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Forum topic by hcwoodwkr posted 02-10-2010 02:24 PM 1757 views 8 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2010 02:24 PM

Hello, lumberjocks, I have 2 quick questions. How many of you build your own web sites to sell your projects? And have you found any good Hosting servers that offer reasonable shopping carts with their service.


-- Bert, Maryland

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Charles Maxwell

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 04:22 PM

I have created my own site and I use free extended services. I pay only for the right to maintain my domain name – - – and I link to both Picassa and youtube addresses for pics and video storage (both free). This way I don’t have to buy storage and bandwidth at the host provider. I do have to suffer the ads at the top of my page. Small price for the minimum cost of maintaining my domain name. My wife thinks I should pay a monthly fee to remove the ads. From a professional point of view she’s right. But, I don’t make any money building clocks and I just assume not pay without the prospect of a return on that investment. The difference is $10 a year with ads versus $100 a year without ads! I’ll stay with $10/yr for now!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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Dennis Fletcher

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 04:45 PM

I did my own site. I went through dot5hosting, at the time, not to expensive. About $95/year to host the site. They have a fairly good free website builder that allows you to make up to 6 pages for free.

I use PayPal services to sell product, again, free.

I bought my domain,, so the cost is around $105/year.

Small price for advertising, I would say.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 05:30 PM

I have my own site but my son set it up.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 05:38 PM

Try It’s a free site to create your own website and easy to use. If you want them to host it, I think they charge $50 per year or check out GoDaddy for hosting. Tom

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 05:56 PM

I am in the process of building my own site thru, its really pretty easy.
They offer the first 30 days free, then its $4.95 per month.
Plus they offer free tech support, where you can call in and actually talk to a live person.

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 06:14 PM

I am building a portfolio site for my wife and ran across this the other day: Looks like they have some super slick design tools—don’t know about shopping carts though—probably could be added. I haven’t used them though.

As far as hosting, I have been using godaddy for a while and like them, though with most anything on the internets many will disagree. I think I pay about $7 for the medium sized plan and haven’t come close to hitting 10% of my quota. They support a lot of different apps including a few shopping carts.


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#7 posted 02-10-2010 11:51 PM

have you considered setting up a store at etsy or artfire, then just linking to the items from your personal website? when i looked into it, the overall cost was cheaper than upgrading to a merchant account from my webhosting. plus you may get a little extra traffic from searches on the selling site, in addition to people visiting your personal site.

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 03:13 AM

Check with “DeGoose” he uses a really great group.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 10:22 PM

Hey guys , thanks for the replies, I am currently with Godaddy and at this time my site is in standby mode, ( due to a deployment to Afghanistan ) so I thought I would kick it around and see what other woodworkers were using. I have looked at all of the links, and everyone does such wonderful work.

Thanks again

-- Bert, Maryland

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#10 posted 02-12-2010 10:36 PM

I use goDaddy with Joomla it has a nice shopping cart module…link

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#11 posted 02-12-2010 11:51 PM

I use godaddy for my domain name, and ‘website tonight’ (offered on godaddy). I’ve been there for almost a year. It’s good, but I think I’ll dust off my html book, and try to do my own, more options, when I remember how to do it.

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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Ben Robinson

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 02:38 PM

I used this company to create my website (oh wait … that me). I’m having a hard time finding the time to finish my new site though. It’s currently just a landing page:

If you’re on a budget, squarespace and WaterCMS are decent solutions.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 04:11 AM

Good start, Ben., what’s a lumber trunk?

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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Ben Robinson

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#14 posted 03-05-2010 04:52 AM

The “lumberTrunk” that I make looks like a pile of 2×8, but it’s really a giant storage trunk on wheels. I’m hesitant to post this project oh LJ, though. It’s not exactly fine furniture.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 09:47 PM

Hey, go for it, it looks like a neat idea.
Someone asked me about my Kerry-All Pouches and I posted some info, got a lot of good responses, some great suggestions.
I think all the people on here would agree, if it’s got anything to do with woodworking, it’s welcome here!

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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