Do It Yourself: Website Design, Blogging and Hosting... Anyone?

By
Real Estate Agent with Real Living, First MSP Realty

Website Creation and Hosting:

When it comes to Real Estate and the Internet, they are inseparable!  Not having a website, email and other online amenities will virtually kill your business.  Not actually kill it... but quickly sends your clients to someone who does.

I personally know people who have spent thousands of dollars on having a website created for them, in addition to paying for a hosting package and an ISP.  Everyone is disappointed in some way...

Is anyone on Active Rain, doing these things for themselves?  Is it worth the time and effort?  Do you get the desired results? Did it work the way you wanted it to?

If you are one of these people who do it for themselves, can you tell me what software you use to create your website?  After creating a website, would you do it again?  I'm looking into creating and hosting my own personal websites, but would like to hear feedback from the people who have "been there" and "Done that"

My reasons... Simply satisfying my internal techie... and keeping my costs under control!

Thanks for any responses to my questions. 

Comments (7)

Gynell Stalford - Texas Cert. Appraiser *****FHA & FLAGSTAR APPROVED*****
Metroplex Appraisal Services - The FHA Appraisal Shop - Frisco, TX

Phil, I have and created my own website. Ofcourse I am not a realtor. I'm an appraiser. And my site is fairly simple and maybe not very professional. It serves its purpose for me and I've enjoyed creating it, tweaking it, changing and playing around with it a bunch over the 5 years that I've had it. Now and again I think about turning it over to a professional but just can't give it up.

Anyways, it cost me very little in money. Check out homestead and good luck.

Jul 22, 2009 08:10 AM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I've done my own since 1995.  Host my own and own everything.  Wouldn't have it any other way.

 

Jul 22, 2009 08:39 AM
Mike Kelly
Mike Kelly Realty - Blairsville, GA
GRI

Phil, one way to approach is to have a professional design your website and then you maintain and update it yourself. This is the way we do it; our site was created by a professional and has been maintained since then by my wife, who is our company's media manager. The program she uses to update is Adobe Contribute CS3, although she says that she is thinking about switching to Adobe Dreamweaver which has some new and attractive features.

Whatever you decide to do - and remember that there is a lot more to a website that what a viewer is looking at online - check the rating of your site out on www.hubspot.com . Hubspot will analyze website elements  that you've never even heard of! This is a very valuable tip that I picked up from Active Fain.

Jul 22, 2009 08:47 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Get a Frontpage, Windows Expression, Dreamweaver software...add your blogs, do video module. You can do it..

Jul 22, 2009 09:29 AM
Kevin Cavanaugh
Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty - Tappan, NY
Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN

Phil, thanks for that question as well.  I enjoyed the answers.  Have a great day.

Jul 22, 2009 10:30 PM
Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

I would suggest in building your site with wordpress or joomla

Jul 28, 2009 10:24 AM
Marie Ogle
Mortgage Processing Solutions - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor

I just visited your website and it looks good!  Did you end up doing it yourself or did you have it done professionally?  I did my own and found it fairly simple to do.  I used 1and1.com and found it very simple to do.  Although, like Gynell, I am not a RE Agent therefore my site is very simple. 

Oct 26, 2009 06:21 AM