Who here has a website?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ConPro, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. ConPro

    ConPro LawnSite Member
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    I'm having a couple bids proposed to me next week. What should I ask for or look for in my website. Also, how much should I spend?:confused:
     
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You need to decide what it is that you hope this website will do for you. Then you have to seriously ask yourself if a website can really do what it is you want.

    Content is everything. Don't worry about having every bell and whistle. There is no reason for a person looking to hire a landscape company to equate to simplicity of their website to the nature of their work.

    Go for good content of information and pictures. Both of these you have to create rather than a website designer. Remember to put your location in the page, many professionally designed pages forget this because they are used to web based business that does not need to connect to a specific place.

    The important thing is that the page can be found by the potential client in a search engine. You have to have an idea on what that client is going to type into the search engine so that you pop up near the top of the list. (ie,. lawn care, nampa, idaho). You have to get those key words in to the meta-tags of the webpage so that the search engines will pick that up.

    The page can be plain text with a few nice pictures that support what your message is. That is far better than a general message with nice pictures of things that don't matter with custom buttons and links to supplyers, football scores, and the weather channel.

    1. It must be found by those that you are targeting.
    2. It must have good concise information in it.
    3. They have to know where you are and how to get in touch with you.
    4. The rest does not matter much.
     
  3. ConPro

    ConPro LawnSite Member
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    Thank You, what should I have to pay for what you described?
     
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know what the going rate is because I have always done my own. You do need a web hosting service. Some are free, but do not allow "commercial" sites. What excatly they mean by that might be a little sketchy.

    I have read other 'scapers having spent $500 -$1,500 and then $40-$60 a month for web hosting. I think that is probably not worth it for a smaller landscape company because I don't think it generates business in a big enough way.

    I have had resumes on web pages rather than one for getting business, so I have used free sites and made my own. I have had people ask if I could do landscape plans or jobs for them, but they all seemed like they were living in cyberland. The commomn theme was they were looking for free or cheap ...like download a landscape.com or something.

    The fastest best way to get clients is word of mouth. They see something that you did that they like or a person recommends you and you have the job half sold before you open your mouth.
    If you are thinking that this is going to get you a lot of clients fast, I think you better be cautious about commiting a lot of money to it.

    Has anyone had very positive sales results in landscaping from web pages?

    http://www.geocities.com/agla1247/
     
  5. kermit

    kermit LawnSite Member
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    I live in a very tech savvy area. The first place a customer looks for information is the web. The customers I want are well off, smart and looking for the best work they can find, cost is not their prime concern. Although we advertise in the yellow pages, I think the better customer comes from the web. We have a web page that functions as our brochure, it helps presell our work to the client and has produced some of our best profit jobs. My wife is a techie so she does all my web work, so I don't know what the cost of a good web designer would be.
     
  6. grshppr

    grshppr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I made my own website with Microsoft Publisher. I'm not very computer literate, but it on;y took me a day, and I feel it turned out half decent. Check it out if you want www.vernongrasshoppers.com. I don't really get a lot of business from the web, that is why I didn't want to pay someone to make it for me (plus I haven't had much snow to plow so it gave me something to do!) I've heard of other guys spending $500-1000 on their sites.
     
  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Grasshopper,

    I think your web page is fine. It loads quickly and gets the message out that you want to get out. No one cares how many frames or animations are on a page - they want the information and everything else is a distraction. Good job and you don't need to sell an extra $200 worth of work each month to break even on it.
     
  8. Scape Sculptor

    Scape Sculptor LawnSite Member
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    Grasshopper,

    Who do you have as your Web Hosting?
     
  9. grshppr

    grshppr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a friend of mine who works for a computer company. He hosts it for me, I think it is Okanagan.net.
     
  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not me. I think they're a huge waste of time! ;)
     

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