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  • burtle
    started a topic Needing a website built

    Needing a website built

    Just like the title states. I need a website build and I don't know who to trust. I've found people charging 300.00 and I've found huge companies starting out at 5,000 for a site, which I can't afford that.

    I also don't want a website just to say I have one. I want it to be professional and towards the top on google, yahoo etc..I understand SEO requires a monthly fee with most developers, but what do you guys suggest ?

    Who to host it ? Who to build it ? Prices you've paid for a website and can I see it ?

  • cls_landscaping
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    Hi bro You can start blogging about the nitch you want on a blogger platform and it is completely free as you accept the profit program from adsense

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  • Just for Cuts
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    I code in HTML4 and HTML5
    I'd be careful mixing them due to the various depreciated tags of HTML4. The more common issues I've seen happens when mixing HTM4 with HTML5 while mixing CSS2 with CSS3. "Sometimes" causes all kinds of querky things to happen depending on the viewers browser. On a good note, there are tons of "modernizers" that fix the querks if they are implemented correctly

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  • acrajchel
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    If you have some coding knowledge, you can buy a template for wordpress and then edit it. I code in HTML4 and HTML5, little bit of XML. Wordpress is XML based, but there is definitely a unique way that they link all the different elements together. Took me a while to figure it out, but I went from a 9.95/month template website to wordpress and love it. check it out at www.GeorgetownGrass.com

    Also, if I have time, I would be happy to help anyone with building and designing a website for a small hourly fee. I promise I am cheaper than the companies you find on Google. We can use a template to start and then I could customize it for you and help you find a good host. Let me know if I can help.

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  • Lawnline
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    Never pay less than $1,000 on a website unless it is a one page landing website.
    This is generally true, but not always in today's world. We provide websites and are creating a sector for lawn care companies specifically. Our websites are high end and we are testing a price point of $300 for the site and $30/mo for hosting.

    If the person/company you're hiring to create your website codes it from scratch, creates the graphics, writes the content, etc., then expect to pay way beyond $1,000. However, if your web designer is using a template from Wordpress (or other CMS) and just changing out a few elements, I wouldn't pay $1,000 for that.

    The point I'm making is you can't really put a price range on good and bad website design in today's world. Things have changed so much and websites aren't a product where the "generic" version is the same as the name brand.

    Tony

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  • greenwavemedia
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    Omniscapes, I fill first start by saying that, if done correctly, wordpress is not a bad place to build a website. I've built websites and done SEO for over 5 years and have seen great success with many sites build on WP. However, many cheap website design companies either don't know how to use WP efficiently or they're lazy and just throw it together really quick.

    In regards to pricing for websites... It is not unusual at all to spend $5000 for a QUALITY website. For a smaller company I don't think that is necessary though. If I were a new or young company I would pay a company to build a WP website (probably $1,000-$3,000 depending on website). Never pay less than $1,000 on a website unless it is a one page landing website.

    Just my 2cents,
    DJ

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  • Omniscapes
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    Here's the issue with paying for cheap websites... they are almost ALWAYS low quality. It's either that or you have someone selling you a wordpress site with a theme and some plugins installed.

    Almost always, they have no idea how to do proper SEO, and your website will most likely not even rank on search engines, which is incredibly important if you want any type of local visibility.

    If you're looking for just a website that you can tack onto a business card and flyers so you can hand them out in person, then that may be ok. However, if you're looking for a longterm and sustainable marketing method, it's not the best route to go, if you want consistent autopilot traffic and leads.

    $5000 for a website is not uncommon... however, you'll have to make sure the agency knows what they're doing to SEO your site so it ranks on search engines.

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  • CLB454
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    If you would like to check out my guy here is his site. Can't hurt to at least get some pricing from him.

    www.anotherbradidea.com

    He does it all from building, to hosting, backups, SEO all depends on what you want from him.

    Here is the site he did for me. www.birchslawncare.com

    If you do contact him just let him know you got his name from Chuck.

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  • moteinsun
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    Dropbox website hosting

    I am not to knowledgeable about websites, but they have always intrigued me. Look into a program called "Dropbox" and then do some googling with drop box and website hosting. There are several options to go with and best of all it is free

    As with most third party web hosting they have their name before yours in the URL, but I do not think it is to expensive to have it removed. I think one of the web hosting services through dropbox is called, pancake.io and the other is droppages.com.

    So for example if you were to go to www.hdl.droppages.com, you would find me, but all you will see right now is a template. Hope this helps.


    Here is the link to get started

    http://droppages.com/
    Last edited by moteinsun; 09-27-2015, 12:32 PM.

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  • Chilehead
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    Steve is right about Wordpress. Take a look at Wix as well.

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  • RonSonlawncare
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    website

    Try to find a highschool or college kid who knows WordPress or Joomla. I have an IT degree and have done them using multiple methods. Using Wix looks cheap, in my opinion find someone who knows Joomla. Try to work a trade for the site you may come out with little out of pocket expense.

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  • acrajchel
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    I actually used to build websites as a business and can tell you that they are not easy if you want a customer site. However, for lawn care, you really don't need anything crazy. I would just use a website builder such as Wix or Webs.com As far as SEO, many of these larger places will offer SEO optimization for a small monthly fee. It is basic and will not likely get you to the top of page 1, but I still get many hits from Google and others. Unless you are in a tech-savvy area, I would build basic site, put it on every piece of marketing material you have (cards, trucks, signs, facebook, etc.) and focus on other means of customer leads, such as lawn signs, door to door, lead generating services, etc.

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  • M.A.H.
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    I went to wix.com and did one myself. Cost was about $150.00 for everything.
    Check it out www.huberslawnlandscaping.com Maybe you could come up with something like this for yourself and save a ton of money.

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  • Steve
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    Have you ever messed around with word press?

    You can experiment with one for free here https://wordpress.com/

    Then you can register your own domain name and get wordpress installed on your site and add content to it as you grow.

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  • GreenWorx
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    Try freelancer.com to build a website.

    You can bid what you want to pay. As for SEO, I suggest not paying someone and learning yourself. Any company who says they can make your site #1 on google is a downright lie. Read up on it, study it, and apply it to your new site.

    SEO is (to me) very boring! It took me a while to learn about it, but it's paid off.

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