You've seen the ads on TV, in various news feeds and in your email box - you can build your own website in under an hour. Wix, GoDaddy, SquareSpace and others all promote "easy to use" website builders which promise to allow you to design and build a website - quickly and easily. The templates . . . the thousands of templates . . . look really cool, artsy or cutting edge. The sample websites are breathtaking and feature celebrity endorsements - surely if Keanu Reeves can build a website, you can too! Right?
So, emboldened by the thought that this should be easy you plunk down a couple hundred bucks for annual billing and get a log in . . . and that's when the questions start. What's your domain? Who is your email provider? Will you be accepting credit cards? Do you want to connect to a online document storage site? Is your product catalog currently online? Do you want to link accounts?
As you begin to answer these questions, you start seeing dollars add up as well. Suddenly that "one hour (or less)" has slipped away and you've spent a couple hundred more dollars for add-ons that you didn't even know you needed.
Well, at least the painful part is over - right? Now you just need to add content! Yeah, content! That magical stuff that will make your website stand out from the crowd and drive dollars to your bottom line! Of course . . . that means you can't just use the stock images that they provide you with. You do have your own, professional, images to use - right? Maybe some cool videos? You're well versed in ideas around website planning so you know how to utilize the header space versus sidebars or news feeds . . . no?
At this point your one hour is long gone. You had planned to knock this out in one night, after hours, because you have a business to run - but it's quickly becoming apparent that might not happen. You've sunk a couple hundred bucks into this thing . . . so now what?
After quickly realizing that you don't have the time or interest to become a full-fledged website developer and following a well-intentioned but misguided attempt by some of your kids friends to fix the site for you, you turn to Google. There must be companies out there who cater to small businesses, right? Your first couple phone calls actually involve snickering when you ask if they can fix your template website. The next couple are polite, but they won't work on a pre-built site - though they would be happy to build you a custom site . . . starting between $10,000 and $20,000 just to build the thing. Some assure you that it is worth it and that it will be delivered quick . . . because they use templates . . .
By now you are at least twelve hours into building your one hour website. Calls to the support desk at your template website company has yielded you with several emails containing links to their online training videos. The answers you are looking for don't seem to be in them . . . and you just want to get back to running your business.
So now what?
Now you call Quandary. Unlike other IT service companies we want to take on small jobs and we thrive on helping small business owners with their needs. Need an existing website fixed or maintained? We do that. You have a small side business that you need an online store built for but you don't have a huge budget? We can do that. You want someone to set up a website, teach you how to update and change it, then go away? We're here for you.
Give us a call today at 800-208-6388 and let's chat.