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Website design/hosting

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by magicmike, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I think my first web page was one out of the box and I plastered it with banners. Then I bought Front Page. Somewhere around 2003, I started simple hand coded sites with CSS and HTML.... Then I forgot about it. Around 2005.

    The last two years I started playing with various CMS programs.

    I still have to tinker a bit but hope that once I am done, I am done for a while and all I have to do is add content about once per month. My existing site has been up for about 2 weeks. Per google webmaster tools, I have 19 of 23 pages indexed. Up 8 pages from 3 days ago.

    I am now also seeing some 5 month old reviews on my google local page that were hidden previously. A lady called Friday and asked for an estimate and said she found the new site! So in about two weeks I have made some progress. It is worth the time and effort to do these correctly.

    Study the code of any web form page you buy and or visit. Set up a sand box and play with the site and Learn how they work. So while I say my new site is working in just two weeks, it took me well over 300 hours or more of hard work and study over two years to get the site functional the way I want it. Now I am about ready to hire a professional copyright to edit my site and set up some type of video for me.

    Many Thanks to Tony, Rodger and Headz and others for being so helpful directly and indirectly.
  2. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Not too bad of a site, I would work on those bed edges though they need to be a lot crisper and cleaner looking, makes a huge difference. Good job though.
  3. TheGoat

    TheGoat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I love my host (IXwebhosting) but their site builder, when I last looked at it, sucks. Lots of free templates out there, and changing the text is not hard at all.

  4. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    I used wix.com
  5. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    Yeah I've heard that before. Unfortunately that was one of the only mulch jobs we did last year and the lady was pretty cheap but I needed the work at the time and we were just trying to get in and out quick to make a few bucks. It was one of those situations where it was part of a spring clean up but kind of a last minute addition to law mulch down.

    YardBros Outdoors
  6. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Not sure if your aware but your site took nearly 20 seconds to load for me.
  7. nozzy

    nozzy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Skywax.com is pretty cool. They build your site for $100 but you have to host it with them after that which costs $20/mo. The new site comes with a decent CMS so you can easily change stuff as you see fit. I setup my own "contact us" form by embedding a Google form that I created. It is nice because all the data goes straight into a spreadsheet and you get pinged by email anytime someone requests info. The Google form was a breeze to set up - and FREE.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    You've got some problems, that site is painfully slow.
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I've finaly got mine up and going, I know the pics aren't all mine some are but most aren't but when everything greens up they all will be mine.

  10. lawnpropm

    lawnpropm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 593

    Someone one here recommended. 1and1.com

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