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ritchiem
12-23-2008, 07:47 AM
Well I just completed a new website for Clark Landscaping. Have a look at it here

www.clarklandscaping.biz (http://www.clarklandscaping.biz)

Let me know your thoughts,

SprinklerRepair
12-30-2008, 01:24 PM
Nice. Smart of you to use WordPress vs. standard HTML

ritchiem
12-30-2008, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the compliment. I love wordpress and php and I don't think I would use anything else.

And using wordpress you can really hone your SEO to a pinpoint.

I tried loading your site from your signature...but nothing came up.

Steve
12-30-2008, 03:20 PM
How do you feel using word press helps lawn care business owners when they create a website? What are your thoughts on this?

EasyPro
12-30-2008, 03:39 PM
from a professional stand point it looks great and very txt rich . . . Personally I don't care for it too much but i don't really like the whole css/rss type of sites JMO


btw what does a site like that cost ?

Steve
12-30-2008, 05:09 PM
Personally I don't care for it too much but i don't really like the whole css/rss type of sites JMO

What about it don't you like?

ritchiem
12-30-2008, 05:54 PM
How do you feel using word press helps lawn care business owners when they create a website? What are your thoughts on this?

Well now it doesn't directly affect lawn care owners. I just believe that wordpress is a fantastic product and is very powerful. You don't need to know how to write ASP or PHP scripts to run webapps. You can just download widgets for the site.

I do however heavily modify any wordpress theme I work on. I also modify widgets and create all graphic work from scratch usually. Wordpress for me is a dream tool. I do believe that you still need to be proficient at php and know a bit about mysql for the DB end of things.

It also allows you to get an upper hand on SEO as you can properly configure each page and post to get the best rank in the major search engines.

And the best part of it for me is when the site is all setup for the client. They can add content by ways of posts and pages. They can even upload pictures and galleries with ease. I hate leaving people trapped that they feel that they have to use my services every time they need a simple update. This gives them the freedom to do little things themselves.

from a professional stand point it looks great and very txt rich . . . Personally I don't care for it too much but i don't really like the whole css/rss type of sites JMO


btw what does a site like that cost ?

Thanks for the compliment on the site. And I don't expect everyone to love my work...so your opinion is welcome...helps me build better products for clients when I get a good feel on what people are wanting. And IMO CSS is a necessity when it comes to good website design. Just using basic HTML to code your site doesn't allow for good cross browser formatting...not to mention the ease of global changes.

RSS is not a 'necessity' to lawn care sites however giving people or potential clients information when it is posted can be of great importance...if not now, when? I am a professional blogger and RSS is a huge part of my site. And I will continue to implement it whenever and wherever I can.

If you would like a price for website design / modification you can email me or send me a PM on the gopher forums. Every site is different when it comes to price as my clients are different and their needs are different. Also, when my clients are members of this forum I choose not to throw around prices on what they have spent. If they choose to discuss that with you then by all means...I hope you understand.

clarklandscaping
12-30-2008, 06:17 PM
Well I just completed a new website for Clark Landscaping. Have a look at it here

www.clarklandscaping.biz (http://www.clarklandscaping.biz)

Let me know your thoughts,

Hey just wanted to stop by and say Thanks for all of the hard work you put into getting the website just the way I wanted it. As always you exceeded my expectations!!

On a side note... Just when I thought you were finished with my site, i have noticed that Im getting referral visits from new sources. I followed the links back and found out it was you. All I can say is "money well spent!"
See you on the next project.
Thanks Richard!!!!

ritchiem
12-30-2008, 06:25 PM
Hey just wanted to stop by and say Thanks for all of the hard work you put into getting the website just the way I wanted it. As always you exceeded my expectations!!

On a side note... Just when I thought you were finished with my site, i have noticed that Im getting referral visits from new sources. I followed the links back and found out it was you. All I can say is "money well spent!"
See you on the next project.
Thanks Richard!!!!

Thanks Shane. It is always a pleasure working with you. I see that you are rising in the ranks...passed a certain companies website ;)

Google Search (http://www.google.ca/search?q=altamonte+springs+lawn+care&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)

EasyPro
12-30-2008, 06:44 PM
I guess i just don't see the point in CSS. . .And I don't like the boxyness (if thats a word lol ) of the lay out . ..

