How We Can Help You
Your Business can have Unmatched Presence
- A responsive, well-designed, interactive Website (web pages), tailored
precisely to your business.
- Your own (multiple) mail accounts, for
mailing programs, mail robots,
and newsgroup response campaigns. No volume limits or charges beyond the
flat monthly fee, no matter how many mail addresses you use.
(It also depends when you act. See below.)
First of all, there are two types of costs: Startup and Monthly.
Our typical client will pay no startup fee, and perhaps $50 to $200
per month. Your charges may be higher or lower.
Startup Costs include:
- You pay a monthly "rental" for space on a webserver somewhere in the
world. (Unlike your personal access provider, which MUST have a local
phone number, this webserver does not have
to be local to you; it could even be on the other side of the world. All
access to it is via your local access number.)
The cost may vary from $20 to $2000 a month, depending
on a variety of factors: how many pages, "forms", and pictures you have,
the quality (i.e., speed)
of the server hardware, how much traffic occurs at your site, the degree
of personalization each time a page is accessed, the size and character
of the graphics, etc.
Some places charge according to how many times your site is accessed, and
how many pictures it has, etc. This is not unreasonable, since the more
pictures that are downloaded each time someone looks at your page, the more
work, wear and tear there is on the webserver hardware, and the more likely
that it will slow down performance for everyone else who is using it.
(This is an important performance issue for you, too! Please make a note
to discuss it with us.)
We charge a simple flat monthly
fee, whether you have 1 or up to 30 printed pages of material,
with any combination of pictures, etc., up to two full megabytes.
(The one-time creation of thirty pages, of course, would cost
more than the creation of only one page.)
The reason we do this is because we don't want you to present the wrong message
because you're counting words. This is a considerable benefit.
Imagine a newspaper giving
you "all the space you need" for your advertisement!)
We do reserve the right to make financial adjustments quarterly
if your page is using up all the time on the server, however.
That's only reasonable.
If you have your own domain name, our base rate is $55 per month,
If you do NOT require your own domain name, our base rate is $49 per month,
minus discounts. (Virtually everyone will get at least the first two
discounts, reducing this amount to $39 per month; some will go beyond that.)
For non-domain accounts, the discounts may total as much as
the rent, allowing you a full, lush, robust website up to two megabytes,
pictures, forms, and e-mail windows, at zero cost.
Discounts are described below.
I will automatically make you eligible for Discounts 1 and 2 (simply
by adding a few words and an icon to one of your pages), with respective
discounts of $5 and $5, bringing your first year's monthly rent
down to just $39 per month!
This information is not as well known. Frankly, we're not anxious to share
it with our competition. But here's a glimmer:
Even if you are a one-person business, you should have a dozen or more
mailboxes. Now the way most people get a mailbox is by buying an
Internet Access account, with America Online, CompuServe, Delphi, or a local
provider. At a typical $20/month rate for a full Unlimited-Access account
(even though you don't
need the entire account, just the mailbox address), a dozen mailboxes would
cost you $240 a month!
For a business of virtually any size, this would likely be unjustified (if
not ridiculous). For that reason, most website providers simply don't
suggest that you have more than one mailbox. Or they don't know why
We can give you twice as many mailboxes, for only $70 a month
-- less than one-eighth the cost per box.
There is a one-time setup fee, however. If your business is on a network,
this will, incidentally, give a separate email address to every employee
who can log onto the network -- free into the bargain!
And what if you're a bigger company? This can save youup to $12,000!
The way most providers set up most businesses costs between $5,000
and $12,000 (primarily for two software products: the Microsoft Mail
Site Software and the Novell Mail product).
After that you normally have to pay for as many separate
Unlimited-Access accounts as you need mailboxes. If you have 20 employees
plus 10 mail robots plus a dozen "business-reply" boxes (oops, we told some
of the secret), that's 42 mailboxes, times $20 per month is over $1000 per
month -- on top of the $12,000!
But with Donohue&Co., instead of
|our charges for equivalent services would be just
If you are a candidate for this type of service, and our rates seem
agreeable, drop us a line:
Why Do Business With Us, Not Someone Else?
We can help you more than you can imagine.
Relative pricing of providers and How to set up
web pages (home pages) are just the beginning.
We don't force you to choose a local (read "expensive") website provider.
We don't just create pages, we make Internet work for you.
The thousands of dollars of savings on mailboxes is just one example.
What to do with those mailboxes (as
described in the information you just sent for) is another.
Since you've read this far, even if you don't do business with us,
we're going to be bold enough to give you some free advice:
- Avoid incredibly foolish design on your web pages. Look around.
You'll see what we mean.
- Get unlimited e-mail accounts for everyone in your business
for a flat fee.
- Use multiple mail accounts! They are more important
than your web page!
- Actively double, triple, quadruple your exposure to customers using
the Internet and other media, and
- Make it incredibly easy for them to do business with you!
You can do all that with the Internet.
Look, there's a problem out there. The problem is: you have people coming
from an army of other disciplines, all saying they know how to set up web
pages. Most of them are from programming and advertising, and (with some
admitted exceptions I don't want to tar with too broad a brush),
they don't know diddly.
It's like a [possibly very talented] carpenter telling you he can build
you a beautiful store, and then building it in the woods. Unfortunately,
nobody knows it's there, so it does you absolutely no good, and costs
you money every month besides.)
Or a computer jockey making a technically sophisticated website, with
interactive forms and cgi-scripts, but so repugnant to look at that
no one will get through it.
Or a marketing type selling the daylights out of what you have, but
not bothering to learn the culture of this new country, and offending
everyone who just wants to look, without being sold.
