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Question Professionally Developed Websites

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4 years 9 months ago #84 by Laurie
G'day there!

The newly released platform seems to me to offer the opportunity for a budget priced, pro, web development business model. Any thoughts on this?

The platform is rather limited, looking from the perspective of one who's used to installing third party extensions and templates as needed.

However, from a budget price perspective, may be just the thing.

* No domain or hosting cost
* No worries about upgrades
* A fairly simple backup process for the purpose of transferring the site and no real need for regular backups
* Ease of upgrading to the a full, self hosted Joomla site
* The cut down Joomla version should help reign in scope creep
* One day should be enough to build a basic, small business website, including a bit of tuition for the client

Here are a few sites that look fine and function adequately, some of which have the look of professionally developed sites:


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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #85 by sozzled
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As you say, the feature—created and maintained by SiteGround —has its limitations.

A few other limitations also apply in terms of disk space (200 Mb), bandwidth utilisation and other matters spelt out in the terms of service . On the "plus" side, SiteGround is a reputable web hosting provider and it's unlikely that they will be terminating their services in the near future if offers like these prove to be unprofitable. On the "negative" side, I'm always a little sceptical of these three-mouse-clicks-and-hey-presto-instant-website offerings; I've been caught before when the providers of such services decide to terminate them if or when they result in little or no profit margin.

For relatively simple websites, where you (or your clients) want a few pages to display your/their business, may be useful. Another benefit is that, by securing a "domain name", you may prevent others from misreprenting your products/services through the practice of "domain squatting" (i.e. someone takes a product/brand, creates a domain called <product-brand> and you can the potential mischief this may cause).

Three-mouse-clicks-and-hey-presto-instant-website-offers have their advantages for quick, simple site construction. They have their disadvantages, too, in terms of culling ("lobotomising" ?) some features that you may require. In the end, it pays to read the fine print in the terms of use.

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