This Is Not My Forte - website building edition.
August 29, 2014 12:43 PM Subscribe
About 7 years ago, I created a website for my small business using Current Webhosting Company's WYSIWYG editor. Current Company has not really kept up with advances in website technology (i.e., no responsive design options, difficult to create a mobile site, clumsy blogging, etc). But I've worked hard on my site and I'm generally proud of it. Should I cut my losses and start all over again? Or can this website be saved... and how???
posted by JubileeRubaloo to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can't decide if I should just cut my losses and start all over again using one of the newer web hosting companies that allows my site to look good on any device (Squarespace, Weebly, etc), or if there might be any advantage to keeping my site where it is.
Specifically, maybe someone who knows more about SEO can tell me: if I switch from Current Company to Modern Webhosting Company, will this in any way affect my ability to be found in google searches? Will it have a negative impact on current rankings (which are not spectacular, but are okay)?
I tried creating a mobile version of my site using DudaMobile, because Current Company specifically offered a promotion through DudaMobile, but it didn't work out at all. Later, I learned that Current Company's website building software wasn't actually compatible with DudeMobile after all, and they offered this feature, essentially, in error.
If I want to keep my site with Current Company in an effort to avoid a total overhaul, are there any options for making it more user-friendly for mobile / tablet users? I have seen my site on phones and tablets, and it's not pretty.
A few additional details:
I make updates to content and images regularly (at least once a month).
For financial reasons, hiring someone to take care of this for me is not really an option right now.
For child-having reasons, the time needed to create a new site myself is limited. I could do it, but it would take a LONG time.
My site does not involve or require comments, forums, or anything more interactive than a "contact me" form.
The site does not get a huge amount of traffic - for the most part, only someone looking for the particular service I offer in my city would be using it.
There is no commerce involved, so the ability to sell things is not needed.
Assume I know nothing about coding... like, really NOTHING.
I hope this makes sense... Thanks for your advice!