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Old 08-30-2019, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm trying to gather info for a relative on designing a pretty simple website, no fancy people and flowers etc about a pretty hot product and want to get an idea of what a "simple" site would cost to put on the net and maintain. Anyone? And I'd like to DM on this.. thanks.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:38 PM
 
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For a fledgling business I recommend keeping your costs low and using a service such as a simple website builder on Go Daddy or a shop service that provides the store front and website. This keeps it as a simple per month fee and you don’t need a web developer. You can get fancier later
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:18 PM
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Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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You can get fancier later
After you are making money.
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Old 09-02-2019, 02:54 PM
 
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For a fledgling business I recommend keeping your costs low and using a service such as a simple website builder on Go Daddy or a shop service that provides the store front and website. This keeps it as a simple per month fee and you don’t need a web developer. You can get fancier later

The issue with the "website builder" services offered by these companies is they are proprietary and don't offer much flexibility. If you decide to move to another host you can't take your web site with you... You can move the content such as text or images but but it has to be done manually. You are basically starting from scratch. If you only have a handful of pages it might not be that big of a deal.



Instead you can opt to use something like Drupal which is a content management system, most hosting companies will have the option to install it in the control panel but I would avoid that. Sometimes they are out of date or the hosting company may have tweaked the install for their own needs. Instead download from Drupal's site and install it yourself. If you ever need to move everything belongs to you and can be moved easily to another host.



Drupal is a little bit more of a learning curve and it needs to be updated occasionally but it's preferable for long term.
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