How to Create Awesome Team Pages

Team pages help profile your team and build trust with website visitors. Team profile pages are particularly useful for professional services sites, where you deliver a service through people, rather than ship it as a product.

Even if you have an About page, the Team page can showcase the skills of your team and the projects they have worked on. For a reader who may not know your business well, this can inspire them and create confidence. For mid-sized companies, it can help website visitors understand how your business is structured and where to direct enquiries.

While anyone can post team information, there is a certain expectation about how this content is created and displayed You want to create a page that is well structured and easy to skim, especially if you have a large team. You also want to keep this information current to ensure old team members are removed and new team members are added when they join.

We will look at some plugins that will do this for you later, but first, let’s look at what you need to consider when preparing team profiles.

Profiles Should Cover Similar Topics

First, try to keep each profile a consistent length with similar information. Whether the style is formal or quirky, including vital information about background, experience and interests help customers relate to the people in your office. This can be done with a series of structured questions and a guide to answer length. A simple questionnaire can be circulated to team members by email to get the content flowing.

You may want to edit the responses to ensure that it is error-free and maintains a tone and style that is consistent with your brand image. If you are uncertain about this, sometimes a Communications consultant or a Marketing agency can help you with this.

Keep your Team Photos Consistent

Finally, choose great staff photos. Depending on your style, you could take selfies, candid or more professional shots. Whatever style you choose for your site, keep it consistent and repeatable. One tip here is to consider the size of your team and potential employee turnover – how much it will cost to get a professional photographer in each time for a new staff member? To solve this problem, maybe you have talent people in your office that can get a similar result with a smartphone.

Now laying out all this great content is your final task. Some sites already have team profile pages built in, but if not here are two great plugins we recommend you use to layout your team profiles neatly and professionally.

WordPress Plugins for Team Pages

Team works well on responsive websites in three different styles. Each team member has a picture and social profiles, and you can customise things like backgrounds and colours.

Team Members adds a team section to your WordPress Dashboard panel. You can add new members, with pictures, social profiles and descriptions and reorder them. Profiles are inserted into the page using a WordPress shortcode. This plugin is completely free, and there is no limitation to functionality

Building team profiles can be fun team exercise and builds pride and camaraderie. Have fun building your team profiles and let us know if we can help. Do you have a tip for making team pages, let us know in the comments below.

Should I choose a Digital Agency or Web Designer?

As your business and website need grows, you may find you outgrow your designer. Maybe your designer was great while you knew what you needed. Eventually, over time, your site starts to outgrow your ability, and you need the expertise to take your next steps.

That’s where partnering with a web agency can be better for you than just a web designer.

Web design companies are great at building you great websites, and enhancing them, but what if they’re good at code, but not so great at other aspects of digital marketing or Search Engine Optimisation.  Maybe you’ve spread your options out, and you have different teams looking after your design, your hosting, marketing and lead generation.

You may be reading this thinking “I know I need to do something different, but I’m not sure what my next steps should be.”

You may be tempted to go bigger. Perhaps you need to look for a web design company rather than a web designer, but will that answer the questions you have?

Searching for a digital agency or a web design agency might be the answer. Having one agency to coordinate all your web related and marketing activities

So, you are at the point where you know you need a new partner to handle the direction of your website. You and your business are growing. So, it’s about time that your website and other marketing platforms start to get in line.

So what’s the difference between a digital design agency and a web designer?  It’s about the level of service, and this can be seen in the types of questions that area asked.  We web design company will ask you what you want, they don’t discuss your business. They are order takers. They will deliver a good design, but they will leave the strategy to you.

An agency will delve into your business. They’ll want to know about your goals, they’ll talk a lot about content, and they’ll devise complete plans for helping you achieve your goals. Often you’ll find the relationship is more like a partnership, where the agency will proactively call you to talk about new options they’ve devised for other clients that you may benefit from.

Digital agencies have the knowledge and capability to do many things well. They have creative people that bring design, branding and strategy together and they have all the people they need to be able to execute to a high standard.

The team will be under one roof, collaborating with each other on projects. The control they bring to projects means that delivery is swift.

If your site is not high budget, then you may be better off working with a web designer. If your results count and your business strategically relies on your website, then a design agency may be a more prudent choice.

If you’re looking to expand your business strategically with digital, and that is a critical part of your plan, then you should consider partnering with a digital agency.

