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    our little venture will be 2 years old next year and is building up very nicely
    I really don't think it would ever take off to the point where I could give up work but it makes us a tiny income
    I've been thinking recently about website
    we have a very basic one with freewebs but didn't know if having a 'proper ' one was worth it ,
    do you get my interest from a proper website , you know one that is specially made for you
    it is something that interests me but then I get confused about getting google to pick it up etc etc
    I've also just noticed that a legal requirement for a website is contact details does that go for the freewebs one as well ???
    has anyone here progressed from something similar to a freewebs website onto bigger and better things and is it worth it ?
    www.sunrisecards.co.uk
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...5877781?ref=ts
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/sunris...all&ref=search

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    I have my website up and running now, finalised this year. Yes I have a full contact details page, I know not everyone has this but I think it is a requirement, it also helps to make customers hopefully feel more confident in ordering. I did not have mine designed as was not prepared to pay the fees but am quite happy with the finished results.

    You also do not have to pay £100's on the software a lot of members use Mr Site but cannot comment on this one, I use Sandvox by Karelia the software was about £39.00 on conversion probably more now. Browse the forums and take a look at the various suggestions of who to use.

    Good Luck

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    • #3
      I use MrSite and would definitely recommend it. There are lots of threads about it but feel free to PM me with any additional questions.
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      • #4
        I have just finished cobbling mine together with microsoft office live. Free .co.uk domain name, free hosting. Cust service was great when i first had a problem using 3rd party design software, emailed me back within hours. After many emails back and forth they couldnt fix it and just ignored me so went downhill a bit! What you see on my link is their design software, I gave up trying to use 3rd party stuff but they have quite a lot of options and its very easy to use
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        • #5
          Originally posted by sunrise View Post
          do you get my interest from a proper website , you know one that is specially made for you
          Yes. My (not crafty) one has just had a BIG hit, but I can't talk about it until I get it all contracted and sorted. Massive kudos and finally some recognition, so it's been worth it.

          Originally posted by sunrise View Post
          it is something that interests me but then I get confused about getting google to pick it up etc etc
          Most hosts can submit the site to search engines for free.

          Originally posted by sunrise View Post
          I've also just noticed that a legal requirement for a website is contact details does that go for the freewebs one as well ???
          Yes - spammers must have died and gone to heaven!! You've got to include it.

          I built the Swirly site in an evening using some free software that came with a PC magazine. Hosting is quite cheap from an American site, and it's worth it.

          My site I just used wordpress blog to do it - a few static pages, plus blogging software built in which is great for adding "news" articles and hints and tips. No software, a little bit of time though to setup.
          It's never too late to gyrate!

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          • #6
            im not much help but i have to say i never buy from anywhere that doesnt have full contact details, makes me safer dont know why though lol, if its for alot i also check again yellow pages etc xx


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            • #7
              Originally posted by buffybaskey View Post
              im not much help but i have to say i never buy from anywhere that doesnt have full contact details, makes me safer dont know why though lol, if its for alot i also check again yellow pages etc xx
              If they don't include them, they are breaking the law.
              It's never too late to gyrate!

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              • #8
                so on my freewebs website I have to put my address , phone number etc etc
                www.sunrisecards.co.uk
                http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...5877781?ref=ts
                http://www.facebook.com/pages/sunris...all&ref=search

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                • #9
                  just had a thought !! I have paypal buttons on my website but to be honest people don't really buy through my website , they contact me via e.mail and then we liase about their order and I send them a paypal money request
                  the website is more of a showcase as to what we can do and it works for us
                  so if you can't buy things ie if we took the paypal buttons off would you still have to have contact details as a legal requirement ??
                  www.sunrisecards.co.uk
                  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...5877781?ref=ts
                  http://www.facebook.com/pages/sunris...all&ref=search

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                  • #10
                    Distance Selling Regs explain what you need to show on your site and what you need to provide customer with (written confirmation, 7 day cooling off period, etc.)

                    HTH

                    ETA: Oh and it would apply even if you took the paypal buttons off as it's still mail order.
                    http://www.craftynclothy.com

                    http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

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                    • #11
                      Contact details are so important..

                      First its the law in the uk and second your get far more sales.

                      I'd never buy from the free hosted site as if someone can't pay something like £50 a year on a websites hosting then i'm not going to trust them..

                      As you mentioned its more of a showcase than a shop which free hosted sites are sort of ok for..

                      If you just going down the showcase route then consider just blogging your items..

                      Hope this helps.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 0103media View Post
                        I'd never buy from the free hosted site as if someone can't pay something like £50 a year on a websites hosting then i'm not going to trust them..
                        I would buy from a free site - mainly because I think it's a good way for a seller to see whether the business really works for them and it's one less thing to pay out when first starting up. Particularly for something like cards where I think there's a lot of competition.

                        However I wouldn't buy from someone who didn't display their contact information for two reasons:
                        1) I wouldn't feel I could trust the site
                        2) I'd worry that if they didn't know it was a legal requirement to display those details then I'd assume they probably don't know much about consumer rights either and I might have problems if I needed to return something/had a problem with the item.

                        I also won't buy from people at fairs who display an incorrect returns policy. I have often seen signs stating "We do not give refunds. If an item is faulty we will fix it." - if an item is faulty it is the customer's choice whether to have a refund, exchange or the item be fixed. Similarly for ebay sellers.
                        http://www.craftynclothy.com

                        http://www.folksy.com/shops/craftynclothy

                        http://craftynclothy.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          I just my opinion but I consider it to be a same as buying something off some who stops in you the street and trys to sell you something.

                          Also in my opinion if someone can't invest £50 per year (less than £1 a week) into a business then if I didn't know them i'd never buy...

                          Again this is an opinion...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 0103media View Post
                            If you just going down the showcase route then consider just blogging your items..
                            Something like Flickr + Facebook works great for this - set up a FB profile for your business, and link it to a Flickr gallery - then each time you post a new picture to your showcase, it'll notify all your friends (just make sure you get customers/interested parties added as FB friends!)
                            --Matt

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 0103media View Post
                              I just my opinion but I consider it to be a same as buying something off some who stops in you the street and trys to sell you something.

                              Also in my opinion if someone can't invest £50 per year (less than £1 a week) into a business then if I didn't know them i'd never buy...

                              Again this is an opinion...
                              I have to say, my opinion is very similar, and most of the evidence suggests that "professional image" (note: this isn't the same as corporate image, it is simply the inference upon the potential customer that you are liable to behave in a professional manner) - is vital to being able to make sales.

                              Imagine if a plumber turned up, and was wearing a suit - you'd be darned suspicious - because the anticipated professional image is work clothes.

                              In the case of eCommerce/eRetail, the anticipated image is typically a reasonably smart, well presented website, which provides the expected info - e.g. contact details - and which has its own (matching) domain name, etc. Partly because although you may only have a low turnover and handle a small volume of trade, this will not be the first thought of many potential customers - they'll assume that this is all you do!
                              --Matt

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