There was a time, not that long ago actually, that websites were just for the wealthy. Just as salt in the 1700s was something only the fabulously wealthy could afford, so too was a good website in the modern era. If you were in business and you had a website people knew you were serious because that website was the digital equivalent of a pound of flesh.
Even after the DIY website builders like wix.com came along, it was still a choice between something put together by a plumber on the weekend or something that looked professional and cost upwards of $10,000. In no time at all the web was full of sites that made it look like the inside of a pre-schoolers art room and no one, aside from the professional website builders who were paid to fix them, were happy.
I am often asked, “do you know a good website designer” and all I can do is shrug my shoulders and divert their attention until I can slip out of the room. It was that, or refer them to the aforementioned designers and that always ended the same way.
Then comes along a business like Flat Gecko Design. I first saw their handy work when I was asked to have a look at Symmetry-IT’s website. I was impressed to say the least but immediately jumped to the conclusion that my colleague was missing a good kilo of flesh. However, when I found out that not only was it designed and managed at a very reasonable price, I decided to look into it further. I discovered that all of the SEO tricks, Google analytics, and all the other things that make a modern website tick, were installed and up to the second sharp.
Inspired I rang and asked how they might help my website and it was then that I realised that not only are Flat Gecko good at what they do, and reasonably priced, they are also ethical. You see my particular wish was to sharpen my website and have it look more modern. However, after they looked at my website forensically ,they informed me that what I needed was coming in a free upgrade to my website theme. They also told me that fancy SEO would cost me far too much for what it would do for me and that if I kept posting articles my ranking would remain OK. In short, honest, friendly and very comprehensive advice. (They had an SEO expert call me who was equally honest and forthcoming.)
One other thing Flat Gecko has given me is an out. These days, when asked if I know who can do a good website, I no longer have to create a diversion and jump out the window… I just give them this web address.