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HealthHosts (www.healthhosts.com) is a UK company, which has been specialising in creating websites for complementary therapists for 14 years. It aims to make websites affordable, whilst offering quality designs and the latest web technology. HealthHosts has a good range of features as standard. You get unlimited web pages so you can add as much content as you need and you get your own email accounts which you can also access via webmail. You can use the form-building tool to easily add forms to your website, and you can also add a blog to engage your visitors. There’s also social networking integration so you can put Follow and Share buttons on your site for Facebook, Twitter and Google users to promote your business.

 

Once you’ve registered with HealthHosts, you can register a new domain name, or transfer an existing one. When you’ve done this, they email you a simple design form to complete – just choose your design (there are 29 ‘themes’ to choose from) and specify how you want it to look. They do customise each theme according to your requirements by changing the colours, graphics and images, so you will end up with a site that’s unique to you. You’ll need to supply your own content if you want a completed site at the end of the design process, or you can just ask for a website theme so you can add your content in your own time. It takes up to four days to design the site from start to finish, at which point you’ll get your log-in details and your site will go live!

 

HealthHosts hosts your site using WordPress, which is a popular platform and optimised for search engines. They list your website on Google within four days so you should show up when someone types the name of your practice fairly quickly. You can regularly review your website statistics and analytics to see how many hits you’re getting, so you can monitor your success rates. HealthHosts even give you a free premium listing on healthypages.com to enhance your online marketing.

 

If you want to add an online shopping cart to your website, this will cost an extra £60 plus VAT to install and set-up, with no ongoing costs. You can also pay extra to have a logo designed and have your website branded for Facebook and Twitter, if that’s relevant to your practice.

 

There are two ways to amend your website: you can either email amendments to the HealthHosts designers or you can update your content yourself. HealthHosts says this is really easy and is like using Microsoft Word – no need to be fluent in HTML! You can also use the SEO tool to help you to set up the SEO tags. If you get stuck, there are online tutorials or a friendly (and fast!) support team to hand. You can contact them via email, live chat or arrange a call-back request if necessary.

 

HealthHosts is an affordable website solution and is mobile and tablet friendly. Its WordPress platform means you get a functional and flexible website which is easy to use and optimised for search engines. Your site will be based on one of 29 theme designs so arguably this slightly limits its uniqueness, but they do offer to customise each theme for you. Plus, it’s really helpful to have unlimited webpages and be able to add content yourself, which reduces upfront and ongoing costs. If you want a professional website for a low monthly fee, HealthHosts could be the solution for you.

 

Cost: As of February 2015, £60 +VAT set-up then £10 per month (plus VAT). No contract.