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Anyone have experience building a website? - March 31, 2011, 04:17 PM

I need a professional website and I don't know if I should pay someone to build it or if I should do it myself. I have no experience or knowledge on the subject but I am a quick learner. Let me know what you guys think.

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March 31, 2011, 04:23 PM

Do it yourself with this service.

Build a Website - Create a Blog - Squarespace
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March 31, 2011, 04:37 PM

there are plenty of websites out there to help build websites. However, they can be limited to how much they can do. What kind of website are you trying to build?

another website similar to sqaurespace is wix: Free Website Builder | Create a Free Flash Website at Wix.com


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March 31, 2011, 04:40 PM

Will you be hosting the site or hosting it on a 3rd party platform (GoDaddy, HostGater, and the like)?

If you'll be using a provider for hosting, then most hosting packages come with a variety of free tools to build websites, create e-commerce, etc.

When you say "professional" that would say to me it's a good idea to hire someone. However if you just want a static site almost anyone with a bit of experience can throw something together with the free tools available. The WYSIWYG tools make for horrendous code with a lot of excess baggage but the final results generally look ok.
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March 31, 2011, 04:49 PM

Give it a shot yourself. Free Website Builder | Create a Free Flash Website at Wix.com It's free and all template based.



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Will you be hosting the site or hosting it on a 3rd party platform (GoDaddy, HostGater, and the like)?

If you'll be using a provider for hosting, then most hosting packages come with a variety of free tools to build websites, create e-commerce, etc.

When you say "professional" that would say to me it's a good idea to hire someone. However if you just want a static site almost anyone with a bit of experience can throw something together with the free tools available. The WYSIWYG tools make for horrendous code with a lot of excess baggage but the final results generally look ok.
I'm looking to have a very professional site with an emphasis on SEO. I want it built open source with little to no iframes or wrappers. Specifically, I'm starting a real estate business and I want the site to eventually produce customers.
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March 31, 2011, 05:31 PM

Check out Blue Gel Media http://www.bluegelmedia.com/

They have the largest selection of customizable web templates. If you need software to tweak things let me know. Many of them are fully interactive using Flash or Java, etc.

If you have limited time you might not want to take on this task on your own. But if you're gonna hire someone make sure they're professionals and pay them accordingly. If you go the cheap route you're likely to regret it in the long run.

Btw, not every company NEEDS a web site right away.
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March 31, 2011, 06:32 PM

sounds like you want to find a pro developer


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sounds like you want to find a pro developer
Probably right. I just did some research and I now have a basic understanding of how to write html but I think it will end up consuming too much time.
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March 31, 2011, 09:22 PM

If it is content rich then you may want to look into CMS. You may achieve decent SEO doing it yourself. Google Analytics can be a great help to target/focus your attention.

All of it can be done free and demands your time.

Good luck!

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don't use flash unless you are a liberal that is annoying

pm me if you have money my old roommate does website design consulting


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March 31, 2011, 09:35 PM

Don't even think of going the HTML/CSS route unless you have tons of time to dedicate to it. At the least you must start with a working template. Either that or pay a professional. From personal experience...if you decide to have any design work done at this level of your business, try to have somebody fairly local to do it with. The design process requires a lot of back and forth sending you proofs for you to agree with the design. When communication falters it is good to be able to have a face to face meeting and discuss any confusion in person.
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March 31, 2011, 09:38 PM

please discuss not using flash


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Don't use flash (done). lol

Unfortunately flash based templates are the easiest way for a small business web site to add a professional aspect to their web site.

I wouldn't use it in a well developed site or one that is bound to have a lot of mobile web traffic. But at this starting stages the flash based templates can be some of the best. Just IMO.
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