Why Pay Monthly? What Do I Get?
Posted on 25th August 2020
This is a question that comes up quite often. Our business model is different to most other web companies so sometimes it's hard to compare like for like.
A typical scenario...
With many web agencies you'll pay for a website upfront in one big lump sum, or possibly in a few staged payments. This isn't always ideal for cashflow and can be a big commitment for any business.
In most cases, you'll also have to pay the web agency or another supplier a monthly or yearly fee to cover your web hosting, domain, email, SSL certificate and back-ups.
Unless you're paying for a maintenance contract on top of your website and hosting fees, it's also likely that once the website is built and live, you'll be left to fend for yourself. If you want some advice or help, or to add another product, service or page, there'll often be an additional cost too.
The it'seeze model
With it'seeze, you make a small upfront payment (similar to a commitment fee or deposit) and set up a monthly subscription.
The monthly subscription model is ideal for business cash flow, you know exactly where you are each month. These days we’re used to paying subscriptions for our services - from mobile phone contracts and Microsoft Office, to entertainment packages such as Netflix and Spotify.
A subscription means that you'll always receive ongoing support and help, tech upgrades, new and improved features and usability, as well as everything you need to keep your site running (domain, hosting, SSL, back-ups etc).
So, what do I actually get?
A bespoke, hand-coded website
Our sites aren't templates. They're hand built and designed to suit your business. In reality, these aren't £250/£350/£450 websites. A similar website with the design expertise, features and support we provide would typically cost thousands. You will be able to edit your website and add new images, text or add new pages (Max package and Shop package). Which brings us on to...
A really easy to use editing system
You may have used a content management system (CMS) before, maybe Wordpress or one of the self-build platforms. The it'seeze editing system has been designed and developed over 10 years and is really simple to use. In fact it's really easy (hence the name!). No coding knowledge is required and we provide training and support for as long as you stay with us.
Everything required to keep your site running and up-to-date
Along with the design and build of the website and the easy to use content mangement system, we also provide everything you need to get your site up and running and functioning over the long term. This includes:
Your domain name purchased and your yearly renewals paid for (.co.uk or .com)
Up to 5 business email addresses if required
Initial Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for all pages (page titles/meta descriptions) to help you get found on Google
Access to built-in SEO and performance tools
Access to our Getty Images Stock Library for your website images during the build (if you don’t have photos you want to use yourself)
Secure, mirrored UK based hosting providing fast page loading speed
Daily website back-ups and the ability to restore previous versions of your site
SSL security certificate (green https padlock to denote a secure and trusted website)
Latest GDPR compliance (privacy/cookies/consent) plus ongoing GDPR updates
Ongoing tech updates for the website including adding new features as they're rolled out
Genuinely helpful support
Not a chatbot, not just email tickets. If you've got an issue or want some help just pick up the phone or email and we'll do what we can to sort things for you. Real human interaction from local people who know your business.
If you can't get hold of us, there's the back up of our support team. You can call them on 01803 407470. They're available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and are happy to deal with any questions you have.
Finally, there's our support website - available 24/7. It's packed with helpful videos, articles and guides on how to edit your site.
We've picked up a few clients from companies such as Yell who also charge a monthly fee for their websites. With a company such as Yell, you're effectively renting your website. It's theirs, built on their platform and you'll never receive a copy of the site at any time.
With it'seeze, once you've completed a minimum term that covers the initial cost of your site, you just pay on a month by month basis. If at any time you decide you want to leave and would like a copy of your website, you’ll receive a static copy that your new web designer can integrate into their chosen system.
It’s worth remembering that a website is never really ‘finished’ and it should be updated to suit any changes in your business. Search engines also continually change the way they use algorithms and redefine security requirements. At it'seeze we keep on top of these developments so you're always covered.
If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of a pay monthly website (with everything above included as standard) please get in touch.
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