2011 Review of Emochila, Inc. — Websites for Accountants

Emochila, Inc. - Websites for Accountants
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From the Oct. 2011 Review of Website Tools & Services for tax & Accounting Firms.

Best Fit

Tax and accounting firms who want a truly customized website backed by a vendor who has heavily invested in updating its products over the past nine months.

Strengths

  • Not limited to template-based or out-of-the-box header, button, content field designs and layouts.
  • Unlimited pages.
  • SEO optimized with embedded search engine submission system and statistics pages.
  • Unique customer-owned domain names.
  • Emochila manages and maintains all client sites. They make unlimited website edits included in the service fee.
  • Newsletters are emailed automatically on the tenth of the month to an unlimited number of client emails.
  • System can sync an entire firm’s email to Gmail.
  • Four free hours of CPE credits through CPElink.com are offered to those who sign up for the service.
  • Designers utilize new programming languages, including html5, css3 and jQuery.


Potential Limitations

  • “Powered by eMochila” logo & link is the default setting at the bottom of each page, but can be removed at client’s request

Emochila’s Websites for Accountants premiered in fall 2002 and is now on version 8.0. The company has done “more diligence, made more enhancements and invested over a quarter-million dollars in the past nine months updating the products.”

Over that time, Emochila retooled its service to create a “malleable design system” in which builders can use the provider’s content manager with a traditional or untraditional, out-of-the-box design. Emochila says this design is “no longer constrained by the header-button-content field layout system.”

Emochila has 3,050 firm customers, having added 850 in the past 12 months and dropping 80 firms in the same period. The provider reports that 95% of its original clients are still with them, and that most have longevity of eight years or more.

Pages. Page counts are unlimited, although most firms average 90 to 100, including sub-level pages, with mostly tax law and tax update information, financial guides, charts, calculators, etc. Most firms have about 10 to 12 pages on the navigation bar, along with 80 to 90 secondary pages.

Pricing. There is no setup cost, and the basic recurring fee is $70 a month. Add-ons include individual, professional graphic design for a fee ranging $499 to $1,999. The company says the most popular add-on is the $999 design package. Design add-ons include personalized logo, custom built graphic design and animated design.

Search engines. Every site is SEO optimized, has an embedded search engine submission system and a statistics page.

Hosting. Main servers are hosted in ServPath in San Francisco, which receives an annual SAS-70 examination. A second server is in Las Vegas, and data is backed up nightly. Uptime is 99.9%.

Domains. All domain names are unique and client owned, and not subdomains of Emochila.

Email. Email is free as part of the service, but isn’t required. Users can maintain their Exchange server, and Emochila will work with firms to set up the email accounts within their Microsoft Exchange (most common) or other firm hardware exchange.

Other Features

  • Emochila manages and maintains all client sites. They make unlimited website edits included in the service fee.
  • Newsletters are emailed automatically on the tenth of the month to an unlimited number of client emails.
  • System can sync an entire firm’s email to Gmail.
  • Client edits to their sites are done within three to four hours, with some done immediately.
  • Four free hours of CPE credits through CPElink.com are offered to those who sign up for the service.
  • Emochila is an exclusive partner of the Ohio and New Jersey CPA societies, and is a partner with several accounting solution providers.
  • Designers build sites using new programming languages, including html5, css3 and jQuery.

Emochila’s Websites for Accountants can truly look the way a first-class designer would envision them … and function the way a technologist would want. The company’s work over the last nine months to upgrade its design and functionality should have a big impact in the site building arena.

Summary & Pricing

Emochila’s Websites for Accountants can truly look the way a first-class designer would envision them … and function the way a technologist would want. The company’s work over the last nine months to upgrade its design and functionality should have a big impact in the site building arena. There is no setup cost, and the basic recurring fee is $70 a month. Add-ons include individual, professional graphic design for a fee ranging from $499 to $1,999. The company notes that the most popular add-on is the $999 design package. Design add-ons include personalized logo, custom-built graphic design and animated design.

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