Advantages of hosting your web site with Image1Plus.
Image1Plus maintains a network of sites all of which exist to promote one of the most beautiful areas of America- The Texas Hill Country. Our members have been specially selected to be a part of our growing community and are connected by a common desire to network their communities, places of business, and services thorough out Central Texas.
- Your membership in the Image1Plus network gives you access to exclusive “how to” articles and training video tutorials to make managing you site a stress-free and user friendly experience.
- The Image1Plus hosting system is built on the WordPress platform which has become the most used Content Management System in the world.
- Your site comes properly configured with the optimal settings to insure it’s completely indexable by Google and all search engines.
- Image1Plus maintains off-site backups of your site in case disaster strikes.
- To assure your content is always protected from hacking attempts and security issues, Image1Plus conducts bi-weekly audits of all networked sites to insure your site always has the latest software and security updates.
- If a provider offers low budget hosting you also get low a low budget support group (or person) that’s supposed to know the issues involved with every web platform in the world. (there are thousands of them) Image1Plus specializes in and supports the WordPress platform hosted on our own servers. We’re convinced it’s the best and most versatile platform available and we’re well versed in the day to day issues of keeping our servers and your website running smoothly.
- Image1Plus does not farm out our tech support to offshore providers who’s English is often hard to understand. This practice is common with many web site providers today. When you need to talk to someone at Image1Plus, you always get someone with a familiar “Hill Country Accent”.
- Most of the websites hosted with low budget providers are housed on crowded and overworked servers and deliver content much slower than the servers maintained by Image1Plus.
- Hosting at Image1Plus allows you to share combined resources with your neighbors in the Texas Hill Country and our network channels all your internet activity into our central news feed. Your network neighbors are all connected in someway to The Texas Hill Country and Central Texas and share the common goals of being proud of their community and wanting to promote their particular business or interest through the syndication of their online content. When you share information on your web site, it automatically enters into the main news feed of TopOfTheHillCountry.com which is syndicated through out the world.
- At Image1Plus your site is hosted under our dedicated IP address which means we know all your virtual neighbors. (See our note on IP Neighbors below). Each member of our network is expected to abide by rules of conduct which prevents misuse of our combined resources.
- You have total control of your site as far as content, layout, choice of color schemes, and design. Additional fees may apply if you need assistance with extensive customization.
- Image1Plus curates a number of plug-ins proven to work error-free in your web site. This allows 1-click addition of services that provide the integration of shopping carts, Google analytics, Enhanced Search Engine Optimization, Social Media streaming and many others at little or no additional cost. Additional programming costs and/or monthly service fees may be associated with activating with plug-ins (such as shopping carts) that require a great deal of customization.
A NOTE ABOUT IP ADDRESSES- In the real world, the neighborhood where your business is located does a lot to influence your customers opinion of you. If you operated a children’s day care center and a busy “porn shop” moved in across the street, not only your business but most of the businesses in the neighborhood would likely suffer. You unwittingly become guilty by association simply by occupying a space in close proximity to the undesirable business. Likewise in the virtual world an IP number becomes your neighborhood. With all cheap or free hosting solutions it’s standard procedure to host your site on an IP address with a minimum of 300-400 unrelated websites. Some of them are known to host 20,000 or more websites under the same IP number. Your actual number of IP neighbors is readily available to anyone by going to http://www.my-ip-neighbors.com and typing in your domain name. This also produces a list of your IP neighbors so you can actually see who they are. Unfortunately if a website belonging to one of your IP neighbors gets hacked, contains a security breach, conducts questionable email practices, or contains pornography, not only their domain name can get blacklisted but their neighborhood/IP address is blacklisted as well. If this happens, because you share the same IP number, your email is automatically blocked by most anti-spam software and a warning message is generated when a visitor comes to your site. The fact that we know all of our virtual neighbors and they’re required to follow certain guidelines insures your site won’t wind up on somebody’s blacklist because your neighbor is sending bulk email, promoting a “Ponzi Scheme” or participating in other activities that could get you banned.