Do you always get what you pay for?

With the coming demise of Office Live Small Business Web sites, there seems to be a lot of scrambling by the competition to appeal to these customers. Will you get what you pay for?

Because Office Live Web sites and the design/editing tools that went with them were both free and intuitive to those familiar with Microsoft Office products, current Office Live Web site owners don’t have many options for exact comparison. Nor do they deserve some of the chatter on forums that insists you only get what you pay for. Anyone who has ever paid to attend an event that turned out to one big commercial (or a series of commercials) knows this isn’t always the case.

Don’t try to find an exact match and don’t listen to the naysayers. Instead, start by determining your needs then find which service can match your wish list and stay within your budget. Some needs to consider:
• A guarantee
• Easy-to-use Web site design tool and templates
• Intuitive user interface
• Tutorials so you don’t have to hire help
• Reliability, close to 100% up time
• Free domain name (and portability if you decide to go elsewhere at a later date)
• Multiple domains if you need them
• One or more branded e-mail accounts
• E-mail forwarding
• E-mail autoresponders
• Analytics, visitor information
• E-commerce support
• SSL support
• Phone, chat, and/or e-mail support from someone who speaks your language fluently
• Quick response time if there is a problem
• Reasonable monthly fee

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One Response to Do you always get what you pay for?

  1. my thoughts…

    Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol…

    All speed and functionality on this blog is thanks to WordPress.–Debbie Lynn

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