When we started in 1999, our idea was to build a website directory of every business website in Canada. People would be able to search by word, category, or location, and it would be free to use and free to add a business. We would also create a website building software that would allow people who didn’t know anything about programming to set up and update their own website.
Now, 20 years later we’ve built more than 1,000 websites in Winnipeg and across Manitoba in over 100 cities, towns, and communities and in every industry imaginable.
Our directory of Canadian business websites has gone through a lot of changes, is bigger and better than ever, gets over 2.5 million pageviews per year, is totally free to use, and you can still add your business for free if it isn’t in there yet: https://websites.ca/signup
Our website service has changed a bit too. We found that most businesses are too busy to update their website themselves and would rather have us just take care of the updates for them. Now they just call or email with changes and we take care of their updates for them – usually within a day or two. We also take care of their domain names, email, hosting, and SEO.
In 2011, we switched to the WordPress platform for building and managing websites for our customers. More than 30% of all websites are built with WordPress now so there is a huge development community helping us make our customers’ websites better and better. As of 2018 we’ve built more than 1,000 WordPress websites!
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 that is 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.
From our home office in Wolseley in 2000, to a real office in Osborne Village in 2001, and with our head office still in the Exchange District in Winnipeg since 2004, we’ve now expanded our team from Winnipeg to in and around Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Kelowna, and Halifax and we’re ready to continue growing. Not a customer yet? You can switch to Websites.ca for free!
Looking forward to another 20 years,
Our Winnipeg Web Design Team
Operations, Onboarding and Support Specialist, Stephanie is a University of Manitoba graduate living in Winnipeg. Second to Super Meat Boy, nothing satisfies her more than troubleshooting or sorting out a DNS mess.