Does anyone have any feedback or direction on how I should update my website?
My website is horrid and I'd really like to update. I am looking for a cost-effective way to update it. I am using WebHosting Hub and their 'do it yourself' but I have no experience in creating websites so I've not been able to really make it what I want. Any advice?
You have a bit of a journey ahead of you, but it is not insurmountable.
As others have said, WordPress is a great solution for either DIY or having a professional help you. It will allow you to expand your website as your needs grow or change. The theme (look, feel, functionality) of your site is important, and there are a number of theme repositories available with professional themes for sale (www.elegantthemes.com www.themeforest.com www.themetrust.com or www.studiopress.com). Again, make sure the theme you select is responsive. Next, consider website hosting to allow your website to load quickly and reliably; I recommend www.wpengine.com www.hostgator.com www.dreamhost.com.
There are a million and one considerations when it comes to SEO and best practices. Those best practices really boil down to publishing high-quality, original content. Tell stories, interact with your visitors, and solve their problems. Allow your passion to shine through.
Expecting to pay little or nothing will likely result in disappointment and the need to pay more down the road to make it right.
Set a budget, get some quotes, and make a decision. This is an investment in your business.
Make sure anyone you are getting a quote from understands what you want to achieve, overall. Don't "buy a website design" for the sake of having a website designed. Ultimately, that is secondary to your primary objective of X. Hopefully, X generates some income or revenue to support you into the future. You will want to partner with someone who understands that your website is really a small piece of your bigger goal of X.
I've been in the web marketing industry for nearly 15 years and have been on all sides of the website re/design table. I'm happy to share additional tips and advice.
I couldn't even load your website to take a look at it! Having said that I think you should start over. For SEO purposes you would be better off to use the Wordpress platform for building an effective site. You could post your project in mosaicHUB and you will be able to get some quotes. Pricing depends on what you are looking for the site to do. (ie if e-commerce is required).
I tried to look at your site as well and it would not open for me either. I think it is time for a do over.
My suggestion would be to hire someone to redo your site using WordPress and a responsive (mobile friendly) template.
If you are determined to do your site yourself my top recommendation would be Wix or SquareSpace. Those would be your best options for having a decent do it yourself site. The other do it yourself option would be to do it yourself using WordPress. Wordpress is not quite as novice friendly as many people would have you believe. If you go that route watch one of the many How to create a business website using Wordpress on YouTube and then use the exact same template they do and just do yours step by step along with their tutorials.
I couldn't get your site to load on my machine either. Assuming you're looking for a basic site with straightforward, easy-to-use content management I suggest you hire someone for a few hundred dollars to build you a self-hosted Wordpress site. If you want to get fancy on your look & feel, you could also invest another $50-60 on a really nice wordpress theme from a site like themeforest and remember to use a "responsive" theme. This means the site design will automatically adjust itself to fit nicely on a PC, tablet or mobile phone.
I don't think you should spend any time learning how to build a site on your own. Better for you to spend time on your business and leave the site development up to someone who has the specialized skills and experience.
You can find many, talented, affordably priced freelancers on sites like elance, upwork, freelancer.com and fiverr to build your site and to teach you how to maintain it using Wordpress easy content management system.
David mentioned Wix. I've used Wix and Wordpress and I can tell you that Wordpress is easier to use for content management (which you can do yourself) and more flexible. The only "downside" is you do need to invest a few hundred dollars to hire a Wordpress web developer but in my view, this is well worth the investment.
You know if you want to pay next to nothing you should expect near to nothing results. I once had a IT guy tell me rubbish in rubbish out.
Have a rethink on your approach for about £200 - £300 i am sure someone can build something decent.
I am a developer and digital marketer so don't just take my advice as it may well be bias.
I can add a few hints for you to what Google looks for
A site of quality on it's own hosting
a person who knows there niche
If you have the above Google will love your site and slowly it build a reputation.
Yup. It doesn't load. Good SEO is more complicated than a one page site. The advice to hire it out and spend more time concentrating on business development is really good. I think $300 —$400. is really low, unless you have a friend who'll help you out.
There are alot of great answers to your question on this thread. Alot of experienced professionals giving you advice. However, I would like to throw my 'two cents worth" in for consideration.
In my opinion, I would go to Hostgator and get a simple inexpensive hosting plan and load a Wordpress CMS platform. You can then find a great 'free' theme (there are plenty to choose from).
From the name of your domain name, it sounds like you have a weight loss niche? or health?
