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Good-Bye 2013: Year End Wrap-Up

December 31st, 2013

As the year is coming to a close, we wanted to give a proper farewell to the year 2013 by taking a look back at the exciting changes, introduction of new services and developments that have occurred at Doteasy. Here’s what our team has been getting up to for the past year:

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1) SSD Hosting

Yes, we’ve talked about it before, but we can’t help but be excited by our offering of super-speedy hosting for one of the lowest prices on the market. With SSD hosting, we use Solid State Drives for all storage, meaning increased performance and extremely fast initial loading times for your website.

2) New Domain Pricing

We’ve lowered our domain pricing to only $15! You can register or transfer a .COM/.NET/.ORG/.BIZ/.INFO/.MOBI/.US/.CA/.EU domain which also include free private registration and domain locking for more security.

3) WordPress Resources Website Launch

WordPress is a powerful content management system, but it can take a bit of work to figure out how you can use it. We’ve designed this WordPress Resources Website to help our clients with their WordPress questions and needs. The website is updated daily with free recommended plugins, themes, tutorials, a beginner’s guide for WordPress installation, forums, and other resources.

4) Doteasy Web Design Service

Creating a website can be a daunting and time consuming task. While many of our clients have hired a web design agency or freelance web designer to create their websites, these services typically cost thousands of dollars. We’re excited to offer our All-in-One Web Design Package for only $695. This includes a 1-on-1 design consultation and professionally designed 5 page website setup to help our clients minimize costs and save time.

5) Auto Site Backup Service

Performing a full site backup up is relatively simple, and we do have a few step-by-step video tutorials to show you how to do it. However, finding the time to continuously perform this routine maintenance can be difficult. We now offer an Auto Site Backup Service which features backup version control and a hassle free database backup. 

6) Over 3K Fans on Facebook

Our most exciting development this year: we can’t achieve what we have without your continuous support. Our team cannot wait to bring you more exciting contests, DIY tutorials, and the latest information on web design, SEO and other hosting-related news through our Facebook page. For those of you who want to get on board, feel free to click the “Like” button on this page

Alright, enough about us. Again, a big thank you to all of our clients. We couldn’t have reached these milestones without your support. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best web hosting services possible: if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in the new year, drop us a line in the comments! Let’s make 2014 a fantastic year!

Choosing the Right Social Media Network for Your Business (Part 1)

December 11th, 2013

It’s not really a secret that social media networking is becoming an essential marketing strategy for your business. If you’re not on a social network, there’s a lot to miss out on: word-of-mouth marketing, increased consumer trust, brand building, and real communication between you and your customers.

While it can be tempting to quickly sign up for the all the social networking sites you hear about, it would be much more valuable to concentrate your efforts on a select few. This way, you can provide quality content and be able to have a more meaningful connection with your followers.

Here’s our guide to help you choose which social media networks are right for you:

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Good Ol’ Zuckerberg has done well for himself, as Facebook is currently the most prominent social media network on the web.

Why you should join: 

  • It has an estimated active user base of over a billion people: needless to say, Facebook is popular. You won’t get lonely.
  • Facebook offers great ways to connect with your followers, as they can comment on your posts, post up a review of your business, and “Like” your content.
  • The “Word of mouth” marketing potential is sky high, as you and your content can be shared, posted on other Facebook sites, tagged, etc.

Why you should pass:

  • A Facebook business page will take a lot of upkeep. Be prepared to post content often and reply to your followers. It really is a “social” networking site.
  • Also, be prepared to adapt to the constant website changes, as the Facebook functions, features and policies are updated quite often.

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Can you say something interesting in 140 characters or less? If the answer is yes, this mini-blogging site is perfect for you.

Why you should join:

  • Your posts can easily be “retweeted” to spread the word about your business.
  • The “hashtags” are a great way to keep up with popular trends and topics (believe it or not: “hashtags” are NOT doing great on Facebook. So, keep it on Twitter. Check out this article).

Why you should pass:

  • Like with Facebook, if you’re not ready to communicate with your followers, Twitter is not the best platform for you.
  • Make sure you’ll be able to come up with compelling posts on a regular basis.

google-plus-logoWhile you might not know it, Google+ is quickly rising in popularity.

Why you should join:

  • Three letters: SEO. Google+ is, obviously, owned by Google, and this can mean AMAZING search engine results for your business. It might be worth your while to join the network for this advantage alone.
  • You can easily provide contact information for your local customers.
  • Being able to link you business to Google Maps will let your visitors find you easily.

