Concentric Adds SMB Web Site Packages to Host of Services

By Lauren Simonds | Posted June 03, 2008

Concentric, a nationwide Internet Service Provider (ISP) known for hosting Web sites and e-mail services has added professional Web site packages to its roster of small-business offerings. The company aims to help small businesses that lack the skill, time or money to host, design, maintain and market their own Web site.

Bill Uyeki, a Concentric senior production line manager, believes this suite of packages will provide one central location for small businesses to either get online or improve their current Web presence.

"So many small businesses lack a Web presence and others lack the technical expertise to build or improve upon their Web site," he said. "They're often intimidated by the technology barrier, so it makes perfect sense to outsource the whole process."

An additional benefit, according to the company, is that small business owners don't have to look for multiple vendors or resources to get the job done. “Our turnkey services are designed for SMBs who need hosting and design or maintenance for their existing Web site. With these packages we take the hassle out of creating and maintaining a Web site,” Barbara Branaman, president of Concentric, said in a written statement.

Uyeki said that Concentric's professional Web packages can provide small business sties with a range of technical capability including Web 2.0, e-commerce, intranets, blogs, customer portals/extranets and Content Management System (CMS).

The design and migration packages also offer search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) capability – something that most SMB Web sites need, but too few business owners have the time or understanding to implement. "Providing these features and services allows small business owners to focus on what they do best – run their business," said Uyeki.

Concentric offers three types of professional Web site services:

Web Site Design Package ‑ $89.95 per month

Uyeki said this package is aimed at customers who want a Web site designed from scratch, or who want a complete redesign of an existing site. Features include:

  • Customized site from hundreds of designs/layouts
  • “Contact Us” form page
  • Search Engine Optimization (keywords, title tags, meta tags)
  • Google Analytics setup/training
  • Concentric hosting account including initial set up, configuration settings for users, e-mail accounts, junk filtering
  • Eight hours bundled maintenance over 12 months
Web Site Migration Package ‑ $69.95 per month

This is the package for companies that want Concentric to host their site. Uyeki said that the customer's business will not be disrupted during the migration, and they won't lose any inbound e-mail during the process. Features include:

  • Migration of your existing site to Concentric
  • Search Engine Optimization (keywords, title tags, meta tags)
  • Google Analytics setup/training
  • Concentric hosting account including initial set up, configuration settings for users, e-mail accounts, junk filtering
  • Eight hours bundled maintenance over 12 months
Web Site Maintenance Package ‑ $40 per month

Designed for customers who already have a Web site but want to outsource its ongoing care and feeding. The package offers Basic and Advanced options. Features include:

  • The Basic version: HTML editing, content updates, hosting account administrative help
  • The Advanced version: E-commerce storefront implementation, PHP scripting and database configuration, and Content Management System (CMS) setup and ongoing updates
  • Sold in four-hour increments; eight-hour minimum and 12-month term required

Lauren Simonds is the managing editor of SmallBusinessComputing.com

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