about us

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,

John Hart
Co-Founder
Websites.ca

Calgary Web Design Team

John Hart

John Hart

Co-founder

One of our co-founders, John is originally from Winnipeg. He spends his time figuring out what small businesses need, how to deliver those services, and managing our team.
Ryan Desmarais

Ryan Desmarais

Sales

Ryan loves that he works with different types of businesses from different industries all across the country. Customers ask for Ryan because he’s been with Websites.ca for over 15 years. Ryan enjoys playing rec hockey, softball, and soccer and fixes/builds computers in his spare time.
Larissa Greening

Larissa Greening

Support

Larissa is our support desk superstar. She is a true people-person with many years in customer service. Offline she enjoys fishing, creative arts, and decorating any interior space she can get her hands on!
Paul Renault

Paul Renault

Design

Paul is a fine arts graduate and web design expert with 18 years experience. When he’s not building websites he’s out at the dog park or spinning a favorite jazz record.
Sean Corbett

Sean Corbett

Marketing

Ryan loves that he works with different types of businesses from different industries all across the country. Customers ask for Ryan because he’s been with Websites.ca for over 15 years. Ryan enjoys playing rec hockey, softball, and soccer and fixes/builds computers in his spare time.
Stephanie Haderer

Stephanie Haderer

Onboarding

Onboarding and Support Specialist, Stephanie is a University of Manitoba. Second to Super Meat Boy, nothing satisfies her more than troubleshooting or sorting out a DNS mess.
Nara Munro

Nara Munro

Design

Nara has been with Websites.ca for over 10 years. She lives in Eastern Ontario with her husband and daughter, and knows the struggle of rural internet service. When she isn’t designing websites you will find her cooking or practicing her photography.
Carole Skelhorne

Carole Skelhorne

Directory

Originally from a small French community in Northern New Brunswick, for the last 15 years, Carole has been living in Halifax, NS with her husband, step-daughter and 2 shih tzus. When she is not traveling, she looks after the Websites.ca Directory and helps our customers with their Google Services.