Do business with a firm that is technically and artistically
and promotionally adept. One honest enough to create measurements
of success, not simply puff. One that doesn't try to convince you that
a pretty web page is the essence of the project.
Now, regardless of who you do business with,...
Why should you put your web site at donohue.com?
First, the temporary reason: Money
Just so we understand each other:
WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE FIVE-LINE CLASSIFIED, like we saw one large
agency offering locally. (Their price was $10 a month for five lines.)
And we're not talking about "one page, no pix, no links."
We're talking about long, fast, beautiful, picture-rich, form-filled,
multi-page, multi-linked web sites --
for $49.00 per month for a full year.
or even at $39, assuming you take the discounts.
The nominal rent is $49/mo, but you can cut it down with these discounts:
- $5 to place our small icon at the bottom of each of your pages
("Exit to Donohue home page")
- $5 to place a separate link to our site, with at least 20
approved words, somewhere in one of your pages.
Everybody can get the first two discounts just by
deciding to, so NOBODY should pay more than $39.
But there's more.
with your phone number. We'll tell you about them.
The offer may be withdrawn from new applicants at any time. Existing
client agreements will be honored for the remainder of their contract year.
Eventually, we'll raise the price. If you miss the
cutoff, PLEASE don't ask for this arrangement again. A deal's a deal.
At the end of any month, you can continue, or cancel, if you want, and
no hard feelings.
Hopefully, you've noticed that we are conscious of your success
as well as our own here.
At these prices, there's only ONE (very reasonable) condition:
You cannot use your
page to compete directly with us. No setting up your own sub-sites.
But you can refer them here and collect a discount for
yourself in the following month! (Oops! Gave away another one.)
On page design:
- You can design your page yourself, if you want to, and
send the files (we won't charge you any setup charge), or
- we'll create a simple one for you (about two printed pages)
for $65, or
- we'll create a really terrific one for you for -- well, more than $65,
depending on how terrific.
If our design services are used, it must include a one-year contract,
with an initial three-month payment. After that, payments can be made
monthly. But we'll give a discount for quarterly, semi-annual, or annual
payments. The pages designed for you become your property upon payment.
You must have an e-mail address SOMEWHERE.
This will likely cost you about $20 per month for Unlimited Access.
Training will be charged if we need to train you, but it's frequently
not required. An excellent alternative is the Central New York PC Users
Group, if you're local, or another users group if you're not.
Regardless of the particulars,...
All during your association with us, we're going to play on your
emotions and offer you bribes and try very hard to persuade you to stay.
- We'll help you advertise -- everywhere -- virtually free.
- We'll give you discounts to seminars, if you want to learn more about
Internet marketing. All seminars currently are in New York State.
- We'll send you information to help promote yourself in a variety
of ways -- information that will not be available to anyone
I hope you're getting interested by now, because we're almost done with the
Please Tell Me You Have Seminars!
You bet. The best, most rip-roaring, USEFUL things you've been to in a
long time. If you're paying rent on one of our websites, you get discounts
on all our seminars. And I mean BIG discounts. See the
Seminars page for course descriptions,
information, and schedule. (If you're a Non-profit,
there's a special surprise.)
Do you have something to sell?
Something that could be sold online? We can help, but I'm not about to
reveal all the ways here in public. Yes, we can help you take orders right
on your website. Yes, of course the user can bill it to a credit card.
But there's something ... else. Something very special. Something NO ONE
else can offer you. The only thing I will say now is,
clients will be considered for it IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY BECOME CLIENTS.
So. Do what you will.
Are you a performing artist? Or in fine arts?
We have a very special attachment to local artists. Not only will we help
promote you, but we will also sell your wares.
Spectacularly. Just tell us what you do. Let us help.
Compare Our Pages
I said above that "I don't expect you to believe that
our pages are good just because I say so. I want you to test them."
Here's how you can do that. Bounce all over this site. Check out
the Bayside Historical Society. Note that we do simple and intricate
pages, according to the need.
One of our pages is for a law firm. (I happen
to think it's the best law firm in Central New York, but maybe you
don't know that.) Here's what I want you to do:
Look for law firms' home pages all around the Internet. Anywhere.
Look in other states, this state, wherever. Get a picture of what law
firm sites are like. (You can almost imagine, can't you? Duller than toast.)
And I mean ALL of them.
Now, how do you FEEL when you try to load these pages?
How long do they take to load? Why? -- what "important information" do they
have in the huge graphic that you are forced to load? (Hint: a picture
of their building, or their front door, which takes 30 seconds to load.)
Just to give you an idea:
Some of them don't even have phone numbers in the text!
What were these people thinking of?
(Would you have thought of it?)
Why didn't their provider think of it?
What kind of advertiser publishes an ad without giving the client
a way to contact the business? Quite a few, apparently.
Websites aren't just about art. We nail down the craft, too.
Now look at Melvin & Melvin's site.
You'll notice it's not just a big puff piece about how the firm
is seventy-five years old, and "venerable" (though it is). In fact,
on the entire main page, there's not a word about the firm itself!
It's about you.
Don't get me wrong -- this isn't the most beautiful page on
the Internet. But it's jammed full of value for anyone in New York State
-- and especially Central New York -- who runs a business or needs legal
I'll bet you make it the new "Main Menu" for your business
-- no matter WHAT kind of business you're in.
Now if we can do that for a law firm, imagine what we can do for you.
Then come back here, and let us do YOUR page. The way it SHOULD
be done: to get people EXCITED about YOU.
If you've read this far, doesn't that tell you something?
By now, either you've realized our package is what you need,
with more megabytes, more expertise, more comfort, or --
you have a question.
Just click on the envelope below, and ask it.
Or call, so we can begin.