2011 Review of CPAsites, LLC — CPAsites.com

CPAsites, LLC - CPAsites.com
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From the Oct. 2011 Review of Website Tools & Services for tax & Accounting Firms.

Best Fit

If you want a custom website, then CPAsites.com could be your go-to solution. Founded in 1997, CPAsites.com prides itself on being owned and managed by CPAs. The primary differential is its focus on designing custom sites for client firms.

Strengths

  • All sites are custom sites with no minimum/maximum page counts.
  • Clients may use StatCounter.com, TheCounter.com and Google Analytics.
  • Assists clients in linking sites to social media.
  • SAS-certified datacenters through Hosting.com.
  • Secure client portals available.
  • Unique domain names
  • Supports e-mail marketing tools such as Constant Contact, Sage eMarketing, etc.
  • Integration with common CPA firm applications.
  • Custom programming/graphic design services are included.

Potential Limitations

  • No blogging engine is associated with the application, but clients can add blogs.
  • Only syndicated new content can be added; no additional content available.

If you want a custom website, then CPAsites.com could be your go-to solution. Founded in 1997, CPAsites.com prides itself on being owned and managed by CPAs. The primary differential is its focus on designing custom sites for client firms.

CPAsites.com declined to give customer metrics, but did say that client firms have been with the service an average of seven years. All sites are custom, with no minimum or maximum page counts. All browsers and browser versions are supported, including mobile browsers (tablets and smartphones).

Pricing. Setup is free with a 12-month commitment. Basic recurring costs are $25, $50, $85 and $150, priced by the number of add-on features. The variety of add-ons depends on a firm’s desire for customization, adding anything at any time, with costs generally free at the outset. CPAsites.com reports it charges $25 to $50 for its time.

Search engines. Clients may use StatCounter.com, TheCounter.com and Google Analytics. Since all sites are customized, all coding is added manually. CPAsites.com does not submit to search engines “because the good ones don’t take submissions,” according to the provider. Sites are, however, optimized for search engines.

CPAsites.com assists clients in linking sites to social media, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and has set up Facebook pages for clients.

Hosting. CPAsites.com has leased its server from Hosting.com for many years and has the standard top-of-the-line package with RAID 1 dual hard drives, T1 connections, 99.9-percent uptime and N+1 redundancy. The service does not use mirrored hosting, but data is backed up continuously to an offsite server. All administration is over secure SSL connections, and Hosting.com’s data centers are SAS-certified.

A secure client portal is offered, with data stored and encrypted on the server; the encryption meets all regulatory standards.

Domains. All client domains are unique to the client, who also owns and maintains the DNS records. Custom DNS records are available with no fee for exporting data or getting data or content out when a firm exits the service.

Email and marketing. E-mail hosting is available but not required, and users can maintain their own mail server. Support for other e-mail marketing tools includes Constant Contact, Sage eMarketing and others. No blogging engine is associated with the application, but clients can add blogs. Syndicated news content can be added, but no additional content is available. Syndicated content is not attributed to an author, so clients can use the articles however they want. With CPAsites.com’s Platinum service, newsletter content is exclusive to the firm with a 35 mile radius.

Other Features

  • Integration with common CPA firm applications.
  • Custom programming/graphic design services are included.

With its emphasis on customization, CPAsites.com is a great place for firms looking to make their web presence as individual as they are, and the provider continues to add and sharpen features to stay in the forefront of this service.

Summary & Pricing

With its emphasis on customization, CPAsites.com is a great place for firms looking to make their web presence as individual as they are, and the provider continues to add and sharpen features to stay in the forefront of this service. Setup is free with a 12-month commitment. Basic recurring costs are $25, $50, $85 and $150, priced by the number of add-on features. The variety of add-ons depends on a firm’s desire for customization, adding anything at any time, with costs generally free at the outset. CPAsites.com reports it charges $25 to $50 for its time.

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