EVERY business should have a website!

United States
July 14, 2009 1:03pm CST
Have you ever wanted just some basic information about a business, such as their approximate prices or their hours or something like that, and you go to do a search for this business on the web, and all you're given is a phone number, so you have to call them in order to get the simple information you want? Most of the time businesses have this information on their automated answering machine, but it would have been simpler for you if that information had been on a website, wouldn't it? Have you ever looked up a business hoping to find a website, but they didn't have one?
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19 responses
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
14 Jul 09
I totally agree. I was trying to see how much it would cost to get swimming lessons for the girls. They didn't have any prices or times listed for swimming lessons. They had an email address listed for questions about prices and such. So I emailed. They sent me back 3 emails and told me I should call Tammy so and so to ask about it! Gee, so helpful. I've been to bunches of sites that had even less information. You would think everyone would have jumped on the internet bandwagon by now and get as much info out there as they can.
• United States
14 Jul 09
Yep, that was me last week just trying to see the pool's prices and hours. I did end up having to call them to find out the prices, and the girl on the phone had this tone in her voice as if I was interrupting her by calling and asking such a foolish question.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Feb 10
Yes, that can be annoying especially when your in a hurry.. and looking it up online is just way easier and it would be nice to be able to look over the website to get more information about the business or service before you do something like buy or order something.. alot of sites out there will also tell you if the business is legit or not. So it is always good for a business to have a website and in these days and times it is strange for them not to have in this high tech gadget world.
@afdinki (83)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Yes, every business should have a website. It's just a normal part of doing business these things. The costs of paying for and managing a website is not as much as it used to be unless you're trying to do transactions over the web. You can get a business website on the Internet for as little as $10 per month. That's less than most people spend to a trip to McDonalds. If you can't manage to pay $10 for a website, than maybe you shouldn't be in business. They can even setup a network on Ning for free. If you're looking for a business website, here are a few websites that might help: http://cli.gs/sbi http://cli.gs/veryvip http://cli.gs/wbb http://cli.gs/1and1webhosting
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
20 Jul 09
Yes I have gone looking, and have been disappointed too. Mostly it is with the small local businesses around here. A shame really, because I think they would increase business if they had a website.
• United States
15 Jul 09
Actually, this is one of my biggest pet peeves!! I just got engaged recently and my fiance and i are extremely interested in this place in seattle for a wedding venue. all the pictures from other people's weddings online at this venue were AMAZING! It's everything we could really ask for in a place to be married. But their website is just a poorly drawn sketch of the outside with the name and phone number. We were very disappointed. It had very little information about how to get in touch with them and we still have not been able to get in touch with them! Its really frustrating when you have your heart set on something and can't have it! I think its a generational thing. Depending on who business owners have on their team, they are more likely to be encouraged to have a website. I think that people in generation x and y know the value and benefits of having a website and probably know the correct actions to take in order to have a website that can attract customers and sales. But i also think that the baby boomer generation has now taken on the internet but don't realize its importance or prefer to keep older ways of business intact. I also think that the internet does have a bad reputation because of its free reign and accessibility, so depending on what type of business it might be, the internet may just not be the road they want to take, or create a reputation for themselves on the internet. Moreover, maintaining a website takes a lot of work, hours and depending on your business you would have to hire a third party company or someone else just to create, update and maintain the website, which would make the last reason about money. Guerilla marketing has worked well for years for a number of small businesses. And while the world is taking on a new form in terms of communication and getting information to its customers, i think it just might take awhile for people to get onboard.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I live in a small town and enjoy the idea of calling the business itself so that I can get the information. I don't think that everyone has to have a website and that websites can be impersonal. To me better business is done when the customer and the employed are chatting about a product the business offers. It keeps people coming back. That being said, I prefer small business anyway.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
yes it would be nice if every business / company will have their own site but then not everyone business have a budget for sites, when you want to have a site it gets expensive maintaining it unless you get profit from it. But not all companies have that focus when it come to sites, so it is not feasible. like our company, we are getting bigger here in our country but we just recently had a site because it do costs to maintain it, having someone maintain it plus paying for the domain name is also expensive unless we rely on free domains which at times are not safe.
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
15 Jul 09
I faced this many times. I think they all should have at least one page that tells who they are and what they do and their contact numbers.
• Sri Lanka
15 Jul 09
i do not trust it . some business have websites and some have not. a web site using for introduce and sell their instruments . if some business have not a web site ,don't worry about it. thank you
@leejhan (74)
• China
15 Jul 09
I think every business man should have a website and I want to have my ovn website too.But it is too hard for me to operate it.
@leejhan (74)
• China
15 Jul 09
I think every business man shoukd have a website I want to have my own website too. But it is too hard for me to operate it.
@candy2306 (577)
• India
15 Jul 09
These days, Internet has become the main search engine compared to 'yellow pages'! I must agree with you with the website idea. My aunt whose a florist has been inthis business a decade and her business boosted after creating a website for her! She was very happy to recieve her first order from Australia requesting to deliver the bouque. Payment was also very easy! Website is the BEST!
@yugasini (12816)
• Anantapur, India
15 Jul 09
hi katsmeow, you are correct,now a days every business require a website to market their business, my request is you change the photo in mylot, when ever i see the photo it looks like you are in trouble, so please change your photo in mylot,this is my suggestion only the decision is yours,best of luck
@abenitez (501)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I agree with you, every single business should have a website. Especially now that so many things are done online a business can not afford to not have a website. A website helps bring more customers as well, since many people love the convenience of doing everything from home. I have seen the results with my own business website.
@tjades (3592)
• Jamaica
15 Jul 09
I agree with you 100%. I have been at my boss for sometime now to get a website up for the business. Not only does it make life easier and more profitable for the persons wanting to know more about the business but also for the business and the employees as well. We would not have to spend so much time on the phone telling people about the business and that time could be spent doing something else. We could direct persons to the website for the information they seek, plus they would save on time and call cost. I find it much more convenient to look up information on the net. Another thing is that these business ouhght to put up a really informative website instead of just something to take up a little net space. The public wants real information.
@Asian001 (24)
• Brunei Darussalam
15 Jul 09
I vote for this too. It's good that all the business do the delivery service also. So sometime we can just stay at home to enjoy my home life.
@egdcltd (6784)
14 Jul 09
I agree that businesses should have a website. However, some business websites I've seen in the past, even for fairly large companies, look like someone in the company decided "We need a website" but hadn't actually got a clue what they wanted on it. Or why they needed it. Quite often along the lines of "here's a bunch of pretty pictures and our phone number" which really defeats the whole purpose of a web presence in my opinion. At least put an automated contact form up.
14 Jul 09
I completely agree that by having a website many businesses could provide a better service to potentional customers, even if it's only providing a small amount of useful information. But I still see the world of the internet and business as being in a transitional phase. There are many small businesses still being run by those who have been doing business long before the internet came about and are set in there ways. For example my parents have run their own business for over 30 years and despite demonstrating the benefits of having a website they point blankly refuse to go down this route because they don't fully understand the technology. I am sure as the years pass, and with the number of long established businesses disappearing, the number of businesses with websites will increase it is just a case of patience.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
14 Jul 09
I agree with you. Websites are a way to promote the businesses these days, once thay are on the search engines. I guess some need time to learn about building and maintaining websites. Small businesses may not be able to afford having websites.