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  1. #1
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    web design/hosting

    Hello all,

    Does anyone combine web hosting with design?

    I was thinking of offering web design services and adding hosting as an included feature for the first year. I was thinking this would be a good way to aquire customers for the hosting business.

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    I was thinking about it - if you offer both then people have the choice.

    I am still thinking about it!

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    Hosting is becoming such a commodity these days that it is harder to differentiate one from another.

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    I used to offer Hosting and Design services comnbined before i joined InnoHosting.

    It was always good you would be talking about making them a template/website and then you say "also for an extra $$ i provide quality, low cost web hosting".

    Used to work for me.
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    Hi,

    I think this is a good idea to offer both hosting and design. I believe that many hosting customers are looking such service.

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    I think you'll find a lot of people out there are looking for the whole package (ie: site + hosting), and normally webdesigners will recommend a host or have a reseller account themselves so it's quite important to be able to offer it yourself (even if you sub the work out to a 3rd party).
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    I offer design services, it is a must if you are targeting the local market, especially when most who just need hosting are already hosting with their ISP. (Then you are debating the cost of switching etc. and most businesses will pay a little more when they have had no problems, and it saves themselves the headache of changing hosts/dns updates etc). But when you offer them design servcices (site tune-up etc), they are more willing to change then.

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    Hoesntly, it is up to you.

    I say that a tremendous amount of those who need web sites, get hosting, so it works quite well if you know what you are doing.
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    Its a good idea if your already a web designer and have the skills.

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    I see a lot of design companies are promoting themselves as 'internet marketing' firms because I think they feel that that is more directly addressing the customers' needs.

    I have seen few design companies combine the hosting aspects but in reality I think it provides a more stable income once you are established.

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    For new businesses, web design can put food on the table while you build up your hosting client base.

    Clients love a complete solution, so providing for both their design and hosting needs makes perfect sense.

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    Lots of companies start off this way, by offering both web design and hosting solutions in an all-in-one bundle. You will also see hosting businesses partnering with a design firm to share potential clients.

    Make sure that when you provide the design service + 1 year hosting that you actually plan on being able to provide hosting to the user for that one year period. You may want to consider design + 3-4 months free hosting. Let them test drive your servers for a bit. Then once they get comfortable and used to your services that 3-4 month period will be up and you can bill them for service.

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    A significant amount of our customers design and host in one package. The key to hosting and designing is to give the customer away to make minor changes without having to contact you (or put you in the awkward position of having to charge even for the slightest text change).

    So they use a sitebuilder to design within (sitezen, Soholaunch, Swsoft's sitebuilder etc) but you can also design within a free CMS like Mambo or Exponent.

    Really great way to go. The customer feels like they get design, hosting and a full application all in one place which enhances your retention rate and allows you to distinguish your offering and escape the $2 a month hosting pitfall

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    In my opinion it is possible, it all depends on how well you can handle both sides of the business. Best of luck

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    Re: web design/hosting

    Originally posted by cws_mm
    Hello all,

    Does anyone combine web hosting with design?

    I was thinking of offering web design services and adding hosting as an included feature for the first year. I was thinking this would be a good way to aquire customers for the hosting business.
    We do offer designing along with hosting which is very good for our clients. We have our own design team but we also hire designers if required and one of such firm I am aware is globalhoststaff. They offer the designers as well as programers. We have personal experience with then in this regards. You can visit them at this link:-

    GlobalHostStaff.com

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    Originally posted by Galfon
    Hoesntly, it is up to you.

    I say that a tremendous amount of those who need web sites, get hosting, so it works quite well if you know what you are doing.
    i agree with that other times it can swing the other way and turn out a total waste, It seems a intresting prospect of having a all in 1 site, but im not sure it would work.
    Good luck whatever you decide

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