. The Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan comes with Fantastico, a one-click script installer. Other blogging platforms and CMS include Nucleus, Drupal, Joomla and more…

3. Share More Photos

If you are not currently sharing your photos, whether you’re an aspiring photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, you should in Year 2011. You can share your travel photos with your friends, photos of your new baby with your family, etc. and you don’t have to lug your brag-book around – all you need is an online photo gallery.

Doteasy photo gallery solutions and tools that can help you:

  • Doteasy Hosted Gallery – a free Doteasy hosted application that allows you to easily add a simple photo gallery to showcase your photos. The application comes with 3 different storage plans to accommodate 1 to 50,000 photos!
  • Fantastico one-click Coppermine Gallery installation – if you like the Coppermine photo gallery platform, you can certainly add one to your Doteasy website. The Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan comes with Fantastico, a one-click script installer. Other image galleries include 4Image Gallery and Gallery.

4. Start a Hobby

Whether it is knitting, cooking or carpentry (I personally would love to start video-gaming…), it’s not what you do, but the commitment to make the project positive, fun and enjoyable – and what’s a better way to do so than to share your experiences, tips and insights with fellow hobbyist. The easiest way to do this is a forum.

Doteasy forum solutions and tools that can help you:

  • Doteasy Hosted Forum – a free Doteasy hosted application that allows you to easily add a simple forum or discussion board on your website.
  • Fantastico one-click phpBB installation – if you like phpBB forum platform, you can certainly add one to your Doteasy website. The Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan comes with Fantastico, a one-click script installer. Another popular forum platform include is the Simple Machines Forum (SMF).

5. Make a Website

If you do not already have a personal website, make 2011 the year you create your own personal website.

Who needs a personal website? Everyone does! Here are some ways you can use a personal website:

  • Resume and portfolio
  • Blog
  • Photo gallery
  • Earn money (with Google Ads, Yahoo! Ads, affiliate banners, etc.)

If you’re new to websites or if you don’t know how to make a website, Doteasy has the perfect tool for you – Doteasy Website Creator. The Doteasy Website Creator is a free website building application that helps you put together a website in minutes. It comes complete with pre-built templates, a library of high-quality images and easy-to-use text editor to add your own content.

6. Make Money

Is 2011 the year to take your business online? Maybe you already have a store on eBay, Etsy or PayPal and it’s time to expand. Whatever the circumstances, setting up an online store is a great way to start making money online or to expand an existing business.

Doteasy ecommerce solutions and tools that can help you:

  • Doteasy Commerce – Doteasy Commerce is an all-in-one shopping cart system and web store builder. It’s powerful to handle the most advanced eCommerce needs but simple enough to be easily managed by non-technical staff.
  • SSL certificates – Gain customer’s confidence and get an edge on your competition with a GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium SSL certificate. Doteasy is an authorized reseller of the GeoTrust SSL certificate.

7. Take the Next Step

Taking the next step could be anything, from going after that promotion at work, to learning to swim. It’s all about moving forward with life. While Doteasy won’t be able to teach you how to swim, but we can certainly help you take your website to the next level.

The Doteasy Unlimited Hosting Plan is our advanced web hosting solution. It is designed for websites that demand the highest performance, from scripting and database support to bandwidth and disk space capacity.

Doteasy Unlimited Hosting Plan features highlight:

  • unlimited disk space
  • unlimited monthly data transfer
  • unlimited email accounts
  • host unlimited domains
  • unlimited MySQL databases
  • unlimited FTP accounts
  • unlimited subdomains
  • advanced scripting support: PHP, Perl, CGI, ASP, ASP.NET and more…

Basically, all the features you would need to take your website to the next level.

Happy New Year everyone!

PS: Don’t forget our New Year Promo!! Register any .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .mobi, or .us domain name for only $6.93/1st year.