Many of us LJ’s make a little bit of money on the side with our woodworking. Some of us even do it full time. I have been woodworking for about 8 months full/part time to hold me over til I start a job in January. Most of my friends and family know I do this for income, and that is typically where I get my business from. Well, apparently I have run out of friends to build things for because the income flow has slowed down a lot. I decided to go ahead and put together a real website for marketing purposes. So many times I tell people that I build furniture and they say “Oh cool, can I see some pictures?” And I reply, “well uh, you see, uh, well, I don’t really have any on me, uh, well, yeah…” And they forget all about it. I decided that a website would be the best way to provide the general public with a way to see my work and learn a little bit about me.
The actual creation of the website was not that hard. I probably put 30 to 40 hours of work into it. I used a website builder run by wix at www.wix.com. Building the site was quite similar to building a complex powerpoint slide show. You can start with templates, but I wanted to start from scratch, which you can do as well. I am no computer genius, but like most of us at this point, I have worked with computers a decent amount out of necessity at work, in college, etc. In all, the process wasn’t that hard and I would challenge you all to give it a shot if you are wanting to get a website up. Even the computer-challenged folks out there (I myself am on the edge) can make sense of the process. There are also other sites out there that you can build on such as www.squarespace.com. Some have initial fees though, so watch out for that.
So what does it cost? Well, it is completely free to build a website on wix. The fees start coming when you want to purchase a “real” .com or .net domain name and get rid of ads. What it comes out to is about $130 to $140 per year to run an ad-free real domain website. BUT, you can build a website, see what it looks like, etc. without spending a dime. It is more or less the “publishing” of the website that costs money. To me, $140 per year is totally worth getting my name out there on the world wide web.
I encourage y’all to give it a shot. Please let me know about any questions you have and I will try to answer them.
Here is my finished product, and I don’t think it turned out half bad. Let me know what you think.
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster