How-to guides to help you create a great website

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in ClickHOST, Technology | 0 comments

I’m been the owner of for about 18 months now and we’ve produced some great information regarding website hosting, domain names, WordPress blogging and websites and security. In this post we provide a list of the top 3 how-to posts for starting a website.

Here are the top 3 how-to guides for website hosting:

Do you have other resources that you think would help our readers?


Official US Green Card lottery opens Oct 4, 2011

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in Carel's Conversations, South Africa | 0 comments

Green Card

Green Card

Green card lottery is open!

I know many South Africans in the US that won their green cards (or permanent residence cards) by entering the US Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program or the Green Card Lottery.The official place to find information regarding the lottery is at the US. Dept of State website. Do yourself a favor and don’t use ANY other website! There are literary hundreds of sites that offer to do this for you for a fee, sometimes a substantial fee.The lottery opened Oct 4, 2011, 12pm EDT and ends November 5, 2011, 12pm EST.

Surprising truth about what motivates us

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | 0 comments

This is a short but very insightful video on what drives and motivates people. Guess what, mostly NOT money. The animation is amazing. This video is by Daniel Pink, based on his book: Drive. See for yourself.


Just one word- AWESOME!

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Just one word- AWESOME!

“Just one word- AWESOME! Carel summed, integrated, enlightened, amused, humored and educated us in the process of sharing some very important and helpful information! His commitment to education and learning is so clear!”

– Dr. Marta Szabo White, Associate Professor, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University

A true professional

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Testimonials | 0 comments

A true professional

“Carel Bekker of Beyond438 is a true professional and an expert at navigating the nuanced path to a successful outcome in technology sales and business development. Beyond438 can be entrusted with mission critical projects at the highest level.”

Martin Sacks, CEO HumanConcepts

A world class resource

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A world class resource

“At Brand Velocity we have found Beyond438 to be a world class resource, helping us assess and address critical business issues.  I recommend Beyond438 with great enthusiasm.” 

– Jack Bergstrand, CEO Brand Velocity, Inc.


Beyond Strategy

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Business, Carel's Conversations, Relocate biz from SA to US, Sales | 0 comments

Beyond438 exists to translate the passion we have for solving business problems into profits for our clients. We do this in a thoughtful, “been-there-done-that,”  and “as-if-it-is-my-company” kind of way with our company principles guiding all our interactions.

We have a passion for business – for solving difficult business problems.

We have a passion for building world class companies – to grow beyond their current potential.

We have a passion for business leaders – to help them do the right thing in the jungle called the business world.

Our ultimate goal is to Wow! our clients and to take them to places where they’ve not been before. Places, such as, new revenue streams, South Africa and America.

Why I’m NOT getting an iPad 2!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in Apple, ClickHOST, Technology | 3 comments

Yes, today, March 11th, 2011, is launch day for Apple’s new iPad, the iPad 2.

I pre-ordered the iPad 1 and eagerly awaited the Fedex guy to deliver my oversized iPhone. I’ve loved using my iPad since them, HOWEVER, I’m NOT getting the new one. Don’t get me wrong it is another magical device and how can I go against David Pogue of the NY Times and CNet.Guess what, I’m actually going in the other direction. I officially handed over my iPad 1, 64GB to my wife and she loves it! I have a big screen iMac for work, however I need a device that can travel with me. So, I’ve done lots of thinking and research and I’m opting for the 11″ MacBook Air.


Apple 11" MacBook Air

11" MacBook Air vs 13" MacBook Air


Surprised, here are my reasons:

  1. I need a real keyboard. The keyboard on the iPad is great, but it takes up half the screen. You also cannot rest your figures on the keyboard. I also don’t want to lug around a wireless keyboard. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 0.
  2. I want (not need) a very small and light device to carry with me. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 1.
  3. It must be cool. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 1.
  4. I use logmein for my hosting business, I need access to my servers and cloud-based software and yes, you can do it with the iPad, but I found it cumbersome. Logmein on the MacBook Air is as if you are working on your desktop computer. Although a much smaller version :-). MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 0.5.
  5. I need to see 2 windows at one time. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 0.
  6. I don’t want the device to be a barrier when I’m meeting somebody. The iPad is awesome in this regard, and a full laptop is bad. The MBA 11″ is a good compromise. MacBookAir: 0.5, iPad: 1.
  7. The iPad has an awesome battery, over 10 hours. That should last you a day. I’ve really enjoyed NOT having to carry a charger with me. The MacBook Air’s battery is ok at 5 hours. It should get me thru most of my day. MacBookAir: 0.5, iPad: 2.
  8. Backup for my iMac. I can also quickly connect my USB backup drive to my MacBookAir if my iMac had a problem. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 0.
  9. Streaming movies, access to my favorite websites, iTunes, etc: MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 1.
  10. Instant on/off. MacBookAir: 1, iPad: 1.
  11. Not having to clean the screen — priceless!

In summary: I’m getting a 11″ MacBookAir and my wife’s getting the iPad.PS: My son is buying his own iPad 2 today. He sold his iPad 1 yesterday.Question: What do you think? Did I make the right decision?

ClickHOST – I liked the name so I bought the company.

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in ClickHOST, Entrepreneurship, Technology | 0 comments

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ClickHOST is such a catchy name. It says exactly what the company does. You click, we host. End of last year I acquired all the assets of We provide mostly shared web hosting for smaller business, associations, charities, churches and professionals. ClickHOST started in 2000 and has built up a wonderful customer base. We already have great systems and a great team in place to support our existing and future customers.

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Why You Should Start a Company in Atlanta|FastCompany

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Entrepreneurship, Relocate biz from SA to US, South Africa | 0 comments

Not too long ago, about fifty years, Atlanta was the size of Little Rock, Ark. About a hundred years before that, it was burned to the ground. Atlanta has proven it can grow (adding 1.1 million residents in the last decade alone). Now, it’s building toward a sort of tech hub in the southeast, against a backdrop that includes the busiest international airport in the world; a healthy cluster of corporate giants in Coca-Cola, UPS, Delta and The Home Depot, among others; and a spur of entrepreneurial activity that put Atlanta in the top ten on this year’s Kauffman Entrepreneurial Index, which tracks new business creation.But in a place where half the population isn’t from there, identity is a work-in-progress—theNew York Times called Atlanta “corporate stronghold, a Southern belle and a hip-hop capital”—all at once. Add to that: home to Internet security expertise and a key drug in HIV treatment. Alan Taetle, general partner at venture capital firm Noro-Moseley Partners, spoke with Fast Company about what makes Atlanta’s startup scene unique.Read more here.