Carrd is easy to use and inexpensive for simple websites.
Five years ago, I tested out website developers, including Weebly. I built a different site on each platform and chose to build a personal site at AndrewAllemann.com on Weebly.
The site was fairly basic, with just a few pages explaining what I do, the sites I’ve created, and how to contact me.
At the time, I opted for the Starter plan for $96 a year, or $8 a month, when paid annually. When it came time to renew, I was offered two years for $120. On Monday this week, I received a notice that the two-year price was doubling to $240. This built on another recent frustration: I was forced to set up a Square account to continue using Weebly. (Square acquired Weebly in 2018.)
In many ways, the Weebly site served its purpose. It ranks #1 for my name in Google.
But is it worth forking out another $240 for the next two years for a three-page site?
I turned to Twitter and suggested that I’d just start forwarding my domain to my LinkedIn profile.
And its key selling point: it’s just $19 per year for plans where you can point sites to your own domains. And that’s for up to 10 sites.
Frank even mocked up a design that looked like my Weebly site. He was able to transfer the design to me through Carrd. (Frank sells Carrd templates at Templatery.com.)
With Frank’s head start, it took about 15 minutes for me to transfer my Weebly content to Carrd, and I’m happy with the result for AndrewAllemann.com.
Carrd is certainly not as robust as Weebly, and it’s not the right fit for extensive sites. I’m also a bit concerned about SEO. But for my use case, it seems like the right platform at a great price.
For all of you domain name aficionados, yes, Carrd’s name and domain suck. Even while writing this article, I had to double-check if the name had two r’s or two d’s. I originally typed in a .com to find the site. But it’s also proof that a good product can overcome a bad domain. I simply typed the name in Google and got to the official Carrd site.
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