SiteRubix is an exciting free website builder and hosting platform, which can be used to create any type of blog or on-line business. The site also offers a premium version and allows businesses to run multiple sites off its advanced hosting platform.
I have been using this platform for nearly 12 months now and in this article I explore what exactly the platform has to offer and examines how suitable it is for establishing a new online business.
SiteRubix is not just a standard web hosting service, it offers a number of other functions as well, all of which are displayed across the top of any of the screens, and which I have explained in more detail below.
There are 6 main services that can be accessed through the SiteRubix platform.
- Site Manager – this provides access to your websites, with a capacity to host 25 own domain websites and a further 25 .siterubix.com websites
- Site Domains – a new tool for buying and registering your own domain name, which can then easily be transferred to the Site Manager
- Site Feedback – an ideal tool for new websites, you can exchange feedback credits for free feedback on your own website design from other experienced affiliate marketing members.
- Site Comments – a tool designed for internet content marketeers whereby you exchange comments on other people’s websites and receive comments on any named post or page on your website.
- Site Email – you can set up your own website email addresses and forward them onto other accounts if needed.
- Site Support – SiteRubix offers its own technical support system, where experts will respond to a support email sent through this system. Response rate has always been quite quick for anything I needed.
The number of services available is quite impressive and I really like the ease of use of the whole system. However within each of these services there are some pretty unique and useful tools as well, which I now want to share with you.
The site manger is the main hub for building websites and logging into them. There is a dashboard for each website, as shown in the image below.
The dashboard shows details such as the last backup, number of posts and pages, and whether the site in indexed in Google.
There is a special tool for showing the site health. It uses some of the following headings as data for the calculation.
The dashboard tools are useful for all stages of business expertise, but they are especially useful in the beginning. They can be used when trying to gauge the length and frequency of content and whether too many plugins have been used.
A new addition to the SiteRubix platform and launched in January 2016, is the Site Domains service.
Site Domains was established in response to a gap in the overall service that SiteRubix offered. In the past customers had to purchase a domain name from another company such as Namecheap, and then transfer the web service onto the SiteRubix platform.
From the screenshot below you can see a comparison table of Site Domain prices against the main domain services. This table also shows that Site Domain is aiming to be competitive, since it includes a guaranteed renewal price with no increase, no upsells and an email account and privacy protection, all included for the one price of $13.99 per year.
This new service means that the domain name search, purchase and registration are now all completed within the SiteRubix platform. This means it is now possible to complete a business start up process from within one location.
This feature is unique to the SiteRubix platform and works because of its link to Wealthy Affiliate. Each member who hosts their website with SiteRubix can ask for feedback on their website design or the layout, from within the Wealthy Affiliate community.
A credit and comments system operates whereby you offer feedback on someone else’s site and for this you earn credits, which can then be exchanged for feedback on your own site.
This tool is particularly useful for new websites, when impartial feedback from potential customers and also experienced web masters can be useful.
Site comments operates in a similar way to the feedback tool, you offer comments on other people’s websites and in return you can request comments on selected pages on your own site.
You register your own interests and so the websites you review and comment on are relevant.
It is also a useful tool for learning how to write comments and engage with readers on your own site and is a useful training tool as well as a way to acquire more engagement.
As part of their hosting service siterubix premium offers the opportunity to register email addresses using your website domain. So for this website the address I have registered is email@example.com.
This facility allows you to further develop a professional look for your business. You can also forward any emails received from this address to another account such as a gmail account that you use, to avoid having too many separate email addressees to manage.
One of the key features for any web hosting service has to be the support available. As anyone in business knows sorting out technical issues as quickly as possible is absolutely essential.
The SiteRubix system is easy to use and has a simple direct email system that tags your request. Response time has always been fast whenever I have had to use it, although that has only been a couple of times over the last 12 months.
Is the SiteRubix Platform Suitable for Businesses?
At the start of this article I mentioned that I would review the SiteRubix platform to assess its suitability for an online business, although it’s probably fairly clear what it has to offer and how this would benefit either a new or existing business.
The six functions offered through the platform are all useful tools for any business, especially at the start of your development. The platform has been specifically designed to support the development of either an affiliate type marketing business or content marketing blog site.
SiteRubix is a website builder so it is possible to start a business from scratch without any technical knowledge or coding skills at all. However certain skills such as adding affiliate links or banner ads does require some technical confidence, but this can be learnt.
There are a wide variety of WordPress themes to choose from even on the free version, which should facilitate most types of design preference.
Tool For Constructing A New Website
Within the SiteRubix platform all the main tools that are essential for establishing and building a website, are available on the free version of SiteRubix.
- Site manager
- Site support
The premium version also includes two other important features; the site email that is designed for using with your own, rather than a siterubix.com subdomain name, and the site domain service itself.
- Site email
- Site domains
These four services together enable a strong business blogging site to be developed, which can be enhanced through the wide variety of WordPress plugins.
Finally there are two other services, which are also available only on the premium version, and which are unique additions for business development. These are also only available on SiteRubix and not on other hosting or site building services.
- Site feedback
- Site comments
The SiteRubix platform offer two different types of service, a free plan and a paid premium version. There are no other upsells or options.
- FREE – A basic business site and two modules of training can be accessed for free using the subdomain name siterubix.com.
- PREMIUM – The premium service is $47 per month (or $29 per month if paid annually) which includes
- being able to use your own purchased domain name
- a specific website email address which can be forwarded to another address if required.
- a wider choice of themes
- full access to 12 modules of training
- mentoring support through wealthy affiliate community- either through live chat or the forum blogs & questions.
SiteRubix is managed and run by the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, who run the university and marketing training programme. Therefore signing up as either a member of Wealthy Affiliate or to SiteRubix entitles members to access everything on both services.
This partnership between the two organisations is ultimately part of the uniqueness and strength of what this platform can offer. Certainly for myself, as a new person to online business development and digital marketing, I really needed a clear guide to get started.
The training programme, quality web building and hosting services made this possible for me, and from feedback within wealthy affiliate forums it is certainly benefiting lots of other businesses as well.
You can start an account with SiteRubix here.
If you want to start using SiteRubix you can also check for a domain name of your choice using the box below.
If you are interested in reading more about topics linked to this subject, which are available on this site here are some more links.
- How to Build a WordPress Website
- Wealthy Affiliate Review – Is it suitable for writers?
- Using WordPress – an overview
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