How did you do it?
Did you thought about the idea for a long time or did you just go for it?
Did you do a lot of planing or simply again went for it?
Did you invest a lot of cash or just minium expenses (server + domainname + some scripts)
Did you hire a designer or a coder or did everything by yourself?
In answer to your question, I have had a number of "commercial webpages" over the years.
Some I created myself, while others were built for me. As for the ones I created, ...I wouldn't really say I put alot of planning into them. They started as a hobby simply a way of learning a new skill and evolved from there as my needs required. Didn't invest a lot of cash. as for my own pages that I created, I designed them myself etc., As for the other pages that have been built for me, they were designed and coded by the service provider.
My sites are slightly different from those of others in that they exist primarily to distribute information quickly.
Rather than repeat myself or type my message endlessly to people all over the world, they can click on a link to get the information at lightening fast speed. e-commerce capabilities are incorporated within my site(s) to facilitate transactions, not all of which are retail oriented, and seamlessly link through various websites across various platforms empowering my customers to create and administer their own retail accounts and log-in to them through any number of websites.
For a one time initial set-up fee of $59.95
and an annual renewal fee of $49.95
, I get:
- multi-lingual customer support
- complete site construction,
- the hosting of the site,
- the maintenance of the site,
- updating of the site,
- graphics, flash & streaming audios & videos
- translation of the site into 38 different foreign languages (with more to come)
- international merchant accounts for global credit card transactions
- real-time tracking of sales (wholesale & retail) both international & domestic
- product fulfillment & distribution to over 224 countries & territories throughout the world
annually, ...it's the cheapest secretary I'll ever have!
And with real time LIVE redundant off-shore back-up servers, she'll never take time off or ask for a vacation!
It a remarkable package with some extremely powerful software capable of spanning the world in real-time.
Which is to be expected, since the one who created it also created, sold, and oversaw the installation of the computer hardware & software package that NASA uses to launch the space shuttle.
Having experienced both ends of the spectrum, I much prefer having someone else build me a site than build one for myself. Time spent maintaining your website could be put to more productive use like growing your business. Since experiencing the joys of having someone else create, develop, maintain & update the site for me, I've acquired a few e-commerce enabled sites that I'm really please with that incorporate flash & streaming video & audios, as well as incredible functionality to help me manage my day. There is even a time management system I can use. I can set up a calendar inside the system with important dates & times, ie: appts, and have the system text message my cell phone 15 minutes prior to the appt to remind me. This way if I'm out on the lake or at the beach or wherever having fun, I won't forget or miss an appt. I wouldn't want to do that, ...especially not with a large industrial client who requested I contact them back with a proposal. My larger industrial clients can even create their own instant quotes. I love it! Some sights are more focused on clients who want to save money on gas and improve their mileage, while others are more geared towards those who want to do their part to reduce pollution, and make a difference in the world helping our environment, while others still are more focused on those who simply want more information about our products. I even have websites geared entirely for the needs of large corporations and industrial clients.
While I have more, you can view just some of them for yourself at:.
There are a number of good website developers here on GetBig... 240, and Garraeth are 2 you might want to consider. They're both more than capable of building you a site, and Garraeth has a great retail cart he has designed that might suit your purposes.
Hope That Helps.