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?
I would amen what Ali has said already. $160/month is $1920 a year and almost $6 over 3 years. It might be convenient for the low monthly price but it adds up over time.
You don't need to do it yourself but I'd recommend working with a web development professional. Depending on how complex your eCommerce needs are, you can probably get something for $3000-5000. Our company falls right in the middle of that for eCommerce sites.
If you are selling something that requires more complexity, then it's even more important for you to work with someone who can be more responsive to your needs.
Web.com might offer unlimited changes but how fast are they going to respond to you? How quickly will they implement changes?
I don't like to talk bad about other companies but have worked with a few clients who have done work with web.com and haven't heard the greatest things.
A web developer will use a content management system, likely WordPress, to build your site. The beauty of WP is that once it's built, you can maintain it quite easily and it's also scalable so if you need to add functionalities to the site, it has the flexibility to do it.
Reach out if you have further questions.
Web.com is a large hosting company which also own Network Soltuions (one of the largest Domain Registrars). We use Networl Solutions for registering domains for clients.
You need to be aware that no matter who supplies you a “Web Builder Solution”, all Web Builder solutions are proprietary. This means:
1. You can only ever host them on the original hosting company servers.
2. You do not own the code or the design (you just own the content)
3. You cannot move your website to another hosting company
4. You can only ever use their solutions and add-ons (Payment Gateway, E-commerce Engine, API, etc.). This means it is “Their way or the High Way”. If you want functionality that they do not support, you cannot employ a 3rd party to add it to your site.
So in summary you are stuck and in a col-de-sac and this includes the price. If they hike their prices up, there is nothing you can do other than to accept the terms or start all over again with another supplier.
As they say, there is no such thing as free lunch, so the reason any supplier provides you with such a good deal is due to the fact they are banking on the future revenue stream and that they have you over a barrel.
Depending on the solution you need, $160 is also not exactly a cheap option. You have not said what you are looking for, what kind of product, variants, number of products, payment options, etc. but I will be delighted to give you a price if you can provide me with some details.
I know this may sound like shameless promotion, but you will not believe the number of customers we come across on regular basis that are stuck with unpalatable choices. I hope I can help you avoid this kind of dilemma in the future, and you may be surprised at how competitive you can get hold of a solution that does not tie you up for the rest of your life (well at least the rest of your business life!)
I hope this helps and contact me direct if you need any help.
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.
I've had to clean up behind web.com several times. Please don't do it, especially if you intend on doing e-commerce.
You will build your platform and be locked into their proprietary system, with who knows what kind of e-commerce system. Once you've added all of your products and inventory, you don't want to find out you can't move to somewhere else.
I'd love for you to hire me, but you don't have to. Take the time to find someone locally to build your site and maintain it. Someone who you can look across the table and really discuss your needs and deliver a site within your budget. Don't think about your website costing $160/month as a great deal. If you work with a local company and charge it on your credit card, you can make a $160/month payment (don't just pay your minimum due each month) and get a far better, more effective website for less money in the long term.
PS. Your local web designer doesn't have to pay for those commercials they run every 10 minutes, so there's less overhead. Less overhead, better value for you.
I agree with the others who commented here. It is better to get a reliable web developer to create a bespoke e-commerce website for you.
I do provide web design for e-commerce. If you are keen to discuss further, feel free to contact me. Non-obligatory, of course.
Nothing beats a pro in getting your site up and running and provide the support needed for a Profitable Online Business.
If you are still looking for a DIY solution here is one that i recommend to my clients. Commercials constantly tout that to build a business, you need a website. But they fail to mention one thing–it takes much more than a site to become the independent owner of a profitable online business. It takes a process, one that guides you every step of the way.
Take a look before you jump in. They have been around for over a decade. http://trckrs.com/338924/banner.php
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.
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.
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.
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.