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After a couple of weeks new site was ready for my first appraisal. With great curiosity I opened it up. First impression? Nice!
The colors of blue and grey were just right for complementing site theme of goal achievement and personal development. Serious and business-like - that's effect I wanted.
The menu system and categorization were brilliant. It made navigation so easy and piqued a visitor's interest to investigate further from any page. Instead of previous mish mash of doorway pages, ads and serious articles mixed into an undefinable soup, there was now purpose and order to site.
Now began an intensive period of communication with Micah as we worked together on small details. His input was invaluable.
Out went some 'cheesy' looking bullet graphics to be replaced by plain but professional list items.
The body text color was changed to black.
A small paragraph introduction was added to top of each category section.
The color and formatting of hyperlinks and article boxes was fine tuned.
At end of day do I miss my very own do it yourself web site? Quite honestly NO. I now have a professional web site I am pleased with and one which is now set up to accomplish my business goals.
Have I got any results to boast about yet? Yes. My visitors' behavior has changed radically. The tracking records show visitors are now hitting an average of 4 pages per visit as opposed to 1 before. The navigation system with categories has made sure of that.
If you've got a minute, just take a look for yourself and make your own appraisal. http://www.vitalstop.com/index.htm.
What is my recommendation? Do it yourself web site design is good to a point. It may satisfy your desire to get under hood and tinker with engine. It can give you a working knowledge so you can fine tune things later. But quite honestly you can save yourself days and weeks of sweat, frustration and grief. It took me about six months to learn this lesson. You can learn it in five minutes from reading this article.
THE LESSON: If you want to get a professional web site up and running quickly which will be a spring board for your business, do yourself a favor - Get help of a web site designer and GET SERIOUS!
99% of responses to this article so far related to experience and agreed with conclusion.
One reader however related her nightmare experience after employing a so-called professional web site designer. In her own words, "The design that was presented to me looked like work of a 5 year old." She is now attempting to get her money back.
If you decide to use a professional web site design service, check it out first!
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