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HI all :)

I could do with setting up a website.

I have had a word with jane and she is willing to take on the job, other than she doesnt know how to do it.

I think that if i pay for someone to do it, i will want to revise it at a later stage, then i presume i would have to pay again for the website to be revised.

So i,m thinking that if jane can build/ make it, then she will be able to revise it???

I am worth going down this route? Has anyone any advice. Please keep in mind, we know nothing about websites, domains etc..

I have googled it, read a bit and get lost in tech jargon.

Thanks in advance T:
 

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Apple iMac have website building software that's easy to use. If you go down the route of having one built, mine cost £700 including hosting/domain registration/support/google integration etc...
I'd urge you to try an do it if you can as each change to mine costs £50!!!
 

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Hi,

I was thinking much along the same lines recently when I found a way of doing it myself that was completely free. Take a look at my site www.dubflecta.co.uk, its not the flashiest one ever made but it has taken quite a few orders so its working to some extent. It was even free to register the site etc. Its an in iniative called getting british business online and the web address is http://www.gbbo.co.uk/. Its fairly easy to use once you get your head around it and if I can suss it out I think most people should be able to.
 

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hi andy, my missus sorted all mine out for me but will be getting another one done soon, why dont you have a word with vented on here really name john whalvin T:
 

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Apple iMac have website building software that's easy to use. If you go down the route of having one built, mine cost £700 including hosting/domain registration/support/google integration etc...
I'd urge you to try an do it if you can as each change to mine costs £50!!!
£50 costs for each change :( I change my mind all the time LOL:
 

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I get domain names for a tenner a year, Hosting for £1.99 per month, full os commerece shopping cart or open cart, which ever you want,
Plus 24 hour support, open cart or os comm are easy to use,
He is a friendly guy and talk you thru it if needed
T:
 

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Setting up a website is pretty easy.
1st thing to do is to register the domain (website address) you want. This is usually cheap, if the domain is available. If not, can get VERY expensive.
Next is to buy some web design software. I use Netobjects Fusion. It is also reasonably priced, when compared to the professional software (dreamweaver). The is also free software out there, but I cannot comment on the usability of it.

The website design software should be wysiwyg (what you see is what you get). Netobjects is one of these packages. It also comes with templates. I don't know how it works with online ordering (if that is your ultimate aim)

It can take quite a while to do a website, content being the thing. I would recommend sitting down, looking at websites that offer a similar service to yours, & seeing how they have laid out their sites. See what works & what doesn't & then creating your own site to suit your needs.

Once the site is done, upload it to your server (either your ISP or your own server or even free hosting - although this usually comes with banners that have nothing to do with your site - not good). I can't remember how to get the domain to point at your website though. It's been a long time since I have done that.

Basically, have a go & see what you can do yourself. Getting a company to do this for you can become expensive, as they may charge for updates as well as the initial setup.

Hope this rambling helps.T:
 

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Hi,

I was thinking much along the same lines recently when I found a way of doing it myself that was completely free. Take a look at my site www.dubflecta.co.uk, its not the flashiest one ever made but it has taken quite a few orders so its working to some extent. It was even free to register the site etc. Its an in iniative called getting british business online and the web address is http://www.gbbo.co.uk/. Its fairly easy to use once you get your head around it and if I can suss it out I think most people should be able to.
Your website looks fine to me mate, I only want to point customers in 1 direction. At the moment i have to say, search my posts and i have a thread with pics in one of them...somewhere on here...

Not really good so need to be able to point them directly.

And that looks just the trick T:
 

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What you need is a small scale bespoke CMS (Content Management System). After the initial outlay for getting someone to create it, all of your updates won't cost you a penny.

Drop me a PM for more info if you like ;)
 

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I offer hosting services and domain reg not sure if I can advertise on here as that as not a trader but if you want to drop me a pm can sort something out. Can get you a site built too for a good price
 

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Hi,

Thanks for all the helps guys, Much appricated A:

I have just been on dubflectors advice and have set up http://www.ajcconversions.co.uk/

There no info on there at the moment, but it seems pretty stright forward to revise, so will get jane on the job tommorow.

I know it will be nothing fancy, But it will do the job ( if customers ask for pics, prices, i can send them to 1 place)

Thanks guys ( and mevlin for the Pm T: )
 

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That is bizarre that is the exact template that I chose. What are the chances of that??
It only give me a choice of 3, so i would say a 3 in 1 chance ? Rasp:

Been trying to upload pics, They upload but wont show on the site.

More trial and error to come me thinks T:
 

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IIRC quite a few people go down the blog route for an information type website ? Pretty much free.

One comment I would offer....either take the website down until it has some decent content, or get some in there very quickly.

I don't know about others, but if I visit a site that has nothing or next to nothing in it, I don't go back. Obviously the guys that know you on here will realise it's an up and coming work in progress. But non-forum / infrequent users won't....
 

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Why not give Jim Doodle a shout??

He did build all of this after all :D and I believe he specialises in sites that you can update your self using content management software.

One of our sites is built on the wordpress platform (not by Jim I did not know him then Rasp:) and you can just go into the back end and edit and publish when you want, it is very easy to use, the particular site is getting a bit outdated now though.
 

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It's getting to that stage for me also , I've been looking at WWW.1and1.co.uk they're really cheap and a wide range of templates to choose from. Domain named from a couple of quid a year . Ade
 

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Really don't get this... People usually spend £500+ on things like yellow pages adverts, which don't always result in lots of enquires.
Yet are trying to cut corners on their website, which is often the first image a potential customer sees.

Most home done websites look exactly that... home done, poor quality and don't present a professional image.
More often than not the code is poor and doesn't work in all browsers correctly.

I really struggle to understand. If your not able to do the job properly and your business is directly affected by it, why on earth would you try and bodge it yourself.

With the amount of webdesigners on here, there is definitley the chance to get a professional site done either cheaply or possible do a skills/product swap.
 

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I,m in a funny postion really.

I,m about 7-8 weeks booked up, and only advertise on here, So i dont really need a fancy website at the moment, but not saying i wont at a later date.

My aim for a website is just so i can send customers to look at pics of conversions i have done, pics of kitchen pods etc and a simple price guide.

As at the moment, i am doing everything via PM,s and Tel. I also get asked quite a few of the same questions again, which hopfully my website can give rather than me having to keep repeating myself.

If a customer asks for pics of my kitchen pod, at the moment i go through the classifieds on here and send them a link, So even a basic website would be better than my current situation.

Thanks for all the advice, Just wish jane would get something done on the website.

Cheers Andy
 

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Pleased things are going well for you. Have you thought about a Flikr account or other online photo gallery. Maybe more what you need at the moment, easy to upload and update and FREE!
 
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