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Old 03-02-2020, 05:22 PM
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What are yall seeing as far as cost for a relatively simple ground up build? I have been in business for about 8 years as a GC and never have had a website. I do a little on social media but thats about it. I have stayed busy and that has been constant with lots of word of mouth referrals. I specialize in high end remodels, additions, and outdoor living spaces but also do some residential new construction and light commercial work.

I have no employees and work out of a home office. I don’t need to make it seem bigger than I am but I would like a presence on google when searched as I am obviously not as of now. I have a domain but never built the website. It is just secured and I pay for it every 3 years.

I am not thinking that the website will be super in depth either with a lot of layers. No e-commerce or payments. Just a simple home page with some sub pages to include a few pictures and over all descriptions in different sectors and then a contact page. Ideally, I would get help with the social media front as well.

What are yall seeing for maintenance?
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I'd go with a cheap site on Wix. All you want to do is showcase your work and have a way for people to find you. https://www.wix.com/upgrade/website
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Weebly.com
squarespce.com
wix.com

DIY for less than $100/year for what you want to do.
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Entry level site by some of the better website peeps around here...typically start around 5 grand.
Typically a hunned bucks/mo for optimization....since everyone has to hop on the recurring revenue bandwagon.

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I have a few web pages, with some domains I've had for over 20 years. For a basic landing page for your business, the biggest hurdle is the graphic content. As a high end contractor, rushed phone pictures are not what you want. It would be pretty easy to build a WordPress site yourself to prove this point. Start by going through your photo galleries and identify what are usable. Building a site with stock photos for your kind of business seems pointless as this is the content that is important if you want to highlight your work. It is $13 a year to have a WordPress site mapped to your domain. A little more for some premium features and once built it's easy to update content. Tools are all web based and WordPress and Squarespace (the 2 most common) are all templated.
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Contact eric@ericallison.info for a free and very affordable quote on a site that you can easily maintain yourself...tell him Phil from Gate Drop Marketing referred you
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Would a cheap website like that generate any organic search hits? Wouldn’t the whole point of creating the website be to drive more people to his business? Or is it a hobby where he posts pictures on a website nobody is going to see?
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In my experience social media (mainly Instagram) is the ultimate way to drive potential customers to your website, not the website itself
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Driving traffic to a website that looks like crap is counter-productive. Not only does the site need to look professional, it needs to capture leads that are responded to (and tracked) in a timely manner.
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I like GoDaddy's Website builder. Templates are easy to use and if you renew when they email out discounted specials and before your site is about to expire, then the renewal fees are reasonable.

Here is my website done in an evening: https://ifishmd.com/
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All good info, thank you. The plan is to link it to Facebook and Instagram so that social media pushes people to the site as much as google searches. I do have some professional pictures of a few jobs but will need to do more of that to build content. The landing page doesn't have to be crazy but I want to show off some achievements and partnerships then move on to different projects broken down by type like outdoor living, remodels, additions, and new construction projects. Obviously and about and contact page as well. Once this is going, I will make a transition to Houzz and a few others but this is a first step.

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