Small Website vs. No Website

A single page website serves as a contact source.

Single Page Websites Are Super Affordable

Have you ever backed out of building a website because of the cost? If so, did you ever consider a simple single page website? It could have benefits for your business that far out weigh the costs.

Our Starter Websites Are Low Cost

We have created super small single page websites for several businesses. These sites can be found in the search engines, they expand the calling card credibility and they can be created for as little as $100. This is a low cost investment that small businesses can afford.

The Option for Website Growth

We promote these websites because most of our clients expand their sites over time. Their sites become more valuable to them and they become more valuable to us. The reason they do is because their sites proved their worth and the clients were certain that additional pages would pay for themselves. This has been a wonderful tool for getting doubtful business owners to have confidence in the web.

Placement In The Search Engines

There are a large number of small businesses out there that have elaborate signage on their road vehicles and no websites. I make a note of those that I see and look for them on the search engines when I get to my office. If you type in the company name and it has a unique name or word combination in it, then you will likely find the business. If you type in the product or service they offer, and they don’t have a website, then you will only find the websites of their competitors. The people who type in that company name are going to be the only ones who find it. And they already know about that business.

Mobile website search screen

Most businesses need to be found by potential customers who don’t already know about them. A small website in a local market can be found when searchers type in the product or service. A business with no website is much less likely to be found by that searcher.

Business Website in mobile searches

A Single Page Website Is Better Than Nothing

Any website will get more exposure than no website. You just need a couple of attractive photos and some text that clearly describes your products and services. Those can be posted on a single page website that is very affordable. And that website can be very valuable to a small business.

We have a client that only posts their logo, their phone numbers and their email addresses:

The mobile view of a single page website.

This client operates in a small town. And their single page website has value. Almost everyone in the market area knows them. People search for them on their mobile devices. The business simply created a contact page and that is all they post on the web. Their site will be found when searchers type in their company name or when searchers type in their services.

In the past, this small business depended on the local phone book and the yellow pages. But who uses that anymore? Today they look for it on their mobile device.

A single page website like this one is very affordable. And it can be expanded to a larger website in the future.

Calling Card Credibility

Another advantage of any website is that it extends the value of a calling card. A card with a web address gives the feel of credibility. Potential clients that receive the card get the impression that the business is well established.

The Established Business

The feeling of an established business wins favor over the business that does not give that feeling. I’m sure you are like me in that you have chosen a company because of their longevity. Customers that see a website can get most of the information they are looking for on that page. And the fact that they see that site adds some feeling of longevity to the business.

You Work Your Business, We’ll Handle The Web

If you don’t have a site and want to consider a single page website, then give us a call and mention this blog post. We can handle every aspect of it for you. Many small businesses have very few employees. They can’t afford to hire a website designer. And they are not always able to hire an employee with required job skills for their business and web design skills, no matter how simple they are. That’s where we come in.

Our professionals are available to design and manage your website whenever you need us. We are just a phone call, an email or a text message away. Text modifications and changing images can be made within a matter of hours of receiving the request. Additional pages can be placed on the site in a matter of days. Larger projects are worked into a timeline. We will give you the benefits of hiring a web design professional at a fraction of the cost.

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Business Website Redesign

This is a business website after redesign.

Replace Outdated Websites

A large number of businesses have outdated websites. Too often they are neglected by the business but still found by visitors on the web. When these visitors go to the site they are normally able to tell, via content or structure, that the site has not been updated in a long time. A site with these problems needs to be redesigned as soon as possible.

Website Redesign

Websites that need to be redesigned typically need work on two elements. Those are content and structure. The redesign of a website uses existing elements of the old site to serve as a guide for the redesign of the new site.

This is a business website after redesign.
Website Redesigned to Fit Mobile Devices

Update Content

If a business has outdated website content, then it can be used as a guide for content on the new website. Text should be reviewed and edited. Images need to be reviewed. Poor images need to be replaced.

Website Structure

Sites that are hard to get around need a new structure. Many sites are not designed to be compatible with mobile devices. These need a structure redesign.

different screen treatments, desktop view, smart phone view, ipad view.
This Website Accommodates Multiple Size Screens

Simple Structure Redesigns

Some websites simply need to redesign their site’s structure. Sites that have kept their content up-to-date but do not have mobile friendly pages fall into this category. A redesign of this type of website normally costs a lot less than businesses expect. That’s because a major portion of the desired site already exists.

