I need a basic website redone, should I just take move to Wordpress or stay @ Godaddy and try it myself?
Basic 5 page "presence" website (no cart) is what is there now, no social media links yet.
Perfect - a basic brochure website.
GoDaddy is garbage and their designers / platform are all awful.
If you go the DIY route, Squarespace is the best $8/mo you'll ever spend, which includes hosting. Sites like Wix.com are terrible and customer support is non-existent.
Squarespace is not open-source, so security is strong, they have a fantastic 24/7 unlimited email support team, and have all functionality you'll need built right into the platform. The templates are all fully-responsive, so look great everywhere, including mobile. They do the hosting for you too. For 5 pages, your hosting plan will be $8/mo (if you buy for a year).
WordPress is a viable option, and you can find many talented freelancers based in your country on sites like eLance / oDesk. Just make sure to read the reviews. A good WP site on a premium template may cost you ~$1k - $2k, depending on how you do it. But there will be ongoing maintenance and headaches with a platform like WordPress (or Drupal, Joomla, etc.). But then you need to find a separate host. A good hosting service like WPEngine will cost you ~$20-$30/mo.
You can check out my profile for my company's offering - it may make sense (we use experts verified by Squarespace).
This depends entirely on the way you use and plan to utilize your site in the future. Feel free to contact me at www.amerigoconsulting.com or www.facebook.com/amerigoconsulting for a free consult. I would be happy to discuss this with you.
Scott, An extremely budget friendly option is Wix.com. You can keep/transfer your own domain and associate multiple accounts. Also very easy to use. I started mine that way...check out my site created via wix.com resultantstaffingsolutions I couldn't be happier and I did it myself. Of course, I'm constantly tweaking it but have fun doing so. Enjoy!
I'd ask a different question. Why is your website basic? If it isn't important does your location or design matter? If it isn't important, could it be? For that you can ask a simple value question, what is an opportunity via your website worth. If there's a dollar per, you should think about engaging a pro.
I would go with WordPress and RUN from Godaddy's Website Tonight. If you actually get your site up - it will not rank well. Website Tonight is one of the worst systems out there.
Wordpress is more user friendly and has great optimization options.
It all depends on how well you know word press and and graphic design. If you need lots of customization done and you are not good with word press, you are simply wasting your valuable time that you can use it toward what you are really good at. Check out j11.ca if you require our assistance.
WordPress is a good choice. If you need help on it, I am ready to help you
Godaddy is hard to use to build your own site. WordPress can be complicated and many customers come to us because of it. If you are looking for a custom solution, I may be able to help you. Please feel free to reach out. If you are looking for a template solution, there are lots out there.
Big question is what do you want to spend? If you have a limited budget then I would opt for wordpress or GoDaddy........if you have intentions for a more robust site in the future then make the investment in yourself and your business.
Have a professional handle it for you. Invest in a premier design company and get exactly what you want. Often times, people that are not familiar with web design already have a vision of what they want but do not have the experience to pull it off. Depending on how much your time is worth, you may even save money in the long run by having someone do it for you. Make sure you view their portfolio and get links of live sites they've done. This allows you to evaluate the quality of their work and determine if that company is a match for your needs.
Depends what your business is. The base technology platform should complement your business. We only develop using Magento for ECommerce, Drupal CMS with the Commerce bolt on if only have a few products but need design and Sitecore if you want to get serious.
No harm in trying it once yourself .. before you decide you need some expert to care of the same.
Scott, depending on your own creaticity and interest I can recommend Serif WebPlus 7X (I think that is the current version). In expensive, yet powerful with templates and great customisation. They also offer hosting.
The big problem in my experience is working out what you want to say and how the content will be created and maintained.
My recent rewite is at www.kellian.com . It uses a template, but with a number of tweaks that I wanted.
Oh yes and it supports mobile these days.
I can recommend Wordpress. Based on my experience, Wordpress is easier to manipulate -- very user-friendly. There are also tons of very good templates available for Wordpress. It would even be easier to SEO.
If it is a 5 page website, you can go for html static site or wordpress. If you have good knowledge in html , then you can go for godaddy website but its not preferred. Contact me if you need help in doing thew website.
The answer depends on how well you want your brand be and how much customization you really want. I think for a moderate website, you could go with wordpress.
Scott, I recommend Wordpress on a self-hosted site (i.e. HostGator). Using Wordpress.com is not a good idea as you do not own your content and they can take your site down.
Wix and Weebly are free, but again, your site is a subdomain of theirs, not a standalone.
GoDaddy cannot handle Wordpress. I agree with the others here that Joomla is a train wreck. The search engines love Wordpress, and, if you hire a designer to do the work, once it is done, you can continue to update the text yourself.
I highly recommend the book Wordpress for Dummies as it will take you through the basic steps.
Why are people saying here Joomla is a Train Wreck ?... I don't understand it... Joomla is a perfectly good open source CMS and it is truly meant for a Basic to Complex WEBSITE depending on your requirements and not a Blog making CMS...
as someone said it depends on your level of expertise... if you are good you can make an excellent website using Joomla... if not then you may feel its a train wreck... not because its bad... but maybe because you are not able to use it to its full potential.
so all in all ... assess your own skills and expertise and go for what you are good at...
if you are already working with/on Godaddy, continuing working there depends on your requirements, their ability to give you what you are looking for and the cost.
on the other hand, Wordpress is great for quick content websites. you can also find free hosting, or low hosting for it. you can find WP template, free or very cheap, and set it up yourself.
in using WP you can also implement various plugins you can find, most of them are free and very useful.
but again, in both cases, it depends on your needs, the design you are looking for and the cost.
good luck with the project