How To Create a Small Business Website in Minutes - Website Design for Tradesmen

by Team Tradify, February 6, 2023

Whether you’re in the business of patching pipes, wiring electrics, or building homes, there’s one universal tool that every trade business owner needs: a website. As well as making job management a breeze, take a look at how we’re making websites quick, easy, and affordable with our feature: Instant Website.


Please note: This feature is currently available for all Tradify customers and is an additional (and optional) cost to your Tradify subscription. You can build & view your Instant Website during your free trial, but you’ll need a paid Tradify subscription to go live.

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Every business has a website these days
. For customers, they’re a natural part of the purchasing process. Not only do websites pop up in Google searches, but they also offer customers instant access to all the information they need about your services.

But type 'how much does it cost to build a website' into Google and you’ll be hit with custom website quotes in the thousands, or even tens of thousands. Not to mention months of waiting for it to go live. As far as we’re concerned, this is extortionate and completely unnecessary.

So what’s the solution? You get Tradify to do it all for you! And the best thing? Building your website with Tradify takes just a few minutes.


Short on time? Jump ahead:

  1. Decide on your website platform
  2. Secure your domain & hosting
  3. Create content
  4. Use mobile-friendly design

1. Decide on your website platform

As far as the big guns go, platforms like Wix and WordPress dominate the scene. But for a small business, they offer a lot of features that you probably don’t need (and the features you do need just cost more!). They can also be tricky to connect to your business processes or to keep up to date.

Tradify’s Instant Website gives you a professional website by paying a simple add-on fee on top of your Tradify subscription. It also connects directly to our Customer Enquiries feature, meaning any work requests come straight through to the Tradify platform. Keep all your business admin in one place — including your website!

To access this feature, simply go into Tradify’s Website tab. We use your Tradify details and provide ready-made content so you can see a realistic preview of your website.

Instant-Website-on-Tradify-Global_OptimizedGenerating a website with Tradify. 

With one click, you’ll see the first draft of your new website. It’s also easy to switch to the Customise tab and enter custom titles, descriptions, and services. You can also upload a logo, photos, and use pre-made icons to show customers what you can do.

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2. Secure your domain & hosting

A website domain is an address where people can find your website. At Tradify, for example, it's You don't need to purchase a custom domain to use Instant Website, but many businesses like to have their own .com domain to look more professional.

Note: If you don't want a custom domain, we'll give you '[your business name]' as part of the Instant Website feature.

If you need a new custom domain, some great domain providers include GoDaddy, Google Domains, and Hover. You'll need to pay a monthly or yearly fee to retain ownership of your own custom domain. Simply input the domain you’d like to snag, and the provider will let you know if it’s available or not. Then just add it to your cart and check out. You’ll need to enter your personal and payment information, and then it’s all yours. Congratulations, you’re now the proud owner of your very own business domain!

Once you've got a custom domain, or if you already had one, simply point it to your Instant Website. Just fill in a simple online form and our friendly Tradify experts will connect it all for you. Too easy!

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3. Create content

There are no hard and fast rules dictating what you should or shouldn’t write on your website, but when it comes to spelling and grammar, your content should be flawless. Try to give as much detail as possible about the services you offer and remember that people tend to skim-read. Bite-sized snippets are ideal, as they offer readers an overview of information in a matter of seconds.

Remember, don’t try too hard. As a tradesperson, it’s OK to be chatty, casual and relatable. Tell it like it is, don’t shy away from colloquialisms, and feel free to inject a little personality into your content. If possible, source a handful of testimonials from your happy customers and exercise full bragging rights. A little positive affirmation goes a long way when it comes to converting site visitors.

Andrew's 5-star positive review of Tradify

There are also ways to optimise your content to help it appear in Google search results. Find out how to get your website on Google.

Add customer reviews

In your Instant Website, you’ll find it easy to add reviews. We know how good your work is, so we added a dedicated section! You can add and edit customer reviews as you see fit. 

Find out how to get good reviews for your business.

testimonial option shown on instant website

4. Use mobile-friendly design

Generally, customers tend to search for local goods and services on the go. Chances are, they remember they need to call in a plumber when they’re commuting to work in the morning. The fact is, most people are looking at websites on their smartphones these days.

Tradify’s Instant Websites are mobile-friendly by default, meaning you and customers can view your website wherever, on whatever device.

Instant Website on Tradify MobileMobile Instant Website on Tradify

Before you go live be sure to preview your website on a handful of different devices to make sure everything’s looking sweet. It can be good to share the link with your friends and family to get their opinions too.

Tradify has made it easy for trade business owners to build a professional website in minutes. To learn more about our Instant Website feature check out our Help Centre article.

Ready to go digital with Tradify? Sign up for a 14-day free trial or pop over to one of our live demo webinars to see the trade business management app in action.

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Tradesmen Website Design FAQ

Why do tradesmen and other small businesses need a website?

A website can be a very powerful tool for sole traders and small trade businesses. You can easily reach new local customers, establish your business online, and provide information about your products and/or services.

What if I don't have time to create a website?

We know tradespeople don't have a lot of free time. That's exactly why we created Instant Website. With an existing Tradify subscription, you can simply pay an extra add-on fee and in just a few clicks create an Instant Website.

What are the key elements of a small trade business website?

A successful business website will be easy to use and understand. It will use clear language, real photos of your work, and customer testimonials to build trust with new potential customers. Finally, it will give your website visitors a way to get in touch and become a customer.

How much does it cost to create a small trade business website?

Often a website can cost thousands, if not tens of thousands. With an existing Tradify subscription though, you can simply pay an extra add-on fee to create an Instant Website.

How can I make my trade business website stand out?

Use real photos of your work, give detailed information about your products/services, and showcase your unique point of difference. Why should someone pick you over the competition? Show how you're more organised, faster, cheaper, higher quality, or easy to work with.

How can I make my business website show up on Google Search?

Optimising your website for Google is called SEO (search engine optimisation). You can find and hire an SEO professional online, or read our article on SEO for tradespeople: How To Get My Business on Google - 3-Step SEO for Trade Businesses.

How can I use marketing to attract traffic to my website?

There are a variety of digital marketing techniques to help drive traffic to your website. You can find them all in our Free Marketing Plan for Tradespeople.