Web design is a costly expense for your companies business. Let’s face it if you want a website and you don’t have any experience designing websites the option from the Intuit web design (by Homestead) might be an option . Web designers are going to charge you between 1,000 to 2,500, then you’re going to pay $25-50 dollars for them to make updates. The bill can get very high, quickly. Recently, it was called to my attention that Homestead has been using Intuit’s website builder. EIG has purchased a number of big hosting companies like Hostgator, BlueHost, A Small Orange, HostNine, etc. However, if you Google “intuit web design review” you’re going to find a mixed bag of reviews, blog post, and articles regarding their web design.
Before, I get started with Intuit web design I want to make it perfectly clear that Intuit is known for TurboTax, Quickbooks, Quicken, and Mint. I have used them in the past. These are some great tools for managing your finances, but how does Intuit web design stack up for designing websites? In this article I am going to show you exactly what you get when you decide to use them.
Since most web designers will typically charge $1,000 to $2,500 for a website there are a lot cheaper options which are offered by a lot of the top hosting companies. True, you could take your chances with a novice web developer and find a bargain for $500. However, they are typically overseas developers or website designers that only have a couple of years of experience. Therefore, the website plans might look attractive at a glance. Keep reading because I am going to show you why it’s not worth hiring them to do your website.
Website Design Quality
In my opinion the web design quality with Intuit from Homestead is quite amateur. The templates look like websites that were designed in the 90’s or early 2000’s. You can view Intuit web design samples by clicking here.
As you will see some of the links are actually broken and just redirect to the Homestead website. This is a huge flaw on Homestead’s end and it would be nice if they could provide working links to their templates.
The upfront price does look good at a glance, but upon looking into it more you’re going to have to pay $100 or more just to make changes to your website. This does jack up the price of a $799 or $1299 website even more. You will need to pay your web hosting bill to which is pretty high. Unless you choose to have a website and never updated, which I don’t recommend you do.
Worth The Money or Not?
The simple answer is no I don’t believe they are worth the money. For instance, with their plans you get 1 revision cycle with their basic plan and two with revisions cycles with their Deluxe plan. You also only get a 30 minute consultation or a 60 minutes consultation depending on which plan you choose.
The hosting is actually quite high compared to other companies like GoDaddy and InMotion, too. For instance, the starter plan is $5.99 a month, but it’s limited to 5 pages on your website; this makes it almost useless. The other two plans are $20.99 or $60.99 a month, which is what most companies charge for a VPS plan.
Support With Your Website?
You do get basic and more advanced training with their higher level plans. This does show you the ends and outs to maintaining your website. They do have customer support but their have been various complaints from many other websites that state their customer support is slow, outsourced, and not always the most helpful.
Are They SEO-Friendly Websites?
There are various complaints on Customer Affairs which show that the websites created by Intuit at Homestead are not SEO friendly. Meaning that if you want to receive any traffic from Google, Bing, and Yahoo you could run into some issues. They don’t use the WordPress CMS and upon evaluating their source code I have found that it’s actually quite cluttered. This will certainly keep your website from ranking in the search engines.
I don’t recommend you use Intuit for your web design needs. They really don’t seem to be a practical solution for your businesses needs. So what options do you have if your looking to have your website designed?
99designs.com. I have used them mostly for logos, but they do have an option to have developers build you a custom website for around $700 dollars. You start a contest and can view tons of different concepts for websites. Then, you pick a winner and can pay for hosting. From there you could pay your developer a monthly fee to make the changes to your website that you will need later.
If you’re looking to do it yourself you could check out these resources down below:
Wealthy Affiliate. This is a program that shows you how to create a website using the WordPress CMS. Their is training that shows you how to actually get targeted traffic too. It’s mostly an affiliate marketing based business model, but you can certainly learn a thing or two about creating websites and marketing yourself online.
Elegant Themes. You can purchase a professionally designed WordPress theme from Elegant themes for under $100 a year. They have an awesome builder called Divi which makes it very easy to develop and design a website. You get unlimited support and will need to purchase your own web hosting, though.
Wix.com. They have hundreds of website templates and you can host with them for $15 to $30 per month. This includes any of their website templates. You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for a site design. Overall, it’s a pretty good option for someone on a very tight budget.
Weebly.com. They have a very user-friendly interface that really makes creating a website a breeze. They have a number of different website templates you can use and customized to your liking. You can even host them on their servers for about $12 to $25 per month.
Do you have experience with Intuit websites from Homestead? Please let me know about it in the comments section down below.