Your own website. Synced with Openherd.
Successful farms have their own websites. However, getting your own website up and running has typically involved high costs, slow development, and time-consuming editing—or paying a hard-to-reach web person to do it for you.
With MultiSyncTM, everything you upload using our easy editing system automatically syncs to your website. So all you have to do is pick a design and updates take care of themselves!
I'm on Openherd - why do I need my own website?
Openherd is a community marketplace that generates much more site traffic than an individual farm website. So it's a great place to get nationwide exposure for your farm and animals. However, sending your customers to your own website will give them a more personal, branded experience, making them more likely to do regular business with you and less likely to browse away to a competitor.
So being on Openherd AND having your own farm website is the perfect combination of nationwide exposure, and a unique destination to send your customers to, all edited in one place for one affordable price!
Alpacas and more...
Many farms raise more than one kind of animal and want to be able to sell their other animals on their website. With your Openherd account you can list any kind of animal and they'll show up with their own sales list on your website! It's a single solution to market your diversified breeding programs.
Online store with Paypal checkout
In addition to animal sales, you can also sell your farm products and services right from your website with an included online store, shopping cart, and Paypal checkout. Customers can purchase products right from your website using their credit card
Visitors will be more likely to do business with you if you demonstrate your expertise and passion for what you do. Add unlimited informational web pages, blogs, and articles to engage your visitors and turn them into customers!
Unlimited photo albums
They say "a picture is worth a 1000 words." And it's true! You can add whole folders of photos at once and stunning photo albums are automatically created to win the hearts of your visitors - online, at a show, or in your farm store!
Customize your menus
Easily edit your main website navigation menus to be just the way you want it. Add and move main tabs, add sub-menus, and link to whatever you want - pages on your site, pages on other sites, pdf or other documents, etc.
Fast, Easy, Affordable
You'll be pleasantly surprised with how easy, quick, and affordable having your own professional website can be. Don't let customers pass you by, get your new website going today!
1 Customization design fees apply. View Designs & Customization page for more info.
2 Registration fee applies for new domain registrations. Contact Openherd Support for current fees charged.
How do you go about building your website?
The main benefit of an Openherd-hosted website is that your website (sales lists, blogs, store items, pages, etc.), are already built because you have uploaded all of the information and photos and created all of those pages on your Openherd profile. So as soon as you sign up for any one of our paid membership plans, your website is instantly built and live. All you have to do is enter a website address that will link to your site, select a free design, and you're up and running!
All of your edits are done right in your Openherd account and when you make an update, both your Openherd pages and your website update at the same time!
How much can my Openherd-hosted website be customized?
Your website design can be customized to be very individual to your farm's brand, yet still offer the benefits of keeping themselves up-to-date based on your Openherd edits. The site design can be highly customized but the basic page template layout and functionality will remain the same in order for this time-saving benefit to remain.
If you are looking for a completely unique, custom-designed website from the ground up, then an Openherd-hosted website may not be the best solution for you. However, keep in mind that your customers care more about finding the information they're looking for and that the information is well presented and up-to-date, than they do about how unique your site is. Many farms spend a lot of money having a custom site built and then don't have the time to keep it up-to-date. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and we'll advise you on what will work best for you, even if that's not one of our websites.
Will Openherd host my website?
Yes. Your website will be hosted on Openherd's cloud servers with the highest uptimes and multiple layers of redundancy. There is no extra charge for hosting - it's all included in your paid Openherd membership.
Do you provide email accounts as well?
Yes. Your Openherd-hosted website includes complete email hosting and there is no extra charge for this. Email can be accessed via a fully-featured webmail interface or downloaded to a program on your home computer, such as Microsoft Outlook, or mobile phone. Each email account comes with 1GB of storage and messages with attachments can be up to 50MB to handle those big files.
I already have my own website address - can I use it?
Yes. Your website address (i.e. www.myfarm.com) can work with your Openherd-hosted website. You may also add additional domains that point to your website.
You can also use your Openherd Personalized URL (i.e. myfarm.openherd.com). While this is not quite as personalized, it requires no domain registration or setup. Just type the name you want on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account and your address will instantly work.
I don't have my own website address - can you register one for me?
Yes. Openherd offers domain registration services (registration fees apply) that include setting it up to work with your Openherd-hosted website. We can check to see if the name you want is available for registration. Contact Openherd support for more information.
How do I edit my website and add pages?
Your Openherd-hosted website is all managed through your Openherd account so that when you make edits or add a page, your Openherd profile and your website update simultaneously. Openherd provides very easy tools for adding new pages, uploading photos, and easy page templates to make layout simple. All of the navigation and linking is done automatically for you, or you can choose custom navigation mode and set up your tabs and sub-menus exactly how you want it.
How will my website be found in search engines?
Openherd-hosted websites are highly optimized for search engines 'out of the box.' This allows search engines to effectively index your site and give excellent rankings for keywords that relate to your site's content, your farm location, etc. Some pages allow for customized 'meta tags' for those with SEO knowledge.
Is there a way to track site traffic to my website?
Yes. Openherd-hosted websites come pre-wired for Google Analytics tracking. Just sign up for a free Google Analytics account where you will be provided with a unique ID code for your site. Then enter this code into the appropriate box on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account, and you'll be able to start tracking traffic to your site through your Google Analytics account.
Can I connect my website with my social media channels?
Yes. Openherd-hosted websites come pre-wired for all of the popular social links. Just click the 'Social Icons' tab on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account, and the corresponding icons and links will automatically appear on your website, letting visitors click through to your social pages.
How does the store work?
As soon as you upgrade to any Openherd paid membership, you can set up your store with a few clicks. Then you upload your products or services in a similar way to adding animals. As soon as your products are uploaded they will show up in the Openherd Store, on your Openherd profile, and on your Openherd-hosted website under the "Store" tab. Your Openherd-hosted website comes with a complete shopping cart, allowing customers to check out multiple items in one transaction. You can specify how payment can be made - with PayPal checkout, by phone, or by redirecting people to another web page.
Can my store customers pay with a credit card?
Yes. This is done using PayPal checkout. PayPal is a global standard for online payments, is highly secure, and can be directly linked to your bank account. All you need to do is have a PayPal business-level account in order to receive credit card payemnts where customers don't have to have their own Paypal account. Simply enter the email address associated with your PayPal account on your individual product pages, and Openherd takes care of generating the payment buttons.
Can't I get website hosting cheaper with other companies?
Other website hosting companies may offer standard website hosting for less but they are not set up for farms and you will be on your own to build your sales lists and keep them up to date. This is where most farms get stuck with their websites - they quickly become a technical headache and there are just not enough hours in the day to keep another website and sales list up to date.
The advantage with an Openherd-hosted website is that as soon as it is live, it will run on its own and all of your Openherd edits and page additions will automatically sync over to your farm website. Therefore you get all the benefits of having your own farm website without the hassle and headache of managing it on top of everything else you have to do.
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