If you’re struggling to keep your business afloat during this COVID-19 pandemic, you might want to consider bringing it online as the shopping habits of consumers change to adapt to these challenging times.
It’s a really good time to build a website too, because our favourite web hosting service SiteGround has just launched an offer to help business owners recover from blows dealt by the virus!
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SiteGround’s COVID-19 Response Offer – Details
SiteGround is practising social responsibility by having a special offer to help small business owners go online during these uncertain times.
At just RM4.10, you’ll get full unadulterated access to SiteGround’s StartUp plan for 3 whole months, so you can get a website set up for your business.
If you’re thinking that this is no big deal and you can get free or much cheaper web hosting elsewhere, please allow us to explain how wrong you are.
- Discount: 97% OFF (for 3 months) + FREE SSL!
- Monthly fee (first 3 months): RM4.10
- Monthly fee (after 3 months): RM24.40 (50% OFF)
- Start date: LIVE NOW!
- End date: TBA
- Full details: Learn more
Why this offer is SUPER helpful!
When it comes to online businesses, you need to understand that speed is the essence of life.
It is the one thing that will help your website sell/convert.
With free or cheaper web hosting services out there, you’ll have no idea what sorts of speed you’re going to get, and the service you’ll receive will most likely be quite suspect.
With SiteGround, you’re getting one of the fastest web hosting services available that’s catered specially for businesses and e-commerce. We should know, we’ve done our homework – see for yourself at our in-depth SiteGround review.
You’ll also have access to one of the most knowledgeable and helpful support teams in the industry, with the tools and services you’ll need to assist you in building your website.
If you’re concerned about having no datacenters where your customers are, SiteGround’s got your back – with 6 datacenters across 3 continents, your website will load up quick and snappy for your shoppers, which should provide a nice boost for your sales.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll actually be getting with SiteGround’s StartUp Plan:
- 1 Website
- 10GB SSD Storage Space
- 10,000 Monthly Visits
- Free WordPress Installation
- Free SSL, CDN, Email
- 100% Renewable Energy Match with Google Cloud
At just RM4.10 for 3 whole months, we think this is beneficial for business owners looking to go digital!
What happens after 3 months?
That’s the real question isn’t it – what’s gonna happen after 3 months has gone by, the world has healed, and everything starts to make sense again?
Well, if you find that the revenue generated from your new website is substantial enough for you to want to continue hosting with SiteGround, you can do so at a discounted rate of only RM24.40 a month – that’s 50% off their regular prices!
If you don’t feel like continuing, that’s fine – just terminate your account and life goes on.
COVID-19 Has Brought The Economy To Its Knees
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the COVID-19 hit the economy HARD, as most countries go into lockdown to prevent further spread of the disease.
People are frightened to leave the safety of their houses, which leaves many brick and mortar businesses high and dry as shoppers panic buy and then… suddenly stop.
The situation is so bad that some have likened the pandemic to a recession, and we couldn’t agree more as the government had to roll out a gigantic RM250 billion stimulus package to deal with the resulting fallout.
In America, sports entertainment has grinded to a halt as live sporting events are cancelled. Japan has agreed to postpone the Olympics to 2021 which will cause massive losses, and travel remains one of the hardest-hit industries as airlines like AirAsia grounds their planes as more than 100 countries are slapped with travel restrictions.
People are out of jobs, businesses don’t know whether to stay open because customers aren’t spending, and the economy is teetering on the edge of a huge recession.
In short, It’s the end of days, guys.
But not all is lost!
In the midst of all the despair and hopelessness, some industries and businesses are thriving as the rest of the world keeps themselves quarantined.
People might lock themselves up to keep the virus at bay, but they’ll still need supplies. Their needs aren’t gonna change but their shopping habits do.
Amazon has seen such a huge increase in sales that they had to hire a whopping 100k new workers to help deal with the increased demand.
People are also obviously looking for social distancing solutions, hence regional governments in China are pushing for the development of unmanned delivery solutions such as food delivery robots!
The COVID-19 epidemic is causing people to change the way they buy, forcing them to adopt newer technology just to survive.
According to Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics of Technology from Stanford Graduate School of Business, these newly formed habits will stick around long after the global threat dies down.
With a vaccine nowhere near developed and the world going into several months of lockdown, small businesses will need to adapt to the changing economic situation and start going online if they’re going to survive the oncoming season.
Companies are starting to help out!
After days of panic buying and selfish “me first” behaviour (we know you hoard toilet paper!), people are starting to realise that nobody can survive without practicing some sort of social responsibility.
The only way to overcome this economic and social meltdown is through collective selfless acts of kindness towards one another.
Companies are starting to give back to the communities in the hopes of keeping the economy going and to help us as our homes effectively turn into our prisons.
The ever-popular Foodpanda is stepping up by offering free and contactless deliveries in an effort to help independent restaurant owners keep their heads above water, while banks are doing their bit by waiving compounding interest on the 6-month moratorium on its mortgages and loans.
Conclusion: Get The SiteGround Offer While You Can!
This special COVID-19 Response Offer is one of the best offers you’ll get from SiteGround, ever. They hardly ever reduce their prices and 3 whole months of web hosting for just RM4.10 is practically free.
We assume the price tag is basically there to fend off the freeloaders, ensuring there’s sufficient resources for all their shared hosting users to enjoy the speed and service they’re known for.
So if you’re on the fence about starting a website for your business, we suggest getting off the fence real quick, cause you’re not gonna find another offer like this anytime soon.
Until next time, stay safe!