Plexus have been programming web sites of all kinds since 1995. As we've become busier over the years, and as our content management systems (CMS) have been developed, honed and polished for maximum ease-of-use, we've often been aware that for small business or community groups, or simply those with a life, getting a simple web site up and running can still often be a daunting, frustrating, confusing and costly process. But is doesn't have to be so.
Over the years, our content management systems have been adapted to provide myriad editing options and customisation for a wide range of professional clients. So, it struck us one day, why not take a subset of the most used CMS functionality, and build it into a web site system which lets Joe or Josephine Public set up a good looking and properly working web site with an online admin system that doesn't drive them to drink. Better than that, why not make it free for as long as they want to use it, and subsidise it with Google ads? That way, they get a good website, and we get a little advertising revenue. And, so, Spanglefish was born.
With a few Google ads, sufficient users numbers, and a paid upgrade available for those that wanted a little extra functionality (Spanglefish Gold - only £29.95 per annum), we thought Spanglefish would help those users without deep enough pockets for a full-blown bespoke web site, get them online, and do the business for them - quickly, easily and painlessly.
It did. 40,000+ of them. And growing.
Looks like we got something right ;} Make mine a Jam Doughnut.
Visit the website: spanglefish.com
A little sceptical at first, I set up a web site for my local parish council, Caston. I had no knowledge beyond sending emails. The whole process couldn't have been easier and when I did need some assistance it was readily available. The Spanglefish people are really helpful.
So much so, that I then persuaded my gardening club that they also should have a site - best thing we ever did.
And there's a forum where I've already made 'friends' with other site editors where we share ideas and thoughts on a variety of subjects. So, if you're thinking of a web site for any reason you simply won't do better than to choose Spanglefish - It does what they say it does and it's 100% free.
I always thought websites were only for the sort of people who always had a tame geek around - until I discovered Spanglefish! Their websites are so easy to use that a child of 5 could probably build a better site than any of the four I have now set up. One's for our village hall, another for the local newsletter, one's for my business and one's a personal site about gardening. They're all entirely different, but all use the standard Spanglefish template.
There's no hanging around on the phone listening to interminable holding music and wondering whether it is better to press #1 to be connected with Denzil in Delhi or cut your ears off with a blunt penknife - any problems are speedily dealt with online, at all times of the day and night, by real people in Cromarty. Not only that, they have a sense of humour - but don't laugh at your idiotic mistakes. And the Administrator's Forum is a real online community. Come on, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Spanglefish site today and have the time of your life playing around with it.....
Dave's Rants - Mindless Throwaway Music, the word 'cool', TV News, the word 'entrepreneur, Planning Regulations, and more.
Colin's Rants - Leaf Blowers, Sports Exhausts, DVD Players, and other irritations.
Garve's Rants - Weather presenters and their misuse of the English language.
Jamie's Rants - Coming Soon. Promise
Gill's Rants - Coming Soon, if she can but overcome her natural modesty and retiring nature.
We thought we had a good idea but the key would be ease of updating and a user-friendly interface. Plexus not only made our idea a reality on the web, as the first part of the creative solution, but most importantly also gave us the tools to manage the site effectively. And they were approachable, patient and confidence-inspiring along the way.