Q. Is there a contract?
A. No. You purchase your customized website for a fixed price which includes a year of hosting. We hope you continue to allow us to support and host your website after the promotion period. $119 per year. That's it. For convenience or to fix hosting fees, additional hosting is available anytime here: Web Hosting.
Q. What does it take to have a website?
A. A domain name. A website. A host (server) for the website to reside in.
Q. So how do I purchase an Anchored Agent website?
A. If you don't have a domain name... get one. If you need help, please contact us. Purchase your site. When your order is confirmed we advise you of what info we need. In Texas, Realtors® must have a copy of the IABS somewhere on the website. Additionally, we will need your domain name, biography, broker info, contact info and a picture if you want it on your site. Allow approximately 7-10 days to have your website online. Not months like other web services.
Q. What is a domain name?
A. Take a look up there at the top of the screen. See that part at the top of your browser window in the URL bar? It's the part that starts with "https://" in the address bar. The second part of the URL is the domain. In our case, it's anchoredagents.com. We own anchoredagents.com as much as apple.com owns their domain. No different for you. Read Tips for Choosing a Domain Name.
Q. I already have a domain name. Can I use it?
A. Of course! We assign your domain name to our server and install your website. We can also point it to your new Anchored Agents site.
Q. What is a host? Do I need one?
A. Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or web page to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
Q. Do I need an SSL certificate?
A. Yes and no. The rules changed on SSL recently. SSL certificates are required wherever ecommerce takes place. Example... AnchoredAgents.com uses a SSL. (SSL sites use the prefix https://www.anchoredagents.com) All communication and transactions between your computer and our website are encrypted. Safe.
In absence of an SSL certificate some browsers alarmingly advise visitors that the site is not secure right on top of the page or on a popup screen. This is awkward. Often times there's a little innocuous opened lock icon preceding the url. Although most websites don't have or are required to have SSL at this time, remember that the industry's growth is explosive and with that comes regulation and change.
Ecommerce does not take place on your website. So you really don't need this annual expense to operate your website at this time.
Q. What if my website crashes?
A. In the remote chance that this happens we will probably know before you do. We maintain current backups and can easily restore your site.
Q. Can I use my email address?
A. Of course. If you prefer a new email address that corresponds to your new domain name, we suggest you purchase one of our email packages: Ultimate Business Plan or the Personal Email Plan. Our email servers provide excellent a 24/7 customer service.
Q. Can I use my own webmaster to update an Anchored Agent site?
A. You will not need a webmaster. Anchored Agents maintains websites hosted with us. We periodically add new content to keep your site fresh and relevant. We provide free system updates. Need modifications? Just email us any changes to your brokerage or contact information. We take care of it at no charge. Additional pages may result in additional costs.
If you want a wordpress site capable of doing what Anchor Agents does not do now, you will need a webmaster to maintain that website and host it as well. Effectively you remove Anchored Agents from website content, maintenance or support. You can simply purchase our ready made customized website and we will place it or move it onto your server. If you don't have a cPanel or server, you can acquire one here: (cPanel Ultimate)
Q. Do I need to acquire additional security.
A. As previously stated, we maintain daily backups. There is nothing to hack that we can't replace immediately. We just offer it for added value.