I wouldn’t really consider myself to be super tech-savvy, but I do enjoy building and maintaining my farm website. It is fun to select which pictures to post, and exciting to update with all the new kids each Spring! I’ve been using GoDaddy since starting up the website, and I have been very happy with them. The original RafterO.com site was built with GoDaddy’s Business Plus Website Builder. This builder was easy to use and customize but had a few downfalls. Once a template was selected, you could never change it without losing EVERYTHING! Fortunately (or unfortunately), GoDaddy is discontinuing service on that website builder, thus forcing me to choose another design format.
Being Vice President of the Hill Country Mini Milkers, I designed the club website using GoDaddy’s GoCentral builder. Wow! This is very easy to use, and works great for the club site, and formats awesome on mobile devices. Nowadays, how a website looks on mobile devices is very important. The original RafterO.com site did not look good on mobile. So much so, that I turned off the mobile display option. Not good in a world where about half of all web traffic is from mobile devices! Even though the GoCentral builder worked great for the HCMM site, I was really looking for more customization ability for my new site.
Without much knowledge at all, I plunged into building a new WordPress site for the Rafter O. It is still hosted on GoDaddy. The learning curve was very steep, but I feel that I created a great finished product. I learned all about widgets, plug-ins, themes, and coding.
For those of you goat farmers trying to decide if you need a website, the answer is yes! Although the initial setup is time-consuming, the end result is worth it. It gives your customers a great tool to learn more about your herd and lets you show off your herd. There are lots of options for hosting and designing your website. Do your research and decide what will work best for you. If you need some advice, I’m here to help! Happy goating!