Why you should pass:

  • It’s debatable how “active” the Google+ network currently is, and how often users actually use the network to share information and communicate. Many users join just to boost their SEO rather than to really connect with others. However, there are many predictions that activity levels will soon rise and surpass that of Facebook because of the many advantages of Google+ (e.g. support of animated GIF images) and its increased ease of use.

linkedin-logoLinkedIn is the social networking site wearing the suit and tie. It’s the largest social media network for business professionals, and is currently becoming more popular for business pages.

Why you should join:

  • The “LinkedIn” group is a way for professionals to connect and discuss industry topics.
  • This is a great way to establish yourself as an expert.

Why you should pass:

  • Be prepared to take on a more professional tone with this one. Note that most people using this network are business people and professionals. While LinkedIn is a great place to find professional connections, it won’t give you an audience that’s as varied as you might like.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our social media series, where we’ll highlight pros and cons for more image/media-centric social media networks, such as YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram! Any thoughts? Leave us a comment!

Black Friday Continues…

December 4th, 2013

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Domain Sale for just $1. This is the perfect time to reserve your web address and start that website you’ve always wanted. Plus, we’ve new domain pricing for new registration so that you get the lowest rates when you renew.

Coupon code: 2013DS1COM

Eligible domain types: .COM/.NET/.ORG/.BIZ/.INFO/.MOBI/.US/.EU

Hurry! Offer ends Dec 6, 2013. Limit 1 per customer

Sign up today!

$50 Holiday Cash from ING Direct (Canadian Customers Only)

November 18th, 2013

The holiday season is right around the corner! You know what that means… it’s time for sharing, gift-giving, and frenzied shopping! Despite all the fun, we know that the holidays can take a huge toll on our wallets.

For our Canadian clients, we wanted to share this easy way to get an extra $50 to spend.

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You have probably heard of ING DIRECT by now: they tout themselves as “not like a typical bank” because they have no branches, and therefore can offer more free services and higher interest rates. It has recently been acquired by Scotiabank.

From now until December 31, 2013, ING DIRECT is offering a $50 bonus when you sign up for a free Investment Savings account. These are the steps that you need to follow:

1) Click here to go to the ING DIRECT website

2) Under Investment Savings Account, click “Enroll now!” to open an account.

3) Fill in your information.

4) At Orange Key, enter the promo code: 14219857S1. Don’t forget this step, this will give you your $50 bonus!

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5) Continue following the steps to complete the registration process.

6) Next, write a cheque of $100 or more made out to your name. Mail the cheque to the ING DIRECT headquarters. When ING receives your cheque, they’ll deposit that amount into your new Investment Savings Account. In addition, they’ll gift you with a $50 bonus!

ING uses that cheque to link your current chequing account with your new ING account for making future transactions. The original bank account that you used to write your cheque will be regarded by ING DIRECT as your major bank account. You can transfer money to and from your major bank account and your ING DIRECT account online, without any service charges.

This whole process should take you less than 10 minutes, and you’ll come out $50 richer!

Spread the love! If you have your own holiday money saving tips to share, leave it in the comments.

Win 1 of 3 Templates from TemplateMonster

November 5th, 2013

We’ve partnered with TemplateMonster, one of the eldest template selling companies, to give you a chance to win a web page design for your future project. It can be a WordPress theme (click here), a Joomla template (click here) or any other template. Actually, you can win any template from TemplateMonster.

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About TemplateMonster

TemplateMonster has been in business since 2002 and now they have more than 40000 templates in their collection. These are different types of templates, including CMS templates (WordPress themes, Joomla templates), eCommerce templates (Magento themes, PrestaShop themes), and many others. Another thing you will like about TemplateMonster is that they offer free customer support, any time, any day.

So actually, you can win a template for whatever project you have in mind, whether it’s a personal blog or a corporate site, a news site or a webshop, a portfolio site or a photo gallery.

Rules:

  1. visit templatemonster.com and find the template you’d like to win.
  2. come back to this post and leave a comment with the template number

Please remember

  • The giveaway is open for a week.
  • 3 winners will be chosen randomly from all entries submitted before November 11.
  • Winners will be contacted by email, so be sure to use your real email address when you comment!
  • Each winner will get any template from TemplateMonster

Now you know everything about the giveaway. So it’s time to say Good Luck!