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Dotster Hosting Review

Web Hosting Services Provided By Dotster

Dotster is a web hosting services which specializes in providing websites for individuals and small businesses that have the need of a website but lack technical knowledge to build a site from scratch.

Its web hosting options are broken down into two packages, the website building package and the business hosting package. The first package includes a web design service which is based on a template (the user chooses from a selection) that Dotster designers then help personalize. Domain registration is included along with advice on choosing a domain name; Linux hosting comes as standard and there is the option to add email addresses which feature the domain name of the account. The business package includes all of the above but in addition, uses a Plesk Linux VPS hosting service.

Users who register for either package also have access to four other services. Firstly the SEO marketing service starts with a consultation to identify needs, an analysis of the layout and functionality of the user’s site, keyword research specific to the nature of the site and then submission of the site to mainstream search engines. There is also the option to take advantage of website content optimization.

A local site promotion service allows users to target promotions of their site to specific regions, cities and even as specific as local neighborhoods. The payment structure is based on results as opposed to page impressions. This function allows the creation of online offers, such as unique coupons or offer codes, and the results of these, as well as that of the main promotion, are tracked and sent as daily activity reports.

An email marketing service is also provided which helps users build up newsletter and email campaigns. Again templates are provided, and support and guidance on content and layout are offered. These campaigns are also tracked and activity reports sent.

A sub site called DotsterConnect allows users to set up miniature social networking sites in addition to the main site; once again support on physical layout, promotion and functionality is provided. Features include, but are not restricted to, befriending, notifications, blogs, albums, articles, event creation and video and media support.