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What’s Wrong with a Free Online Web Site Creator?

There are a lot of great services out there to help you build a starter website without needing to have a developer. I have worked on many of them in the past and each one has the same request to me. “I want better Search Engine Optimization.”

Having a web site for the world to see is a wonderful thing to have, but what if people can’t find it? Many of the Web Site Creators out there, such as Yahoo Small Business, GoDaddy’s Easy Website Builder, and countless others out there all do one of the same things, they list their names in the top of your code. The reason for this is simple, when Google spiders through your site the first thing they see is Yahoo or GoDaddy or whomever, which instead of bringing the traffic to you, brings it to them. That’s not to say that they are competing against your product or service, it just means that the google ranking that you would have got is being transfered to the owner of the Site Creator. Read more

Why the Kid Next Door May Not Be the Best Choice

When faced with the cost of a new website many business owners will scoff at how much it costs just to get the site running. Personally, I have heard many timesĀ  the wonderful statement, “Why should I pay you that much when my neighbor’s kid can do the exact same thing for half that?”

The answer is simple, you can have your neighbor’s kid or your brother in-law’s cousin build the site, and they may even do a fine job at it and give you what you need. But what happens when it comes time to do your changes? Will they be able to add what you need? And what if you need something they can’t offer? If you just wanted a simple static website that just displays who you are and what you do then perhaps they are the way to go. However, if you are wanting advanced features like a calendar, photo gallery, flash animations, or even a simple feature like a contact form, that acquaintance of yours may not be able to handle it. Read more

Why is Content Management so Preferred?

Building a web site usually comes right after choosing a name and right before ordering business cards. Which means that business are still facing loads of start-up expenses and haven’t even made their first dollar. No wonder entrepeneurs try to save money on their web sites.

While new business owners will eagerly sit down with a web developer, intending to build a web site that will knock the socks off of their vieweres in design and in the ease of usability, they usually walk away either depressed or angry when they discover how much those socks cost. Read more

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