#SmallBusinessWeek Day 3: Spotlight on Securing your Business Site

Continuing with our #SmallBusinessWeek celebration, today the spotlight is on how Jetpack protects your business site from unwelcome attention and, more crucially, how using Jetpack means you can recover from problems.

How Does Catastrophic Site Failure Occur?

Neglect.

Day by day, week by week, month by month, if a building is not maintained cracks will appear, rust will take hold, and eventually, the roof will cave in when you least expect it to.

A website is not much different. The consequences will be less dramatic but no less real.

If content, comments, code, passwords, and plugins are not being regularly tested, audited, cleaned, and updated cracks will appear in the form of vulnerabilities and spam. The metaphorical roof will “cave in” when your website security is breached and hackers gain access to your site dashboard, content, and user data. It only needs to happen once for your hard-won reputation to be undermined.

Needless to say, it is much cheaper in the long run to keep the roof in good shape than deal with the fallout and expense of rebuilding.

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The Jetpack Advantage

Jetpack has both free and paid services that maintain your site for you and provide you with an “insurance policy” should something go wrong.

These are the benefits you will experience:

  1. Prevention (much better than cure).
    Jetpack protects your site from brute force attacks (free), provides secure authentication with WordPress.com accounts (free), automatically updates your plugins (free), and monitors your site every 2 minutes for downtime (free). Paid customers are protected from spam and affiliates links that aim to steal traffic and undermine your brand.
  2. Daily code audits and scans.
    Premium plan customers benefit from automatic, daily scans of their entire site code for suspicious code. Jetpack looks for and identifies known security threats from the thousands in our regularly updated library. Professional plan customers also benefit from automated fixes not just notifications.
  3. A backup plan.
    All our paid plans, starting from just $39 per year, provide you with the ultimate backup plan: daily, automated, and unlimited storage backups of your entire site with the ability to restore at the push of a button. Professional plan customers also benefit from real-time backups.
  4. And a fallback plan.
    If all else fails, you can rely on our team of WordPress experts. Priority support, available to all paid customers, gets you personalized assistance with restoring or migrating your site, dealing with identified threats, and other website security issues and best practices.

Bonus: Exclusive Discount

Just for this #SmallBusinessWeek, in celebration of all the small businesses that keep the world turning, we’re offering a 20% one-time discount on all our paid subscriptions.

Just use the code SMALLBIZ at checkout.

And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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#SmallBusinessWeek Day 2: Spotlight on Affordability and ROI

As part of our #SmallBusinessWeek celebration, today the spotlight is on how Jetpack’s services — including the free ones — help keep your costs under control and free up your time.

What Does a Website Really Cost?

You already know the basics: you’ve paid for a domain name and web-hosting. And if you’re not using our free WordPress themes, you’ve probably paid for a theme as well.

But there’s more:

  • If your website traffic spikes (yay!) you might unexpectedly end up paying your hosting provider more money to allow for the additional load (boo).
  • Even the most basic of websites needs maintenance. At a minimum, plugins will require updating to make sure you’re covered against security breaches.
  • Just like a physical shop, as soon as your website is online you are a potential target for hackers and spammers. Should they be successful, cleaning or restoring your site can be, to put it mildly, challenging.

If you do end up requiring someone to help you will also incur expenses there but, the elephant in the room is always time.

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The Jetpack Advantage

Installing Jetpack on your site helps you be in control of your time and expenses and, ultimately, allows you to focus on what you do best: running your business not your site.

These are the benefits you will experience:

  1. No unexpected traffic costs.
    Jetpack hosts your images and photos (free) and optionally your videos (paid). This means that if your site suddenly experiences a spike in traffic, your host is bypassed and you will not incur additional costs for the extra bandwidth you use up.
  2. Automated updates (and fewer plugins in the first place).
    You can set up Jetpack so that it automatically updates your installed plugins (including itself!) without you having to ever lift a finger. Because Jetpack bundles so much functionality, you will also most likely have fewer plugins to worry about.
  3. Protection from spam, data loss, hacks, and attacks.
    Jetpack protects you from brute force attacks (free) and monitors your site for downtime (free). Starting from just $39 per year you also get spam-filtering, automatic site backups, and priority support. A small upfront cost (less than 11 cents a day) that will bear fruit if you ever (don’t) need to pay a professional to restore your site.
  4. Expert support.
    All Jetpack users, free or paid, are able to get in touch with our support staff to receive assistance with any of the Jetpack features. Paid customers receive priority support for much faster resolution.

Bonus: Exclusive Discount

Just for this #SmallBusinessWeek, in celebration of all the small businesses that keep the world turning, we’re offering a 20% one-time discount on all our paid subscriptions.

