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    I am planning on opening an online glassware boutique and I lack the skills to design my own web page. As a result, I am considering trying out one of those "make your website in 5 minutes" sites (ie turnkey). I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with these and what the pros and cons are versus paying someone to design a website for me. Thanks.


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    If your going to have an online shop i suggest you get a web designer who knows what they are doing, rather than doing it yourself.

    An online shop needs to have security - people wont buy if there is no security when using their credit cards.

    It also makes your shop look professional, rather than one of those templates that everyone else has.

    i have quite a few people come to me because they tried to do it themselves and couldnt understand the code or soemthing wouldnt work etc.

    Maybe because i am a web designer, i feel this way, though im sure people will tend to agree.


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    Hi there,

    My comment on this is, if you don't know what you are doing and it is for something serious like making money at a business, have a pro do it. There are many reasons for this, ranging from keeping things secure, optimized for web search engines, and setting up on a platform that is scalable and flexible.

    Good luck,

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    First off I want to say that I have hired a custom designer for my online business and now have my own site (total cost so far, not including updates $14,000) but this was only after I had my business online for a while. Why did I do this?

    1. Hiring a developer is expensive and if you do not know what to expect this may be a risky step

    2. I was not sure if my business was going to succeed online.

    3. I also need to gage how much it was going to cost to market my site.

    So I used a website builder to start my business online. I believe it was around 20 or so bucks a month about a year ago. It had great tools and inventory control features but most importantly (for me anyways) it had a direct interface to eBay so I could also submit all my products to eBay in mass.

    I believe the best way to go at first is with a website builder, the cost is so much less.

    BTW, I know nothing about design and programming so using a web builder made the most sense


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    Re: Website builders
    Quote Originally Posted by sdizier
    First off I want to say that I have hired a custom designer for my online business and now have my own site (total cost so far, not including updates $14,000)
    Hi Friends,

    I do not know what your design involves sdizier but I can say that $14,000 is just a big amount to spend on web designing. I run a Web Development Company in India and I think that you could have saved at least $10,000 if you would have outsourced the job to India.

    sdizier has a good point there that wquartner could go for a DIY website builder but it could have its own ills as well. A bad design could lead to bad sales/conversions leading to procrastination.

    So, wquartner, I don't know your initial budget and other details but it will be in the best interest of your business if you go for a professional web site designer. To go easy on your pockets you can outsource the work to India - you won't believe the prices for which you could have your own custom built website!

    Good Luck,


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    click on the link & you will find that it provide a Video Recording of 90 seconds.
    In this way you can add your video in your profile


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    If the glassware boutique is a small, individually run craft-centric project then I'd have to disagree with the other posters here and say do it yourself. You can get low cost secured checkout on your site and the money you'll save makes it well worth the trouble of learning how to build your own site. Plus, web design is an incredibly marketable skill nowadays, so learning the basics is advisable regardless.

    However, all that being said, if you're wholesaling this glassware or are looking to do business in quantity, then a designer would be your best bet. THe importance of professionalism for big businesses (current or prospective) can not be understated. While the $14,000 quoted above seems extremely high, I would definitely go in being prepared to spend a few grand.

    Hope this helps, good luck!


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    Just hire someone to design a website for you, it'd look much more professional. Creating a website with no skill is virtually impossible if you want it to look decent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wquartner View Post
    I am planning on opening an online glassware boutique and I lack the skills to design my own web page. As a result, I am considering trying out one of those "make your website in 5 minutes" sites (ie turnkey). I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with these and what the pros and cons are versus paying someone to design a website for me. Thanks.
    To your question of the pros and cons of the "make your website in 5 minutes" - well, these are easy to implement. That said, lets consider the fact that you are going to sell products on your website. So this means, in the do it in 5 minutes, you would not have flexibility. I mean, they would be predefined in requirements. Say for instance, you need your buyers to pay you via AlertPay or PayPal and the options on the site do not have them, so you would have either to leave them or adjust according to what they provide.

    In my opinion, it would be best to find a Website Consultant and have a discussion with him/her to identify the feasibility of what you need, how much would it cost you and also other criteria. I dont think Consulting would be expensive. And once you have your requirements ready (I mean, technically in terms of what you might need) - you can - 1. Either opt for Hiring a Professional or 2. Use those Bidding Sites like rentacoder, odesk etc.


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    Try to find a good host which has some kind of application portal. That way you can install Wordpress and a nice theme for your normal website. You can also install an online store (Magento, ...) for free using that same application portal. It's all very easy to set up and all very fast. This way you will always have control over your own website instead of having to contact a company to change one stupid line of text on your site.


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