In 1999 I had a yellow Ericsson T10, a healthy fear of computers dying when the clock struck midnight at the end of the year and I also regularly popped in by a good friend who worked at the MWeb head office near Tygervalley, Bellville, Western Cape. At MWeb I surfed the pop-up advert riddled interwebs for hours and met people online in text heavy chatrooms. I even remember buying a copy of Building A Website For Dummies and thinking “what’s all this gobbledygook”. How life has changed since.
From the 90’s to 2015 I was hooked on Startups. I wanted a cool little business (I had so many ideas) and each idea needed a website. The problem was that I got websites that were overpriced (my first one cost me R6500!!!) or they couldn’t easily expand as needed. And it didn’t help that I held a vague idea of how the world wide web with all it’s websites functioned. But that changed in 2014. After much effort, I finally created my first website for my community newspaper called Resident-X (www.resident-x.co.za). All I wanted was “just a simple website” that was affordable and so, I learned how to build it myself. I soon realised I could also solve that same problem for other small businesses owners. My need was the same as the needs of others. Finally I found my cool little business. And to this day, I solve that one problem for my clients.
Now to be clear, its impossible for any one human to fully understand the internet, much less be an expert on every facet that makes up the world wide web. And we don’t need to, because we are creatures of collaboration. I figured out how to build a website that’s both professional and financially accessible. My websites are scalable, modular and customizable. How do I keep my pricing so low? By offering a standard design and doing so remotely. Traveling and spending time endlessly tweaking the design costs money. Add these two elements to the project and your quote climbs quickly. In addition to time and travel, there are many other niche fields related to websites such as SEO and Payment Gateways that add to the cost. The point I’m making is this: when I build your website, you are not held hostage or held back. I start you off the best way possible. You can and should use the same website, no matter how big your business grows. There is no need to build a new website. In my opinion, websites should possess beauty and logic. There will come a time when you will want to spend lots of time and money on your website. At that point there will be no need for new hosting, a new domain, a new website platform. I have provided you with the fundamental basics.
So who exactly is my kind of client? Small business owners…who use Gmail (no I ain’t hating, it is a fantastic product, but…) …you know, I know, we all know, we judge folks who use Gmail to communicate with customers and clients. And that’s where I make a difference. Your first step into the world of a professional online presence. That step is a website. Not a social media page, not a business listing on an online directory because those are websites that belong to corporations. You MUST own your own business domain name, your own business email address and your own business website. And Riaan Wessels is here to help you do exactly that. Super Kiff.