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Old 03-05-2009, 02:06 AM   #1
 
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Ok, I need to develop a website. I have been putting it off for months, but it needs to get done. So do you guys know of any good web design company (not to expensive) or should I go and do it on my own. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:23 AM   #2
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I recommend getting some one local who has a decent portfolio to build your web site. Do the Google search for "effective web site elements" so you know what you should have and not have on your web site before you hire a company.

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Ridgewalker is right. If the person is local, you can drop off new stuff weekly and discuss how you want thing sdone a lot easier than e-mails.

And yes, you can even do it yourself with a WYSIWYG editor, like CoffeeCup, or FrontPage.
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Local works better for me, I met lots of nice and helpful people on CT, and learned a lot from them, but to rebuild my website I went with a local guy, who I met on CT. Tinner and Ridgewalker have both helped me also.
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Aaoron O'hanlon at Footbridge Media ( www.footbridgemedia.com ) They specialize in contractor websites and depending on how you pay the entire package is around $100/month which includes full maintenance, articles, marketing, videos, placement on several directories, and much more. Cheapest advertising package you can get for the quality IMHO.
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Website is great so long as your getting leads from it. I used a company called result image there link is at bottom of my home page.

They make it very easy to do online.
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Website is great so long as your getting leads from it. I used a company called result image there link is at bottom of my home page.

They make it very easy to do online.

That's right it should be more than just a business card.

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(not to expensive) or should I go and do it on my own.
This happens to be one thing where you get what you pay for but you still need to shop smart.

Sure you could do it yourself, and it will look like that as well. Expect to pay at least $125.00 a month up to $300.00 per month for the rest of your life to have a top notch website. And no matter what you spend there is always upgrades you can and will buy along the way.

It is the cheapest advertising you can buy though if done properly.
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Ultimately you can exercise a higher level of accountability to your web design firm if you higher them local. I can't express how important that is.
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you could do what this a55hole did and copy mine, I need to get 45,000 members to email him and curse him loser-website-painter
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Mr. Mike-

First off, I will say that at a quick glance...I like your website. Nice Job

But then I have to admit I don't see how that other website ripped you off. The two sites don't appear to be alike to me other than the fact they both are painting websites. I must be missing something.
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Every page is copied from mine, his commercial is my process and his hire painters is mine the whole thing. Everyone of his little 4 or 5 pages is a double of one of mine and I'm mad as all get out.

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Thanks a lot. I will look for someone that is local. Where can I find some info on what should be on a web so it does not become just expensive business card.
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Read the heck out of the marketing threads here. Ivinni has many good posts. So do Seth and Carlsore.

I can't stress enough how important it is to reg the name yourself. Don't let the webmaster have that particular control. I've seen more than one 'Woe is me' thread at webmaster forums. Some forget to renew names and lose the entire site for clients. Some reg the names and keep the site for ransom when the owner decides to move on.

Try to reg the same name as your company. And variations that almost match too.
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Go Daddy.com "web site tonight" is the best deal on the planet. Cheap, hosting, e-mail and you can change what you want when you want.

Or go to an all in one marketing site like truebluecontractors.com and get a cheap profile that they advertise to homeowners.
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Website Tonight will get you started. But it lacks functionality and is good for a starter page as you build a better site. Then switch to economy hosting.
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you could do what this a55hole did and copy mine, I need to get 45,000 members to email him and curse him loser-website-painter
imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
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I'm with everyone else on this-go with someone local. Look up some local companies (not neccessarily you competition) and see what you think about their websites. Ask around, get some opinions and start calling webmasters. I will say this, if any webmasters you talk to DON'T discuss building the SEO prior to the website, pass them by. SEO should come first and foremost and the content should be built around those key words.

We used a guy that knows what the "googlebots" look for (and ding you for) so he ran reports on what was our website at the time to let us know what was wrong with our site, and we went from there..

Bottom line, do your due diligence prior to hiring a webmaster.

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