- Jun 20, 2009
- First Name
Just want to add, we are going on two days to add one line of script to our website...
I could have done it in 2 minutes...
I could have done it in 2 minutes...
I'm not talking about ranking high - I just want a page to Index. Let's not put the cart before the horse.There SEO seems fine, are you doing the right on-page SEO for it to index well and rank high?
Editing the CSS would be nice. Having an HTML editor that doesn't jumble everything together would be nice too. Not sucking would be a step in the right direction.I've never had this issue. Although the templates really limit you on what you can do in terms of SEO. They recently changed the url's too I believe so that's a small improvement but not much; Also the folder setup is horrible, I'll agree with you on that one. The editor is okay, I've used a ton, but if you try to enter in your own code, it will mess it up a TON. The reason behind this is dealer.com removes ALL style tags so if you want something in bold/red/custom-font/centered/spacing-this-much/etc, it will remove most of those and force their style over your custom one.
Yes, wordpress is free and easy to use. Instead, you must pay $299 or $399 per month to use their VERY BASIC blog editor that fails to work half the time and is not very powerful. It makes me hate my life. Therefore, I don't bother blogging.You're right on the Wordpress, it's amazing for SEO! But I believe they charge $$$ for a blog, which is a joke. Wordpress is free, FTP upload takes a second and installation takes less than 30 seconds with very minimal space taken up. I agree with you on that one, what they have now is just a basic blog format, it sucks to be honest. Have you seen the image uploading process? It's so horrible, that was one of my biggest issues, and it removes the names with numbers too, doesn't it? I can't remember but I think it does.
I would be shocked to see a $0.18 CPC - but it should definitely be under $2. Their ad copy is what kills me the most. That, and the fact that they never review anything with you or try to make changes.Yeah, would never use them for online advertising, $2-3+/a click, with horrible phrases that aren't supposed to be modified per the rep says. I can get the CPC down to $0.18+/- and keep it on the keywords all day long, the competition is not that high for your area.
Support is great when I need something simple. As soon as anything needs to go to "Production" is when I have nightmares. I picture the production team as a bunch of chimpanzees in a room with a bunch of computers. Nothing ever comes out of production correctly. And by the time it gets done - you are too annoyed at waiting 5 years to complain because you don't want them to screw up the crappy job they have already done.As far as support goes. If I need something done they usually get it done, unless it's custom work, they will NOT follow back because they don't want to tell you no. For minor changes they will do them during the same phone call. Also you're right on the suggestions, all they offer is more $$/upgrades which is fine, they should it's a company. But none of them benefit the site, you're better off reading SEO articles online and building backlinks, etc.
Thanks, I am counting down the days.Good luck with your departure, they always want to keep you working with them, they called a bunch of times trying to get me to stay on, and kept trying to say x or y will make it worth it, you just need to spend more or do this or that.
I believe you expect all of these things to be handled by one vendor, however here's the workaround I use:Yes, wordpress is free and easy to use. Instead, you must pay $299 or $399 per month to use their VERY BASIC blog editor that fails to work half the time and is not very powerful. It makes me hate my life. Therefore, I don't bother blogging.
WTG ART!I believe you expect all of these things to be handled by one vendor, however here's the workaround I use:
1. Obtain cheap hosting. Use this hosting for email, php, apache, mysql, etc: all the things DDC can't do. If you're a do-it-yourself kinda person, obtain a server & bandwidth and host it in your building (total control!).
2. Configure your DNS, point Welcome to YOURDEALERSHIP.COM and YourDealership.com to the IP address for the DDC website.
3. Point Blog.YourDealership.com (and any other subdomains you'd like!) to the IP address for your cheap hosting. My cheap hosting features Fantastico on WHM/CPanel, which allows one-click application installation for WordPress, ZenCart, and many other FOSS packages.
In this manner we capitalize on DDC's strengths and bypass their weaknesses.
Edit: turned off automagic link parsing.
Ouch.The workaround doesn't solve the problem because I sepcifically gave up a seperate domaine to put a blog on the subdirectory of my main site. A sub-domain just doesn't work for me.
Also, wanted to point out that I am now on day 4 waiting to get one line of code added to my site. It took Dealer.com 3 days to decide that they want me to sign a work order before they do anything.
So maybe the thread should be re-named to: "DDC can't offer what I want".Everyone on here seems to not understand they couldn't offer what I needed, so I move on. That's it, there's really nothing much more to it. There's no reason to give them a call again, if they can't do what I need. You guys know they don't do customization so why would I force myself into a template.