Any experience with web.com website design & hosting?
We need a website with eCommerce and do not want to go the DIY route. We have an offer from web.com for <$160/month for the design and construction of the site, including Cart, SEO, associated Social Media and unlimited updates/changes to the site.
Has anybody worked with web.com, can you share some of your thoughts/concerns?
No, I have never used the help of that service, honestly. When I need a website, I get some responsive templates from http://www.templatemonster.com/responsive-wordpress-themes/ and customize them a little. It is one of the best ways to make a good website for you business, I guess
We have used them on our initial website design and monthly maintenance for the contracted period. We have a new website and we are very happy with our current provider. If you would like more detailed information about our personal experience with them feel free to contact us directly (call or email.) We would recommend that you shop around and take the advise of those experts here in this network.
Stay away from them, and anybody else who offers a proprietary design solution. I encountered some people recently who has a site on Network Solutions and they have a major cleanup job ahead. And as far as promotion goes, you will want someone who really understands Search Engine Optimization, and also does online marketing in-house or partners with a reputable firm. The people I've encountered are paying for SEO, but I don't think they are getting that service, or it's being done poorly. I use WordPress now for most web design things. The beauty of WordPress is that you can assign access privileges, so a client can have an opportunity to go in and make some updates, deletions, and other changes. And WooCommerce is as good as it gets. For SEO, you cannot beat Yoast SEO.
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Morning Ben, how long is the contract for? Potentially for the length of the contract you might be able to get the site built and get hosting for a reasonable cost, somewhere between $15 and $70 a month. A potential issue you might run into is what if you decide to move away from web.com ... can you take the site with you? That's where if you can get the site built by an independent designer/developer or agency is a benefit, you should be able to host the site anywhere you want.
$160 is a lot compared to what we are offering. Our hosting starts at $50 per month. This includes up to 10 products for E-commerce.
You will also have unlimited access to our CMS (Content Management System) so you can perform easy updates on your own. If you are interested, we can help - www.generousapp.com
I'd be happy to discuss your website and how we might be able to help you. We're a small company that focuses on small to medium sized companies. If we're not the solution I'd be able to make recommendations. To review our website and case studies - www.sdmmarketing.com
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For $1200- $1500, many Developers will create a custom WordPress site for your business. Companies like www.nabwd.com. If you have $160/month to spend, you're better off hiring someone.
What everyone else said. Although I know nothing about web.com if you find a good developer (like me :) who can code from scratch and not dependent on set third party providers it will give you more flexibility. A lot of larger Software as a Service firms try to create scale by fitting clients into a box(think a Burger king where you can't have it your way) Not to mention real SEO is not something that can be achieved without your heavy involvement so don't think someone can do that for you they can only assist you with.