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08-06-2012, 02:55 PM #1
Website for a small business
Looking to do a simple website for my small business- I want something professional looking but it doesn't have to be elaborate. What's the best way
to get this done myself?
08-06-2012, 05:04 PM #2Registered User
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Believe it or not "GoDaddy" has a pretty decent product. Not the cheapest out there, but they have pre-built templates you can use and end up with a professional-looking website that is very easy to maintain. I used it for a while for my business before deciding that my business simply did not need a website (100% of our marketing is word of mouth).
08-06-2012, 05:23 PM #3
I used a word press template and now do all my adds and edits as new projects are completed. I've been pretty happy with the look and Quality."You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
08-06-2012, 05:40 PM #4
Don't waste your time.
Focus your time on making money doing what you're good at.
If your goal is marketing doing anything yourself is pointless.
08-06-2012, 05:41 PM #5
2nd dbs, pay someone who does web design to do it for you, it will be worth it.
tmaindesigns.com is a buddy of mine, does great work
08-06-2012, 05:47 PM #6
I hired Dirty Hoar and he has done a great job on my site. I regret the 6 plus years that I didn't pay for a pro site.
08-06-2012, 05:53 PM #7"You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
08-06-2012, 06:14 PM #8
If your intent is to use your website as a sales driver, you're missing the boat.
Also, it's about time and what yours is worth. If you enjoy dicking around and messing with web design when you could be billing out hours, more power to you. I would rather bill out my time, and pay someone to do what they do professionally, and then spend my free time doing other shit (like arguing with spook).
Dirty Hoar has gotten my site the top ranking for natural searches on google for most areas and keywords that are relevant.
You are right about prices though. I got 4 bids. Dirty Hoar's was the only bid that I didn't scoff at. Nothing wrong with charging what someone will pay, but I was actually quoted 7k for a basic site from one tool bag.
08-06-2012, 06:21 PM #9
Yer definitely right, you want to pay people to work to their strengths. I've got a person doing search engine optimization now."You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
08-06-2012, 06:30 PM #10
I just don't have time to mess around with editing a website.
Dirty Hoar set me up with a "news" page that I could access and edit as I desired, and I never even logged in to it. 60 hours is a short week for me.
08-06-2012, 06:52 PM #11
the nice thing about a template site is that yer not tied to a web designer. Anyone can update them cause the procedure is built into the site."You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
08-06-2012, 07:09 PM #12
Well I can't pay a guy to do a site for me. So it looks like godaddy or wordpress.
08-06-2012, 07:13 PM #13
Dude ... there's a lot of competition in porn. Best bet is to find a niche ... like ... say ... girls who get off on shoving star wars figurines up their ass. Lots of possibilities there.
08-06-2012, 07:17 PM #14
Look into using a Facebook website. If you have a domain and want to go really cheap, forward the domain to the Facebook page, then use Payvment (free version) as a pay system through Paypal. I just did that for FKNA Apparel here:http://www.facebook.com/pages/FKNA-A...22409887901966
08-06-2012, 07:32 PM #15
If you go for wordpress, and you are trying to create a commercial site, then I would pay for a theme. You can find plenty of nice stuff for $50-$100. They are generally industry specific and have more polished functionality and aesthetics.
The free themes can be ok, but generally have all the superfluous, bloggy crap that a commercial site shouldn't have.
It's a great platform and easy to tweak once you get through the learning curve. But if you go DIY there's gonna be a learning curve anywhere.
I will say that a pro could save you a lot of headaches, but you gotta pay to play.
08-06-2012, 11:59 PM #16Cham-wow!
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08-07-2012, 02:27 PM #17
There have been other threads on here about this- including the you get what you pay for with a good web site design and someone that knows how to get you to the top of the various search engines. If you absolutely need to keep costs down- then the template and a good Wordpress or other Content Management System that you know how to use can be the way to go. IF you are spending more hours on the web site than you are working at getting business, then you need to think about the "I can't afford to pay much" as you can also end up with a web site that is just so bad that it could drive new customers away....
One thing would be to see about any schools teaching web site design and creation that are looking for class projects. At least you may have a chance at a better job than these web sites:
08-07-2012, 02:31 PM #18
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