Choosing the right Web Designer for your Dental Website
Why does my dental practice need a website?
A website builds an online presence for your dental practice. A website is the first impression of your dental office. When a potential patient is looking for a dental office, they search Google. If you don’t have a website, you won’t show up in a Google search which means you just lost a potential patient. Over half of the new patients want to make a appointment through the website and if they can’t then that patient will move on to the next listing usually. Therefore, a website is a very important tool for your practice.
How do I choose which web design company to use?
There are a lot of web design companies that specialize in the Dental field so choosing can be a bit overwhelming. First and foremost, you want to choose a company that is secure. Remember, new patients might be setting up their first appointment through the website. This means that HIPAA policies will need to be followed because identifiable patient information will be transferred and possibility stored on the site. Which brings the concern of email. A lot of dental practices use their web host to also host their email. You will want to make sure that whatever email solution your web host is using is secure. If the email gets hacked, there is a HIPAA issue. Those emails get stored on the web host servers. If you end up using email through your web host, you will want to make sure they support email technologies such as SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.
Comparison of Dental Web Design companies
|Provider||Hosting||SSL Security||Email Security Supported||Online Reputation Management|
|Quick MSP||Additional Monthly Fee (required)||Included||DKIM, DMARC, SPF, Email Encryption||Additional Monthly Fee|
|Televox / West||Additional Monthly Fee (required)||Additional Fee||SPF||Additional Monthly Fee|
|PBHS||Additional Monthly Fee (required)||Additional Fee||SPF||Additional Monthly Fee|
|Sesame Communications||Additional Monthly Fee (required)||Additional Fee||SPF||Additional Monthly Fee|