TOAST.net Partners with SmarterTools

We officially announced our partnership with SmarterTools this Saturday.

TOAST.net has signed an agreement with SmarterTools Inc. to distribute their software as an authorized lease-reseller. TOAST.net has been using SmarterTools software since 2006, and this agreement officially formalizes the relationship.

TOAST.net primarily uses the SmarterMail mail server to deliver a cloud-based email service to a growing list of small and medium businesses throughout the country. The SmarterMail software allows TOAST.net to provide enterprise-level functionality at a price that’s more affordable than similar services such as Office365.

“We’ve found that many small to medium businesses want to move to the cloud, but are scared away by mailboxes costing $6 to $12/month.,” said Kevin David, president of TOAST.net. “Our Email for Business starts at $3/mailbox and goes lower with volume.”

TOAST.net has moved thousands of mailboxes to SmarterMail. Users can access their email from anywhere using Outlook, their smartphone, or the powerful webmail interface. TOAST.net manages the hardware, software, network connection, security, updates, and backups so the customer can enjoy reliable and worry-free email.

SmarterMail includes many advanced features such as group collaboration, file storage, detailed reporting, email archiving, intrusion detection/prevention, antivirus, and antispam. In addition, TOAST.net makes use of several SmarterMail add-ons including Cyren Premium Antispam and Exchange ActiveSync for synchronization of mail, contacts, calendars, and notes across all devices.

About SmarterTools

Founded in 2003, SmarterTools Inc. is an information technology management software company based in Phoenix, Arizona. SmarterTools builds a Windows mail server, customer service software, and Web log analytics and SEO software that simplify and automate the day-to-day IT operations of businesses and hosting environments in over 100 countries. Additional information about SmarterTools Inc. and the SmarterTools product line is available at the company website: www.smartertools.com.

About TOAST.net

Started in 1996, TOAST.net provides Internet and cloud services for residential and SMB customers nationwide. Based in Toledo, Ohio, TOAST.net specializes in website design, email hosting, high-speed DSL, and wireless Internet access. Additional information about TOAST.net is available on their web site: www.toast.net.

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New Year — New Web Site!

  • Is it time to update your web site with a fresh, new look for 2015?
  • How about making it mobile-friendly so it can be viewed on phones and tablets?
  • Are you using the latest software to deter hacking?

The goal of any web site is to inform and attract new customers.  An outdated look and/or incorrect information detracts from these goals. It just might be time to take a good look at your current site and start taking steps toward making improvements.  Reach out to your web designer and discuss design updates. Make sure your employee list is current and you include a comprehensive list of services and products.  Are all of your hyperlinks still working?  Would you like to add powerful features like a shopping cart, blog or photo gallery? If you use a site builder tool like TOAST.net’s Web Presence Builder some of the content changes are easy to make on your own.  If you are really savvy you may even be able to update design elements within your site.  If you don’t feel you are ready to tackle the design … contact your web designer for advice. Remember that your goal is not only to have customers find your site but for them to gain valuable information about your company when they get there.

That brings me to my next point… how are they getting to your site?  Are your customers sitting at a desktop computer?  Are they in their car (in the passenger seat) searching for your store? Your web site needs to be mobile-friendly, easy to traverse while on a mobile device or tablet. Check to see if your web design tool automatically creates a mobile version of your site, or has a responsive theme.  Site design tools can help you quickly build and maintain a beautiful website that is fully functional on all devices.

Once you have published your newly redesigned website it is now time to take a break, right?  Wrong.  Revisit your site at least once a month. Make sure all content is up to date and that your web site design software has been updated to the latest version. Hackers are often able to enter a site through security vulnerabilities that reside in outdated software versions. Although time-consuming, making sure you are using the latest and greatest software is critical for the security of your site. With sites hosted at TOAST.net you can set WordPress, its plugins and themes to automatically update to the latest version.  Our Web Presence Builder automatically updates so that you are always developing in the latest version.

New Year – maybe it’s also time to say – New Website!

Google Sync and Outlook 2013

outlookvsgmailUPDATE 11/22/13: Google has heard our pleas! Google Sync now works with Click to Run versions of Outlook 2013.  Read more on Google’s support site.

Download Google Apps Sync v. 3.5.365.980 with support for Outlook 2013 Click-to-Run edition.

Google Sync is a powerful product for business: it provides complete email, contact, and calendar synchronization between a Google Apps for Business account, mobile devices, and Outlook…or at least it used to.

Recently, Microsoft began distributing its popular Office software via a new method called “Click to Run.” CTR versions of Office software install from the web and seem to operate partially on the user’s desktop and partially in the cloud. This change makes CTR version of Outlook 2013 incompatible with Google Sync, and Google is hinting that a work-around from them is not likely. Read more of this post

The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices

It’s predicted that this year tablets will outsell PCs for the first time, a clear sign that Internet usage is moving towards a more portable and accessible format. Smartphones are showing a similar upswing, with a recent Pew Research Center study showing that 56% of Americans are currently using a smartphone. Both tablets and smartphones are small devices with a big job: display all of the information on the Internet in a usable manner on a small screen: you could be viewing content on a screen anywhere from 3.5″ to 10″. Compared to a laptop’s 15″ screen or a PC’s 23″ monitor, that’s not a lot of room. All of that information needs to be converted into a format that works well with a small display, and there are specialized tools to do that. Read more of this post

Google Mail Has a New Compose Window!

Google has recently upgraded the Compose Window of Gmail. The new Compose Window is much cleaner, more compact, and offers some new convenience features. When the upgrade is available on your account you’ll be prompted with the following screen: Read more of this post

New Gmail App for iPhone/iPad for Google Apps users

A year or so ago, an app for Gmail was finally released for the iPhone and the iPad.

It was terrible.

In response, an embarrassed Google rushed out several updates to try to make things right…and it didn’t help much.

Today, the slate is being wiped clean as Google announces GMail 2.0 for the iPhone and iPad…and it’s not terrible! In fact, it’s downright snazzy. Read more of this post

Try the New Compose Feature in Google Mail

A new Compose window is rolling out to Google based email accounts, adding a lot of requested features and making email creation faster. You will be prompted to try out the new feature as an option over the next couple of months, then it will be enabled automatically for everyone. Read more of this post

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