TL; DR: Developed at the turn of the millennium as the first ad-free hosting service offered at an affordable price point, Doteasy has made it possible for millions of budget-minded entrepreneurs to launch online businesses. For nearly 20 years, Doteasy’s goal has been to empower customers with an assortment of mission-critical web solutions, including turnkey hosting services, web development tools, and domain registration. And, as Marketing Coordinator Dora Mui told us, the company recently expanded its hosting offerings to include free SSL certificates in all plans, including its latest WordPress-optimized packages.
Launching a website for your business can be a daunting decision. There are pros, cons, and compromises to weigh at every turn.
First, there’s a domain name to consider. This fundamental step can have a huge impact on how a brand is perceived and even how well it will rank in search results. Then you need to address the question of how to power your site. Hosting providers abound on the market, but choosing the host right for your online business’s unique needs can be a tall order.
Enter Doteasy. Having worked for nearly 20 years alongside entrepreneurs aiming to develop their presence on the web, Doteasy has made a business of understanding the varied hosting needs and challenges faced by more than 500,000 customers. Doteasy offers a variety of unique hosting services, in addition to domain name registry, web design services, and access to more than 250 web apps.
Among Doteasy’s latest offerings are its WordPress-optimized packages and new, high-performance business hosting plans. Doteasy has also expanded its services to offer free SSL across all of its hosting solutions, which gives site owners enterprise-grade security at budget-friendly rates.
“This is a game-changer that we’ve worked hard to bring to our customers,” said Dora Mui, Doteasy’s Marketing Coordinator.
Introducing Secure, High-Performance Hosting Made for Businesses
The specific needs of small-to-midsize businesses and budget-restricted entrepreneurs have always been a focal point for Doteasy, which is why affordable and reliable security has been at the forefront of the hosting company’s product development. Along those lines, Doteasy announced in the summer of 2018 that it will begin to offer SSL across all hosting plans.
“With Google’s push towards HTTPS, having SSL can not only securely encrypt your website, but also cause search engines to favor your website, and prevent your website from being marked as ‘Not Secure,'” Dora said.
In addition to security, Doteasy’s new business-specific hosting plans place an emphasis on performance, storage, and speed.
“These plans have been developed with performance and security in mind, and they include SSL and HTTPS setup, faster SSD storage, more CPU cores, and more hosting resources,” Dora said. “The feedback has been fantastic since the introduction of the plans last year, and we’re so stoked that our customers are loving the plan and really finding the features useful.”
Dora told us she advises business owners to protect their brands and online identities by registering multiple domain extensions and pointed out that Doteasy recently rolled out a number of new TLDs specifically for this purpose.
“We predict .shop, .ltd, and .app are really going to blow up in popularity,” she said. “We’ve also added in a related domain name functionality to our domain search bar, so if the domain name you are looking for is not available, you’ll see a number of other suggestions that might fit the bill.”
Doteasy WordPress Hosting Offers Support, Security, and Ease of Use
As of today, more than 30% of websites use WordPress for content management — but taking the plunge to start a WordPress-powered website can be daunting for users who are new to the platform. Doteasy’s latest hosting offerings, optimized for WordPress, help users of all skill levels launch and maintain their websites on the world’s most popular CMS.
“We wanted to remove that scary ‘getting started’ obstacle that can sometimes get in the way of getting a project off the ground,” Dora said. “Customers know that if they need WordPress, they’ll have everything they need with our WordPress hosting plan.”
WordPress comes pre-installed on Doteasy’s WordPress-optimized hosting plans, so users can start working on their site directly out of the box.
“Our WordPress plans also include all the latest database versions and robust server requirements recommended by WordPress,” Dora said. “Sites built with our WordPress plans are updated automatically, so our users can have peace of mind that everything is up to date. We’ve also hand-picked some plugins that are pre-installed with our WordPress plans that help to keep your site secure and prevent brute-force attacks.”
Dora also noted the value of Doteasy’s across-the-board free SSL offerings, which include the WordPress hosting plans.
“WordPress currently recommends having HTTPS support through SSL encryption on your website, and it can be a huge factor in keeping both you and your visitors safe,” she said. “Securing your website with SSL can also maintain your visitors’ trust.”
A Team Made Up of Self-Proclaimed WordPress Geeks
Sterling customer support is a cornerstone of the Doteasy team philosophy — and Dora told us the Doteasy team is made up of proud “WordPress geeks.”
“The beauty of WordPress is that it allows completely non-techie people to create professional, beautiful, and sometimes quite advanced websites,” she said. “However, when problems do arise, it may be difficult for WordPress users to troubleshoot the issues. That’s where our team comes in.”
Dora said that team members from every department throughout the company are knowledgeable and passionate about working in WordPress. Many of them use the platform to power their own side hustles, blogs, and websites. Team members from customer service to marketing play collaborative roles in producing WordPress video tutorials and in contributing to Doteasy’s WordPress resources site.
“We update our WordPress resources site daily with free themes, plugins, and WordPress essentials that we think our clients would find useful,” Dora said. “Our team members across different departments have had a hand in updating all of our WordPress resources.”
Up Next: Plans to Broaden Subscription-Based Services
In addition to free SSL offerings, WordPress packages, and new hosting services optimized for business, Dora told us that Doteasy has begun to explore opportunities to expand its subscription-based service and support packages.
“We’ve seen quite a few clients who are left in the lurch when they lose contact with their webmaster, web designer, or whoever had initially built their WordPress site,” she said. “These clients may want to make updates to their website, but have no idea how to go about managing a WordPress site.”
Going forward, Dora said Doteasy is considering adding a new dedicated WordPress service that will help customers who have been “left stranded” in this way.
“We’re hoping that these types of services can help our clients save money and time in the long run, so they won’t have to look to hire and rely on a web developer or third-party help,” Dora said.