All about Websites.ca
In 1999, our idea was to build – instead of a phone number directory – an online website directory of every business in Canada with a website. People would be able to search by keyword, category, or location, and it would be free to use and free to add a business. We also created a website building software for businesses who didn’t have a website yet. They didn’t need to know anything about programming and they could update their website themselves and save thousands of dollars. Almost every business we talked to wanted to be a part of our website directory, and the businesses who didn’t have a website yet were excited to use our website builder tool to create an affordable website.
20 years later we’ve built more than 5,000 websites in Calgary and across Canada in over 800 cities, towns, and communities and in every industry imaginable.
Our directory of Canadian business websites has also gone through a lot of changes. It is now bigger and better than ever, gets over 2 million visits per year, and you can still add your business for free.
Our website service has changed too. In 2012, we switched to WordPress for building and managing websites for our customers. More than 30% of all websites are built with WordPress now so there’s a huge development community helping us make our customers’ websites better and better. As of 2020 we’ve built more than 1,500 WordPress websites! We also added our managed website service for people who are too busy running their business to update their website themselves and would rather have somebody just take care of everything for them. Customers can just call or email for help or with updates and we take care of everything within a day or two.
We’ve recently gone a step further and have built our own Managed WordPress Hosting platform and service. Now we can host our own websites and offer WordPress hosting services to other companies, freelancers, developers, and individuals who are looking for hosting fine-tuned for WordPress, optimized for lightning fast page-load speed, with 24/7 security monitoring and automatic nightly backups, and enabled for easy WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates.
We’ve now expanded our team to in and around Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Halifax and we’re ready to keep growing. Not a customer yet? You can switch to Websites.ca for free!
Looking forward to another 20 years,
Calgary Web Design Team