The Benefits of Pay Monthly Websites
Unlike many agencies or website designers, Beyond Your Brand offers a pay monthly website service without any upfront costs. We call this ‘Website as a Service’. If you are considering investing in a new website or you’re not completely happy with your current website, then a pay monthly model could be for you. Here are some of the key benefits.
1. No upfront costs
Whichever model you prefer, a website should be considered an investment. After all, it is your shop window to the world. A good alternative to the standard model, where a web designer or an agency would quote an upfront cost for designing and building your site, is a pay monthly model. This can free up valuable cash flow, especially important if you are a young business finding your feet. When everything is wrapped up in a monthly fee, similar to a mobile phone contract where you get the phone, calls, texts and data, you can easily plan and stay within your budget.
2. Ongoing service
A key benefit of a pay monthly option is the fact that it ensures an ongoing service. Unfortunately, many companies fall into the trap of paying upfront for a website and then having to negotiate a price for support when they encounter a problem or when they need to get their site updated. A pay monthly service model means that it is in the interests of your website hosting company to provide ongoing support and advice so that you do not consider leaving. It puts the onus on the service and not just the ‘product’.
3. Continued support
Support is a vital part of any web hosting. What happens if your website goes down? What protection do you have from online hackers? How is your website backed up? If you had to restore an old version of your site, how far back would you have to go? These are all important considerations. When you invest in a pay monthly website, ongoing support should be part of the agreement. If you choose a company providing managed website services with excellent support, not only do you get their expertise, but you buy yourself peace of mind.
4. Increased visibility and rankings
A common mistake that some businesses make is to invest a lot of money in a shiny new website and expect it to perform from day one. Unfortunately, many web designers only care about the look and feel of the sites they build, and once it is handed over and paid for, they are not incentivised to help the site reach larger audiences. Ongoing Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a long-term investment, but there are some fundamental elements when building a new website, that should be considered and can make a real difference to online visibility. How is the site structured? How do you provide a user with easy navigation to the pages that they want to look at? How do you let the likes of Google and other search engines know what your pages are about so that they can match your pages with the searches that people are making?
Another key element of improving your rankings is to regularly update your site with fresh new content, such as blogs, videos, case studies and testimonials. If you find a web design agency that offers a pay monthly option, then ensure that they allow you an easy way to update your site, or better still, find an agency that will do it for you as part of the monthly service.
5. Keep on top of latest trends and designs
It is a good idea to keep your website fresh, vibrant and on-trend. Just like a high-street fashion store that will change its windows on a regular basis to attract new visitors, your website should also keep up with the latest trends so that it can attract the customers that you want. So, make sure that if you agree to a pay monthly service provider they allow you to completely refresh your site from time to time.
6. Give yourself more time to focus on your business
When you are running a business, your to-do list is never completely blank. There is always something that you could be doing. This is one of the major reasons websites get neglected. They never quite make it to the top of the priority list. Pay monthly website service providers may offer you the ability to regularly update your website. Rather than having to upskill yourself to write code or decipher content management systems, your provider may simply offer to do it for you as part of the package. This will save you valuable time and will give you the ability to focus on other important aspects of your business.
Beyond Your Brand is a web design agency near Oxford and offers a leading pay monthly website package. For one simple monthly payment, we will design and build your site in consultation with you. We will securely host your site in a UK data centre and maintain regular backups. We will set up a call with one of our SEO experts to give you advice that will help you maximise your initial SEO. We will allow you to make 6 changes to your site, each and every month and after two years, you will be entitled to a complete refresh of your site. All of this is for a monthly fee of £100 with no upfront costs and no long-term contracts.
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