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Old 05-30-2011, 09:10 PM
 
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I am looking for some input on starting a business website. I want to start a website for my very small business. I am not very good with computers overall, but can get around pretty decent when things are user friendly. I want to design a website that will have roughly 15-20 pages plus a blog page. I only need about 5 email addresses.

My main concern is ease of use in building the site. I have already developed a company logo that I will use on the page and have access to all of the pictures I need. Most of my pages will be pictures with descriptions, so depending on how things look, I may want to add more pages over time.

I have already purchased the domain name from godaddy.com. We also purchased their webhosting package without much research unfortunately. What I have found is that the layout and tools for editing pages are not very intuitive or user friendly. My wife is much more computer literate than I am and actually had her own very basic website years ago, but she also had a lot of trouble working with the godaddy service.

Can anyone recommend a service that would be ideal for users who are buildign a basic small business website? I just want a clean look, easy tools for editing, and the ability to add feature for accepting payment online at some point.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I am looking for some input on starting a business website. I want to start a website for my very small business. I am not very good with computers overall, but can get around pretty decent when things are user friendly. I want to design a website that will have roughly 15-20 pages plus a blog page. I only need about 5 email addresses.

My main concern is ease of use in building the site. I have already developed a company logo that I will use on the page and have access to all of the pictures I need. Most of my pages will be pictures with descriptions, so depending on how things look, I may want to add more pages over time.

I have already purchased the domain name from godaddy.com. We also purchased their webhosting package without much research unfortunately. What I have found is that the layout and tools for editing pages are not very intuitive or user friendly. My wife is much more computer literate than I am and actually had her own very basic website years ago, but she also had a lot of trouble working with the godaddy service.

Can anyone recommend a service that would be ideal for users who are buildign a basic small business website? I just want a clean look, easy tools for editing, and the ability to add feature for accepting payment online at some point.
I highly recommend WordPress. It can be installed very easily on most hosting packages, it's super easy to use, can handle both pages and blog entries, has a ton of plugins to extent functionality, a very large community for support, and lots of free and premium themes available to change the look of the site.

It's also simple to backup and move a WP installation to another host if you decide that you don't want to stay with Go Daddy at some point in the future as well.

I believe that Go Daddy has an automated installer for WP: Installing WordPress on Your Hosting Account - Search the Go Daddy Help Center

If you feel comfortable with FTP (or the file manager at Go Daddy) you can download a copy of WP and follow the installation instructions here: WordPress › Download to install it on your hosting package.

Either way, you can get started with WP here: WordPress › Blog Tool and Publishing Platform
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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WordPress will probably work for what you need. Drupal is another option. I like Drupal, but be warned that it has a bit of a learning curve. It's highly customizable but might be too much trouble for a basic website.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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I am looking for some input on starting a business website. I want to start a website for my very small business. I am not very good with computers overall, but can get around pretty decent when things are user friendly. I want to design a website that will have roughly 15-20 pages plus a blog page. I only need about 5 email addresses.

My main concern is ease of use in building the site. I have already developed a company logo that I will use on the page and have access to all of the pictures I need. Most of my pages will be pictures with descriptions, so depending on how things look, I may want to add more pages over time.

I have already purchased the domain name from godaddy.com. We also purchased their webhosting package without much research unfortunately. What I have found is that the layout and tools for editing pages are not very intuitive or user friendly. My wife is much more computer literate than I am and actually had her own very basic website years ago, but she also had a lot of trouble working with the godaddy service.

Can anyone recommend a service that would be ideal for users who are buildign a basic small business website? I just want a clean look, easy tools for editing, and the ability to add feature for accepting payment online at some point.
I used the Website Tonight site builder provided by GoDaddy, and found it pretty intuitive. When you get it launched, look at the action links at the top of the page for "insert", "links" and the like.

Look at the first page of my 5 page site, which seems to me like the type of those pages that you are planning:

Luxury Princeville Kauai Vacation Rental.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I used the Website Tonight site builder provided by GoDaddy, and found it pretty intuitive. When you get it launched, look at the action links at the top of the page for "insert", "links" and the like.

Look at the first page of my 5 page site, which seems to me like the type of those pages that you are planning:

Luxury Princeville Kauai Vacation Rental.
The only problem with these type of proprietary site builders is that they aren't portable. There is a lot of extra code that is generated to create a site, and the site relies on scripts that are hosted on GoDaddy's servers. None of that can be taken with you. If you decide that you don't want to use GoDaddy anymore you have to rebuild your site from scratch.
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