How to use Evergreen Content in your Blog

Whether you are a blogger who has heard of Evergreen content before, or it’s a new concept to you, understanding Evergreen content is one of the most valuable lessons content creators can learn.

Having unique content that is interesting for readers is a hallmark of a blog. Making content that stands the test of time is your ultimate goal. Evergreen content is content that remains valuable to users over the long term – it doesn’t date, the lessons remain relevant, and the wisdom remains intact.  This type of content is what keeps readers coming back to your blog to read your words and share them with their friends.

As you know, most content you will write is ‘time sensitive’ or topical, which means it gets stale the longer it stays on your site. Over time, visitors may overlook these topics unless you spend time refreshing them; making them current again. Evergreen content remains ‘fresh’ without the need for being refreshed because it contains lots of practical tips and advice that never age.

Evergreen content stays fresh forever

The long-term nature of Evergreen content means that it stays fresh forever, offering value to readers now and in the future. As more people become exposed to this content, they will like and link to it.  Over time this will increase your search engine ranks and drive more people to your website.

Creating good content is not easy. You need to source topics, find unique angles then write compelling content. While people write articles all the time, they don’t always think about how to get the best use from it. Evergreen content may take longer to plan and write, but if you’re getting more life from it, then it’s worth the extra effort.

Various types of Evergreen content

There are different types of Evergreen content on the web today:

How to articles are popular, and showcase your skills and experience.  Craft these pieces by finding a reliable topic of interest to your readers (you can often find this from comments, or even other blogs). Once you have your topic, brainstorm parallel themes which become different articles in themselves. For each of these subjects, craft a challenging question then provide a how-to answer. The deeper you can go, the more value you add to your reader.

Some sites like Copyblogger, go deep on only one or two parts of an answer. This allows the writer to position themselves as a subject matter expert without giving away all their knowledge. This style of writing leaves you with an option to either sell more of your expertise to those who need to learn more, write more on that subject later, or ask people to subscribe to get the rest of the answer in the form of a whitepaper, a checklist or an eBook.

Explanation articles provide background on a topic.  An explanation article is different from a how-to article because it defines a single issue in more depth.  It creates a deep dive on a single subject and the resulting document could be a white paper or an eBook.  You can find topics for definition articles by asking: “What do I get asked about most often?” When you find a problem, explain the subject in your words and unique style
Argument pieces help discussion around a particular theme.  I’ve seen many bloggers do this successfully, by being a bit contentious.  By presenting some unique thought or angle on the subject, you’ll get people to not only read your content but hopefully ‘engage’ with it as well.  If you pick the right topic, that’s not time-sensitive then you will have done your job well and presented some good pillar content that will stand the test of time and keep drawing people to your blog.

Reports, white papers and even templates can be useful Evergreen content.  Presenting industry knowledge sets you up as a subject matter expert, and you’ll find people come back for this content consistently. You could give this content for free or use it to entice sign up to a newsletter – the choice is yours.

How often should you write Evergreen content?

As you plan your editorial calendar, you should plan to write one piece of Evergreen content every month. Over time, the number of articles will grow.  Give away some of this content on your blog, and reserve some as autoresponder content or subscriber offers to add even more value.  By doing this, you will get the most value from your hard work.

So these are my thoughts but what are your tips for writing Evergreen content?  Have you found success with it?  How do you use your evergreen content?  Send me a comment below and let’s chat more about how to blog better.

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WordPress SSL for Free with Let’s Encrypt

SSL Certificates encrypt the connection between your site and your visitor’s browser, preventing hackers from intercepting and stealing personal information. Installing an SSL certificate on your domain name is a great move and now with Let’s Encrypt and Asporea you can get SSL for free.

Historically SSL certificates were difficult to install, and they could cost you upwards of USD 90 a year. It was a cash-cow business for the security industry, and many people were taken for a ride by over inflated prices.
Let’s Encrypt offers a free way of getting many of the same security benefits for your site – without the cost. It’s taken the traditional paid model and turned it on its head with open source. Let’s Encrypt offer certificates for free, and it’s backed by companies like Facebook, Mozilla, Google Chrome, Cisco and Securi. The Let’s Encrypt platform makes installing SSL certificates automatic, simple and free for all.

What is SSL?

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificates were invented in 1996 to secure web connections between the website and the visitor. In 1999, improvements ensued, and it transformed to Transfer Layer Security (or TLS). This is still used, although people know it better by the old name.  Browsers with a green https prefix are secured with an SSL certificate.

Websites that accept personal information – like online shopping sites use certificates to prevent hackers from stealing this information.