I would caution on the side of spending alot of money on my website until you have alot of traffic coming to it. You can always update as you go.
Create some good compelling content on the "static" front page, with a 'lead magnet' and email capture form (Aweber, Mailchimp) on the front page.
Start out with your home page, about us, contact us and a product/services page.
I believe building an email list of targeted, loyal, quality followers to form a community of like-minded customers would be your best long term goal.
Building an online business is not an easy thing, but it can be done. It's no different than building an offline, brick-n-mortar business - but alot less expensive.
Social media platforms will help drive traffic and create engagement, but I would only proceed after I do some good research and create a strategic marketing plan, content strategy (text, images, video, etc) and a mission statement to keep you focused.
Just my 2 cents worth...
In this process don't rely only on a web developer. Build a team of small business marketing and a developer. A good coach can help you through the process. Understand why you are building a new website. Is it for lead generation, conversion? All is about what is your strategy with the website. You have many freelancers out there. You can combine one develper with a good small business marketing individual in a cost-effective way.
Best of luck
Hi Carli, Kevin makes some very good points although the advantage of DIY is you have full control although it will take a large investment of your time. My company site is built with WIx.com. It's a learning curve although lots of support.
Not loaded. Well I would like to suggest you to build one pager site. All you need to follow search engine guidelines and you are awesome.
Personal Guidelines are following:
1- Unique Idea
2- Informative copyscape content
3- Specific niche
4- Rules and regulations
5- User engagement interface
-->Do not do anything else.
---Best of luck---
SPEED! It would not load. If you would like, I have some experts I work with that can do a very cost effective WP site for you. Just contact us - take a look at our site: www.tammysoffices.com
I am sure you have had a lot of offers, but I believe we could truly help and one of my experts is a website security specialist, so you can bet it will be good and it will be secure.
Hire Dr John Elclik (MosaicHub) or Debra Cincioni (@MomsofAmerica on twitter) either of these folks can help you sort this out very quickly. Tell them Brian Taylor sent you.
I tried to look at your website, and was unable to pull anything up on it. There are few things you may want to consider such as your plans for the site, and for the business itself.
-Are you looking for something that is going to Brand the company as a whole?
-The type of budget that you have or able to spend to have the site redesigned.
These are just a couple of things to consider. I have a questionnaire that I usually send over for clients to fill out and go over. I'd be happy to share it with you.
Feel free to get back in contact with me.
Carli, with the small amount of content on your site, a static site would make for the fastest, most secure site you can have, additionally these sites can be hosted anywhere for little or no cost. There are a large number of freely available themes or templates that would give you a good starting point. It would just be a matter of adding or converting your content.
I've read all your posts and I've asked others to open my site, which they've been able to. I don't get why it's not opening for so many of you. Thanks everyone for your feedback and responses, you've been very informative. I decided to go with MindBody Connect and see how that works. I understand it's limitations and will not discontinue my website just yet
This should be just the ticket for you for now. Its still a do it yourself drag n drop web builder except that is specific and solely designed for fitness sites. They offer a free plan so you can check it out without worry.
So if cheap and free are main concerns right now, then this should do the trick.
I am not associated with them and have never used their products, I came across it while seeing if their were any deals on the .fitness domains which there does not yet appear to be. Though if you have the ability you should certainly take advantage of it. 29.99 is the average price for these new domains like .com only and again specific to this industry for a boost in organic ratings, and the ability to find a more seo friendly domain name. When it comes to your website there are only two ways to go with your name that will bring you any benefit. One SEO Friendly, meaning that the name itself is naturally optimized fitness,com for example though using an offshoot of your current name you could try inspire.fitness which is available at the moment but who knows by the time you see this message it may be gone.
Other things you can do, Ipage which is an amazing webhost has coupons you can find online for 12.00 a year comes with free domain name and you have access to a couple different levels of do it yourself programs.
If you are seeking low cost design work, I would be willing to build you a customized WordPress site for 399.00 and since I am on the beta team for WordFence I can include the website security in that price as well. I develop the premium templates that you see for sale in places such as theme forest, mojo and template monster, so you can know that your site will be unique to you and definitely in the best of hands. Keeping your budget in mind, should you decide to have me build you a new site, I will include one year of local marketing in your area and will teach you a few secrets about making sure you are found online not lost in the mix, and i walk all my clients through the dashboard of their site and help you become at least familiar with making simple edits and changes. If even that is out of budget I do have financing available as well for 99.00 per month.
It did not seem like you had found the answers you seek so I did a little research to try and assist you. Hope this helps.