I'm not going to say that the samples given there are bad, because they navigate well, aren't filled up with nonsense, and are pleasingly simple to the eye, in shade, contrast and content.
Take a weekend and learn some basic HTML and some Photoshopping "skilz and d00d, U R L33t" for free! (Ahem) I mean, uhm, a really basic but thought-out design is better than bells and whistles and you can do it for cheap or free. ECN has templates to get you started. Play around with some ideas and be creative. It's very satisfying!
I bought the .com for my company and put a free 1 page site up. I plan to have it professionally done, but just haven't had time. From my experience $500 isn't too bad. I found anywhere from $250 - $750 for design and set-up. Here at EC they offer a free site, but your web site will have a long address, too long for anyone to remember (sorry guys, JMHO). I think if you promote the website, it might help you, but I wouldn't expect it to make your phone ring off the hook.
Re: Is a website worth it?#18395 12/09/0209:32 PM12/09/0209:32 PM
Putting a website together is a great idea. It did wonders for our company. Its an excellent advertising tool. We put it on the vans, business cards, storefront and yellowpages.
Anyhow, I built my own website using www.homestead.com They provide a template and putting it together is easier than you think. It took me a weekend to put mine together and a few days of fine tuning after that. Frankly, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it very much.
I think the templates here are pretty easy to use for someone with no experience. Or you can do your own thing if you do know how. The other downside to free websites are the ads. That is why they are free. If you can live with them, that's fine, or they can be removed for a small monthly fee.
I had started making up some basic Tutorials some time back (so all info may not be totally accurate) that should give you an idea of the How-to >> ECN FREE Web Tutorials If you need help doing something you can always post a question here.
Re: Is a website worth it?#18401 12/09/0210:18 PM12/09/0210:18 PM