WordPress sites can benefit from a certificate because of the login page – it is possible for hackers to steal login information from non-secure sites.

About Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and is a registered Certificate Authority. This means it is authorised to issue SSL certificates.

The project wants to secure the entire web. Let’s Encrypt works by allowing you to install a certificate, adding a couple of commands via Shell Access and installing Let’s Encrypt Automatic Certificate Management Environment client.  Certificates are installed almost immediately.

Now included with Asporea cPanel hosting

Now, clients with Asporea can quickly add Let’s Encrypt certificates directly from their control panel. This functionality allows you to secure any domain in your hosting environment almost immediately.  Certificates will renew automatically, and sites will be secure in minutes.

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Using Conversion Funnels to Improve Your Site

When customers buy your products and services online, it isn’t a transparent process. You can’t physically see your customer. You can’t talk to them, and you don’t get any queues about what they like and don’t like about your site. To an outsider, just looking at sales figures, it seems like a very binary process – you either get the sale, or you don’t.

Analytics is a good way to see important facts like where your customers come from, how long they stay and what site information they feel is relevant.  But what about the path they take to buying your product?

How do you know which pages on your website are most convincing for customers? Sure you can ask those customers who purchase a product, but what about those clients who hit low performing pages and leave your site without a purchase?

Analytics has a feature commonly called a Conversion Funnel which describes the journey the customer takes from an advertisement or search result, through the various pages of your site, and finally converting to a sale.  The metaphor of a funnel is important because at every stage customers will drop out of the process – the funnel shrinks from a large entry at the top to a small exit at the bottom signifying the low number of potential customers who convert to a sale.

The advantage of funnels is they help us see the sale process easily and allows us to:
•    See where a customer might be confused or get into trouble
•    Work out what copy might be changing a customer’s decision to buy
•    Surfacing bugs in the code, browser issues or other technical problems which could prevent a client from buying

Funnels work in conjunction with Goals.  Simply put, Goals are end points you want your client to reach, like a checkout page, or a thank you page after a customer subscribes to your newsletter.  Goals describe those activities you want your customer to complete when visiting your website.
Once you have a goal setup, you are ready to setup a Funnel.

Let’s use a simple case study to bring funnels to life. Your site offers a subscription site for authors to access an exclusive member site – the primary call to action for your website is to sign up for a newsletter so you can entice them to become a member.

First, you need to setup your goal – which will be a thank you page once a user has subscribed. We use the thank you page because it is AFTER the subscription process is complete.

  1. Log into Google Analytics, drill down into one of your profiles, and click Admin in the top navigation.
  2. Click the Goals tab.
  3. Enter a Goal Name, such as Subscribe to Newsletter.
  4. Enter a Goal URL, such as /thankyou-page.php.
  5. Leave the Match Type as Exact Match
  6. Enter a Goal Value (even if it doesn’t have a cash value) because it allows Google to calculate Page value and Per Visit Goal Value.

You can create your funnel after you’ve created your goal.

  1. Select the Use Funnel checkbox.
  2. Enter URLs and names for the funnel steps (these are pages that lead to your goal):
    /about-us – About us
    /newsletter – Newsletter description
    /signup.php – Sign-up page
  3. Select the Required Step checkbox for the first funnel step.

Once Google Analytics has collected some data, the Funnel Visualisation Report will show a raft of data including the Funnel Conversion Rate, which shows the percentage of visits, including a step page view which leads to the goal.  This shows you how successfully your page is converting.
Congratulations on making your first step into conversion funnel analytics. If we can help you with further steps, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Does your website need a redesign?

When you’re so wrapped up in your business, it’s easy to lose sight of your website.  Over time your pages can get stale, your visitor numbers can drop and suddenly your website isn’t performing as well as it could. That’s where a website redesign can help – but how do you know if it’s time?

Here are 12 questions you can ask yourself to see whether you should be thinking about a website redesign now.

  1. Does your home page showcase the most recent and relevant information?
  2. Are there features on your website that no longer work or you no longer need?
  3. Are all your services, product descriptions and images still current?
  4. When you consider competitor sites, does yours look old?
  5. Has your website analytics experienced a drop in visitor numbers?
  6. Is the navigation intuitive to find the most important things on your site?
  7. Does your website appear correctly on mobile devices? Is it responsive?
  8. Do you know your website is missing content that would be helpful to your customers?
  9. Is there any old or outdated information that must be removed?
  10. Are your website terms of service out of date?
  11. Does your web store need to accept new methods of payment?
  12. Has it been more than a year since your last update?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to more than one of these questions then chances are your website needs a redesign.  Why not start a conversation with our design team about how we can modernize and refresh your website today.

