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Old 11-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #16
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Maybe I should check out this Wordpress.........

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Old 11-18-2011, 08:47 AM   #17
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I think $28 a month is such a tiny investment, I'm not sure that's worth worrying about.
She is probably right though if you want to do SEO and other stuff, then it is time to upgrade. A 5000 item site using only HTML? Wow, yes that could be a nightmare!
Wordpress is a Content Management System, like Joomla or Drupal and hundreds of others. Nice in that they are easy to maintain, and you can have multiple people make changes to the website. We use Joomla, and if someone can build a document in Word, then they can make pages for the website.
Good luck either way you go!
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I think $28 a month is such a tiny investment, I'm not sure that's worth worrying about.
She is probably right though if you want to do SEO and other stuff, then it is time to upgrade. A 5000 item site using only HTML? Wow, yes that could be a nightmare!
Wordpress is a Content Management System, like Joomla or Drupal and hundreds of others. Nice in that they are easy to maintain, and you can have multiple people make changes to the website. We use Joomla, and if someone can build a document in Word, then they can make pages for the website.
Good luck either way you go!
Doug,

Thanks. I didnt know. Joolma , Hoopla, so much out there, apparently. I think its days are numbered. The good hing, I learned, is Google like to rank older. established sites well, all else being equal, although right now, we may not be "equal".
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:54 PM   #19
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It all really comes down to what your business needs are and whether it makes sense from a technical perspective to change your site to support those business needs. Just because a site is five years old does not mean that it is "too" old or neesd a rebuild if it is meeting your needs.

That said, there may be reasons to rebuild your site. If you want to invest in SEO then there are considerations as far as metatags and content structure go and it may be easier and more cost effective to rebuild your site rather than try and retrofit it. Or there maybe compatibility issues that you need address, such as for mobile apps and modern browsers.

I built a website for a wholesale company back in '96 and I was shocked to see that it was still up, largely unchanged. Their needs have not changed so probably have just not bothered to overhaul it.
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as a web designer, yes websites can definitely need a redo after 5 years. (especially with all the new technologies that have come out recently). You are paying your webmaster for the maintenance of the site like adding new info, etc. A complete redesign/ rebuild is an entirely different story. Thats an entire project in its own. 5 years ago the web was an entirely different place. Even without seeing the site i'd say its safe to say a complete rebuild is needed. (Although it is possible that it could get by with just some touch ups.) But that all depends on how big the site is and what its used for.
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I do web design for a living.
Site costs vary greatly depending on how large your site is, how much traffic it gets, what kind of hosting you want/need, the amount of custom graphic design work, custom scripting, ecommerce solutions, etc.

I've done site's for $3700+, and I've done sites for $500. It all depends on the site. Each one is different.

$1600 could be a bargain...or it could be a ripoff. Would you mind PMing me the URL?

5 years between redesigns is a long time. If you want to stay current, you should at least do minor tweeks and upgrades every couple years.
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My webmaster gets paid $28/month, to host our site- I hardly ever ask her do "fix" anything. Our site was built 5 yrs ago I guess, with older technology (a lot of HTML, tedious maintenence, etc), and shes telling me now that even if I hire an SEO person theior work may not help much cuz the site is "old".

She said it needs to be entirely done, as its so old, it doesnt even help to lessen the work as all has to start from scratch. Geez. First impulse would be from me "why dddo I pay the $28/month for?

So, is this typical old sites that old? She said it would cost $1600 (and $2000+ is going rate).

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