Angie’s List is a site that allows users to share information on their experiences with service providers, contractors, and physicians. Users can join up and post reviews. In order to keep reviews honest, the site does not allow anonymous posting. The site also provides advice and assistance should a project run into issues. Angie’s List is a great resource for anyone that plans to hire a company or individual in the future.Show more screenshots »
Angie’s List was founded in 1995 by Angie Hicks and William S. Oesterle. The pair wanted to create a site that would allow consumers to review local services before and after they hire. Based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, Angie’s List has received quite a bit of notoriety as a reliable resource for information. The site boasts 40,000 new reviews added by users every month. The site still provides a valuable service, with a few extra features and benefits for users.
There are many places to submit reviews about businesses online. However many are severely lacking in completeness. Angie’s List has been around a long time and has seen many users. The site is one of the most definitive collections of user reviews available online. Additional benefits include no anonymous review posting, which means users are more inclined to be honest about the service they received. The site also comes with call center support and assistance with trouble projects to help consumers’ better handle bad situations.
Angie’s List features a very professional design. The homepage is highlighted by an image of various completed projects, accompanied by a quote from a consumer. The images scroll through to help show users what to expect. The sides are left wide open to keep the visitor’s attention focused where it needs to be, at the center of the homepage where account benefits are discussed. In general, the site is user friendly and makes it easy for visitors to create an account, post reviews and search for businesses they are considering for their projects.
A green button labeled “Join Angie’s List” is prominently displayed at the center of the Angie’s List homepage. Users can click this to view the registration form, which asks for a zip code, email address, and password. After clicking the white “Continue” button at the bottom of the form, the user is asked to select from payment options. After entering financial information, the user can begin exploring Angie’s List.
Users can choose from five payment options when registering for Angie’s List. These are all the same account type, but offer discounts when a longer membership period is selected ad paid for. The most expensive option is monthly, which runs just under $8 per month. Users can sign up for one year at about $30, two years at just over $50, three years for just over $70 or four years for just over $90. New members must also pay a $10 activation fee regardless of which payment option is selected.
Anyone who is very serious about a project and wants to hire the best professionals in their area can appreciate Angie’s List. The fact that the user must pay for access may be a bit of a turn off for anyone on a tight budget or working on a low priority project. The site includes an enormous number of reviews, with tens of thousands added monthly.