Page Bureau has been in the works for nearly three years. It’s run by Manoverboard, a company that has been designing websites for more than ten years. We’ve worked with companies like Barneys New York and Generation (Vice President Al Gore’s investment firm). Having serviced hundreds of clients, we recognize that not everyone has the need for a multi-page, complex website. Most professionals and small businesses just need to be on the Web—beautifully and quickly.
Page Bureau is for professionals seeking a quick but compelling website. We cater to lawyers, accountants, consultants, writers, and idealists who know they need to have a website but don’t want to build one themselves. (If you’re an artist, we encourage you to try Flatfile, which looks cool.)
It’s about control. Surprisingly, about 50% of small businesses do not have a website. With one page, you can tightly manage the information about you, expedite the process of having a presence online and ensure that you have the best small website you possibly can.
Yes! We have built all of our designs to perform beautifully on smartphones like the iPhone and Android and to work on tablets like the iPad, Google Nexus, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. This here website is mobile-friendly, too.
No—all you need is a computer with a browser like Firefox or Safari that is connected to the Internet.
You do not. We’ll host your website at pagebureau.com/yoursite. It’s a good idea to use a custom domain name, but it’s entirely up to you. If you can’t decide yet don’t worry—you can switch to a custom domain name any time.
Yes. We are partnered with Tucows, the largest domain name seller in the business. Just visit here. Or you can reserve your domain at other preferred registrars like Namecheap, Dotster, or Dreamhost. Cost for owning your own domain (like a .com, .biz, .net., .ca, .co) are typically between $10 and $25 per year.
We recommend reserving your domain name for a few years. Once you purchase the domain, if you don’t have a lot of technical experience (and who does?), we recommend getting a friend to help you set up redirecting the URL so that your new site works well. Here are some instructions.
- Log in to your domain name registrar. This could a company like Namecheap, GoDaddy, Dotster, Dreamhost, or many others.
- Look for instructions to set up something called an “A Record”. You want to create an A Record for both www.mybusiness.com and mybusiness.com to point to our IP address, 184.108.40.206
- Once you create or change the A Record at your registrar, the change may take up to 48 hours. Usually it’s just a few hours but you’ll have to be patient.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
The best thing is to copy all of the text from your old site, revise it based on our template and then send it to us. We’ll find a way to get most of it on your new site.
Yes, for an additional $200 we will provide a one-hour demo of your site and answer any and all questions you have. You’ll speak with a trained designer who has built and developed your site.
Not yet—but we are working on an affiliate program. Please check back again.
Not at the present time. All Page Bureau customers are provided with one level of WordPress permissions: Author. This allows you to edit and update your content, and saves you from accidently breaking your website—technically or aesthetically. While some of our competitors offer full creative control, that’s goes against the core idea of what a Page Bureau website is—clear, elegant, and low maintenance.
Costs and Deliverables
For the one-time fee, you will receive one of our themes to use for your business. You will also have one year of free hosting (with the cost of $120.00/year after that). And you’ll gain one stellar new website that you can call your own.
Easy. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you within one business day.
Yes. Just let us know what the fields should be and where the email should be sent. We’ll do the rest.
Page Bureau sites are designed to exist as a single page, and leverage the online services you’re already using. You can add links to your blog and your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other profiles to do so. You are also free to add as many layers as you like to your one page but we caution you to only add what’s necessary—quality over quantity.
No. But if you need a blog, we encourage you to try WordPress.com. Once you’ve set it up, you can add a link to it on your main menu. Page Bureau sites already run on WordPress so if you already have one, everything will be familiar.
Yes, we will regularly keep WordPress up to date for you. And we will always backup your website just in case. with?
Hosting and Email
Your website is hosted at Rackspace, one of the best hosts in the business. They are based in the great state of Texas USA.
No. We recommend you use Google’s Gmail, which is fabulous. If you need help setting this up, we suggest you contact a friend who has done this before.
Our preferred registrars like Namecheap, Dotster, or Dreamhost. These guys get it.
We haven’t finished ours yet, but it’s coming soon.
Not at the present time. We only manage website within our own hosting environment because it allows us to keep the cost of our product/service as low as possible.
Lots. Every Page Bureau site gets 2 GB of data transfer/month.
Updating a Page Bureau Site
If you have a custom domain name, go to http://mybusiness.com/wp-login If you have a domain hosted under Page Bureau’s URL, go to www.pagebureau.com/mybusiness/wp-login
Then, enter the username and password provided to you in our introductory email.
If you have a logo you want to add, you can upload it as the “featured image” of your top-most layer.
You can upload an image of 1200px x 700px as the featured image of a layer if it has the category of “striking Image”. For more information, see the tutorials section, coming soon.
No problem. Just email us at email@example.com We’ll send you a new one.
We only provide one login per customer. Please be careful with whom you share it.
If you already have brand colours established (or you just love the colour orange), you can provide us with the HEX or RGB colour values you require and we will set up customized styles for you.
Page Bureau websites are built to exacting specifications. You can upload PDFs and create links to those documents, as well as add photographs to certain layer types such as the “author” and “striknig image” layer types. For more information on the best way to do this, visit the tutorials section, coming soon.
Yes, all Page Bureau sites come with the ability to add Google Analytics. Send us the code and we will add it for you. Or we will generate the code and send you a login for Google Analytics to track your site.
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll take down the site whenever you like. You will not receive a refund on the costs of the design or on hosting. However, we do wish you continued success.
All Page Bureau sites are built to be heavily exposed to search engines. But SEO is outside of the scope of our product-service.
Sorry, no. Page Bureau only builds websites based on our well-tested designs.
We did. It took four years to put Page Bureau together. We hope you like it.
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