Changes to Windows Live website?

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by goodgreen, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    :confused:Microsoft has allowed owners of their Office Product line to have a free user controlled website for several years now. But they just sent out an email that you must sign up for Office365 (cloud version) which has a cost attached now. Has anyone with a Windows Live website made this switch yet? It seems laborious since they claim it's a 2-6 hour process. Indeed, I was online with their help desk for about an hour without a lot of progress. Would it be better to just try to start a new site with a new provider and transfer the domain name? Suggestions?
  2. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    I also am considering just switching from Office Live to another web hosting site. I do not need all the features they are including in the new 365 version.
  3. rsrs

    rsrs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    We also had the free office live version for a couple of years. A couple of weeks ago we decided to switch to a godaddy website tonight,because like Armidillo we didn't need all of the bells and whistles that Office 365 offered. You can't just take the same files from office live and put them on the other(atleast I couldn't figure it out) so I had to start from scratch. Not too much of a problem except now our website doesn't come up anywhere close to top of search results on google like it use to, hopefully it will take just a little more time for google to index it correctly. With godaddys website tonight templates you are limited to 10 pages for your site. I chose godaddy because that is who we had for our domain registar.

  4. goodgreen

    goodgreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    Thanks for your replies. I'm still working on a solution. Taking a serious look at Hostgator which shows in the top 5 for hosting and websites. But doing your own Wordpress site is interesting too. Just not sure I'm capable of creating from scratch or keeping my same email through that site. (or if I have the time when the season is just starting) It's not the best time of year for Microsoft to spring this on lawncare companies.
  5. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,440

    Sorry to threadjack this, but thought I'd weigh in on RSR's problems after moving from Office Live...

    Your meta description is about 80 characters too long and you have almost no H1-H6 tags. None on the home page, 1 on the Services page. The H tag issue will help you out in the search rank department.

    Visually, for the good of your visitors, you really should rework the text formatting throughout your pages.
  6. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Not sure if this will help, but this a nice program for grabbing a capture of a website onto you own drive, and I have recommended to people to use it to back up their sites when they only have a web based login to their site on a service, and do not have access to actual source files/database to backup.


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