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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there any hidden charges?
A: There is no setup charge, and nothing beyond the monthly charge associated with your package level. The only exceptions are: If you leave us and we purchased a website address on your behalf, there is a $35 transfer fee to move your website address to a new registrar. There are no cancellation fees or hidden charges.
Q: Can I cancel at any time and are there any charges to do so?
A: Yes, you can cancel at any time. When you sign up with BoatBlogs you will be on a month-to-month billing cycle, so you aren't locked into a lengthy contract, you can cancel at any time and there are no cancellation fees or penalties.
Q: Can I change the background of my Blog page?
A: Yes, your Blog page is fully customizable. For more information please refer to the "Customizing your online profile" section of this manual. You can quickly get there using the menu on the left.
Q: Can I have my own website address?
A: Yes, you can bring your own domain to us (if you already have one) or we will provide you with a utility to search for a website address. Your own WWW address can be assigned to your blog in minutes. This would require an upgrade to the Plus-package of only $7.95/mo., which is an amazing bargain because the website address is free to you, we purchase it and take care of the annual renewal fees.
Q: Can I have email accounts with my personal email address?
A: Yes, for example: If your blog address is www.yourboatname.com, and you are Joe -- your email address can be firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want this optional service, which comes with up to 100 email accounts for each of your friends, family, crew or employees, it would require an upgrade to our Pro-package of only $12.95/mo. You also get your own WWW website address included in that package.
Q: Can I use my own domain name I've already purchased?
A: Yes, if you currently control a domain you have purchased, you can bring it over and we can link it to your BoatBlogs account.
Q: Can I copy or move content on my blog?
A: Yes, all our widgets can be saved, moved and duplicated. There might be certain widgets that you want on every page of your blogging website such as your Vessel Name or your social media accounts. In this case, you would only need to configure the widget once and then you can save it as a favorite and use it on every page.
Q: Can I connect my site to my Facebook account?
A: Yes, our Social Media Widget makes it easy for users to link their blog page to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Google+, Email and LinkedIn.
Q: Can I set up email through my blog page?
A: Yes, if you sign up for the Pro-package of only $12.95/mo. it comes with 100 domain hosted email accounts included.
Q: How hard is it?
A: Our site editor is simple yet effective. Like anything there is a slight learning curve while you're getting started, but you will quickly become comfortable. Our editor has a menu of Widgets (that do an array of different things), and your webpage is comprised of drop zones. You simply choose which widget you want, place it in the drop zone and configure the widget.
Q: What experience is required?
A: There is no experience or coding required, we've done most of the work for you. If you feel comfortable with programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, you should have no problem editing your blog page.
Q: What happens if I want to leave?
A: You are in control of your account. You can cancel at any time right from your account dashboard. If you have a domain name and you would like to transfer it to another service, you can do that as well however, there is a transfer fee of $35 to transfer your domain name to another registrar.
Q: How will people find my blog?
A: You can increase traffic to your blog by utilizing our built-in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools. SEO will help you improve your blog's Search Engines Return Pages (SERP) ranking. The better your SERP ranking, the more visible your blog will be in a search engine.
Q: Can I have more than one blog?
A: You can have as many blogs as you see fit. The monthly fees are per account so there would be a separate charge for each account.
Q: How is this hosted?
A: BoatBlogs uses a combination of Amazon's AWS cloud and Rackspace's cloud. We are hosted on Windows Servers running Microsoft SQL. Websites make use of Microsoft's dot-net architecture, bootstrap, jQuery, html 5 and css3.
Q: How expandable is it?
A: One of our top priorities is to ensure that you won't outgrow your blog. We have blogs with over 500 blog entries, with individual blog entries containing book length blog articles and dozens of pictures. We have one website with nearly 500 webpages! Neither of these is pushing our limits. Can you imagine how horrible it would be if after all the work you put into your website or blog you suddenly hit a wall? That would be truly depressing!
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