So after about of two days of sitting down and learning how to work Wordpress I came up with the site in about two days. Well, it's not exactly how it was since I first allowed Search Engines to index the site. Since then I've changed quite a few things, and I still have so much more work to do.
The website is for a good friend of mine who's previous website looked like it was created back in the late 90's. I'm certainly no professional but the new site is a great improvement. He owns his own pool care service down in SoCal (I know, talk about competition!) and he's looking to expand. Well, I'm looking for a job and a relocation, so I figured if I could help him, he could help me. The catch is that I have to prove I'm actually capable of offing him something he needs, which is new customers. The bigger catch? I've got to do it with no budget.
I've got two issues with the site as it sits now. First, it looks a little boring. Not enough color, and I think a background image would do wonders just as long as it didn't clash. My second issue is the content, or lack thereof. I'm currently working on 24~ new pages that will be added within the next couple of days so I'm pretty happy with that. I took a look at all of the other local pool business sites around the area my friend lives and tried to take at least one part from each and add it to ours.
In addition to the new content, which will feature a drop down menu from the main menu bar, I also plan on setting up a Chat plugin that will let people IM or even call my friend using Skype straight from the home page.
Other than that, I could use some pointers. I'm sure my SEO could be improved, but I know less than that than I do about creating websites. I don't have a single backlink, and we don't have much going on as far as social media although we have accounts set up everywhere.
I apologize for the long post, it's been a while since my brain has had any action. I would greatly appreciate any comments, negative or positive.
Note: I am aware that unlike most of the sites people here have, this is a service site and does not sell any products. If you have any suggestions for me, please make sure you take that info into account. I tried to be through, so please return the favor!