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« on: August 15, 2009 09:16:36 AM »

Hi There,

I've been searching through the forums to find any affordable web design companies or designers. And I haven't had much luck.
I am looking for someone who can create a website layout that includes a shopping cart and a blog. I would also need a logo design as well.

I have tried to make my website, by teaching myself html, and css.. but still I have been unable to create a professional website. I spent so much time, that I feel was wasted and I think its better if I just hire someone.

So far I have researched a couple of companies: http://www.purrdesign.com/, http://www.aeolidia.com/ and http://www.squidlimbs.com. Even though the first two are very very professional and have received some great feedback, they are just really out of my budget right now. I'm currently attending college... so that doesn't really leave me that much money to spend on a web design. However for squidlimbs, I found them via etsy first, are very affordable and looks quite professional. But i'm just not sure if i want a website using wordpress, especially since I already have two other blogs elsewhere.

Any recommendations at all would be greatly appreciated!!



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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2009 07:28:03 AM »

What is your fear about using Wordpress? I have a website with Wordpress and it doesn't look like a blog at all! I <3 WP, it's so easy to use and I don't have to pay anyone to update my website for me. I had a look at those designers websites, they all look quite decent. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009 01:40:15 PM »

If you look for a designer on Etsy, you'll find folks who underprice their skills. Take advantage, it's a separate market force there that keeps the prices low.

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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009 02:30:16 PM »

My mom and my best friend are both graphic & web designers. My mom is probably out of your price range, since usually works for businesses, but my friend works with individuals more and may be able to work with your budget. It's worth a shot. Her website is http://www.hounderbounder.com/.

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2009 12:22:49 PM »

I've heard great stuff about http://tahoewebservice.com. I think he'll do all that stuff for you plus give you the ability to update the website yourself. Worth considering  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009 08:16:47 AM »

I would give another vote for a Wordpress blog. There's a free plug-in from instinct.co.nz that will let you add a store, or you could use a sub-domain (store.yourdomain.com) and OS Commerce or Zen Cart which are both free and used by lots of online craft stores.

I'm sure there are lots of affordable designers out there but you are relying on them to be available and reasonably priced not just when you set it up but also when you want it updated - which with a craft store might be quite often.

Really Wordpress is pretty easy to get a handle on. There are thousands of free themes for you to choose from for style and hundreds of plug-ins that will let you do virtually anything you like.

People love blogs, the search engines love blogs, you can tack on an Etsy store if that's easier yadah, yadah, yadah. I won't go on any more but you might guess I'm a fan of blogging! Cheap, easy, fun and most important, all under your control.

Hope that's helpful anyway.


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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009 02:28:23 PM »

www.wix.com Is fantastic free website builder. I'm a graphic designer and learned basic web design in dreamweaver and flash but found that site to be so good I barely use dreamweaver or flash anymore.
It's a bit fiddly and can take alot if getting used to when getting started.. but when know how to use it, it's great. Iv created a number of websites for clients through that site and it costs very little in comparison cause it can be made so quickly and simply and for the client after, it was extremely easy to edit and change information as needed by themselves.
In free version it maintains the websites own advertising banners which are really small, but removes them if upgrade to a purchase which is still cheap!! They just added ecommerce options for shops and a blog is simple to add.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2009 12:00:44 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2009 08:57:10 AM »

I'm pretty familiar with web design and graphic design, all self-taught of course. I do have a website up. Although it's not 100% complete yet you can still take a peek at my work. http://www.invitationkingdom.com
I do use WordPress but there's ways around not making it look like a blog also. If you're interested, PM me!

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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2009 06:47:30 PM »

thanks for that website mosko! I'm definitely going to check that out.

notsonicesushi, what is your budget, if you don't mind me asking?

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