Do I really need a Website?
Despite what Al Gore would have you believe the world wide web (www) was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. On 25 December 1990 the first successful communication between an HTTP client and server via the Internet was made. In 2011 the www will be 21 years of age and has grown and matured to the ubiquitous presence it is now. A survey in 2009 tallied 243 million sites, with 47 million added in 2009 alone. There are 1.73 Billion internet users worldwide. The internet in numbers 2009
At present there are 560 000 domain names registered in SA. Internet access is limited to 10% of the population of 49 Million, that's 5 Million potential South African Clients
Do you need a Website?
Not every business needs a website, it all depends on your business model, type, size of your business. The corner shop may not need a web site right now as most of his business is passing trade unless they have a unique product that is unavailable elsewhere.
Many small business owners have approached us saying they think they need a website, but we believe that firstly you should ask yourself what do you want to achieve with your own site.
If you feel that you have more business or clients than you can handle, drive more traffic to your business might not be the best idea, while its good to have a steady influx taking on more work than you can handle and not delivering on it might be more detrimental to your reputation than any pros you might think.
For some types of businesses a web site is a critical need e.g.. a travel agent or a consultant. You may have a product that can be downloaded or cheaply shipped around the world. Or you might be a local business in a very competitive market and you could use your web presence to edge out your rivals by displaying your contact details, services and products, making it easier for potential clients to find you.
Websites saves you money!
• Your website is open 24/7 365 days a year, no holidays, no coffee breaks, no rude staff, no theft, you not paying wages
• You can update your menu, catalogue, price list without the expense of reprinting.
• You save on advertising costs, your yellow pages or directory listing could just be a display advert of your url.
• Your rent is dirt cheap, there's no water & lights bill, no council taxes, no bad neighbours.
The best part of all is that websites make you money!