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    Building a Business Site

    Hey there everyone!

    So basically I (and my partnership) are starting up an online business and, obviously, we need a site. Now we plan to build this site ourselves with a little bit of work but we haven't got the slightest clue what to use. Dreamweaver or Wordpress or something else? That and we somehow need to get a merchant system that uses PayPal and we need the site to be secure which I assume would be a job for the hosting. Which we could also use some advice with haha.

    Fire away guys!

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    Fire in the hole!

    You aren't going to like this, but: hire someone. If you don't know what to use to make your site, how do you expect to be able to manipulate it to meet your needs? Hell, if I told you right now to go use Microsoft Frontpage to make the site, would you know that was a terrible idea?

    Figure out exactly what you need, then hire someone and let them worry about what to use. It's more expensive now, but it'll save you money and huge amounts of time down the road.
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    Actually, Ron missed a step. He's right, but he missed a step.

    If you have an "online business", make sure it at least stands a chance at working. The fact that you need advice suggests that you don't really have a plan in place. Visit a professional business planner. Give him/her a grand or two. Find out if it can work, project revenues and expenses realisticaly (can't stress that one enough!) and then go looking for a designer and a developer if your idea is feasible. If you want to sell online, you need both or at least a developer that's a "competent" designer...but even those are hard to find. You may even find a developer or designer with enough experience to tell you if your idea is potentially feasible, but don't count on that; most developers and designers aren't business people.
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    Good advice ... have a sound business plan.



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    Hey Furiion52,
    I personally recommend you wordpress.
    Its costing less along with maintenance.

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    I would use Wordpress for its features, but be prepared to hire someone for search engine optimization (SEO) or learn about it yourself, because the last thing you want to do is invest time and money into a website and have no visitors to your website. Good luck!

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    You guys don't even know what type of a business the OP wants to build a site for. How can you possibly make a recommendation of any sort without knowing that?
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    I would use Wordpress for its features, but be prepared to hire someone for search engine optimization (SEO) or learn about it yourself, because the last thing you want to do is invest time and money into a website and have no visitors to your website.

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    I am one of the least expert persons on this site but I will give you my two cents worth anyway. Right now it is important to have a site that is responsive and it is far easier to make a responsive site using WordPress than Dreamweaver although you can do it with either.

    I would suggest hiring someone to make your site and then maintaining it yourself. However if you are determined to make your site yourself and like the WordPress idea let me give you this word of caution. You will hear people say you can build a site using WordPress in an hour. Yes, you can if you have built 20 or 30 sites using WordPress.

    If you do decide to use WordPress I will make a suggestion. There are a lot of good videos on YouTube on how to create a business web site using WordPress. Find a tutorial you like and then use the exact same free theme they are using. This will save you untold hours. If you want e-commerce Woo Commerce is the plugin most use with WordPress. For SEO the Yost plugin seems to be the choice of most people.

    From what I have read about 25% of the sites on the internet were created using WordPress and among the choices for CMS they have about 55% of all sites.

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    Hey everyone ... the original post was Dec 30, 2014

    No use replying now ... I'm sure this discussion is over by now.



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