can somebody make me a website

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by nlmct, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Hope Landscaping

    Hope Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of issues, on the hosting side?

    How is it an SEO nightmare?
     
  2. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Downtime and latency are two great examples (I see this all the time.). As the 24/7 marketing face of your business, it would be like if your customer service people or call center were to wait 8 rings to answer the phone, if they did at all. What results from that?

    Re: your own site, if you're not aware, you have what looks to be well over 1,000 other sites sharing your IP address. It comes down to what GoDaddy is actually doing, in terms of clustered servers and distribution, that matters. I'm not confident in what support might tell you about that. I know what I see with my own eyes, however.

    Another quick note, your web site seems to have a very wide fixed width set, requiring me to scroll to the right to see your full content. My laptop display is 1366px wide, your site is set to 1504px wide.
     
  3. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Posts: 1,060

    Tony addressed the hosting problems. Besides what he mentions they have had some pretty high profile failures- literally every site was down.

    There site builder (and to varying degrees other site builders) make it difficult to ensure you have the right Title tags, H1, H2, H3, image alt, and other tags. Do they make it easy to incorporate the publisher and authorship tags? If you have a blog as part of the site, does it get the article markup?

    Do a search "city landscaper". Make the city over 500,00 in population. Any Godaddy sites on page 1? Probably not. I don't think there is one on the first 4 pages in my market!

    Just to be clear- I am sure that some smaller companies in smaller markets could do fine w Godaddy. But there are better choices if you can spend just a little more.
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  4. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    what about WIX? I have seen a few wix sites that rank well. they mostly look like garbage though.. My friend with a cell phone repair business used wix, and he actually put together a pretty decent looking site with it, and it ranked well too.

     
  5. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I used to be with GoDaddy and I didn't get what people were complaining about. Then my site started randomly going down. Then my load times got ridiculous. I called tech support and they said I should be on their "grid" hosting, they said they switched me over and things improved a little for a bit. Then it got slow again, even worse this time, and they said they'd migrate me to a different server. This cycle went on and on before I got sick and tired of it, when I had two weeks of the tech support folks saying "our engineers know there's a problem, they're working on it." Well that's great, meanwhile I'm getting killed out here with no one able to load my site.

    Dumping GoDaddy is the smart move.
     
  6. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    i really like your site. who is hosting it now? it seems a little sluggish right now, i was navigating through it. I want to switch from godaddy soon as well. while i've never had any problems with the web hosting being slow since my little wordpress issue, the e-mail is a downright rip-off, and can't believe i'm paying for that.. tech support pretty much says thats just "how it is.." sometimes it takes hours for the e-mails to go through, i had to re-direct my estimate request forms to go to my gmail just to make sure i got them.

     
  7. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It's a local web co that rents space from rackspace.com. PM me if you want their info. The lag on the site right now is most likely due to some plugin issues (it's a WordPress site) that I haven't yet resolved. Maybe that'll be today's project, since I blew out my back yesterday and am stuck at home.
     
  8. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    I now have a strict policy of not working with any clients that refuse to move from GoDaddy. Of our current roster, we have exactly one who is on GD, but the New Year's Resolution is to move all of his sites off (several WP sites). When I have to log in to their site mgt and email interface, I would rather just go lay in the dentist's chair. Just painful.

    For hosting that won't break the bank, my current (and still) #1 is ASmallOrange.com (intuitive interface, stellar support, inexpensive). I've listed my favorite hosts before, and my only change is that I've moved MediaTemple off my list, and pulled my remaining, larger sites from them, when GoDaddy purchased MT in Q4 2013. I prefer to be proactive rather than to see if/when they get GoDaddy'd.
     
  9. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Posts: 1,060

    Wix, from my research, is very easy to use. You can produce some nice looking sites. And SEO has improved greatly. If you look into them, you will find people saying that google can't crawl them- that is no longer true.

    Wix seems like a viable option, but I have not personally used them.
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  10. Hope Landscaping

    Hope Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would not mind moving from GD, I chose them when I first started up because I was hosting my email, etc. I have never had a problem with them but I realize it's not great for SEO. I slowly have gotten familiar with SEO somewhat, and wouldn't mind looking at other options. The bummer is I just renewed my annual website fee. Is there anyway around that, and who would be your top choice to host/build a website. I don't have time or knowledge to build a website from scratch, so any advice or guidance would be appreciated... thanks
     

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