Anyone use WiX flash site builder

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by johnwright238, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    I am building a new flash based we site using Wix. They just upgraded to HTML5 and are still working on the transition as I am building.

    Anyone have any tips for WiX?

    I am concerned about SEO but most of my traffic will be coming from YouTube and AdWords along with direct entries from offline ads. Search volume for remote mowers are still very low right now anyways but any SEO tips for flash would be much appreciated.
     
  2. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Well, according to one thing I read from someone using it, if you get a template that the primary URL (anything before a #) doesn't change, they are banking on google now being able to do ajax calls to load up your site content. However, that is google, there are a few other major engines. Plus from what I saw, I wasn't impressed at the end URL google indexed it as. Time will tell though if this plan will work, and who knows when google may decide to change how it handles it.

    My suggestion, try for a template where every page is a unique URL for better SEO, make sure you properly set the Title Tag, Meta values, and make sure you have one single H1 tag that (like your title) gives a good concise (yet keyword based) description of what is on the current page (ie, don't use an H1 to list the name of your company on every page). See http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=368928 for more info on that.

    -Greg
     
  3. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
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    Any suggestions on how to make each page have its own URL...each one is just my main URL.

    I am also looking through the WiX help forums and no help yet :(
     
  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,391

    So you're building a Flash-based site now and then will evolve to HTML5 when Wix gets there?

    I have to ask why you're going the Flash route, especially as a DIY, when you acknowledge the very legitimate concerns re: SEO?

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  5. johnwright238

    johnwright238 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    SEO is not manditory but if you know tips to optimize with WiX, I want to know. WiX is "there" with HTML5 just not 100%. For instance, I can't make drop down menus in the header yet.

    WHY? The biggest reason is appearance. THe site is jaw dropping bad to the bone imho. my Yola site is too plain jane cookie cutter
     
  6. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Nope, sorry, haven't actually looked though their builder, but I'm pretty sure I have come across one site that used Wix that did actually have separate pages. (Who knows, that just may have been a really old version of a template)

    Myself I hand code everything for my clients and host them on my own servers. (well except for two clients who are still already paid for somewhere else). Someday I might have to actually go put a site there to see what they really have to offer, but for now I'm busy building other projects, one of which is my own CMS for clients.

    -Greg
     
  7. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,391

    With a Wix site, as with any other site builder/generator site, you're largely on your own to implement any useful SEO, which is why they only accomplish 20% of what most customers think they're getting out of their dollars. Since you seem set on going this route, I would probably just build it as you see fit and then see what code you can actually change, along the lines of what Greg pointed out. Short of that, there really is nothing else to do.
     
  8. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Posts: 1,051

    Ever looked at squarespace.com? I am planning on migrating there this winter. The templates are beautiful and as SEO sound as a template can be. Mobile site included too.
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  9. ptjackson

    ptjackson LawnSite Member
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    I like squarespace much better than Wix. I've played around with it for just "wire framing" up a site before but as Tony points out the SEO will be really bad. The main reason you'd use it would just to be if someone happened to see your URL on something and want to see if you passed the "smell test" by looking at your site.
     
  10. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 804

    If you use squarespace.com, you can use a coupon code WEBTOOLTESTER and receive 10% off. You save about $43 off the unlimited.
     

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