I noticed a commercial on TV where Verizon is helping a woman with a small business build her first website. They feature that you can get a website FREE if you sign up for The “Internet and Phone” bundle plan at $74.99 a month for a 6 month free trial.
So let’s talk first about the costs. At $74.99 a month x 6 months = $449.94 and if you continue with this plan which is what Verizon hopes, you’ll keep paying and after those trial 6 months are up, you know the price will go up too.
I’m going to give the real facts now.
I have designed and built hundreds of websites and the best deal you can get is an economical hosting company such as GoDaddy ($4.99 a month) or WestHost ($4.00 a month). Also take into account that you can switch hosts or hosting plans anytime. You also have the ability to create a site using whatever platform and whichever content management system you’d like, such as WordPress or Concrete5.
Now let’s talk about customization rather than boring templates.
When you build a site using a template, having it just how you want it, isn’t necessarily possible. One thing I know from my clients is that each of them is unique and has a pretty clear idea of who they are, what they like and what they want. When you have a small business, what sets you apart is your individuality! So why slap a boring, identical template together for a seemingly free cost, when for the same amount or less you can have an original website that will stand out from the crowd and you will own it!
Would you like to share your website address and your story? I’d love to hear from you.
- Mary Anne Sacco – Educational Consultant
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