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reaper

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I built my own site for my appraisal business and it serves me very well. Pick your hosting with more than cost in mind. The connection serving your host greatly affects the function of your site. My web site is my main source of clients.

Nice Site. I'd check your XHTML Cert, it failed when I clicked on it.

I put my own together as well. I taught myself all of the flash, html, css with the help of some web tutorials. Tons of free stuff out there. let me know if any of you are interested, too many to just through up here

It will take some time, but its worth it.
 

Michigander

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Oct 23, 2003
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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Michigan
Back when I was a fee appraiser, I had built my own site using Front Page. It was quite easy and you can have forms for taking orders or enquiries. Plus if you build it, you can edit it whenever you like. I constantly added information.

I don't like the generic Xsites web pages, and I can't stand the ones where the appraisers are not identified and have their qualifications. Show who you are and why they should hire you, not just generic information that everyone has. Stand out from the crowd!
 

reaper

Freshman Member
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May 15, 2008
Professional Status
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Arizona
Back when I was a fee appraiser, I had built my own site using Front Page. It was quite easy and you can have forms for taking orders or enquiries. Plus if you build it, you can edit it whenever you like. I constantly added information.

I don't like the generic Xsites web pages, and I can't stand the ones where the appraisers are not identified and have their qualifications. Show who you are and why they should hire you, not just generic information that everyone has. Stand out from the crowd!

I agree 100%. The xsites are way to generic.
 

Couch Potato

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Joined
Mar 15, 2004
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
North Carolina
Nice Site. I'd check your XHTML Cert, it failed when I clicked on it.

I put my own together as well. I taught myself all of the flash, html, css with the help of some web tutorials. Tons of free stuff out there. let me know if any of you are interested, too many to just through up here

It will take some time, but its worth it.
Thanks for alerting me. Evidently I deleted a closing tag on one of the paragraphs when editing my phone number a few weeks ago.
 

EVAUSA

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Jan 26, 2008
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
I love my Xsite, it's worth the doe.
 

EVAUSA

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Jan 26, 2008
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
California
I agree 100%. The xsites are way to generic.


The Xsites are as generic as you leave them. You have 100% control to change, edit, add, delete, WHATEVER! I admit, mines probably a bit generic, but I can always change that!
 

Blueprint

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Aug 25, 2005
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Oregon
**** X sites, **** forking bucks to web developers. Why pay others to maintain your site, when you can easily do it yourself, at your free time????? Be creative and do your own thing!!!! You can can easily develop your own website, that kicks ***, offers all features, that is unique. You can optimize it for the SE's.

You really should look into Joomla software. They are a well seasoned PHP freeware community which offer a content management system (aka CMS) that allows you to easily develop your own personal unique website for free. Yes, I said free!!!

All it costs is a little sweat and equity to define your company. That is minimal long term effort to develop a unique website which you can maintain yourself. Potential buyers will see you as a more seasoned company vs. the standard a la mode layout provided by the mass of appraisers.

Check it out.
 
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Jason Barber

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Feb 16, 2006
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Michigan
**** X sites, **** forking bucks to web developers. Why pay others to maintain your site, when you can easily do it yourself, at your free time????? Be creative and do your own thing!!!! You can can easily develop your own website, that kicks ***, offers all features, that is unique. You can optimize it for the SE's.


I agree 100% (although not so explicitly). After weeks of researching HTML editors and web building tools, I have decided to purchase a great little program called Site Spinner V2 ($50). So far, I love this software. It is exactly what I was looking for... my website is coming along nicely and I haven't had to write any code. I can even incorporate RSS feeds, which is something I was looking to do.

Also, webformdesigner.com is a great tool for building custom forms that I can then load into my website (without knowing HTML). I'm learning a ton and in the end will be able to have complete control over my website, without forking over hundreds of dollars per year. Oh yea, my first year of hosting is free and then it costs $60 per year after that.

I will share the site with you all when I'm finished !!

Thank you for all the feedback.

JAB
 

Couch Potato

Elite Member
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Mar 15, 2004
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
North Carolina
The Macon State College tutorial site is a reference I use with my students when teaching web design. It is one of the best references I have found, and it is updated regularly. Page generating programs are a good place to start, but at some point most people find they limit possibilities.

Once you start having multiple pages maintenance becomes a high priority. If you don't know how to use a php "require()" statement, you are likely working too hard to maintain your site.
 
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bcoester

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Dec 28, 2007
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Maryland
use elance.com you can pre- screen the company to make the site and there good and cheap. I wouldnt go cheap on the site because it portrays your image to the world.

Brian Coester
www.coesterappraisals.com
 
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