Small Business Web Site Hosting


Were focused on the basics of designing, developing and promoting web sites for small businesses, with emphasis on simple, effective and affordable web page design, development and promotion.   We specialize in first-time web pages for sole proprietorships and other small businesses, as well as larger web sites for companies with more extensive needs.  Initial consultations are free of charge.  

AJR Web Site Services - Small Business Web Site Developers

Based in the Houston-Galveston Texas Area

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Small Business Web Site Hosting Details

Note:  AJR Web Site Services arranges and provides hosting for only those web sites for which  we also provide design, development, or other major services.   We generally do not  arrange or provide hosting services for other web sites. 

The web host is a type of Internet service provider (ISP) that specializes in hosting web sites for multiple customers.  In most cases, web hosts provide hosting services for thousands of different customers.  There are literally hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of companies providing web hosting services, some of which provide excellent service at very high prices and some of which provide questionable service at very low prices.  The idea is to find the best quality-to-cost ratio, and get the best possible service at the lowest possible price.  It's not necessarily best to choose the lowest-priced service provider, nor is it necessary to choose the highest priced.  It can be a difficult chore finding a web host that will suit your needs and also have the best quality-to-cost ratio. 

Before we go too far discussing web hosts, please take note that web hosts are NOT the same thing as standard dial-up or broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs).  Web hosts and ISPs are generally two separate entities, both of which are necessary to your own effective interface with your website.  Standard ISPs are usually companies that provide dial-up access to the Internet or high-speed (broadband) Internet access services such as DSL or Internet cable connectivity.  Some of these service providers additionally provide web hosting services, but since they don't necessarily specialize in web hosting, the cost for their web hosting services is usually somewhat high (or the customer is subject to having only a subdomain or subhosting service, which is NOT a desirable option in terms of web promotion, etc.) 

Some standard ISPs offer a small amount of free web space as part of the connectivity service that they provide, but again, it's usually at a subdomain level, which does not very well accommodate the concept of a small business that wants to further its interests by developing its own web site.  There is much more visibility for sites that have their own domain name and separate web hosting services apart from their ISP connection service.  Keep in mind that if you choose a subhosting option and you later decide to change web hosts, you CANNOT take the subhosted domain name with you.  If you own your own domain name outright, then you can change web hosts at any time and take the domain name with you. 

Web hosting companies, again generally being separate companies from standard ISPs, have additional costs associated with them (on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis).  Remember, too, that web hosts generally do not provide dial-up or other Internet access to their customers.  You will generally need both types of service providersone as web host for your web site and one as your Internet connection provider.  The extra cost is a necessity, but well worth in in terms of allowing your web site its own independence on the Internet. 

AJR Web Site Services can arrange web hosting services for you, taking the responsibility of making that decision out of your hands so that you need not go through the sometimes painful exercise of deciding on a web host, choosing a hosting package, and creating a hosting agreement with them.  (We do not, however arrange ISP service for standard internet connections.)  We have a trusted web host at our disposalone that we do business with on a regular basis and one that we know to be reliable, with good customer service, when needed.  We can handle and provide all of your web hosting needs as part of our services. 

Additionally, e-mail setup for communications directly from your site is included in all hosting agreements.  As long as you already have a standard Internet Service Provider (ISP), e-mail from your web site can easily be set up and checked via your standard e-mail connection.  Although e-mail is not an absolute requirement for your website, its always a good idea to have e-mail set upalong with other contact information like telephone numbers and physical addressesso that your prospective customer has several options for contacting you.

For information on web hosting costs, see our Prices/Pricing Guidelines.  Hosting costs generally run about $200 per year for a dependable web host with desirable features. 

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Developing a small business Internet web site can be an affordable and cost-effective solution to keep up with business competitors (or indeed, to leap ahead of them), adding unlimited visibility for you, your products, and your services.  A web site provides a way for you to make your products and services visible to prospective customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you are depending (and spending) too much on hardcopy advertising using tools such as yellow pages and directory ads, mail-outs, fliers or other attention-grabbers, a small business web site may be the answer for youthe answer to more effectively use a portion of your advertising budget.  At AJR Web Site Services, we don't do high-end, complex, expensive web page development.  Instead, we focus on the basics of effective web page design and development, domain name registration, hosting, publishing, promotion, and maintenancejust the things that a small business needs to get the right start on the Internet.  We can take your business through the entire process, doing as little or as much as you need us to do.  Almost anyone can publish a web site to the Internet, but it takes special effort to publish a site that is "findable" by the major search engines and to obtain listings in the major Internet directories When your site attracts those major search engines and gets listed in the major directories, it also attracts the visitors who use those search engines and directories.  By designing web pages that are "search engine friendly," we make it easy for your site to attract the major search engines, which, in turn, attracts the visitorsvisitors who are looking for your products and services.  Our web sites are designed with emphasis on  these concepts.  We incorporate the right design elements into the web pages, then use effective methods to promote the web site.  Our web services also include writing and editing of text, photography services for illustrative visuals, and placement of existing graphics, company logos, or other promotional information within the site material.  Whether you have only a rough idea of what you want, or if you've got a clear concept about the web site you'd like developed, we can help in the web page design and development processdoing as little or as much as you need us to do.  If you need help with an existing small business web site, or if you've got a site that's just not working for you, we can provide consultation services for site improvement.  Services include editing and rewriting of existing text for clearer and more concise presentation and communications, as well as evaluation and recommendations for correct and effective meta data presentation (effective use of hidden titles, descriptions, and keywords) to enhance search engine and directory promotions.  Our physical operations are based with accessibility to the Houston, Galveston, and Clear Lake, Texas, areasbut we can work with businesses in virtually any area of Texas, the United States, and beyond. 

We have the ability to work with small businesses in any part of Texas or the United States, but for work with our local customers, regional areas of service include (but are not limited to):  Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Fort Bend County, Liberty County, Montgomery County, Waller County.  A partial listing of cities includes:  Aldine, Alief, Alvin, Angleton, Arcola, Atascocita, Bacliff, Barker, Barrett, The Bay Area, Bayou Vista, Baytown, Beaumont, Bellaire, Port Arthur, Port Bolivar, Champions, Channelview, Clear Lake City, Clear Lake Shores, Cloverleaf, Conroe, Crosby, Crystal Beach, Cypress, Deer Park, Dickinson, El Lago, Ellington Field, Friendswood, Kingwood, Galena Park, Galveston, Gilchrist, Hedwig Village, The Heights, High Island, Highlands, Hitchcock, Hockley, Houston, Huffman, Hufsmith, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jamaica Beach, Jersey Village, Katy, Kemah, Kingwood, Klein, La Marque, La Porte, Lake Houston, Lake Jackson, League City, Manvel, Missouri City, NASA JSC area, Nassau Bay, Needville, North Houston, Park Row, Pasadena, Pearland, Prairie View, Red Bluff, Rice University, Richmond, Rosenberg, San Leon, San Jacinto, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Sealy, South Houston, South Shore Harbour, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Stafford, Stuebner, Sugar Land, Sylvan Beach, Taylor Lake Village, Texas City, Tiki Island, Tomball, Webster, West University Place, The Woodlands 

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