I guess just think my html site does fine on SEO

Google Search for Lawn Care (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=madison+indiana+lawn+care&btnG=Search&meta=)

Google Search for Landscaping (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=madison+indiana+landscaping&btnG=Search&meta=)

Google Search for Roof Cleaning (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=madison+indiana+roof+cleaning+&btnG=Search&meta=)

Google Search for Pressure Washing (http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=madison+indiana+power+washing&btnG=Search&meta=)

:D:cool::D:cool:

ritchiem
12-30-2008, 06:57 PM
I guess i just don't see the point in CSS. . .And I don't like the boxyness (if thats a word lol ) of the lay out . ..

I guess just think my html site does fine on SEO

You should really read up on CSS...here are some awesome links

http://stylizedweb.com/2008/03/12/most-used-css-tricks/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets

And again...I am sorry you don't like the layout or 'boxyness' I guess I was just going for a professional look.

EasyPro
12-30-2008, 08:19 PM
You should really read up on CSS...here are some awesome links

http://stylizedweb.com/2008/03/12/most-used-css-tricks/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascading_Style_Sheets

And again...I am sorry you don't like the layout or 'boxyness' I guess I was just going for a professional look.

and that it is for sure . . .Great Job :)

ABurlison
12-31-2008, 07:26 PM
Can I ask why the .biz instead of something more familiar to people like .com or .net?
It seems like the load time is a bit high?

clarklandscaping
12-31-2008, 10:54 PM
Can I ask why the .biz instead of something more familiar to people like .com or .net?
It seems like the load time is a bit high?

Well because .com is for sale but im not buying for 15,000.00! the connection times are fine at .11ms for the past year.
Besides, people are familiar whith whatever they are presented with. If it was .anything and it was in front of them, they will enter it into thier browser.

SprinklerRepair
01-01-2009, 10:07 AM
As a WordPress and WC3 compliant site, the SEO potential is absolutely optimal.

PennyLandscape
01-14-2009, 09:08 AM
Shane what are your expectations with the forum feature. I've thought about it myself. One of my selling points has been "communication is key". As a selling point it has worked at times. It has also blown back on me in a couple of situations. So in terms of providing a forum which customers can use? I see an upside that is tiny compared to the downside(s).

A review of your website:
It's hard to review another LCO's website objectively from a consumers view point. But my impression from that perspective is that fails at the KISS method. Beyond that only you can tell us how well it helps your business make money. My 1st impression though is that is doesn't do enough to grab on hold a potential customer who may visit you site.


From a non-consumer standpoint, it's very slick. Nice graphics. Very professional.

I don't see how heavly promoting your new website on your website is practical. Thats a lot of real estate.

Steve
01-14-2009, 02:27 PM
Hi Penny,

Welcome to our forum.

One of my selling points has been "communication is key". As a selling point it has worked at times. It has also blown back on me in a couple of situations.

Can you share with us what you have found to be the pitfalls and how you dealt with them?


My 1st impression though is that is doesn't do enough to grab on hold a potential customer who may visit you site.


When you looked at it, what did you think didn't do enough or what would you do differently?

I don't see how heavly promoting your new website on your website is practical. Thats a lot of real estate.

Can you tell me what you meant by this?

PennyLandscape
01-15-2009, 08:20 AM
Communicating with customers at the level I promoted it, is very time consuming. You certainly don't want to set yourself up for failing to do what you said you could do. I have found that people really respond to the idea of good proactive communication. You'd just better be able to back up your claim.

At first glance I found myself glancing all over the webpage. Looking for what? I don't know thats not an easy question. I feel the front page needs a hook.

Am I in the right place. Does this company provide the service I want in my area and why should I continue to read this webpage.

and finally by real estate I mean space on the screen. You have a limited amount of time to grab a visitor/potential clients attention and compell them to continue. A large area of a webpage being used to point out its "new and improved" to me is waisted resourses.

just friendly observations. I'm just "tom the mower" not an expert by any stretch. As A matter of fact my webpage sucks eggs compared to clarks.

tom
www.pennylandscape.com

Steve
01-15-2009, 02:07 PM
One of my selling points has been "communication is key". As a selling point it has worked at times. It has also blown back on me in a couple of situations.

Tom,

Thank you for the insight thus far. Could you explain to us a little more about how communication with a customer can blow back on a lawn care business owner? I think this is a very important topic and any examples you could share could help us understand the concept better.

Thanks!