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CDLAWNCARE
04-07-2013, 08:31 AM
Trying to spruce up my website to make it more presentable for potential and current customers. Any help would be great. You can view my website at http://cdlawncare.webs.com/ Thanks.

The Cleaning Doctor
04-07-2013, 11:21 AM
First, you have to get off the FREE website crap. You have to get rid of the Ads and it looks like you will have to pay to have someone do a site for you. My sites start at $149 down and $29 a month for 24 months on up.

If you want people to take you seriously, you have to put out a little money. Even if it is only for a domain and hosting.

CDLAWNCARE
04-07-2013, 12:21 PM
Yes. I know its not ideal, but I know very little about this kind of stuff and can't afford to pay someone else to do it at this time. I was hoping for a start out point and upgrading to the real deal once we've had a chance to recover from the slump we have been in.

wat5150
04-07-2013, 12:40 PM
I use homestead by intuit. I know some of you are going to say its a sh!t service but it works and looks decent. I would try them or at least check them out. I think its like $5 a month and $1 for email. The site builder software they have is decent and fairly easy to use for us that arent software engineers. I would ditch that site you haver because of the ads. Doesnt look good. Do some searching around, you can find some decent sites for affordable monthly fees.

JimAdams
04-07-2013, 01:19 PM
On GoDaddy.com, you can build a decent 5-page web site for about $5 a month. So sixty bucks a year. That's without a dedicated email address, but you can do a contact form right on there, and people can just type their info in, hit send, and get the email in your gmail account or whatever.

You have to build your own site, but they have so many templates that it's not that much more difficult than using Word. The learning curve is pretty short, really.

Yahoo business web site, with a dedicated email address, will run you about $12.99 a month. Their site builder tools are pretty decent too.

GreenBlue
04-07-2013, 04:41 PM
Trying to spruce up my website to make it more presentable for potential and current customers. Any help would be great. You can view my website at http://cdlawncare.webs.com/ Thanks.

I build a very professional site on Intuit for my advertising company, and everytime I called for a question and they accessed my website they asked if they had designed it for me. Its very easy to use and for a personal domain, branded email address, and 5 pages it only cost me about $24 per month. That's what I did anyway, of course I'm not sure how your current finances are.

Steve
04-08-2013, 02:11 PM
To improve your search engine ranking for specific key words you may want to change your title info.

Change this code:

<title>Home - CD Lawn Care</title>

to something like this

<title>CD Lawn Care serving, Your Town, Town 2, Town 3, 82974, 82975, 82976</title>

List the towns you serve and the zip codes.

You could probably improve on what I am suggesting, but this would be a positive step forwards.

The Cleaning Doctor
04-08-2013, 02:21 PM
Steve, some of those do it yourself web sites do not allow changes like that.

Steve
04-09-2013, 11:34 AM
Oh! Well, that would be a pain and another good reason to use some other host.

Keep us posted on this what you decide to do.

LawnBoy0311
04-09-2013, 12:05 PM
For webs.com I think you can. I use them, I pay like $150 a year or something like that.

CD- you can upgrade to get rid of those ad's. Thats what I had to do because those ad's really make a lousy site. Just upgrade to the next cheapest thing and the ad's will be gone. So will the .webs.com.


Webs.com is also owned by vistaprint....they put their name on EVERYTHING, but you can always pay a little extra to get rid of it.

GreenBlue
04-09-2013, 05:24 PM
CDL, have you updated your website????

GreenBlue
04-20-2013, 01:43 PM
I just upgraded my website on webs.com, but I am having trouble choosing a domain name.. the obvious one of cdlawncare.com is unavailable so I was thinking something like cdlawn-scape.com or just cdlawnscape.com either of which are available and since we do both lawn care and landscaping I thought that might add a nice touch. Which one do you think will be more user friendly? I want people to remember it when they see it.

I would go with CDLawnScape.com because it will be easier to remember, you could also go with CDLawnscaping.com either one looks good, and its not like they wouldn't know what services you offer by visiting your website since your services would obviously be listed. :) Using CDLawn-Scape.com could be easily overlooked. Did your upgrade come with a personalized branded email address also? Let us know when you get it finished, I can't wait to be able to see the final product.

LawnBoy0311
04-20-2013, 02:44 PM
I just upgraded my website on webs.com, but I am having trouble choosing a domain name.. the obvious one of cdlawncare.com is unavailable so I was thinking something like cdlawn-scape.com or just cdlawnscape.com either of which are available and since we do both lawn care and landscaping I thought that might add a nice touch. Which one do you think will be more user friendly? I want people to remember it when they see it.

What about cdlawns?

CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2013, 03:48 PM
I would go with CDLawnScape.com because it will be easier to remember, you could also go with CDLawnscaping.com either one looks good, and its not like they wouldn't know what services you offer by visiting your website since your services would obviously be listed. :) Using CDLawn-Scape.com could be easily overlooked. Did your upgrade come with a personalized branded email address also? Let us know when you get it finished, I can't wait to be able to see the final product.

Yes my services will all be listed on the site but just seeing the web address will let them know we do more than just mowing.
Yes it does come with email but I have to choose a domain name first.

CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2013, 07:10 PM
I just upgraded my website on webs.com, but I am having trouble choosing a domain name.. the obvious one of cdlawncare.com is unavailable so I was thinking something like cdlawn-scape.com or just cdlawnscape.com either of which are available and since we do both lawn care and landscaping I thought that might add a nice touch. Which one do you think will be more user friendly? I want people to remember it when they see it.

Steve
04-22-2013, 11:31 AM
I like cdlawnscape.com

URLs with dashes in them tend to be difficult to remember.

CDLAWNCARE
04-24-2013, 09:50 AM
We actually ended up going with cd*******s.com my wife suggested it and I liked the way it sounded. We have made some changes to the website but still looking for other ideas. I like steves idea of putting the zip codes we service, but not sure how to work it in there because we cover alot more zip codes for landscaping work than we do for lawn mowing.

CDLAWNCARE
04-24-2013, 09:56 AM
I dont know why its not letting me post my web address now???

Steve
04-24-2013, 12:09 PM
LOL I dont know either. HAHAHAH I am trying to figure out if it involves some kind of curse word. Wouldn't that be an attention getter.

Try t y p i n g i t l i k e t h i s with a space between the letters to help me figure out what is going on.

CDLAWNCARE
04-24-2013, 12:26 PM
c d l a w n p r o s . c o m

jymie
04-24-2013, 08:47 PM
I pay like $100 bucks a year for hosting and domain name on godaddy.com. I made my own website and load the files using filezilla. I used an ancient program called frontpage to make my website and it suites my needs. Some day I may come into the current century and redo the site or maybe not who knows.

GreenBlue
04-24-2013, 09:04 PM
c d l a w n p r o s . c o m

Your website looks good, but the text is a bit small, is there any way that you can make it bigger? Also instead of it being on the left side, can you move it more towards the center alittle???

GreenBlue
04-24-2013, 09:06 PM
I pay like $100 bucks a year for hosting and domain name on godaddy.com. I made my own website and load the files using filezilla. I used an ancient program called frontpage to make my website and it suites my needs. Some day I may come into the current century and redo the site or maybe not who knows.

Jymie what's your website?