Best Website Provider??

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by PTSolutions, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,328

    Hey guys, so far all of our advertising/marketing has been word of mouth or random fliers etc...

    Im looking to invest in a website for our company and wanted to get opinions from those who have them or others who are also in my situation.

    Important aspects would be cost, ease of setup, ability to maintain/update it myself. Id like to upload my own content rather than calling up someone and giving them media to put up.

    I currently use quickbooks for invoicing/proposals etc... and I know that Intuit has a package that lets you design your own site.

    so im ready to hear your suggestions and maybe ive missed some things that I should be aware of also.
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    subscribing
     
  3. CLS LLC

    CLS LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 487

    I use godaddy and it isn't bad. It doesn't look 100% professional but I'm happy with it. They have a "website tonight" site builder that is pretty user friendly, took me a day or two to put the site together and for the first year I spent about $75 or something like that and then it's just like $50 a year or so from here on in.

    If you are going to use them google godaddy discount code, or something along those lines. They are always running many different saving programs and if you google it you can find a list of them and choose what works best for you.

    my site can be seen at www.colgatelawnservice.com
     
  4. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    I had mine built for $600 and hosting and domain name was another $180. I furnished all the pics and provided ideas and she did the rest. Best money I ever spent. If you want the professional image, let someone with experiance build it. Hope this helps.

    James
     
  5. Greenboy24

    Greenboy24 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    1and1.com has some good hosting prices....

    look into adobe dreamweaver to make your site, spend a little time learning it (extremely easy) and make your site, then you can upload your own stuff anytime np
     
  6. BearWise Landscapers

    BearWise Landscapers LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    We use GoDaddy. They have great prices and are easy to use. The best thing is that they answer the phone and will answer your questions. Other hosting companies are based overseas and you can't get in touch with them if something goes wrong.
     
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,328

    i think im gonna talk with a few local places that do site design around here, i like the idea of not having to worry about the maintenance of the site as ive got plenty to do already.
     
  8. I use www.webfirstcreations.com They are really backed up but well worth the wait. A good looking website is not the goal....Finding your goodlooking website is the key....Shane is a SEO king pin. I have had 10 calls for pressure washing since the begining of the month...The website went live a week before chrismas......very happy considering its still winter and below freezing ......Tell him where you heard it from....
    Call me if you need anything else...
    Lou
     
  9. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    I use yahoo small business...no complaints here, it cost about $9 a month.
     
  10. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    BigC did you use thier site builder software and build it your self ?
     

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