Website

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Crewcutlawncare, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Anyone out there who uses a landscaping or lawn care website. Is it really worth spending like $1,000.00 or two on a site? I mean will you get your money's worth out of it from like customers and such?
     
  2. esshaki

    esshaki LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    a website is an investment the way i look at it, you dont directly make $$$ of the site unless your selling something on the site (example porn site make alot of $$ bc they sell porn) a site related to lawn care/landscaping, basically is just providing information to customers about your company, such as services provide, contact information, estimate forms, and the best thing to have is online payments.

    i say this bc currently im designing my own site, and i have put in a customer sections were the user has to login with their username and password, and they can see their account info, current balance, past invoices. get the picture? sorry to go on and on, but i use to design websites
     
  3. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    If you used to design websites, then would you be able to give me a quote on a website? I want my website to resemble that of both Trugreen Chemlawn, and Trugreen Land Care. I need a customer account login with everything that you mentioned and everything else. My email is: crewcutlawncare@hotmail.com Basically look at Trugreen Chemlawn and Trugreen Land Care's sites, and let me know how much it would be.
     
  4. waldo98998

    waldo98998 LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 7

    I designed my own website using yahoo site builder. The program is free, and very easy to use, with a yahoo hosted web site. Cost for a business account is about $17 a month,which includes email accounts. Building the site is free (except a few hours of your time). The results are a basic site, but I have had severel customers call after seeing it. http://www.buckheadlawns.com
     
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    If you are just sitting around not doing much...like most landscapers this time of the year. It is well worth the time and effort to learn how to build one yourself. There are many design templates you can buy off of the internet to help you get started.

    I would say even a professional designed site shouldn't cost you more than a 800 to get up and running. Even at 1,000 to 2,000 dollars a website can still be worth it. As it is a long term investment. You will get years of use out of it.
     
  6. Gooster

    Gooster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 0

    I have a landscaping website which I have just put up onto the internet. It is very recent and therefore both the articles and website are not fully ready yet. There is also quite a lot of advertising in order to pay for the hosting, etc:

    http://www.truelandscaping.com
     
  7. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    I think I would rather just pay for the hosting...geesh! That site makes me want to cry with all of the ads. Hosting is really not that expensive ya know.
     
  8. pnplawncare

    pnplawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    LOL yea I agree. I built my site and host it here in my office on a FREEBSD unix system that I built. I also host my owm Email Server on a Windows2000® system. Plus I use bind9 to host my own DNS so on. My site is not best but its does me fine. I put it together in like 2 hrs or so. Then uploaded it to my webserver ( unix box ) . All I pay for is my (ISP) Internet Service Provider. I have static IP address here also. http://www.pnplawncare.com
     
  9. Crewcutlawncare

    Crewcutlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Do you know how much they charge for a dedicated IP address?
     
  10. pnplawncare

    pnplawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I have business class service, through my cable company. ( Bright House). It cost me 69.95 month. I think thats good deal cause not only am I able to get broadband, BUT I also getting to host my own website, emailserver so on.
     

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