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    Can anyone tell me the best way to set up a website? I've heard things like 'it cost me a lot of money and I'm not really satisfied' etc. etc. How do you avoid the pitfalls like this? There are lots of website designers advertising their services but how do you know they are OK? What is the normal cost of this service? Is it better to try and learn to do it myself (but where do I start?) Help please someone out there!
    Kate
    Kate
    www.cuckoos-nest-fairs.co.uk

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    hiya

    i've sent you a pm about website design.

    vcky xx
    Eternal Flame Candles
    www.eternalflamecandles.co.uk

    Hand Made in Scotland

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    • #3
      There are quite a lot of DIY website options available these days, which are quite easy, have support helpdesks, and you learn a lot that way too.

      I'm with http://www.heartinternet.co.uk for my gifts website, http://www.theartistsweb.co.uk for my art website. I like them both, for different reasons. Heart internet's helpdesk is fanastic, they reply in minutes and sometimes even offer to do it for you (that's how thick I must sound when asking for help..!!). The Artists Web is simpler to use (I had no experience at all and managed to set it up in a couple of hours) but is limited in what you can do with it. It does promote you in Google, etc., which is great. I appear on searches for loads of key words, and was listed by Google even before I'd finished the two-week free trial.

      A lot of people use Mr Site, and Doyourownsite, both quite reasonably priced. They have a fair few fans, no doubt some will be along soon!

      Also, a blog is free on blogger and wordpress, and is very easy to set up. I believe they can be set up as "static" websites, too.
      digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
      blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
      hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
      blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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      • #4
        Thanks all for v. helpful replies. Kate
        Kate
        www.cuckoos-nest-fairs.co.uk

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        • #5
          Create Your Own Website

          Hi,
          If you are unsure of your abilities to learn web design etc, why not head over to Create Your Own Website and join for free. Just think of a name that you would like to call your site and then register.
          There are lots of free tools that you can use including a shopping cart and also heaps of free web creation tutorials to follow. Best of all it's all free. Just play around in there and you will soon get an idea of what you want to do for the future.
          Cheers
          marc

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          • #6
            Just posted a similar reply elsewhere, but can't find the link now!

            If you are just starting out, don't want to risk too much capital, or are generally unsure, then you should probably look into doing something yourself, to get a feel for it.

            You can always employ a professional later on. In terms of cost - it varies really, depending on what you want to achieve, how experienced the person/people you employ is/are, and also other factors e.g. size and location of the agency or freelancer you use.
            --Matt

            Web Development
            Beads, Charms & Findings - Jersey Craft Shop

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            • #7
              Thank you for helpful suggestions. I'm off to the 'create your own website' now. Will let you know how I get on.
              Kate
              www.cuckoos-nest-fairs.co.uk

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              • #8
                Hi

                I am with doyourownsite, and I am very please with them Easy to use, nice templates, loads of new stuff being added all the time, great forums and helpful people.
                Reasonable price to £4.99 a month or get a discount if you pay for a year.
                Loads more can be found on the web, I think its more a case of good seo and loads of marketing etc to get good visablility.
                VERY hard work needed.! but don't be frightened off just be prepared.

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                • #9
                  Hiya, I just did my own website through shopify - it was really easy and they have different plans available.
                  http://www.aniccajewellery.co.uk
                  http://www.new.facebook.com/profile....ery/6215267978
                  http://www.AniccaJewellery.etsy.com

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                  • #10
                    Im setting up my website currently through Mr Site Pro
                    www.cardsforewe.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      Hi everybody, thank you so much for all replies and especially to those of you who offered to help me. As it happened I went on to the Create your own website www.weebly.com suggested by Marc, and I've done just that!! It's quite amazing that after all these months of wondering how to go about it, we've now done it. It did take a good few hours in front of the computer and a few swearing sessions but as long as you're persistent you get there in the end. I can really recommend the site if anyone else is interested. Thanks again,
                      Kate
                      www.cuckoos-nest-fairs.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Hi,
                        Just had a look at your site.
                        http://cuckoos-nest.weebly.com
                        Very slick I must say. Glad you had the gumption to give it a go.
                        Amazing what a Free Website service offers these days.
                        Noticed that you did not link the pictures to your paypal so someone could buy them online.
                        I am sure you have your reasons, but if you did not know, you have to have a paypal business account to make them link. Costs nothing, you just have to set it up that way.
                        Anyhow, good luck.
                        Cheers
                        Marc

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