Businesses, especially those with no online presence, have been reading a lot about establishing presence online and how to build a website. When your building a website, you’ll need a hosting provider. Today, the featured local business for my #BounceBackforBusiness Series is 1PesoHosting.com.
Ginger: Hi Herbert! Can you tell us more about your business?
Herbert: 1PesoHosting.Com is a small web and server hosting provider that started around year 2002. We have hosted more than 1,000 websites and have clients in the SMEs, large enterprises, government and non-profit organizations. We cater mostly to Philippines based companies but also have foreign clients.
We are one of the cheapest providers with web hosting plans that starts as low as Php 100/month for a 4GB space and Php 350/month for unlimited hosting and our support teams are purely local. Our servers are located in the US, Hongkong and Malaysia and we provide domain registration services, shared web hosting, virtual private servers (cloud servers), dedicated servers, SSL and server management services.
Ginger: Why did you start your business and what was the mission behind it?
Herbert: We started 1pesohosting.com because back in the days, web hosting in the Philippines was very expensive. We realized that by offering a US based server, would be able to help SMEs build and host their website at a fraction of the cost of doing it locally. Our mission is to enable companies bring their businesses online with the least cost and effort as possible. This starts with having an affordable domain and email/web hosting service.
Ginger: Can you describe your business model? How do you earn?
Herbert: All our services are availed via subscription and we accept credit cards, paypal and bank transfers/deposits.
Ginger: How were you impacted by this pandemic? How were you impacted by the Enhanced Community Quarantine?
Herbert: Majority of our customers prefer bank deposits since their companies would issue checks to pay. Payments have been delayed and some potential leads/projects were put on hold therefore cashflow is very much affected. We pay our data centers and support staff monthly regardless of the situation so even if customers are unable to settle their bills on time, we still have to pay our bills.
Ginger: After this lockdown and pandemic is resolved, how can people help you moving forward?
Herbert: We are looking for more companies who are in need of our services. Some changes that we will be implementing for our business is that we will be promoting online payments more compared to bank payments. However, since majority of our clients are businesses who does not usually pay via credit card, we need to find ways to have businesses settle bills online that would be acceptable as per their accounting policy.
Ginger: What are the business lessons that you have learned from this?
Herbert: Maintain better cashflow for situations where revenue will be delayed
Thank you so much, Herbert for sharing with us the story of 1PesoHosting.com.
Please visit them at http:/www.1pesohosting.com / and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1pesohosting
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