Updating your Website – The options

I read a piece about running your own website. You can read it here

I was surprised to see this kind of reporting on a reputable site. I couldn’t post a comment on it, so I thought I would blog my response here.

The key theme through the piece is the assertion that :

People hate being held to ransom, but that’s what you do when you give control of your site to a web designer.

Now, that is a comment that I find a bit offensive.

The writer (who is unnamed) then goes on to talk about the benefits of using a content management system (CMS) to manage your website’s content.

CMS systems are great and they work for a lot of people, but when I engage a new client we talk about updating their website.

Contrary to the above articles assertion, not all business owners want to make the changes themselves. Not all of them have the know how, inclination or time to learn and then keep making changes so the learning is not lost.

From experience, for small businesses, updating their website is low on their list of things to do.

I have clients that when I first meet them, want to make changes weekly; special, newsletters etc. But when it comes down to it, they mostly don’t get time.

However, to provide them with the options they need to manage their website, I offer three choices

  • Content Management System – for those who have a large amount of information to manage, with categories and the like
  • Adobe Contribute –  a great piece of software you can install on your PC or Mac and update (plus add new pages) based on the template we have made
  • Hold them to Ransom 🙂  – do changes for you as and when you need them.

Other options that are more recent are things like Twitter, Facebook and Blogs

While reading the article, I got the sense that the writer had a bad experience and was getting it out of their system.

With quotes such as:

I hate being held to ransom. And I’m sure you do, too

and

I’ve invested hundreds of hours researching various CMS’s

So the end result of the these hundreds of hours of research, the writer decides on a product called GoodBarry (I’ve never heard of it).

Now since he has spent so much time researching it, and his complaints about free CMS systems like Joomla having a steep learning curve, he then admits to:

After a couple of months tinkering in the back end of GoodBarry, I’ve been fairly impressed. But the proof will be in the pudding when one of my businesses goes live with it later this month. So do I recommend it? It’s too early to say. Ask me in a few weeks.

So at the end of it all, he has spent hundreds of hours, then three months setting it up and it still isnt live!

He doesnt even know if it works for his business.

I personally don’t know if a business owner can spend that amount of time (read money) setting something up on the say so of someone who hasn’t even proven the product works in their live environment.

My advice is to ask people, other businesses, web designers to get the best you can for your money.

Be honest when a designer asks you about you needs for updating the site. Any good designer will be able to provide a solution that will help you achieve your business goals.

What are you thought about updating? What do you prefer?

7 thoughts on “Updating your Website – The options”

    • Hi there,

      I as i mentioned in the post, I haven’t used it, can you explain why it is so good? What are the costs? Features?

      It would be good to know the thoughts of the users.

      cheers

  • Hi there,

    I’m from GoodBarry and I thought I’d drop in a few thoughts.

    You raise some great points here that are worth discussing. For example, I would definitely say that not all small businesses have the time or inclination to update their own sites – but the options that designers offer don’t necessarily need to be linked to the technology used to deploy a site. Especially as you move up the scale to more business oriented sites with contact forms, ecommerce capabilities, log-in zones etc, it starts to make a lot more sense to make technology selections based on capabilities far greater than editing a site yourself.

    Also, I don’t think the writer was spending all that time implementing! It would definitely be too long. I would hazard a guess that, like most small business owners, the writer was evaluating the system, which takes time and shouldn’t be rushed. I’m actually really curious about this one, and I hope that she finds our system favourable 🙂

    I wholeheartedly agree with your advice that every business owner should consult friends, colleagues and web professionals such as yourself. Consulting others is a really important part of making important decisions like this and shouldn’t be ignored.

    P.S – I’d love to hear your feedback on GoodBarry. I won’t waste space here, but you can check us out and learn more at Goodbarry.com

    Cheers, and thanks for the post! Some really good points raised.

    -Brett

    • Hi there Brett,

      Good to have some comment from you guys. I can’t criticise the platform since I haven’t used it, but ti was more the tone that was used by the author. While I realise the piece was written as an opinion piece in the SMH, in Stuff here it was released as news.

      I agree that the more complicated the requirements, the better these type of platforms can offer something to cater for most businesses (as long as they don’t want it changed too much)

      Do you have any NZ clients, I would be interested to mention a few if people here wanted some refernce points.

      Lastly, a feature question, how does the site cater for SEO?

      Again, thanks for the response, it is good to hear from the source to balance out the discussion.

      Cheers

  • Hi there,

    We certainly do have a number of New Zealand based customers, in particular with our NZ based resellers.

    Some examples of sites that were designed by Joi Design in NZ:
    http://www.camperhamper.co.nz/
    http://www.residentialrentals.co.nz/

    For case studies and more examples of sites that run on our platform:

    http://goodbarry.com/testimonials

    In regards to SEO, we’re very SEO friendly – with automatic XML sitemap creation, SEO friendly URLs in products and catalogs, support for meta-data and most importantly, full control over the HTML structure of your site (you can code the whole thing to your own specifications, then layer our modules on top of that).

    I hope this helps, and happy to be involved with the conversation!

    Cheers,

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