When I started my business in 2016, I knew I had to have a website. I couldn’t rely on just word-of-mouth. I was a new business with limited resources and time, so I picked the most convenient and quickest way to make a website that I could find – Go Daddy.
It worked, but it wasn’t a website I was proud of. The templates were boring and plain, some of the functions didn’t work, and now that I look back, it was more expensive. Gasp, I took the easy way out and ended up paying a lot more. At the time, it was quick, easy to use, and got me a bit of exposure on the internet, so it did it’s job. It was just ugly and didn’t speak to my personality of being an artist. Eventually, I planned on redesigning my entire website once I got my business up and running.
Well, a year and a half later, and I finally have a brand, spanking new website! It only took me a few days to make, and I don’t know why I waited so long to commit to it. It was a whole lot easier to use and customize. My other website worked, so there wasn’t much of an urgency to spruce it up. It was more of a personal preference, but I bet I would have gotten a heck of a lot more business if I had taken the time to make my website prettier with more functionality.
My new website is a work in progress, but it is complete with widgets, icons, a functioning blog and social icons, and so much more. I can customize almost everything, and my website is a whole lot cheaper. I pay for hosting and the domain, and that’s it. A measly $100 a year, compared to GoDaddy’s $400ish to use their website builder and hosting.
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Here are some screenshots of my old website.