A company that has kept a site like this updated normally knows the sites shortfalls. With that knowledge they can quickly put together a plan for the redesign. And they have kept the content updated on a regular basis. So placing content on the new site is simple and easy to do.

Website Redesign and Content Updates

A large number of business websites have poor website designs and outdated content. This gives them the ideal opportunity to get everything updated. The fact that they have an existing website gives them an advantage over designing a site from scratch. Their poor website design serves as a guide for what not to do. And even a little experience with the old site gives them some direction for the new one.

While most of the content needs to be replaced, the existing content can still serve as a guide. And some portions can be reused. Most images are likely outdated and will need to be edited or replaced. And even if they need to use some of the old images, new tools make it easier to take those images and improve them.

New Business Websites

Too many businesses have websites that are totally outdated. In many cases these do more damage to the business than they do good. These sites need a total redesign. There is a slight advantage this business has over starting a site from scratch.  They at least know what the don’t want.

These businesses need to drop back and take a look at the sites of their competitors. And they can get some ideas on how to design their new site from those competing sites.

Redesign Costs Less Than A New Site

One advantage that all existing sites have, whether they are good or bad, is that they can give the designers some direction on the new site. Businesses can learn from their existing sites what works and what doesn’t on the web. The website designers can use what is good and eliminate what isn’t. Then they add higher quality content and the site is significantly improved.

Improve The Website Design at a Reasonable Price

As time passes web design tools have become more powerful and easier to use. Creating an attractive website design is much easier and costs less today than it did years ago. Too often, managers put off needed website redesigns because they have a misconception as to what it will cost. When they learn the truth, they regret not having started the process sooner.

Contact us if you need a website redesigned. We will be happy to review your existing site and make a proposal for redesigning it.

 

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The Ecommerce Website

Selling Products Online

Many small businesses dream about taking their products to the world through ecommerce. If you have a unique product then this can create exciting possibilities. If you have a product that is carried by many other businesses, then you will need to find a way create more value than your competitors. Otherwise you will be competing solely on price.

The “To Do” List

There are several bases that need to be covered to get your site off the ground and selling products online. As with any website you need to purchase a domain name and point it to the server where you will have your website.

Set Up Secure Hosting

The hosting for your business’s website needs to be on a secure server. This insures that credit card information and other personal data of your clients are not compromised. Your hosting service will provide instructions for setting up a secure server.

Choose a Shopping Cart

There is a wide range of shopping cart services available. One of the best ways to choose a cart is to set up a demo account for several and go through the process of setting up your products on them. This will give you a good feel for the shortfalls of those carts and help you make a better decision in choosing. This will require some time, but it is well worth it.

These are logos of ecommerce shopping cart services.
There are many ecommerce shopping carts available.

Different carts work well for some products and not well for others. If your items have a lot of size options, color options and other variables, then you need to make sure the cart will work with all of the options you need for your market.

Enter Your Products

The most time consuming part of building an ecommerce website is often entering the products into the database for the shopping cart. Most shopping cart services have this down to a very simple process. Even so, if you have several products, each with many options, then the number of SKUs can jump quickly. Creating these in a shopping cart can require some time.

Collecting Money

There are two primary ways to collect money for your online sales. First, you connect your secure website to your bank account. Your transactions will process from the website. Second, you need to set up PayPal to give site visitors another option for payment. Clients that do not know you or your business may be reluctant to turn over credit card information to your site. If you don’t accept PayPal, then it could cost you significant sales. Make sure the shopping cart you choose accepts PayPal.

Connecting to Your Bank

Your shopping cart needs to be set up to transfer funds from your customer’s credit or debit cards to your bank account. To get this set up you need to get instructions from the company providing your shopping cart. It will require you to get some information from your bank that directs the payments to the right account.

Review Your Ecommerce Site Regularly

Your shopping cart needs to be reviewed regularly. When you have a change in a product, like the colors available for a shirt, you need to update it promptly. You don’t want to be contacting customers and telling them that you don’t have the item they just purchased. This will cost you repeat business and will likely keep other people away from your site.

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