$94.95 per month doesn’t seem like a bad price for a website, unless you actually plan to keep it for awhile. After 10 years that turns into $11,394. Now that is a bad price for a website.
But what if you just want to have them design the site, which they will do for free, and then after a couple months move it over to another host and pay even less. You then make off like bandits with a professionally done website for a couple hundred dollars.
Nothing wrong with that. I’d do it if someone were foolish enough to give me the keys to the website after only two months. Especially when they say you don’t have to sign any contracts and can leave any time you want. Right?
Wrong. Did they tell you about the buyout option and how much that would cost? I asked and they wouldn’t tell me. It must be pretty spendy if they aren’t willing to be upfront about it. Sure, no contracts, but with a large enough buyout option they don’t need to hold you to a contract. They just shut your site down if you stop paying the bill. Then you have nothing and you have to start all over again with another company.
What Do You Get For Your $94.95 Per Month Web.com Website Anyway?
What you don’t get is a Content Management System like WordPress that enables you as a non-techie to make changes to your website yourself so you don’t have to call someone or pay someone else to change your special offerings. What you don’t get is Search Engine Optimization that has any meaning. They claim your site will be SEO’d but to some people that just means they put keywords in the title tag. A 20 second operation for me.
What you do get is: professional copy writing, search engine submission, a Google Places listing created and managed, internet directory submissions, Google Maps Submission, and website statistics. You also get all of that with your $2400 Kirbyworks website that is going to cost you after 10 years, uh, $2400. Include the cost of hosting and your Kirbyworks website will be a full-blown Content Management System guaranteed to get you on Google page 1 for what you will be paying for a web.com website after about 26 months. After that, your Kirbyworks website will be saving you about $1000 per year, not counting the cost of further development to keep up with advances in web technology which is drastically reduced with an open-source platform like WordPress.
That all adds up to simply more for your money with Kirbyworks.