I thought the Portal Plus was
free - what happened?
The Portal Plus hosting is $29.00 a year. The search engine is free, the CGI-bin, 24/7
access and on and on ... all of that is free. We only charge the $29 fee annually, and
this includes the set-up fees, which takes time and trained staff. That staff has to be
paid. We decided to charge the small fee to cover that expense as opposed to running
annoying popups on your site or banners on your front page.
How is SearchKing different than AngelFire, GeoCities or other free
web hosting companies?
Free web hosting sites like AngelFire and GeoCities are there so that those companies can
sell advertising space. SearchKing's goal is to provide you with the tools, training, and
support needed to become successful. In understanding that most any business venture comes
with expenses and sometimes challenges, we will strive to provide you with the support and
utilities to accomplish your goals in the most efficient manner possible. No business in
the world can be everything to everyone. Our promise to you, is that SearchKing will
continue to improve its support and training, upgrade and expand its facilities, and will
continue to add new software utilities to stay on top of web hosting technology.
Can I start with the $29 deal and get the community building
Of course! You can always upgrade at any time, but it will cost you a minimum of $25 per
month to get all of the community building features. By ordering now, you get all of the
features for about $4 per month!
Can I run my own scripts?
Yes. You get your own CGI-bin.
What kind of advertising do I have to run for the Portal Plus or the
Portal Plus with Community Features?
1. A SearchKing banner located near the top of your interior program pages.
2. Participation of the text banner program on your Search Results pages (secondary
3. Approved SearchKing logo linked to www.SearchKing.com on your homepage.
Does SearchKing use popup advertising?
Absolutely not! We hate it when we visit a site and get bombarded with popups just as much
as you do.
What if I don't want SearchKing advertisements on my site?
You can upgrade to the Portal Pro.
That's a little out of my budget - can we compromise?
Sure. With the Portal Premium our only advertising requirements are:
1. A SearchKing banner located near the top of your email pages.
2. Participation of the text banner program on your search results pages (secondary
3. Approved SearchKing logo linked to www.SearchKing.com on your home page.
How long does it take SearchKing to get my site set up?
It generally takes 1-2 business days to get your site set up. Allow extra time during
How will I know when my site is set up?
Once your site is set up, we will send you a welcome letter with instructions and
passwords for logging into your admin panel and ftp.
What if I need more space?
You can upgrade. Each additional 10 megs of space is only $5 per month. Or you can upgrade
your entire package. Among other advantages, the Portal Premium comes with 50 megs of
space and the Portal Pro comes with 200 megs of space!
How much bandwidth comes with the Portal Plus?
1/2 Gig per month
What if I need more bandwidth?
You can upgrade - additional bandwidth is $8.00 per gig.
Read server definition in terms
What if I want more than 1000 URL's in my directory?
Once you reach 1000 URL's in your directory, you should be ready to upgrade to our Premium
or Pro package.
If I upgrade from a Plus to a Premium or a Pro will I lose all the
work I did on my Plus?
No. When you upgrade, we transfer all of your data to your new site and redirect traffic
from your .searchking.com domain to your new domain.
Do I need to know HTML to build a SearchKing portal?
While it's not absolutely necessary to know HTML to get your portal up and running, having
at least some knowledge of HTML will go a long way in making your job easier.
Some of our current Portal Partners offer templates that you can plug your personal
information into without any knowledge of HTML.
Did we miss anything? If you have further questions, please send us an email.