2013 Review of CPA Site Solutions

Best Firm Fit:

Firms who want to work with a proven solution provider in this space since 1999 and a firm who currently hosts over 6,000 firm websites. Also, firms working with clients using hosted QuickBooks provided by Cloud9 Real Time, which is integrated into the control panel for the service.

Strength

  • CPASiteSolutions offers a huge number of stock templates (95 new templates were added this year alone) which can be edited in a simple web interface or firms can select the optional custom template design service.
  • Includes integrations with hosted accounting applications from Cloud9 Real Time and Intuit Online Payroll, as well as an online tax organizer.
  • Sites are designed to work with common browsers and are formatted to render effectively on mobile devices.
  • Hosting and data storage is been spread across multiple data centers to reduce the threat of a firm’s website being shut down by a denial of service (DoS) attack.

Potential Limitations

  • CPASiteSolutions does not offer blog hosting, but the website can be linked to services procured from outside solutions like WordPress or Typepad.

Summary and Pricing

Pricing is based on three tiers ($49.50/mo for Silver, $69.50/mo for Gold, and $99.50 for Platinum), and the first 60 days are free on all plans.  Each tier requires an initial one year commitment.  The base Silver service includes content and hosting, but does not include ongoing maintenance.  Gold service includes content, hosting, and adds two hours of monthly site maintenance.  Platinum service includes advanced search engine optimization services, setup of separate pay per click (PPC) campaigns, and configuration of Google Analytics.

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