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, almost 20 years later we’ve built more than 4,000 websites for small businesses in every province and territory in Canada in over 500 cities and towns and in every industry imaginable.
Our directory of Canadian business websites has gone through a lot of changes, is bigger and better than ever, is still 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.
We’re now located in and around Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Halifax and ready to continue growing. Not a customer yet? You can switch to Websites.ca for free!
Looking forward to another 20 years,
Nara Anderson Munro
Nara has been with Websites.ca for 8 years. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband and dog. When she isn’t designing websites for small businesses across Canada, you will find her cooking up a storm, practicing her fiddle, or hiking.
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.
Jesse works from home in the small, rural community of Langruth, Manitoba where he spends his time building websites for our clients. He has diplomas in Interactive Media Arts and 3D Animation, and is always looking for new things to learn.