First website

Discussion in 'Hip Business Network' started by kitty fabulous, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. kitty fabulous

    kitty fabulous smoked tofu

    My eventual goal for Ground Score Enterprises will be to transition to a website. I've never had a website before, and am still learning my way around a computer.

    When is a business strong enough for its own website? Can a website help to make it stronger? What do I need to know about running a commercial website? How do I draw people to may page?

    Are there books/webpages where I can learn more?
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  2. badwolf

    badwolf Member

    I think that design layout of your website is KEY to success. If your website has baffling navagation, nobody is going to want to see what you're selling. If you need help with HTML or CSS or basic Flash, feel free to PM me.
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  3. kitty fabulous

    kitty fabulous smoked tofu

    The online sales are actually to support open-market vending, and to keep the new, developing business alive over the winter, when there aren't any flea or farm markets or festivals to vend at here in the frozen North. I don't plan on it ever being the real heart of my business, although hopefully it can be a long-term support. The Hip Shop here is to familiarize me with online vending, research the market, and let people know my business exists (in addition to supporting the Hip Forums, which is also very important to me) with the goal of gradually transitioning to a website.

    There's so much to learn I feel overwhelmed and don't know where to start.
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  4. Liroy

    Liroy Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Hello Kitty,

    I'm the owner of a Internet Service Provider, named CoreISP.
    I can help you out with everything you need for a website and to make a website if you need it :)

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  5. Liroy

    Liroy Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    LoL @ Be carefull :p

    We offer various way's to do marketing.
    such as Search engine submission and optimizations (so that you get nearer to place #1).
    We also have contracts with company's that are able to make flyers, folders and various other products to promote your business, for a low cost.

    Seeing you MIGHT be interested in what I have to say,
    I think this is enough said for now :)

    It's not just designing a site by the way,
    it's also the hosting, and a domain etc.
    Our servers are highly optimized, and run very secure software with ALOT of functions for both admin and customer.
    (If you want to see a working demo of the control panel, be my guest and send me a PM :))
    Websites depend on a reliable service, which we offer with a 99,9% uptime guarantee.
  6. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Kitty, look up a few rennaisance festivals and click through to the vendors' sites. They have a season, as you do. (most try to take off completely for winter, or go on buying trips, do production and a few Xmas fests, too.
  7. Liroy

    Liroy Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

  8. Liroy

    Liroy Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter


    You are right,
    I could be a fraud.
    you indeed didnt accuse me of anything, I just took it to heavy, if you can follow.

    I know about SEO, there are some ways around the bots to get higher rankings quickly.

    My website is under construction.
    We opened a new company for the hosting section, and the site was supposed to be done in february, but seeing we programmed a hell of a user interface and are completely changing the site (the current design is not dynamic enough and cant be used in a good way) so it will take a little while before it's finished.
    However, you can view it here:

    I would be happy to host your site,
    I will send you a PM to give you some info.

  9. bethy85

    bethy85 Member

  10. tiedyejudy

    tiedyejudy Member

    I am a part-time tie-dye artist. I have been in business for 8 years.
    I put up my first website 4 years ago, using Microsoft Frontpage which is a user-friendly tool to design and build your website. I have progressed to the point where I have a hand built shopping cart, using paypal buttons to allow for internet purchases. Feel free to browse, and if you have any specific questions, I will be happy to try and answer for you. One thing I will say is that most craft businesses claim to only do about 10-20% of their sales via the internet. But it is a great way to display your merchandise, publish contact information, and has potential to increase your business. As you say, there are times of the year when it's hard to do festivals, concerts, etc.
    If you want to try building your own site, browse your local bookstore shelves for 'how to' books for general info, look into courses at your local Comm. college (they even have non-credit courses available that take less time). Lots of webhosts have bare-bones templates that you can use to get started. Most websites are an on-going work in progress. I just revamped mine to change the structure and update my merchandise pages last month. I'm sure as time goes on, I will do more. Considering I got a quote from someone for $3K to rebuild my site, I figure it's worth my time to learn how to do it myself! I really don't see myself ever spending megabucks to have someone add bells and whistles. I think it's probably better to start out slow and grow when you can afford it, ya know?

  11. Zorba The Grape

    Zorba The Grape Gavagai?

    Lamest rez ever.
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  12. spexxx

    spexxx Member

    SEO (Search engine optimization) is something you might wanna look into for your website.
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  13. AceK

    AceK Scientia Potentia Est

    i know you want a good domain name, not too long, and not too sleazy sounding or cheap sounding either.
  14. Aerianne

    Aerianne Crazy Cat Lady Staff Member Super Moderator

    Ace, the last post in this thread was 5 years ago.


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