Web for Business


Business website hosting is a specific quality of hosting service dedicated to the needs of business.  But it does not differ from web hosting in general, which is the service that makes your website available on the Internet.   As such business web hosting is specialized towards the marketing of your business online and the hosting of your online business.

With the Internet connecting nearly every household and office worldwide, business website hosting services are a strategic part of every businesses operations.   Today, more than ever,  Businesses need to get online not only to have an eCommerce website,  where people can buy your goods and services, but also to promote your business and help generate and qualify leads.   While many of us have used an online shopping cart and payment processing system, this is not the only purpose for a business website.  Commonly referred to as eCommerce website hosting this is only one aspect to Business website hosting not the least of which is promotion of your company or organisation.  Furthermore business website hosting provides you a way to give your clients, customers and partners more detailed information about your products and services.

High Availability HostingThink of it as 24/7 sales team, a round the clock marketing campaign and a always on customer support center.    For pennies a day your can extend your business hours, deepen your customer relationships and challenge even your largest competitors.

There are many web hosting companies that provide facilities for  business website hosting.  Apart from hosting the websites, these companies also provide the services of website planning, designing and deployment along with SEO and/or marketing services.  With BCwebnet Business website hosting you pay a fixed amount of money per month to host your website and inform clients and partners about your business or the service that you provide.  So what this means is even businesses of modest budgets can get quality service at a reasonable price.

BCwebnet offers two business web hosting services that differ only in their delivery platforms; that is the type of servers and more specifically how those servers are configured.   We offer a traditional shared hosting service for budget conscious businesses and a high availability hosting service for those business who really rely on this online presence.   While larger organizations have dedicated servers at their disposal for hosting their websites, such expenses are not generally feasible for small businesses and non-profit organisations.  However, BCwebnet was started on the foundation that responsible hosting means providing the best service possible for the budget of  the client.  We are in the business of hosting websites and make every cost effective effort to ensure websites are delivered within our uptime guarantees.

Our highly available hosting solutions are a further testament to that commitment.   But not every consumer can afford a high availability hosting service.  However, for those that can they get the piece of mind that their website is hosted on a platform designed specifically to provide 99.9% uptime (three 9s), which allows for about 45 minutes per month of unscheduled interruption.  Most of our services achieve well over 99.9% uptime but for High Availability Business Hosting plan we provide a 100% guarantee on this commitment.

Business website hosting has the capability of giving your business a big boost.  The right choice is a sound hosting platform on which everything else depends.   So give your company or organisation the advantage its deserves and get online today with us.

To get more information about our affordable business website hosting plans please visit: http://www.bcwebnet.com/

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The average small business does not know how to find a web designer or web developer. However, with some initial planning and careful preparation, you will be able to find a web development professional to meet your business needs.

1. Evaluate the Needs of Your Online Business Presence

Setting clear, concise goals will help you understand what your business wants to achieve from the website. Create a “Request for Proposal,” or RFP, to write these goals down and determine which website features are essential and which ones would be nice additions. A website RFP is also useful when you are recruiting and communicating with web development professionals. Download the following document to help you develop your proposal: Create an RFP for Your Website.

2. Narrow Down a Group of Web Designers/Web Developers

After creating your website RFP, you will need to shortlist a group of web development professionals. Below is a list of websites that will help you assemble your potential shortlist:

Additionally, a Google search for “Vancouver freelance web design” or “Vancouver web designers” will give you many different local web designers to consider.

When looking at the portfolios of potential web designers, think about the following questions:

  • Do I like the look and feel of their previous work?
  • Do they have quality references?
  • Have they created websites similar to what I need for my website?
  • Do they have all the technical skills required to complete the job? It’s important that whoever you choose to work with thoroughly understands the technical requirements necessary for your website.

3. Email Your Website RFP

Email your website RFP to the entire list of potential web designers you have shortlisted. Here is an easy way to do so:

  1. Compose a new email address it to yourself.
  2. Add all your potential web designers to the BCC field of your e-mail
  3. Create a clear subject line, such as “XYZ Business is looking to have a website created (RFP attached)”
  4. Write a brief introductory sentence describing your business and yourself
  5. Attach your website RFP to the e-mail, send and then wait for feedback

4. Review, Negotiate and Get Comfy.

Next you’ll be reviewing the feedback from you website RFP. There will likely be a mix of good, not-so-good and standout replies. If possible, call and make a one-on-one appointment with the candidates that stood out. Meeting the potential web designer is very important, especially since you will want to feel comfortable working together. Consider the following points when meeting a web designer:

  • There is no need to pay for an initial meet and greet
  • If you do not already have a domain name or web hosting, let the designer know you will still need to do so. It is ideal to have both registered in your business name
  • Ask for references to websites that the designer created with similar requirements to your own needs
  • It is okay to ask for a list of past clients to contact. If you do contact a reference, the only question that really matters is whether the client would work with the designer again. The only answer that matters is “Yes.”
  • It is not common that a quality web designer will develop a website mock-up for you as a free pitch to get the contract. This approach will often scare away quality talent
  • A quality web designer will listen to your plan, assess your needs, and provide constructive feedback regarding any areas of your website plan that may need improvement

5. Get Everything in Writing

After picking a web designer, commit everything about the project to writing, including:

  • Financial terms and payment schedules
  • Any legal requirements that need signing off
  • Itemized list of what and when deliverables will be provided to you by the web designer
  • Itemized list of what and when deliverables will be provided by you to the web designer
  • A project timeline outlining key milestone and final release dates
  • Having everything in writing provides both parties with a clear blueprint of what is expected.

    Following this process will help to make the process of finding a web designer an easier task. The time spent planning your website needs will make for an organized, well-communicated working relationship between yourself and the designer you choose to create your website.

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