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The tools and services you’ll need to create and equip your virtual business premises

I find it useful to think of it like this: Your website is your business premises – you might meet and serve your clients there, you may have a shop. Maybe there’s a space for your clients to hang out and socialise, or perhaps you distribute or broadcast to your tribe from this place.

However you plan to use it, and you may not have clarity on all your future expansion plans right now, there are a few things you’ll definitely need. That’s what you’ll find on this page.

Hosting

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Or read on to learn what this is and why you need it.

What’s hosting?

If the website is your business premises then Hosting is the office building that you’re renting space in.

What you’re actually renting is space on a computer. (a server, to be technically precise)

Hopefully it’s a very fast, well maintained and well connected computer.

Don’t just hope!

When you’re planning to rent some virtual office space (know as buying a hosting package) you need to know about, and make, this choice:

  • a cramped room in an overcrowded and underfunded area where the services are unreliable and the providers unresponsive

or

  • quality office space at a purpose-built centre in the business district with excellent services and support

Leaving aside any misplaced loyalty to working-class roots, it should be fairly apparent that the latter is likely to be a much more pleasant place to work and is certainly going to perform better.

Good news!

In the physical world you might not feel like you have a choice – the difference would be in the thousands per month and that beautiful, spacious suite might be a way off yet.

Online it’s easier.

While it is possible to get hosting for as little as £3 – £4 a month, or even free, (just don’t go there!) the high quality service you seek starts at about £7 – £10 a month.

Yes, it’s double the price, but don’t get lost in that, we’re talking £10 a month for your business premises. Compare that to the amount you’d happily spend on coffee, bottled water, wine, extra virgin olive oil or the liquid analogy of your choosing.

Are you with me? Good!

Where to go…

Fortunately, this one’s easy. I’ve researched it to death and for me there’s only one sensible choice.

SiteGround

All my websites, this one included, are hosted with SiteGround – it’s a superior experience at a very good price.

If we’re working together I’m happy to advise on your individual needs, as well as taking care of all the technical stuff for you of course.

If you’re going DIY then I recommend the GrowBig plan – at the time of writing it’s on offer at £5.75 a month, an excellent investment.


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WordPress Themes

Jump straight to my recommendation for hosting

Watch the video >>

Or read on to learn what this is and why you need it.

What’s hosting?

If the website is your business premises then Hosting is the office building that you’re renting space in.

What you’re actually renting is space on a computer. (a server, to be technically precise)

Hopefully it’s a very fast, well maintained and well connected computer.

Don’t just hope!

When you’re planning to rent some virtual office space (know as buying a hosting package) you need to know about, and make, this choice:

  • a cramped room in an overcrowded and underfunded area where the services are unreliable and the providers unresponsive

or

  • quality office space at a purpose-built centre in the business district with excellent services and support

Leaving aside any misplaced loyalty to working-class roots, it should be fairly apparent that the latter is likely to be a much more pleasant place to work and is certainly going to perform better.

Good news!

In the physical world you might not feel like you have a choice – the difference would be in the thousands per month and that beautiful, spacious suite might be a way off yet.

Online it’s easier.

While it is possible to get hosting for as little as £3 – £4 a month, or even free, (just don’t go there!) the high quality service you seek starts at about £7 – £10 a month.

Yes, it’s double the price, but don’t get lost in that, we’re talking £10 a month for your business premises. Compare that to the amount you’d happily spend on coffee, bottled water, wine, extra virgin olive oil or the liquid analogy of your choosing.

Are you with me? Good!

Where to go…

Fortunately, this one’s easy. I’ve researched it to death and for me there’s only one sensible choice.

SiteGround

All my websites, this one included, are hosted with SiteGround – it’s a superior experience at a very good price.

If we’re working together I’m happy to advise on your individual needs, as well as taking care of all the technical stuff for you of course.

If you’re going DIY then I recommend the GrowBig plan – at the time of writing it’s on offer at £5.75 a month, an excellent investment.


Wordpress themes

Email List Building

Jump straight to my recommendation for hosting

Watch the video >>

Or read on to learn what this is and why you need it.

What’s hosting?

If the website is your business premises then Hosting is the office building that you’re renting space in.

What you’re actually renting is space on a computer. (a server, to be technically precise)

Hopefully it’s a very fast, well maintained and well connected computer.

Don’t just hope!

When you’re planning to rent some virtual office space (know as buying a hosting package) you need to know about, and make, this choice:

  • a cramped room in an overcrowded and underfunded area where the services are unreliable and the providers unresponsive

or

  • quality office space at a purpose-built centre in the business district with excellent services and support

Leaving aside any misplaced loyalty to working-class roots, it should be fairly apparent that the latter is likely to be a much more pleasant place to work and is certainly going to perform better.

Good news!

In the physical world you might not feel like you have a choice – the difference would be in the thousands per month and that beautiful, spacious suite might be a way off yet.

Online it’s easier.

While it is possible to get hosting for as little as £3 – £4 a month, or even free, (just don’t go there!) the high quality service you seek starts at about £7 – £10 a month.

Yes, it’s double the price, but don’t get lost in that, we’re talking £10 a month for your business premises. Compare that to the amount you’d happily spend on coffee, bottled water, wine, extra virgin olive oil or the liquid analogy of your choosing.

Are you with me? Good!

Where to go…

Fortunately, this one’s easy. I’ve researched it to death and for me there’s only one sensible choice.

SiteGround

All my websites, this one included, are hosted with SiteGround – it’s a superior experience at a very good price.

If we’re working together I’m happy to advise on your individual needs, as well as taking care of all the technical stuff for you of course.

If you’re going DIY then I recommend the GrowBig plan – at the time of writing it’s on offer at £5.75 a month, an excellent investment.


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How To…

Jump straight to my recommendation for hosting

Watch the video >>

Or read on to learn what this is and why you need it.

What’s hosting?

If the website is your business premises then Hosting is the office building that you’re renting space in.

What you’re actually renting is space on a computer. (a server, to be technically precise)

Hopefully it’s a very fast, well maintained and well connected computer.

Don’t just hope!

When you’re planning to rent some virtual office space (know as buying a hosting package) you need to know about, and make, this choice:

  • a cramped room in an overcrowded and underfunded area where the services are unreliable and the providers unresponsive

or

  • quality office space at a purpose-built centre in the business district with excellent services and support

Leaving aside any misplaced loyalty to working-class roots, it should be fairly apparent that the latter is likely to be a much more pleasant place to work and is certainly going to perform better.

Good news!

In the physical world you might not feel like you have a choice – the difference would be in the thousands per month and that beautiful, spacious suite might be a way off yet.

Online it’s easier.

While it is possible to get hosting for as little as £3 – £4 a month, or even free, (just don’t go there!) the high quality service you seek starts at about £7 – £10 a month.

Yes, it’s double the price, but don’t get lost in that, we’re talking £10 a month for your business premises. Compare that to the amount you’d happily spend on coffee, bottled water, wine, extra virgin olive oil or the liquid analogy of your choosing.

Are you with me? Good!

Where to go…

Fortunately, this one’s easy. I’ve researched it to death and for me there’s only one sensible choice.

SiteGround

All my websites, this one included, are hosted with SiteGround – it’s a superior experience at a very good price.

If we’re working together I’m happy to advise on your individual needs, as well as taking care of all the technical stuff for you of course.

If you’re going DIY then I recommend the GrowBig plan – at the time of writing it’s on offer at £5.75 a month, an excellent investment.


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