Counselor Marketing Question: I am looking for cheap web hosting that also offers email? Or if I can get them separately for a good price, that works as well….
Great Question! You have definitely done a lot of research on building a website. Building a website can be a complex process, but it is a great first step for a counselor marketing their practice. You essentially need 3 things:

  1. A Domain name (www.thriveworks.com)…. 
  2. Hosting Space on a Server (Network Solutions, Go Daddy, Blue Host, Host Gator, etc…) 
  3. And finally the website itself (WordPress Theme Install, Custom Built CSS and HTML site, etc…)

How does all of this work? You create your website, whether it be WordPress, a theme, a hand coded site, and then you upload it to your hosting space. You can upload it by FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or some web hosting spaces have a great Upload feature.

Once it has been uploaded – you need to tell people how to get to it. By default, your website can be found by its IP address. It looks something like 255.255.255.0. But who wants to remember something like that?

Instead, the people at the w3c (World Wide Web Consortium) made it easy for us mortals. They let us use easy to remember words (domain name). That is where your domain name comes into play. You then “point” your domain name to your hosting space – Viola! You have yourself a site.

What type of hosting space should you get for counselor marketing? Unless you are getting thousands of hits a day, you don’t need anything too complex. We, at Thriveworks, have a dedicated server because we get a lot of hits a day.

But for most websites starting out, unless you get featured on Time, you will be okay with the smallest and cheapest hosting package offered by any web host. Most of the “Basic” packages can handle a few hundred hits a day. Look around – find some promo codes – get a good deal.

But do make sure you get web hosting that fits your needs. Also, almost every web host offers email clients – but check to see if you can get gmail with your domain. Gmail has a great web client that can plug right into your email needs.

If you don’t want to worry with the FTP, web hosting, server issues, or even buying a domain name, contact us today. We will build a site for your practice. We can have most sites up by the end of the week, and ranking on Google by the end of the month. Additionally, we will take care of all of the server/maintenance issuesand we will market you online.

If you do not have time to build a website, or to conduct counselor marketing, contact us today.

Using Thriveworks’ Private Practice Marketing, we execute effective marketing for a fraction of what an outside agency would cost. Building you a website is just one of the steps we take in promoting your practice.

Contact us today at 1-855-4-THRIVE to get your practice growing.  For more information, please visit our Private Practice Marketing site

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore Ph.D. is Founder and CEO at Thriveworks--a counseling practice, focused on premium client care, with 240+ locations across the USA. He is Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association, columnist for Counseling Today magazine, and Author of How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice. Anthony is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor and has been quoted in national media sources including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

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