Is Business Hosting Right For Me?

Small business owners will be excited about our Business Hosting at Asporea. Here’s how it’s different from other hosting platforms.  Asporea’s Business Hosting offers premium server performance and an easy to use cPanel. You don’t need advanced technical knowledge.

In short, all the power of having your own server with zero effort. You don’t have to hire a server technician to have a great website platform for your small business.

Small business owners are busy – you’re the leader, the bookkeeper, the office manager and the sales team all wrapped into one. You don’t need to be a server administrator too. With just a little tech knowledge you can be a server administrator without having to get complicated.

If you want a hosting platform for your small business without the stress, then our Asporea Business Hosting solution is the answer.

How is Business Hosting Different?

A shared hosting server is like living in an apartment — it’s inexpensive, suitable and does most things you need. You are in a shared space, so just like apartment living you could have noise across the hall or return to find someone in your parking space!

A Business Server is like owning a condo. We give you dedicated space, a smaller exclusive group of neighbours and a team of people who keep the fuss to a minimum behind the scenes.

A Business Dedicated server is like having your own house – giving you the flexibility to customise and use that server exactly as you want.

Is Business Hosting for me?

Business Hosting was designed to service users who might have outgrown their traditional shared hosting accounts.

These are some of the reasons
•    Your site uses more than the allocated share of resources.
•    You anticipate increased website traffic in the future
•    You want your response times to be faster
•    You are running eCommerce, or applications that require more memory
•    Your WordPress site has a lot of custom plugins that need processing power

Business Hosting gives you more ‘headroom’ and more resources. It’s not a full dedicated server but sits somewhere in the middle.  It’s a cheaper option to give you more freedom while your business grows. Now you can have the power of a big server without having to manage it yourself.

Here’s what you get with your Business Hosting plan:
•    An easy-to-use cPanel experience
•    Over 300 pre-installed one-click install scripts giving you software on tap
•    Unmetered bandwidth which is great if you’re website numbers are growing.
•    Free email for professional communication including a convenient webmail interface for busy people on the go.
•    Customised Performance options built-in.
•    Free Let’sEncrypt SSL

If this sounds like what you need, check out our Business Hosting plans and get started today.

How to do WordPress Maintenance

Once you’ve established your WordPress site your next step is to understand how to maintain it properly. Like most things, your site is not set and forget – not only do you need to create content – you need to ensure that it’s properly maintained.

A properly maintained site keeps hackers away and ensures that any security holes found in software can be plugged quickly. Keeping your site secure is important for your sanity, as well as the safety of your website visitors and to ensure that none of the other sites on your server is impacted by inadequate security on your site.

The first indication you’ll have is WordPress asking you to do an update – it will either be a change to the WordPress core, a plugin or a theme.  Normally these updates will be a click of a button.  Most of the time, the process works smoothly, other times you’ll hit a snag or two, so here are some good tips to ensure that you do updates in a smooth and effective way.

Get Real-time backups

I can’t stress this enough.  Using a real-time back-up service is a life-saver.  When an update goes wrong, you can just roll your site back to the previous version from your stored backup.

If your site does become compromised, you will have your posts protected. Backups can cost as little as US$39 a year at Vaultpress – and you can be assured that the time you spent creating your blog posts is well protected.
Of course, you could choose a free backup plugin, but they’re harder to administrate when things go wrong, plus they chew up a lot of server resources.  In my experience, it’s much less stressful to know you can press a button and your site will be restored almost instantly from a secure offsite backup.

Clean your WordPress Database

Things like abandoned post drafts, spam comments and multiple post revisions, clog up your WordPress database and stop it from working optimally.  WP Optimise is a plugin available in the WordPress repository that will automatically clean your database of all unneeded content.

Install a Security Plugin and Run Checks Regularly

You cannot run WordPress without at least one security plugin.  For starters, I recommend Wordfence because it is intuitive to setup and it has good inbuilt scanning options which alert you to suspicious changes in your site.
Wordfence works to stop would-be hackers from your site. It protects your login from brute force attempts (hackers or machines guessing your usernames and passwords), as well as protecting at the file level (things like permissions on files).

