Even if it's a static site without a blog, a personal website is a must if you regularly seek business online or are a professional who promotes themselves individually in any way.
It adds trust, shows you're genuine and not just a random drifter.
OK, you question's a bit broad, but if you;re asking if you, as a business or consultant, need a website, then yes. Whether you like it or not, people look thing sup online when searching for a product or service, and you'll miss all those prospects without a website. And if they already know about you but want to learn more and then can;t find a website to check you out? Agree with the necessity of a webpage or not, but a large percentage of those looking for you will move on if they can't find anything on you.
If someone wants to make an online presence, then social media websites are more than enough. If you mean every business should have a website, I would say yes. Whatever is your business, you can still hold a business based website
Yes a website is very important. It showcases who you are.
We recommend setting up your website on a wordpress platform.
Many people turn up their nose when I tell them that because the immediately think their website will look like a blog.
That is not the case. You can make your wordpress site look very sophisticated.
I think the biggest mistake people make when setting up their website is that they hire someone to do a HTML site and then the owner of the site has no way to add content.
Think of it this way if you went back to a store and everything was always the same would you continue to visit?
It is the same with your website. You want to make it exciting by continually adding new information. It is very easy to do that with a wordpress site.
for a company yes its a must but as an individual Linkedin / facebook will just do right.
When I first got started in social media some 6 years ago, I was told that I needed to start a blog. After I was told what that even was, and still not knowing why, I went ahead and did it. Looking back, it was the best advice I had received and might still be the best business advice that I have ever received.
So, if you are in business, and want to be able to demonstrate your expertise and be found, I believe that a blog/website is an absolute must. My background is B2B sales and not enough salespeople recognize this need and they are losing revenues because of it.
Great question and thanks for letting me chip in!
Website is a must if you consider that these days it is expected from your clients or customers unless they have no cell phone and no computer they use themselves. What your Webpresence is expected to do is somewhat flexible. A little usability testing can go a long ways here.
Using a website as a profile is a good idea. Whether every person needs one would depend on the individual's situation.
These days, web site is like a business card. If you have or run a business, you need a web site. You can have your profile in many web sites like LinkedIn, Mosaic, Xing, ..... but have a web site of your own if different. I personally when see someone give me a link to a social network and a free email address on yahoo or gmail, I don't take them seriously.