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degoose

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08-04-2009 12:13 AM

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Hello to all.
I notice that a few of the LJers have their own web sites and I am humbly asking for assistance in setting up my own business web site… yes I have taken the plunge and registered a business name…
Lazy Larry Woodworking..
and now I want a web site of my own.. for the woodwork I make and also to market the wee beastie for which I am now officially an agent.
So if anyone can give me any good [or bad lol] advice I would appreciate it! In particular ideas as to what works as far as layout of the front page etc. Also reasonably priced web designers and hosting services.
Thank you in advance
Larry
Proud new owner of “Lazy Larry Woodworks”

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...


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moshel

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 01:21 AM

I could start rumbling here about all kind of softwares, etc, but my best advice to you:
find a store that behaves exactly like you wish your store would behave and find out how it was done.

There are many different approaches to store design, all have different look and feel. it also has to do with the question you should ask yourself: am I going to sell directly online or do I want people to contact me by email and followup on the transaction? this is a major decision both from design POV and costs.

Oh, and buy the domain name!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 02:01 AM

dont have any advice..but will say congrats, and hope things go well…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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patron

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 02:12 AM

me , i don’t know squat !
but you allready knew that .

lot’s of luck .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Eric in central Florida

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 02:31 AM

Computers plot against me secretly Larry, but I’m with the rest of the boys in wishing you all the best in your new business.
I can’t be a web site contributor but I’ll sure be a web site visitor.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 03:34 AM

I tried 3 different web GEEK’S over 3 years and finally went to GoDaddy.com and built my own. Being a Beek and not a GEEK I think it turned out just fine. Shipped another order today. Just my advice
Deputy Dawg www.dsmdiststore.com

-- DeputyDawg

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 03:48 AM

If you are going to do a “marketbasket” – take orders and payments over the web….I would definitely get it professionally done the first time….there are quite a few places out there that do decent pages on the “cheap”....make sure you get references first…and check them…...

I’ve made a few pages…but none with “marketbaskets.” You really want your customers protected….and for the payments to process correctly. Paypal is also something you should set up…you can take credit cards that way without opening a merchant account….merchants pay discounts/fees for card processing…

Thats about the best I can do on that subject…

Ohhh…and congrats on taking the plunge…will look forward to seeing your new page…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 04:00 AM

Congrats Larry.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 04:25 AM

Depends how much you want to spend.
More stuff costs money.
KISS- Keep It Simple, Stupid (no offense), not everyone is on high speed Internet. More graphics and animations take longer to load, so on dial up, people may get frustrated and leave your sight.
If you can do it yourself, make changes at least weekly to avoid your site from becoming stale. If you have nothing new to add or change, people won’t come back to visit again and again.
Make links that work- test them so that you are taken to where you should be, broken links kill a site also.
Make it fun and interesting.
Yahoo geocities uses to be about $10 a month but I think they no longer do it, not sure tho, and was easy for anyone to learn and build their own website. Check local websites see who they are using in your area.
For a new person it can take 6-8 hours to get one up and operational, another consideration on doing it yourself or hiring someone to do it for you.
Just some thoughts Good Luck
Rick

-- Rick... A tree knows more about wood then I do.

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 04:27 AM

wish I could help but my son did mine

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 04:31 AM

Another option is to build your site using one of the blog mechanisms (very simple to use, like wordpress) or one of the CMS platforms and when shopping is needed to point to either amazon or ebay store. this way you simplify the flow and reduce the costs (as you don’t have to mess with the payment clearing – buy you pay commission for this)

As I said – first find a site that has the right look and feel for you and start from there.

unfortunatly, lazylarry.com is already taken….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Raymond McInnis

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#11 posted 08-04-2009 05:02 AM

if its a business, take the advice above that argues for a commercially created website.

i’ve been working on mine at least 5 years— http://www.woodworkinghistory.com

i’m retired— and have gone through the wysiwyg brands, cms, comcast’s brand—which i think is like wordpress—and then, finally, took the time to learn html text editing,

using a text editor— the freebie software, komodo— i get the best results and the most satisfaction, but it meant learning html code. a very steep learning curve.

i don’t think that you can do that and run a business too. don’t do cms, i tried it and it is a disaster, largely because it changes all the webpage titles, and if you have a lot of pages, creates chaos when you try to revise, or create hyperlinks.

wysiwyg software lards up the code with all sort of unnecessary syntax

again, i say go for a commercial website creator

-- Raymond McInnis Washington State ray@woodworkinghistory.com

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#12 posted 08-04-2009 05:35 AM

Godaddy or others like it that allow you to create a website from a template are a place to start. My biggest problem with them is for the most part they look like the next website. Everyone uses the same templates.

If you are brave enough there are some places you can go to do it yourself:
http://www.zen-cart.com/
http://www.weebly.com/

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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saw4fun

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#13 posted 08-04-2009 05:35 AM

Unless you are real good with computers have someone that is build it for you. I started building my own and it has been unchanged for quite sometime now, not for the lack of desire to improve, it is very time consuming to say the least. Good luck, and congrats!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE www.nativelumber.net

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#14 posted 08-04-2009 05:37 AM

Dont know why I wasnt able to post more than the 2 links in the last post
http://www.serif.com/webplus/
http://www.dreamtemplate.com/features.shtml

I hope this helps.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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GFYS

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#15 posted 08-04-2009 06:32 AM

degoose, I’m a builder and in the past havent needed a website because all my business was WOM. However this year things are obviously VERY slow so I put together a very quick website on a “free” hosting site. Free web sites are plentiful for “personal web pages” but commercial website cost money sooner or later. I use homestead.com It has the online version of the website builder or you can download a more functional version from their site. getting the website up and running is fairly simple. Getting traffic to your website is more complicated. For me, having an online presence is more like a yellow pages ad for “local” searches. For an online store that creates items for sale to be shipped elsewhere you’ll need to target your ads more broadly than I would.

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