Of course, there are other good pieces of software too including WP All In One Security which I also recommend for the more experienced WordPress user, but Wordfence is a good starting point.

Set a Regular Schedule for Maintenance

Rather than reacting to each update notice, sometimes it can be easier to set a regular schedule when you do all your updates at once.  This reduces downtime for your web visitors and ensures that you’ve set aside ample time in case something goes wrong.

And if that all sounds like too much…

Consider a service like Asporea’s WordPress Protection Plan to give you backups and all updates built in for just $9.99 per site per month. It offers you complete piece of mind while we ensure your site performs optimally.

Do you have any recommendations or tools for better WordPress maintenance? Write me a message in the comments below.

10 Reasons You’ll Love WordPress

If you’re considering building a WordPress site as a hobby, or for your business then it’s hard to go past the WordPress content management platform.  Using a system like WordPress means that you can focus on what you do (content) rather than having to employ expensive coders to build your site.   Yes, you may need someone to set it up for you, but afterwards, you can maintain the content yourself.  That’s a big advantage for any cost-sensitive business.  If that alone doesn’t convince you here are ten other reasons:

1. WordPress is free

Everyone loves free stuff.  The WordPress engine, as well as many of the plugins and themes, are free.  WordPress is completely free with full functionality which means you don’t have to pay for any hidden extras for this powerful content management tool. WordPress gives you the opportunity to manage your website yourself.

2. WordPress is user-friendly even for beginners

I say to people if you’ve ever used word processing software and the Internet then you can use WordPress.  The user interface is so intuitive that people who have never used a website can find their way around and do useful stuff. Creating a page or a blog post in WordPress is super simple, you type your words and press Post.

You’ve got loads of control.  You can type your content and modify it with colours, and different type styles like (bold, italics and underline). You can add headings, align text, and add pictures and hyperlinks too.

3. Add features easily with Plugins

WordPress has a lot of hand features built in.  That said, if you need WordPress to do more than it does ‘out of the box’, then you can search the WordPress repository for plugins that do the job for you. Many of these plugins are completely free and built by the WordPress developer community.

For example, if you need a contact form that emails you messages from visitors, there’s a plugin for that.  If you want to build a complete Learning Management System in WordPress, there’s a plugin for that too.
WordPress offers you plugins for just about anything you can imagine you want to do.

4. Great SEO options

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is easy with WordPress.  There are several popular plugins that will help you manage your content and ensure your website is SEO compliant. This is important to help you get great search engine placing that helps people find your website.

5. More themes than you can use

If you want a great looking site, then WordPress will help you do that.  WordPress has tens of thousands of themes for you to choose from. Some free, and some premium.  Developers can also easily build themes for your website to give you a unique look to match your brand.
WordPress Themes are skins that you add to WordPress to change the look of your website. With built-in access to the theme repository you can choose a different theme from inside WordPress – it’s very easy.

6. WordPress is built for blogging

You may think you don’t need a blog, but having the blogging functionality helps your website grow in a few ways – firstly even if you don’t ‘blog’, you may want to display ‘news’. The blogging function can be used for the same thing.

Blogging or the production of news on your site ensures that your content remains fresh and gives website visitors a reason to return to your site.  Visitors return to this site to read new posts we place here on a regular basis. You need to be doing the same thing.

Because you can do this from inside WordPress, you don’t need to pay a developer to add your post each time you want to make a content change.

7. WordPress is flexible and can be used for almost anything

WordPress is a content management system, but the plugins you can add will allow it to do almost anything – you can run a newspaper, build an online learning platform, sell goods or services or even run your a podcast network all using WordPress using plugins found for free in the WordPress repository.

Let your imagination run free, and you can do it with the help of WordPress, easily.

8. WordPress helps you to sell stuff

With great free plugins like WooCommerce, you can sell physical goods (things that get mailed to customers) or virtual goods (things delivered through the website, or via email) very easily. Add the plugin, create your products, setup a payment gateway like Paypal and you’re set to sell.  Online stores can be setup in just a few hours, and you can start making sales the same day.

9. Nearly everyone supports WordPress

WordPress is popular – many people use it, and many people build software plugins for it. This means that if there’s a snag, there are people who can help you out.

When you search Google, you’ll find a lot of forums, posts and support from web developers and designers because it’s one of the most commonly used web platforms in the world.

And even if you don’t want to do it yourself, there are people like us who can help you get the job done.

