Skip to comments.computer illiterate, need web site help
Posted on 12/06/2010 7:01:25 AM PST by foundedonpurpose
After a recent move back to the Midwest. Am in need of setting up a website with e-mails.
Best do it yourself software out there, imo.
If a dope like me can build websites...you can!
Literally, our new website administrator took us back to the 1990's in one fell swoop.
Microsoft and Intuit both have web hosting and web site design software that is easy to use....good luck
Just set up a Facebook account. Free, easy, and equally effective.
Define cheap? What would yearly cost estimates be?
...right up to the point where you want people to take you seriously.
While having a Facebook presence is not a bad idea, I certainly wouldn't use it as your primary business front-end.
Most of the larger domain-hosting companies offer services or tools to set up a set of pages, and all offer email tied to that domain.
Beyond that, it's not hard to hire a site developer-- and cost will vary with functionality, platform, and experience.
I know there's a few developers on here, myself included.
I do tech work, but I’m not a web programmer. There’s an art to setting up a nice looking page. Also, adding functionality in a timely fashion requires someone with experience. Basically, I’m telling you to hire it out.
Having said that, I know enough to be dangerous, and I can point you in a direction that will work, not necessarily the best direction. You can get a minimal webpage running by using web templates, and a free hosting service like awardspace. If you really want to go cheap, you can get free domain hosting, but it’s going to be in the format, name.name.co.cc That is, ending in .co.cc instead of .com. As for email, there’s an html command to start the client’s email program with your email address and a subject in it. If you want a form on a page with email capablity, you’ll have to pay to upgrade the hosting.
That’s what I know, let me know if I can help any more?
Go to someplace like register.com and look at the prices there. You will still probably need to hire a geek for a few hours to set it up for you, and explain how it works.
I’ve built and now maintain a few websites. My advice to you is to have it done by a professional. A poorly done website by someone unfamiliar with the process, and design essentials, can be a detriment instead of a plus.
And, no, I’m no professional. I do it for fun, to help people I know, and am not versed in all the latest design possibilities.
I don’t know much about them, but Intuit (of Quicken and Quickbooks fame) advertises ‘store front’ websites/webpages available (for a cost, of course) through them.
Also, depending on the kind of business, Amazon.com offers store front webpages, as does Ebay.
Initially, you probably should check some of the local computer nerds.
Off the top of my head, here are the cost breakdowns:
Facebook is hardly equal to having your own basic web site for business.
Many large businesses block Facebook or other social web sites. Having your content blocked is not effective for a business.
I for one would not ever use their web site if it was only in Facebook.
I am a professional developer and presently work with a major Federal Agency. How can I help you?
I find it surprising that people are telling you what to do without any information about your business and your goals for your website. How you would like to use your website and what your goals are will determine the best route for you to take. There are so many options these days, some of them very inexpensive, but you can be really burned if you don’t have a clear vision of what you actually need to support your business.
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