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    I am not very technical, in fact I am just about able to turn a computer on, however i'd like to get a website. I see that a lot of people on here have their own and was just wondering how you go about doing it?
    I tried googling 'how to buy a website' but got swamped with loads of sites talking about things I don't understand!
    I have the name picked out and couldn't find it when I tried searching to see if it was taken but I don't know where to go from here!
    Any help appreciated but please dumb it down so that I can understand it
    Thanks
    Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamdalory
    My blog: http://jamdalory.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Hi if you google webhosts that would bring up alot

    compare the hosts and there hosting plans and their prices

    the cheapest isnt always the best

    also alot on this forum use mrsite or create for their websites so they could be a good starting point for you

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    • #3
      If you have a business I have found google sites - getting british business online

      http://www.gbbo.co.uk/

      to be really good.
      I did my website with it:
      www.parkvetgroupsummerfair.co.uk

      and I'm not technical at all.

      And it's free!

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies, it does all look rather confusing still. I was under the impression you could just buy a website for a one off price and that was it, obviously theres a lot more to it! I think i'll try and get my head round crafting and then buy one if and when I get any good at it.
        Thanks again
        Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamdalory
        My blog: http://jamdalory.blogspot.com/

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        • #5
          I have heard a lot of good things from www.scotserve.co.uk who will set up and host a website for £10 per month which includes a shop system.

          The guys over there are really nice so you could contact them for more info?

          Good luck!
          For an eclectic range of cross stitch kits visit Midnight Curiosity

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          • #6
            It can be confusing if you havent built a website before but there are places online that can help aswell if you get stuck and any decent webhost will also be helpful

            w3c schools is a good place to look on how to build web pages

            or you could start off with something like a blog on blogger then go to a website after it will help alot in understanding how things work

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            • #7
              By the way, GBBO is free - you don't have to buy the domain name or pay any monthly fee. You can integrate paypal or google cart too.

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              • #8
                Start simple: start with a blog. Go to http://www.blogger.com or http://www.wordpress.com it's free, it's easy, and you can promote and talk about your work. You could even add buy now buttons from PayPal, especially if you used the "pages" option.

                Then decide if you need a website or just a shop. Try folksy or etsy.

                This would then keep it as simple as possible and give you time to get your head around websites.

                If you decide you need a website, you'll need to buy:

                1. a domain name
                2. hosting

                You'll need to renew both regularly, maybe every year, and pay for both (the domain name is cheap, the hosting not as cheap).
                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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                • #9
                  I have my own website through webs.com but if I am honest I hate it. I liked the fact that you could design one without any web design experience but it is too limited and I cannot customise it how I owuld like.

                  I have just paid a lady to completly re-design my site for me using wordpress and she will then teach me how to update it which I have more control over and that makes me happier.

                  I think it's worht paying someone to be honest as without the proper knowledge you cannot ensure that your site will be picked up in search engine listings etc and work for you to it's full ability.

                  Good luck xx
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                  • #10
                    The creation of the website is not an easy task. You will need to have many efforts in order to keep it working correctly. However, if you have your business, it is a very good idea to create the website so that to provide your business with the Internet existence. You should supply it with the domain name and hosting. These are inevitable parts of any online business.
                    personalised birthday cards

                    Christmas greeting cards

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JJ22 View Post
                      Thanks for the replies, it does all look rather confusing still. I was under the impression you could just buy a website for a one off price and that was it, obviously theres a lot more to it! I think i'll try and get my head round crafting and then buy one if and when I get any good at it.
                      Thanks again
                      You can buy one for a one-off price - at least, once per year anyway. Have a look at Mr Site, lots of people use it on here. The standard version is usually available on Amazon for about £20, and that includes registering your domain name too. If you can use Word, you can use Mr Site, it's very easy.
                      Heather
                      Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

                      Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


                      Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

                      New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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                      • #12
                        Thank you all for taking the time to reply.
                        I don't have a business yet, I would like to in the future but i'll have to get really good at crafting first! I think i'll go with the blog idea first and see how I get on.
                        I only started looking at crafts a few weeks ago and I seem to be filling my house with random bits and pieces and have a whirlpool of ideas in my head of things I want to make! Is it meant to be this addictive? I keep buying things off the internet just because 'its nice' or 'i could make something with that'
                        I have a few days off work now so I think I need to sit down, get organised and stop getting ahead of myself!
                        Once again thanks for all the responses.
                        Jem
                        Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamdalory
                        My blog: http://jamdalory.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          It sounds like you have the bug and brimming with ideas... it gets to us all. The blog is really easy to do, I'm with blogger and I managed to do it myself, it wasn't much to look at to start with but you can take your time and change it to your liking as you go along. Look at other peoples blogs and make comments on them, take photo's of your makes and put them on your blog, write a bit about them, you will soon get followers.
                          But most of all have fun.

                          Jan x
                          My Blog http://handcraftedbypicto.blogspot.com/
                          My Facebook http://www.facebook.com/HandcraftedbyPicto
                          My Folksyhttp://www.folksy.com/shops/HandcraftedbyPicto
                          My Wow Thank Youhttp://www.wowthankyou.co.uk/handcrafted-by-picto

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Jan, I've just created one with wordpress. It looks like theres loads of stuff you can do on there so i'm going back and forth between blogs to try to get some ideas.

                            Jan i've just looked at your blog and honestly thought that painting of the trees with the water and the yellow flowers was a photograph. I had to take another closer look. You have an amazing talent!
                            I'm going to try to get through most of the blogs of people on this site but not sure if I can 'follow' a blogger blog from a wordpress blog? I'll do a bit of research.
                            Jem
                            Last edited by JJ22; 16-05-2011, 05:53 PM. Reason: Just seen Picto's blog!
                            Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamdalory
                            My blog: http://jamdalory.blogspot.com/

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                            • #15
                              I notice most people on here are using blogger so i've just changed over to them so i can follow people easier. looks a bit easier to use than wordpress too!
                              Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamdalory
                              My blog: http://jamdalory.blogspot.com/

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