Just use the code SMALLBIZ at checkout.

And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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#SmallBusinessWeek Day 1: Spotlight on Jetpack’s Free Themes

As part of our #SmallBusinessWeek celebration, today the spotlight is on how Jetpack’s free themes enable small business owners to get going faster, professionally, and cheaply.

The Common Factor

Every site is different but there is one thing that every website, no matter what it’s for, needs: a design.

If you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or consultant choosing to create a WordPress site for your business this is most probably something you’ve been thinking about.

And possibly worrying about because themes don’t come cheap: you either pay good money for them or you pay a designer to build one for you.

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Six of Jetpack’s 165 free themes.

The Jetpack Advantage

By installing Jetpack on your site you get immediate access to 165 multi-purpose, elegant, professionally built, and free WordPress themes.

More usefully, these are the benefits you will experience:

  1. You can get going.
    At no additional cost or waiting on third-parties you can pick a design, write some content, and have a first version of your site online in record time — and then get back to running your business.
  2. Hedge your bets.
    You don’t have to commit to one theme right away while you learn the ropes. You can try different ones and any settings or content you create are automatically applied to any theme you switch to.
  3. Understand what you really need.
    You might still choose to hire a designer (or purchase a premium theme) but, instead of doing that blindly, you will have hands-on experience of what you actually need.
  4. Expert support.
    All Jetpack users, free or paid, are able to get in touch with our support staff to receive assistance with any of the Jetpack features.

Bonus: Exclusive Discount

Just for this #SmallBusinessWeek, in celebration of all the small businesses that keep the world turning, we’re offering a 20% one-time discount on all our paid subscriptions.

Just use the code SMALLBIZ at checkout.

And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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Learn Why Jetpack is the Ideal Solution for Small Businesses (And Get Your Exclusive #SmallBusinessWeek Discount)

There’s a reason millions of small businesses use Jetpack for their WordPress sites.

Actually there’s five reasons.

As part of #SmallBusinessWeek we’re highlighting the features and benefits Jetpack brings to small business. Read on to learn about them or scroll to the bottom for the discount code!

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Reason #1: Free, Elegant, and Professional Designs

Whether you run a bookstore, cafe, restaurant, consulting firm, or are a freelancer, choosing a site design can be the hardest — and most expensive — first step.

Jetpack provides 165 free, professionally designed WordPress themes that you can then customize with Jetpack’s own design tools. Most small business owners find this is an easier way to get started than purchasing expensive themes and then hiring a designer or developer.

Read more about Jetpack’s free themes…


Reason #2: Cost-Effective and Affordable

The majority of Jetpack’s features are free. That’s already a great starting point for any business, especially since all our free features include most of what a typical website needs likes stats, related posts, an image CDN (saving you hosting costs), sharing tools, and email subscriptions.

And our paid plans start from an affordable $39 per year: less than 11 cents a day.

Read more about Jetpack’s cost-effectiveness…


Reason #3: Bulletproof Security

If you’re like most small business owners you don’t have the time — or the expertise — to be taking backups and auditing your site daily for hackers, malware, and spam.

Our free security tools — including brute force attack protection and uptime monitoring — make sure you never miss out on traffic and business leads because your site is hacked or being overrun by spam.

Our paid plans provide expert security support, automated backups (so if your site goes down you can get back up and running quickly), and security scanning to identify hacks and intrusions.

Read more about Jetpack’s security services…


Reason #4: SEO and Marketing Tools

Out-of-the-box and for free Jetpack gets you going with making sure your site has a sitemap so that Google can list your site accurately. You also get social media sharing tools, automatic promotion to Facebook, Twitter and other sites, email subscriptions, and related posts so that readers stick around your site for longer.

The main benefit most of our business users see here is not requiring a multitude of plugins to achieve these simple things and, just as importantly, not having to pay for them.

Read more about Jetpack’s marketing tools…


Reason #5: World-Class Support

If you asked our customers what they rave about, most of them will mention our support. At last count we have thirty WordPress experts all over the globe ready to provide assistance — even to free users.

Paying customers get priority which, when you compare the $39 minimum yearly cost to what a developer might charge, is significantly more affordable.

Read more about Jetpack’s support…


Bonus Reason #6: Exclusive Discount

Just for this #SmallBusinessWeek, in celebration of all the small businesses that keep the world turning, we’re offering a 20% one-time discount on all our paid subscriptions.

Just use the code SMALLBIZ at checkout.

And of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Next Steps: Compare plans and choose the right one for your site.

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