If you’re like me, you don’t know or have the skills to make a website pretty. And if you’re like me, you may not be at the place where you want to spend thousands of dollars for the “perfectly designed” website. I’m stuck trying to find a great, Free, WordPress design. I stumbled across this one last night and I love red, so we’ll see how long this look lasts before I move on!
The interesting thing about rearranging your website, whether it’s moving links around, renaming articles or pages, simply changing the look, is you can track whether those changes make any difference in your web traffic and who reads what. It’s a special trick that poor Magazine editors don’t get, unless their magazine is ONLINE! Magazine folks rely on surveys to find out what people read, or on letters to the editor. But any good website should have traffic to help you analyze!
I worked with one therapist who saw no importance to what a website looked like. My analogy is imagine going to a fancy restaurant and being served with plastic silverware. Some of you would be shocked and dislike the food because of how you had to eat it. Some of you would be constantly looking around, wonder if this is is for real or you’re being put on. And yes, some of you wouldn’t care, though the person your with probably does!
There is NO one answer to how a website should look. But a web design can enhance or detract from whether people 1) stay on your website, 2) what they read, 3) whether they act, and 4) whether they bookmark and come back to you.
Therapysites continues to be a viable option, even if it’s heavily used by therapists. It seems so many therapists struggle on every aspect of a therapy website. Even though therapysites struggles from being pretty generic (lots of therapists use them) it’s also a great spoon-fed solution for those wanting and needing to get up online right away.
I appreciate the no set up fee, month to month contract, and the fairly use-to-use website editor.
TherapySites is probably the best solution for those who are clueless, crunched for time or creativity, or who just don’t care much and want something up.
TherapySites has limitations so depending on what you want to but some therapists use therapysites for their practice and then use another website for their more innovative psychoeducation website, blog, etc.
TherapySites spends a lot on advertising, so through me you can get a free month ($59 value) and I get a small commission (this is true for everyone they work with including large therapy associations.) The promo code at checkout is PromoET. I can recommend TherapySites for many therapists and have come to realize the limitations are well offset by the ease of use.