Jump to content


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Sixo

  • Rank
    Forum Newcomer

Users Experience

  • Experience
  • Area of Expertise

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  1. Bit of a rant

    Have dealt with clients in the past like this numerous times. When I first started out I would do whatever it takes to cater to them but since then have learned my lesson to avoid them based on the a-hole scale. I always give my clients the option...if they want to do their own hosting then so be it but I let them know they won't get any support from me without it being billed hourly. It might save them money but there's no guarantee with it. We typically charge a $50 a month maintenance package to start out using $5 droplets on digital ocean. We deal with mostly local clients so traffic isn't much and in conjunction with cloudflare and Amazon S3 these little servers can handle it. So the $50 gets hosting, domain management, backups, updates and if something happens to the site tech/server related we'll fix it, for example a hack/malware. On the other hand if they choose there hosting they get none of the above. For some who know how to manage this it won't be a big deal but often times business owners think they can save money paying hosting themselves and before you know it there site gets hacked, they forget to renew etc and then they don't have a backup and start from the beginning. I always explain to them that what we provide is a service and it's an important one. I think a lot of us can probably agree that websites are under constant attack from spammers/hackers.
  2. Been very happy with it. We primarily launch our sites on Wordpress and in conjunction with Amazon S3 and Cloudflare we've had a lot less problems. In the past I was using MediaTemple to host and had endless hacks and malware running on sites. I've been able to use the page rules in Cloudflare to help mitigate bots and other things from gaining access. Since the shift to Cloudflare, S3 and Digital Ocean not only has our problems fixing malware gone down but the speeds on our website have increased tremendously. I highly recommend it, I just use the free version for now but could see if sites grew large enough why one would invest in there services.
  3. I'm going to say NO, it doesn't effect rankings directly but having active social profiles and a social fortress builds trust in the eyes of Google. Again though you should be looking at social in a different light, use it to drive traffic to your website and use things like Facebook ads. Doing all that can naturally help as people begin to share your content and link back to you.
  4. Happy to sign up and join this forum, looking forward to helping out and hiding from Reddit.