Box Building #2: New Website

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 07-26-2011 04:27 PM 2984 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been busy lately, not only building boxes, but beginning to try and market them.

I just opened my website throuh Volusion.

After checking out several companies like them, I thought they fit my needs the best. You can set up to take credit cards through them, so it is pretty much one stop shopping. The template I chose is free, but they offer upgrades if you want. Then they charge a monthly fee. That varies according to the plan you choose.

Check it out if you get a chance

EDIT: I have closed this website. There were some ongoing fees for the credit card processing that I just could not handle. I am selling my boxes on Etsy for now.


13 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 04:45 PM

sweet. congratulations on the move. the site is has good content, text content is good, and navigation is easy, but it seems a bit flat and there seems to be too much additional content on the page that takes away from focusing the potential client to the actual product (top headers, top menus, side menus, side advertisements, bottom text, etc…)

this is a design concept, so not something that changing one thing would really make much of a difference, and I know how those hosting services work by providing you with a template that mostly puts you in a set look.

for what it’s worth – it’s better than many other woodworking sites I’ve seen, and the above comments are nothing more than observation with a hint of points of improvements :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View CharlieM1958's profile


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#2 posted 07-26-2011 04:55 PM

Considering the limitations of a free template, I think it looks pretty darned good. Naturally, they aren’t going to make it look fantastic, because they want you to upgrade.

I’ll be interested to hear follow-up from you to see what kind of interest you generate.

One piece of constructive criticism: I’m thinking that folks interested in shelling out for a quality box are going to want a peek at the inside, even if there is nothing particularly special in there.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-26-2011 05:11 PM

Nice look to the content and if I may add my 2 cents worth—along with what the others have said if at all possible a breif description of materials ussed and size would be something that I personally look for—again just my opinion

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 05:14 PM

I have been working on this same thing myself. I have been thinking of starting a website but have not had the time to do it yet. What I did do was make a facebook group for my boxes and that has keep me steady. It is great just starting out, but I will need to branch out soon. Thanks for the info on how you are trying to market your boxes. The shared experience in all aspects of woodworking is what makes this one of my favorite sites. I look forward to seeing how this works out for you. Here is the link to my facebook group if you would like to check it out.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 05:49 PM

Congrats Kent.

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 06:13 PM

Kent, i think its a good format. I will be interested in hearing how well it does. Good luck.

by the way, How is the hand doing?

-- RKWoods

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 07:58 PM

Great start Kent, look forward to how things go with your new site. I agree with Charlie and Jeff on the inside views and wood types / sizes. One of these days I will make the time to try this kind of venture…..

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 07-26-2011 08:16 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I did get a llitle frustrated with the stock template. My intention was to start by spending as little money as possible. If it takes off, I fully intend to invest to make the site more what I want. In the meantime, some of the suggestions could be doable now.

Randy, The hand is healing fine, but with the severed tendon it is taking way too long. I’ve got a lot to do and can’t do anything in my shop yet. I still can’t play bass at church for a while either.


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#9 posted 07-26-2011 08:40 PM

I think the site showcases your boxes nicely. Spend later when the $$$ come rolling in. Just remember you must drive traffic to your site. They won’t get there by themselves.
As a start I suggest you put the site address in your signature, instead of (or in addition to) ”* The goal is——-More tools!”

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 07-26-2011 11:33 PM

Wow!! You certainly have been busy!! Those are some good looking boxes. Good luck. I am sure they will do well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View lanwater's profile


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#11 posted 07-27-2011 06:12 AM

Kent: The site structure looks fine. I felt the picture of the boxes were a litle flat.

Good luck.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 07-27-2011 01:18 PM

Looking really nice, wish you luck.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 07-27-2011 03:39 PM

Real nice site! I wish you luck.

-- Chuck

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