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interesting thought goes here.... lol

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« on: November 25, 2004 08:54:00 PM »

okay, so i'm thinking of starting my own web shop. it's going to be a little bit of everything. totally handmade crafts, to reconstructed, to thrifty finds that have been revamped/repaired. i think i'm just gonna call it Mindfuljenn's, because that's my username everywhere, and it fits me. anyways, i need to konw where and how to start. i've looked at ebay stores and that seems really exspensive. i have a paypal account, so i know i can get the html stuff from them. but where's the best place to go. i already have one site up on freewebs (for free) http://www.freewebs.com/mindfuljenn does this look like an okay start? right now it's just got stuff on it that i'm trading 4 supplies. i'm only allowed to have 5 pages, so i though i could set up several free sites and interlink them so i can get the job done. it's pretty easy to set up a simply site. it's like posting here. and i can add paypal buttons for immediate payment. i've looked at you guys' sites, and they're absolutely too cool! i know with the provided "free" templates, that i won't be able to get anything so cool. is there a place with free cool templates that i can just copy the code for? my email is mindfuljenn@yahoo.com i'm no html expert, but i do have the dummies book i can look at when lost.
any advice is much appreciated,

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2004 02:41:51 AM »

try http://www.angeltowns.com for free hosting that allows more than five pages!


« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2004 09:51:22 AM »

Hi there,
You look to be doing well with your website so far, but I can help you out with a little aspect of coding that's gone amiss on your site; namely your images.

For you the pictures will show up correctly, but for anyone else viewing the website (NOT on your computer) they will not show up. This is because you have the picture's location set as file:///C:/WINDOWS/Desktop/put%20on%20ebay/craftster/albums.jpg or something of the like. It will not work like this. I had a little trouble understanding this when I first started out with HTML, but it's really quite simple.
Because you have the image location set at somewhere that is only on your computer, other people cannot see it. This is because on my C:/WINDOWS/Desktop/ directory, I do not have an image named albums.jpg.
To fix this, you need to upload your pictures to a seperate server, so that you can simply put them in using HTML. I reccommend these for hosting your pictures:

When you've uploaded your picture to wherever you decide to store your pictures (on the internet, not on your computer) you can put it on your page using HTML. The code for inserting pictures is as follows:

<IMG SRC="http://www.yourfreehosthere.com/yourpicture.jpg" BORDER="0">

If you need any more help with this, please feel free to email me [rainbowgraffiti@hotmail.com], or send me a message on craftster. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2004 10:11:17 AM »

I got a business one from here for work:

« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2004 05:00:40 PM »

At http://www.directnic.com you can register your own domain name for $15 and get free hosting with banners, or for $15 more (for a whole YEAR) you can go banner free. $30 a year for website and image hosting- worked incredible for me on my personal sites for more than 3 years.

(I moved my store since there is a cap on bandwidth on directnic- now that I get 75-150 unique visitors a day I'm on readyhosting- which has unlimited bandwidth for $100 a year)

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2004 06:29:00 PM »

thanks so much for all your advice. about the pics/images. if i had a (free) site that was nothing but images, and i clicked view source and copied the coding where the image is and then used the code to make it smaller, would that work? sorry if i'm sounding confusing. i want to start as cheaply or free as i can. i've been able to set up several free sites on freewebs.com and there's no problem. i'm just wondering if i linked the images that way if it would help with the bandwidth thing and allowing others to view it. and also, i can't find a image hosting/server that i like.
what do you think?
thanks ahead of time,

ps would it be bad timing to start it after Christmas? i know there's a holiday rush right now, but are there still shoppers afterwards? almost everything i plan on having will be less than $10, so i should be affordable.

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