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Forum topic by zindel posted 07-27-2011 03:05 PM 1149 views 2 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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zindel

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07-27-2011 03:05 PM

Okay so just as a general wondering…how many of you jocks have a website? what do ya use it for? Im thinking about putting one together just for the heck of it.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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Bertha

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 03:55 PM

I do; but I haven’t updated it in years;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Mike

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 04:03 PM

I just launch my second site to sell some of my products I make to pay for my hobby located on Zibbet.com. http://www.termitecrafts.com . I also have another online shop on Etsy.com that I will be closing due to their unfair policies and ridiculous changes that they keep making to their site. Here is that site too if you want to check it out: http://lepelstatcrafts.etsy.com

I would say that it all depends on what you want to do with your site. If you want to sell your items, try using something like Zibbet where you will have multiple people generating traffic for you. This will cause your advertising budget to be allot smaller. If you are looking to get a site to drive traffic to an actual location, godaddy.com is having a special where you pay $39 for hosting and a basic email for 5 years!

Good luck!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 04:09 PM

I have had a website for somewhere between 12-15 years.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 04:10 PM

I am another one with a website that I set up to experiment with and have not bothered to do anything with. It is hard work to come up with something interesting or worthwhile to post on a regular basis. It is also hard to come up with something that isn’t replicating what is on a gazillion other sites.

If you are doing it to sell something, you need to think about how much time you are going to devote to it. Would you be better off spending that time making stuff and leaving the marketing to others? There is a large amount of ongoing maintenance to deal with. Just how many hats are you prepared to wear?

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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zindel

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 04:36 PM

Yeah i don’t think i would use it to try to sell things off of the site but whenever people ask me to make them something like a cutting board i always ask what they want it to look like. They never know so i figure i could post my finished projects to show them.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 04:58 PM

I don’t have a web site for woodworking. Not there yet. LOL maybe never, but it is a goal. To me it seems that it has to be very slick to stand out? I think it would be a way to stimulate interest in my work. But there are many commercial online stores. Recently saw a kingsized bed with drawers underneath, and a stepstool to get in to it with free shipping for 1300 dollars?? Oh yeah FREE SHIPPING!

Aquaintance and excellent designer and craftsman recently shut down his on line store. I SUSPECT DUE TO THE MARKET?

It does require a lot of time and energy to maintain a web page if it is going to work at all.

Greg has a unique style which as we can see draws attention. It is my guess that my stuff whenever I get there won’t be an on line hit unless I can develop a style that hits home?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Loren

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 05:44 PM

Websites are much easier to put up now than they used to be… and very
cheap to get them up and keep them running.

A lot of higher-end cabinet shops have flash websites, which is a dumb
move in my opinion, since mobile devices don’t all support flash well -
plus flash is difficult to optimize for search engines.

Anyway – a website allows you to save a lot of money on printing marketing
content. For a local business like a wood shop, most of your traffic to
your site would come from “offline” promotion you do – advertising in
print, fliers, networking, postcards, business cards. The website serves
as a place where people can go and learn more about what you do and
look at pictures.

Setting up to sell directly from a site is not hard, but it’s not beginner
stuff either.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 06:15 PM

I just opened mine through Volusion

http://lumberjocks.com/KentS/blog/24568

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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rance

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 11:15 PM

I’ve been fretting over opening up my own website. I’ve been looking closely at GoDaddy. I actually have 3 sites that I want to create. It looks like GD

What have you folks done about the public vs. private registration? I’m not too keen on having my personal information out there for all to see. It looks like most hosting services provide proxy services (for a fee of course). They also allow you to change that information after you register. Is that just as effective to keep your private information private?

@Greg – I don’t see your website posted.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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marker

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 12:19 AM

It is very easy to set up a blog through Blogger and WorPress.com – and both are completely free. It only takes time.

I also blog at http://www.beginningwoodworker.com.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 12:37 AM

My main site is at http://gagnerwebsite.com On it I’ve got links to my craftsman website among others.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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dbhost

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#12 posted 07-28-2011 12:48 AM

I’ve had several. I am working on one right now for some online retail not woodworking related though. I have a site put up about my shop, but I quit updating it quite a while ago. I find the LJs workshop page easier to deal with…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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mminella

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#13 posted 07-28-2011 12:50 AM

I have a website (www.michaelminella.com). While I don’t currently use it for any woodworking related interests, I am currently in the process of redoing it and the new version will include a section to talk about my projects. Let me know if you need any help on setting your new one up (my day job is web development).

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Jerry

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#14 posted 07-28-2011 12:56 AM

I do a lot of work on my web site. I use it like Loren suggested. My passion is xustom cabinetry and hope my readers (potential customers) can see what i do for a living truley is a joy for me. I try to write everything to do with custom kitchens. I love research and writing. I mostly tend to write about my own personal knowledge from past experience, this wat i can be sure my content is fresh and interesting and is not something someone else has read somewhere else.

I believe we have a very good site but obviously i am the author and so i am biased.

Well our site doea a lot to sell our product. Often times my site is the first thing people see before even meeting.

I would welcome any advice someone would have to improve on.

Everyone is welcome to visit our site at www.topqualitycabinets.net.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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SchottFamily

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#15 posted 07-31-2011 12:11 PM

Stay away from NetFirms (owned by GoDaddy). They were based in Canada but were recently purchased and moved off continent. I’m actually dealing with it tonight (post migration). All of my wordpress site is botched due to URL and SQL changes. My contract is up in March and I’m sure and sherman outta here and off to another provider.

-- IZZZZZI BoB IZZZZZI

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