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papared

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10-25-2021 01:32 PM

I’m looking into doing a brochure style website and was looking to see where yours is hosted and general monthly cost plus how do you like it? I had an ecommerce website that cost me $276 per year with very little results. I get more sales through my pics on Facebook and Instagram.

I have my own domain name registered to me and want to be able to use it. My old website has expired as of last week and is no longer accessible. I’m looking just to have a simple presence online where I can post my info on what I do, pics, about me and contact me pages. Easy setup will help too. I’m not to good with computer stuff.

Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Red

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#1 posted 10-30-2021 05:57 PM

Any of the web hosting companies should be able to let you create a simple web site. They all have templates to pick from. Pricing is usually confusing because they offer so many levels with different price ranges.

The simple plans may work for a brochure or gallery style website with lots of pictures and links to places to buy your stuff. These plans often cost around $10-15 per month.

Web sites that accept payments and allow customers to purchase directly might have to be the business plans in the $25-50 per month range or higher depending on the traffic.

I just created a small web site with around 10 pages and a forum using Wix. It took about a day of playing around with various options, then I about 2-3 days to create the web site. They have 1000s of templates, but I went with a blank page to keep the pages cleaner. The templates seemed to be overly cluttered. Creating the pages was a bit like editing a PowerPoint document by adding elements (text boxes, pictures, YouTube links, click buttons, etc.).

I have never edited a web site before and found it to be a relatively easy process. All of the major web hosting companies are probably similar. I looked at Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, Wordpress, and possibly a few others. They all should allow you to buy a domain or bring your own.

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#2 posted 10-31-2021 02:48 PM

Good Luck!

- eCommerce websites only work well if you advertise, and spend time each month optimizing your SEO scores. Otherwise all you have is an orphan, nearly dead web page. Read about SEO scoring if you want to learn more.

- Having stale content on WWW, means very low traffic.
Websites have to be updated often, or users won’t bookmark and use the site. If your products don’t change monthly, the next best option is to make a weekly/monthly blog post. Can also echo your Facebook/Instragram streams to your web site ‘blog’ with hook programs provided by some of the site design packages.

- Web hosting is inexpensive. If you just want to put brochures and product index on a website, monthly rent for one of reliable hosts is ~$4-5/month. eCommerce sites require more computer resources for management of your product database for ordering/shipping, and expect to pay minimum of $15-20/month; plus CC processing costs.

- Don’t recommend Wordpress web site generator for eCommerce, but it’s OK for basic website. Can run Wordpress site on most any hosting provider, so don’t fall for Wordpress advertising. Wordpress is used by a lot of beginners as it easy to setup. But is also big target for wanna-be hackers looking to wreck sites using default settings. Wordpress constantly updates base software to fix security issues, and if you don’t install the updates every month; can be pwn’d and lose control of your site/server. This is not to say that other web page design/host programs don’t need to be updated, but missing a couple of Wordpress udates can be disastrous.

- The best web hosting service providers change all time. Might want to read what PC Magazine suggests:
https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-web-hosting-services

- Have used GoDaddy hosting for several websites and forums. It has pro/con like all others.
Biggest challenge with cheapest GoDaddy rates (and any low cost hosting provider) is use of shared IP addresses.
All it takes in one hacker using the same IP for a spam site, and your site gets blacklisted by spam tracking sites. Can take days to get off all the black lists, and end up back on list a few weeks later when another clown buys a cheap site online with stolen credit card to host spam using your shared IP. Getting a dedicated IP address for your web site costs more, but can be worth every penny if you want to spend less time on website management.

- If truly know little about computers and websites, might want to hire a professional. Stop by your local INDEPENDENT computer store, and ask if they offer small business web site hosting/programming. Know several independents that hire local college kids to create new sites for $150-$200, and then provide web site maintenance for $10-15 a month on top of the reseller hosting fees. Using this kind of service will let you spend your time making products for sale, and not messing around with web site.

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#3 posted 11-01-2021 02:07 AM

My 2 cents of grey matter as a software architect is continue doing what you are with social media to drive traffic to your site. Roll with Wix or Squarespace to build a fancy gallery, bio, and contact form. I know Squarespace has SEO tools in their plans but not sure about Wix.

Failing that its time to follow Captain’s advice and hire a professional to help you out. I used to take the odd contract for small business sites and if I were to take on a contract with your use case I would pick Wix or Squarespace depending on your user stories and stand up the initial site for you. After that, depending on what you want to pay for, I would offer 30 days or so of training to transition the site maintenance over to you.

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