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Need help creating my own website for my business. Where do I start?

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  1. itskimson

    itskimson Newbie

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    My husband and I own our own shrimping business. We catch and sell over a million dollars a year. This year I want to start shipping fresh shrimp through out the US. First I need to get my own website started. I am clueless on where to start. Please if you read my post can you just give me your ideas and feed backs.
    Thank you all,
    Kim:D
     
  2. Zapdos

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    If you want "help" (as in you're directly part of making it/coding it) then find a shopping cart you want to use and hang around the community forums. Prestashop and Magento are, in my opinion, the best free ones on the market. The latter only being so if you have the money to spend to fix it up.

    If you want someone to do it for you and you provide input then you need to find someone or an agency that will create an ecommerce site for you. Depending on your wants and needs it can be anywhere between $1k and $50k.



    Just keep in mind you will need:
    1) Domain name. $10/year
    2) Server/hosting. $15/month -> $130/month
    3) SSL certificate. $50/year
    4) PCI Scanning. $250->$1250/year
    5) Shopping cart software. $free (prestashop/magento) -> $1200/month (service provider)
    6) Theme. ~$40 (premade prestashop -> ~$300 (premade magento) -> $1500+ (custom)
    7) Mods. Depends on use.
    8) Merchant account. ~$50 setup, $20/month
    9) CC processing account (such as authorize.net). ~$50 setup, $15/month
    10) Server backups. $15/month
    11) Part time/on call assistant to deal with minor problems. $20->$120/hr or half hour.
     
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    srinu0812 Supreme Member

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    Never mind. Edited after seeing Zapdos's elaborated post.
     
  4. itskimson

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    First thank you responding. Wow thats a lot to get started. I need to get started
     
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    Probably the easiest way to start a site and have full control over a domain is to get a self-hosted version of wordpress. There are tons of godaddy domain coupons in the BHW forums as well to save you some money. And via youtube, simply lookup videos of "how to install wordpress using ftp".

    At first, all this might seem a little bit confusing, but like anything, with time it gets easier and simple to wrap your head around it.

    So initially you are going to need:
    1. A domain name (You can get this from namecheap or godaddy.)
    2. A host so that your domain can go live (Hostgator is pretty good.)
    3. Get wordpress (It's mainly use as a blogging platform but there are so many themes and options out there. And this makes it easy to customize wordpress for what you intend to use it for.)

    Zapdos pretty much has it nailed for what you need for a full-blown e-commerce site once you've figured out the basics.
     
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    Dear Kim,
    You can have the entire deal for $1,5K
    Give me the job and let me know what you need. I'll talk to my developer and I will come back with official offer. Don't waste your time with this, you need to catch some shrimps for gods sake
     
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    I am doing a lot of research right now. Wordpress is my first step. Thanks
     
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    Just pay someone to do it. Do what you do best (shrimpin) and let the web guys handle the web stuff. You're trying to break into a new market, having an amateur looking site will definitely be counterproductive.
     
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    #1. Start at Godaddy and find a domain name that you like. Try to get a .com without any hypes. Their hosting isn't that great but it will work fine for your needs. You will be $10 bucks to register the domain and $10 buck a month to host the site (don't do the free hosting - they place Godaddy ads at the top and the bottom and it looks really cheesy for a business site). Follow the prompts on Godaddy to host your new site, it's not the easiest thing in the world and you will probably get frustrated. Read the directions carefully and you should be able to at least get the site online. Remember nothing happens fast on Godaddy, when you change a setting and it can take 24 hours to take effect. At some point it will give you the option to load up WordPress, do that.
    #2. Do a Google search for "Free WordPress Themes" spend some time looking at different themes. and copy the URLs of all the ones that you like. A theme is basically a shell, your new site will look like the sample sites just will all your photos and text. Narrow your list down to one or two and download them to your computer.
    #3. With the theme you have chosen on the screen, take a blank sheet of paper and make a ruff draft of the site. Box across the top for the header photo, blanks where the menu goes, boxes where content should be and the side bars. Your sketch should look like the site without any photos or text. Make a photocopy of the sketch as you might change your mind a few times as you map things out.
    #4. Fill out your sketch, find a photo that would work for the header and crop it to the right size. Crop your company logo to fit somewhere. Brainstorm your menu layout. Decide what you want to put all the boxes on the page. A few design points... Don't put your phone number in the header as part of the photo. Put all your contact information near the top, on either side or even in the middle but never in a graphic.
    #5. Assuming you were able to get the site online and were able to get WordPress installed on your new site. Open the site in your browser. then add /wp-admin to the address in the address bar in your browser - http://yournewsite.com/wp/admin Log in and get to the WordPress dashboard. Instal and select your new theme. Up-load and select your header image that you found and cropped in step #4. Create a new page for everything you had listed in your menu. Just create a page, name it what you want to see in the menu and write "coming soon" on the page. Once you have all those new pages created go to the menu dashboard and create a new menu. Then select all the pages you just created and drag them into the order you want to see them in the menu. Some themes have primary and secondary menus and you may need to visit the Theme settings menu and select the right one. Try not to get to frustrated, you can't break anything, so experiment a little to get your bearings. Make a change and check the site in another window. Trial and error - you are learning along the way...
    #6. In the Appearance menu select the Widgets menu. Select and place your widgets. Add text and photos to the widgets on at a time. Open the site in another window and watch it start coming together.
    #7. Go back to all the pages you created and start filling them up with text and photos
    #8. Your site is off the ground and looking pretty good for $20 bucks and a few hours (depending on how much trouble you had and your previous skills)
    Good luck...
    CC
     
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  10. itskimson

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    My husband is the captain and he catches the shrimp. I handle the distributing part of the business. We sell a lot of our shrimp locally. Ive been doing a lot of research of online shipping. I am wanting to learn it myself, get it started then maybe in the future, get someone to manage it.
    Thank you
     
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    Thanks for the great info! I am so motivated and have high hopes on this. Have a lot to work on :)
     
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    What everyone is suggesting you is for ecommerce, but if I'm not mistaken you are looking for a company site right? I mean you don't have like 100 different type of shrimps to offer.
    A simple wordpress site with good introduction of the company, the product you offer, maybe some information on how you handle deliveres etc... Basically just give all the necessary info a person might be interested in.
    Just get a domain, cheap hosting and some good looking theme for wordpress.
    This all together shouldn't cost you more then 150-200$(in that number we are including 1year of hosting and you can get some really cheap hosting and reduce the above number to around 100$).
    I'm suggesting those things only as I believe that anyone that will order shrimp will first call you and you can talk out the details about the price(if you haven't displayed it on the site already)the payment(how the payment will be done) deliver etc...
    Now if you plan on adding a cart and allowing people to buy shrimp straight away from your site without having them contact you then you will need few addition things which Zapdos already said.
     
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    Purchase a domain and start promoting your business through different methods and ways.
     
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