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NeathChris



Joined: 09 Feb 2006
Posts: 1387
Location: Neath, South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:28 am    Post subject: Websites??  Reply with quote    

Are website really worth the investment, for those of you who have does it bring you that much more custom??
chris

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44247
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What investment? You can set up a website for next to nothing nowadays. Benefit? If you work at your web presence then yes, if you just set up a site and leave it then no.

NeathChris



Joined: 09 Feb 2006
Posts: 1387
Location: Neath, South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know nothing about setting up a site. I want a very professional looking one that is smart and looks good, lots of pictures. How much am i likely to pay for one??

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon one of the website peeps here might knock you something decent up for a few hundred quid. Depends what you want from it.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35904
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What tahir says. We have had a grand total of two people contact us simply because they came across our website over the last two years.

However, people that we market to in different ways - leaflet drops, meeting them on other jobs and giving them a card, etc., do look at the website and then come back to us. I look on it as a portfolio of more info about us that people can explore once they've heard of us, rather than a first-stop marketing thingy (solution? but sounds really up itself).

It's definitely worth making sure that your site keywords are correct so that you show up in google searches. And I pay a bit every month to google and yahoo so that we come up in the 'paid searches' bit every so often. It's about raising your profile rather than simply generating customers.

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
Posts: 8380
Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I sell more at craft fairs in one go but the website ticks over quite nicely through the year.

As a consumer I'm more likely to buy from somewhere/book a stay/ visit a restaurant etc if it has a website.

I know mine isn't as professional as it could be but it does the trick until I can afford to pay someone to do a better one. I took a free course at the local Adult Ed and it gave me the basics to be able to do that. Hosting costs me about 100 a year and the domains were about 30 for two (co.uk & com) for two years.
Depends what you want to sell I guess.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think Stacey's is quite nice. Depends if you have the time though.

NeathChris



Joined: 09 Feb 2006
Posts: 1387
Location: Neath, South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I just want a couple of pages, showing the pigs, meat, and pedigree stock for sale, what we do and why we do it. Then contact numbers to order over phone. Want plenty of pig pictures though. Anyone now how much it will cost roughly??

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7094
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or alternatively do it yourself - Use something like Joomla,Wordpress or Drupal - they are frameworks that give you alot of the functionality you need without you having to write it yourself and come with lots of great add-ons that expand the site and if you need a domain name and space get Jema to sell them - very reasonable very reliable

Then if setting up the site is too scary - pay him or someone else to set it up for you - I can do it or there are plenty of others around that can as well - Sally has a very good looking site, Fee writes websites etc - once the basic site is set up you will be able to add things as and when you want without having to know very much about writing webpages yourself

Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
Posts: 8380
Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NeathChris wrote:
I just want a couple of pages, showing the pigs, meat, and pedigree stock for sale, what we do and why we do it. Then contact numbers to order over phone. Want plenty of pig pictures though. Anyone now how much it will cost roughly??


Something that simple really is worth doing yourself.

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7094
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
NeathChris wrote:
I just want a couple of pages, showing the pigs, meat, and pedigree stock for sale, what we do and why we do it. Then contact numbers to order over phone. Want plenty of pig pictures though. Anyone now how much it will cost roughly??


Something that simple really is worth doing yourself.


Agree - use Flickr to host the piggy pictures and use their free code to get them displayed on your site

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44247
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Anyone here fancy doing Chris a site?

NeathChris



Joined: 09 Feb 2006
Posts: 1387
Location: Neath, South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.broadhampton-saddlebacks.com

something like this i fancy.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35904
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Anyone here fancy doing Chris a site?

I'll have a crack if you like. And if you like it, you can pay me in pig .

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7094
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 07 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That would be really easy to do with Wordpress - I've got a couple of sites running Wordpress and it really is very powerful if you self host

Joomla is probably overkill at this moment in time for you

I'm happy to have a go setting something up for you

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