FREE Websites for Everyone
Well this will be quick. It must be true. FREE websites for everyone. I see the commercials every day and night on TV. All channels from well know companies everywhere It Must Be True. The ads could not be wrong, could they? That would be false advertising. So it must be true.
Not so fast. Lets take a closer look at all these free websites. A few months back a really good long time friend and business associate of mine called about a new business venture hes stating that needed a website. As we have done business with each other many times ( not involving websites ) I told him great here is what we need to do to get started. He thanked me Deal Done and life goes on until…… A few days later the phone call came in. Sorry CR, I have been offered a deal from my phone company I can not refuse. Now I wont mention any names but this company is pretty big and well known. So it must be true. I congratulated him on his good luck, hung up and waited on the next phone call. Sure enough the phone rang about 2 weeks later and their was my friend with a question. Could I come by the new office and check out something for him? Sure no problem as I was curious to see this new FREE website. Market research you understand. Next day first thing ( unusual for me as I am a typical coder work late sleep late ) I headed over to do my market research. When I got to office after a quick tour of the new facility’s and some small talk we got to the meat of the meeting, The part I was waiting for. His first question to me Could you maybe help me a little with my new website? O My am I surprised, Did not see that one coming. Right ….. No problem lets see what ya got here. OK he says I want a picture of the car I drive that everyone knows me for right up in that top corner. OK I say should not be a problem lets take a look. Well ten minutes later I give him the good news, picture installed. Great he says, now if you will just show me which buttons to use to change the picture later if I want to I’ll be eternally grateful. Here it is the bad news, Sorry no buttons. I hacked it to change picture probably will not last, only till they update or catch what I did, then back to stock picture for you.
Umm from hero to zero in less than a minute. Might be a new record for me.
Seriously the bottom line to this story is yes there are free websites out there as long as you want the website they give you and you only want it for 30 or less days. My friend as many before him learned that his new shiny website was not only not free but it would not do what he wanted or needed for the price of FREE. When the company rep returned and as Paul Harvey said: ” And now For The Rest Of The Story ” his FREE website quickly turned into a $55.00 dollar a month till the end of time website to get the features he wanted and needed. Also to add insult to injury he was tied into a minimum 24 month contract due in full if cancelled. He has to pay extra for any changes he wants ( like getting the website to look the way he wants it ) and even for support questions. WOW the true cost of FREE
Thanks for your time to check us out and I look forward to talking to you.