31 Oct

Certified Hosting Announces New Partnership with Host Merchant Services

Los Angeles, CA (PRESS RELEASE) October 17, 2012 – Certified Hosting (certifiedhosting.com), a leading web hosting services company, announced today a new partnership with Host Merchant Services that will enable webmasters to use merchant services with their web hosting plans. All Certified Hosting customers, including those on shared web hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), and dedicated server hosting plans, are now able to apply for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant payment processing that is delivered to Certified Hosting’s high standards of customer service.

“Certified Hosting offers a range of ecommerce hosting services,” says Kacy Carlsen, co-founder and CEO of Certified Hosting. “We have made it easy for our customers to get up and running with an online store using the latest scripts and rock-solid hosting services. Quality merchant services are an essential part of a good ecommerce strategy for any business, and we are proud to announce Host Merchant Services as our chosen payment services partner. We are confident that Host Merchant Services will deliver the quality of service our customers have come to expect, at an affordable price.”

As a leading web hosting provider, Certified Hosting balances cost against quality of service. The company’s reliable web hosting services come with a 99.999% uptime, at a price that is affordable to new and growing businesses. Similarly, Host Merchant Services offers professional payment processing with fees that are clear, fair, and incredibly low. Typically, each type of credit or debit card transaction incurs a different fee, depending on the risk associated with it. Some merchant service providers charge merchants predetermined fees, meaning that merchants always pay the highest rate, regardless of which card has been used. Host Merchant Services charges merchants using a system known as Interchange Plus. Interchange Plus ensures that merchants only pay the fees that have actually been incurred, plus a small surcharge for administration. As a result, merchants using Host Merchant Services can reduce their payment processing expenses and more accurately project the cost of future transactions.

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26 Oct

Find the Right Blogging Platform for Your Business

There are many reasons webmasters choose an easy-to-use blogging platform instead of manually working with HTML pages and source code. In most cases, convenient centralized dashboard makes writing new blog posts, changing layouts, and adding functionality fast. In addition, blogging platforms make it easy for businesses to extend the functionality of their websites, taking advantage of content management system (CMS) features that can handle static pages, blogs, and media-rich applications.

But perhaps the most important benefit of a blog platform is flexibility. A quick look at just a few websites that use WordPress, for example, reveals how customizable the platform really is. Discount site Groupon, rock band Motley Crüe, and the Administrative Council of the United States all leverage WordPress to power their websites, each in an entirely different way.

If you plan to launch a blog for your website, you should find the blog hosting provider that meets your specific goals. Then, you can use the built-in flexibility of blogging software to tailor and customize your customers’ experience.

In a new article published by experienced blog hosting provider Certified Hosting, Which Blogging Platform Is Best for You?, we compare and contrast three popular blogging platforms. By reading the article, you will learn about the features of WordPress, Movable Type, and Nucleus, and discover the differences that make each platform different. With these differences in mind, you can easily find the blogging platform that is right for your unique goals.

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16 Oct

Does Your Business Really Need a Blog Hosting Plan?

Running a business is enough to keep anyone busy. Whether you take a hands-on approach or manage a team of employees, it can be very time consuming just to keep revenue coming in on a day-to-day basis. Before adding any new tasks to your workload, you need to be sure your new tasks will bring some real, tangible benefits to your business.

Even with an easy-to-use blog hosting service and a streamlined blogging platform, running a blog on your company website will add to your workload. Once your blog hosting is set up, you need to make sure it is regularly updated with new, interesting content. In some cases, you may need to spend your own time coming up with ideas and writing new posts. At best, you need to manage an employee or freelancer who does this for you.

So what is the benefit of using a blog hosting plan for your business? What is there to gain from launching a blog for your business and working to keep it updated on a regular basis?

At Certified Hosting, we believe that every business should be blogging. Read on to learn why.

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12 Oct

How to Do More with Your Magento Web Hosting Service

Amazon.com is the biggest online retailer, and by looking at the Amazon website, you can learn a lot about online selling. Naturally, Amazon offers a wide range of products at reasonable prices, and makes these products easy to browse with a solid, hierarchical structure. But Amazon also does so much more. From gift cards, to wish lists, to customer-generated reviews, Amazon finds new ways to connect with customers and secure sales.

Getting a Magento hosting plan is a great way to set up your online store and begin selling as quickly as possible. Almost everything Amazon and other major retailers do with their websites is now available with Magento hosting. However, in the rush to open your store for business, it can be easy to miss out on the features that can help you to make your website as feature-packed as the industry leader.

Magento web hosting provider Certified Hosting has published a new article, Get More from Your Magento Hosting Plan, to help you discover the features of Magento that can take your store to the next level. Read the article to learn about the powerful features included in your Magento installation, and learn how you can use Magento Extensions to customize your store and introduce exciting new features to your customers.

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02 Oct

Choose Magento Web Hosting Services to Improve Your Customer Support

For online retailers, a solid ecommerce application is the foundation of a business. Using an ecommerce hosting plan, you can organize your products, showcase their best features, and convince visitors to become paying customers. When they do, your ecommerce system collects their chosen items in a shopping cart and handles order processing and payment.

But the best ecommerce hosting plans do far more than sell. Magento hosting services include a range of powerful features designed to improve your customer service, helping you retain customers for the long-term and maximize your revenue from each lead. Some features are built into the Magento platform, while others can be added quickly and easily as Magento Extensions.

Read on to learn about the Magento hosting features that make it easier for you to give your customers the service they expect.

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