Here are links to supporting services you may need with your web project. If what you’re looking for isn’t here, please ask.
Hostmonster.com is the preferred hosting provider of Birdwing Designs, as it tends to exceed standards of quality and reliability, is affordable, has great customer support (aka humans on the phone), and they support all the technologies you’ll need for your site including WordPress. Purchase a two year plan to get the lowest rate and a free domain name registration.
Registering your Domain Name
Your domain name is the web address for your site. Most businesses have several, with one that is the primary address and others that point to the primary address. Domains are purchased through a domain registrar, of which there are several. Some tips when registering your domain:
- Register all the domains you think you could need and can afford. It prevents competition (that may not even exist yet) from encroaching on your brand or taking traffic that might otherwise go to you.
- Registering domains that include your top keywords will help your search engine rankings.
- Registering your domains for longer terms (5 years +) can help your search engine rankings.
You can register affordable domains at: GoDaddy.com
Birdwing Designs is familiar with most major email list serv providers, and we use and recommend iContact. iContact has some of the top customer support in the industry and its design options and feature set are top-of-the-line. We can provide you with training and setup for your e-mail marketing needs, including e-mail newsletter design and online marketing best-practices.
Birdwing Designs no longer offer print design services, but if you’re looking for an affordable online vendor for business cards, letterhead, postcards, posters and flyers and more, we like Vistaprint. Use this link to receive an instant discount on your order.
Writing for the Web
Putting together all of the content for your website is a big job. But it may not require quite as much writing as you think.
Optimizing Your Website for Search Engines
Whether you already have a website and are wanting more visibility, or are writing content for your new site and want to make sure it attracts the attention of search engines (and therefore new customers,) there are specific steps you can take to get the results you’re looking for.
Our search engine package is designed to do just this, and you have the power to augment this dramatically – both through your content writing and by finding other sites who link to you.
Blogs are already built to seduce the search engines and they’re the world’s simplest way to write on the web. Starting a blog is easy, free and it’s super way to augment your online marketing strategy.
We recommend using WordPress.