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Adam Randall, post: 10449 wrote:
If said cleaner spent 40 hours (and thats conservative) figuring out how to use even the simplest CMS system and then creating his own site, he may as well of just paid someone to do to it and save the agravation, he would probably much prefer to be cleaning than pulling his/her hair out when he realises that nobody told him that he would also have to know how to do image optimisation and figure out how to crop and resize for the web or that he needs to know how to use layering in an image program that he is not even sure he owns to create the logo he wants and why is this not included in the $200 after all it was advertised as all inclusive & simple!!!

I think 40 hours is excessive.. the site builder programs available today are pretty advanced and simple to use, you can literally get a site up and running in around 20mins or less, with custom images, multiple pages, banners, logos, contact forms, guest books, image galleries.. everything.

I do agree the flexibility long term isn’t as great if you want to grow and develop your site into something huge, but what a lot of these small businesses want is an easy all in one out of the box solution they can easily manage themselves.

They don’t need to know or even be told about HTML, DNS, MX Records, Name Servers etc.. They want to be able to do what they do in MS Word but for a website, and not need to worry about setting up FTP servers, hosting accounts etc.. it all gets too hard for them.

These days this is all automated and all the small business needs to do is choose a domain, some email addresses and then the ‘computer’ does the rest.