10. Nearly every host offers WordPress built-in

Most popular web hosts including Asporea Hosting offer WordPress as an easy one-click install which means that you can add WordPress with a few clicks – in five minutes you can be setting up your first WordPress website.  What are you waiting for?

What is Bounce Rate?

In this series of Analytics posts, I’m examining Bounce rate. It’s an important measure for site managers because it explains the number of visitors who leave your site after landing on it. In plain English it’s about who doesn’t find anything interesting enough to make them stay.

Bounce rates can be caused by a number of factors including:

  1. Hitting the back button on a web browser
  2. The user finished and closed a web browser window, ending the session
  3. The visitor clicks an ad on your website
  4. The visitor used the search box in their web browser
  5. The visitor typed a URL into their browser
  6. The visitor clicked a link to an external site, forcing them to leave your site

Bounce rates are calculated when a user takes any one of these actions before clicking on a second page of your site. So if a user clicked a second page before clicking on an advertisement then it would not be counted as a Bounce in your statistics.

Your site’s bounce rate can be calculated with the following formula:

Bounce = Visits that left after one page / Total number of visits

Website managers should aim to lower the bounce rate – as you do this it means you are engaging more of your visitors with your content and it’s an indicator that your content and design are correct, enticing people to click on more pages of your site each visit.

You can measure the bounce rate on your website using analytics tools like Google Analytics, which will automatically track these figures for you.

The Inconvenient Truth about Shared Hosting

The biggest disappointment with Shared Hosting is the vague promise of ‘unlimited’ resource which can ultimately end up in frustration because of the limiting realities of being on a shared server.  The purpose of this article is to explain how shared hosting works so that you have the full picture.

WordPress users flock to Shared Web Hosting because it is affordable and welcome’s the uninitiated with open arms.  Often used by individuals and small businesses to take their first steps onto the web, shared hosting is welcoming and easy to setup. The lure for small business is enticing: a few clicks, a credit card transaction, a one-click install and you’re on the web.

The way shared hosting works is that multiple companies share a large web server. The costs of running the web server are shared between all the users on the machine, which means that the resource cost can be spread amongst all the users.  It is an inexpensive way to host your website.  Purchasing your own web server can cost upwards of USD 150 per month, but in reality, for a small business, you’d only be using a fraction of the resource to host your website.  Instead with shared hosting, you purchase a ‘share’ of the site for a fraction of the cost – typically somewhere between USD4-10.

The biggest issue with a lot of the larger web companies is the marketing around shared hosting. Their promises of ‘unlimited bandwidth’, ‘unlimited domains’, ‘unlimited disk space’ sound very enticing, but in reality, these promises are empty and too good to be true. These companies hide behind acceptable use policies to throttle excessive usage of services and limit your capability.

Shared Web Hosting is made for small businesses with a single website and low amounts of traffic and functionality.  Websites with lots of plugins or membership features may not be suitable for this type of server.  Even sites with few plugins can find their service becoming throttled (slowed down) because of the way plugins are written. Badly written plugins can use inordinate amounts of server resource.

So basically you are limited to 1/1000th of the server resource, or whatever upper limit the hosting company puts on their server.  If everyone sticks to their allocation, then everything works well, but when things go wrong, everyone suffers. That’s why hosting companies are very strict on ‘overuse’ of resources. The first you’ll know about it is when you get a notice to say that your service has been throttled. Your site will either run slowly, or it will be taken offline until you fix the problem.  Neither good for your business or your sanity.

The idea with shared web hosting is to give you a starting platform, and then hope you will upgrade. As you begin to use more and more resources the expectation is that you will upgrade to Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or Dedicated Servers to continue running your website.

In our opinion, there are two ways you can go when choosing shared hosting. The first is pick a big name and become another anonymous user in a colossal server farm, with impersonal support and impractical technical support when things go wrong.

The second option is choosing a boutique shared hosting platform like Asporea. What we offer is the opportunity to participate in shared hosting which is carefully and individually managed to ensure the best performance for all participants.  If it becomes time to upgrade, we speak to you about your options and why.  If you need help, we are there to understand your needs and provide technical advice. And most of all we don’t oversell our servers and burn our customers in the name of profits.

The advantage of using our hosting services is that we offer CPanel and one-click installation scripts so that you can access and manage your account, but you always have the flexibility to talk to one of our support agents for help when you need it.

Our hassle-free shared hosting plans start at $9.99/month and include all the features you could need to manage and run your website, online store or blog. Contact us for details about our shared hosting service, free website migrations and ask about our special introductory offer for blog readers.