I’m proud to have Dawn Verbrigghe of Jottful talk a bit about her company and how they help small businesses with developing websites.
There are really three ways to get a website for your business.
The first option is to hire someone to build the website for you.
With a website built from scratch by a designer or agency, you can ensure it reflects your brand exactly as you wish. Many websites created by designers are built on the WordPress platform, giving your business access to all the plug-ins available in that software.
The downsides to hiring a designer or agency include:
The second way to get a website built is to do it yourself.
If you have some graphic design experience, you can make your own website using do-it-yourself (DIY) software such as Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly. DIY software features a drag-and-drop interface that makes it possible to create a website without even having to know how to code.
As you might have guessed, creating your own website with DIY software is far less expensive than hiring a designer or agency, often costing just $11-$26 per month.
The downsides of using DIY software include:
The third option is to get a do-it-together website.
In this final category is a company called Jottful. They’ve pioneered co-building and co-maintaining websites for small businesses that need a professional online presence, but have limited time or money. Jottful’s plans start at $59 per month.
With Jottful, you can change text and images anytime you want, but when you have a bigger update, such as adding a new page, Jottful’s designers take care of it for you. Jottful also provides personal customer support and handles all the technical stuff, such as security updates, launches, and website hosting.
The downsides of a Jottful made-together website include:
Description: Jottful makes and manages professional, affordable, and hassle-free websites for small businesses.
Mission: To make it possible for every small business to be found and tell their story online.
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Jottful was founded by Dawn Verbrigghe. Dawn is a marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and design, including seven years as a faculty member at Parsons the New School for Design. She loves helping small business owners achieve their dreams through creative and inexpensive marketing that attracts just the right customers.
The Challenge We Address
In the U.S. alone, there are 4.6MM businesses with fewer than ten employees — and only half of them have a website today. These small businesses are underserved by the current design agency and do-it-yourself website builder software options because they have limited financial resources, are uncomfortable with website technologies, and are intimidated by the prospect of designing their own website. Nonetheless, these businesses are fully aware that the lack of a professional online presence means they are missing out on new revenue.
Specifically, these businesses want:
What We Provide
We offer an affordable, all-in-one service for creating, hosting, and maintaining basic websites.
We create professional websites that are mobile-responsive and optimized for search. We then maintain those websites for our customers, including: hosting; security; upgrades; backups; and uptime monitoring. Customers can easily make small text edits themselves and, when they need to make more significant edits to the site, they can just email us and we’ll take care of it.
We do all this starting at just $59 / month. We’re able to provide astonishing service at an affordable price because we use our own proprietary technology. It is software we specifically developed for rapid creation and easy updating of websites for small businesses.
For more information about Jottful, please visit their website at www.jottful.com.
Jennifer McArdle is the owner and founder of McArdle Media.