Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! That's what sets Beachbound Tech apart from other hosting companies. For the price of hosting, you get a professionally crafted web site, built to your taste.
Currently, Beachbound Tech invoices on a monthly basis. Invoices are payable by check or by electronic payment via Paypal.
Not through the Beachbound Tech site. At Beachbound Techn, our services are geared to those with little or no web development or graphics experience. These fees are very reasonable when you consider that you have easy phone and email access to a technical professional with nearly three decades of experience, at no extra cost.
No. All hosting plans are month-to-month. Even if I build you a web site, if you decide to go elsewhere after one month, that's your choice. But you won't. Your initial experience with Beachbound Tech will be so good that you'll realize there is no way to get the same value elsewhere.
Yes! Your web site is hosted on a high quality, password protected server, in a professionally run, physically secure data center with backup power facilities. Additionally, your web site, email, and databases are backed up nightly, encrypted, and transmitted to a remote location for safe storage. For web sites where customers are entering sensitive information such as credit card numbers or personal data, a GeoTrust 128 bit SSL certificate is available to ensure the information is transmitted securely between you and your customers.
No, for the simple reason that such guarantees don't offer you much real benefit. For example, with a 99.5% uptime guarantee, an outage for an entire business day would be worth less than a $1 credit to you on any of the web hosting plans. That credit wouldn't make you feel very good about poor service, so I am not going to pretend it should. I use high quality equipment and data centers with a 100% uptime goal in mind. Of course, 100% uptime can never be guaranteed because even good equipment and well managed data centers can have failures. Therefore, my commitment to you is this: If, during any month, you aren't satisfied with the uptime service you receive, just tell me and I will credit the monthly plan fee back to you.
If your web site needs advanced functionality, e-commerce features, database driven content such as a product catalog, and is likely to need regular updates, the Managed plan is the right choice.
See the details for these plans on the Web Hosting page.
Yes. Additional resources are available for existing accounts and are very reasonably priced. Contact me for a detailed quote based on your requirements.
It depends. We will install software that is widely used, accepted and known to be well behaved in terms of security and resource use, so long as it is compatible with the hosting platform and you have a license for the software. Because of the extensive compatibility issues, I cannot guarantee that any third party software you need will be compatible with our hosting servers. If this is a critical issue, we can also discuss dedicated server hosting plans for your needs.
Yes, you own it, with one minor exception. One of the ways I deliver value to my customers is reusing code I've already built. For example, if you need a "Contact Us" form with messaging functionality, chances are, I've already created something similar for other clients. I often reuse parts of an already developed solution to benefit your site. This helps me deliver a quality, tested, working solution to you very quickly. When I create software for you, you own the actual code and can use it for any purpose you like. I own a copy of the code and can use it to create derivative work for other clients. I will never use it to benefit a competitor of yours, nor will I use it to convey the intrinsic value of your web site to another party, e.g., help someone start a competing web site using your web site as a starting point.
I respect and protect the privacy and trade secrets of my clients. If you have specific concerns regarding proprietary information, we can discuss them, and if necessary, structure a contract for your protection. I frequently deal with non-disclosures in my consulting efforts. I will always maintain a professional commitment to protect your proprietary information.
Yes. I provide PC and network support for many of my customers. Rates are very reasonable, and vary depending on the nature and location of the work. I am happy to discuss your needs via phone or email.
Beachbound Technology is a guy named Tom Porter. See the About Us page for more info on Tom.