Setting up a website – which online provider to use?

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  • Setting up a website – which online provider to use?
  • Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Wife is starting a business making cakes, running courses etc. She wants to get a website up and running which will include a shop type feature so that people can order and pay online or to book places on courses.

    I have built websites in the past and I am confident I can do something using one of these online places like go daddy etc but just wondered what ones people would recommend? We don’t want a huge monthly cost clearly but do want it to look professional.

    Any suggestions?

    Premier Icon robbo1234biking
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    Any evening posters about with any recommendations?

    Squarespace. End of 🙂

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Do squarespace handle a uk shop? They are nice if a bit squarespacey but usually looks good. Might be a bit pricey though

    I have a few sites on go daddy and like them and they are cheap but then you will need to do more work to get something that looks as good as the Squarespace stuff

    MTB Rob
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    fasthost and wordpress be worth a look

    Premier Icon nixie
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    Premier Icon allthegear
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    Shoplift or Squarespace. Anything else is too much effort and going to cost money.

    Rachel

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    How about Opencart? I’ve built a couple of on line shops with it recently and it seems great. Especially as it’s free.

    Premier Icon leffeboy
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    Shoplift or Squarespace

    Should that possibly be shopify? Shoplift seems like an unfortunate name for an ecommerce platform 🙂

    Premier Icon deets
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    I’ve used WordPress for a couple of sites. Am using it for https://peakpedalling.com at the moment – £85 per year for the domain name and hosting, plenty of options for tarting it up how you like it and whether you want a static front page or blog etc.

    I’m using PayPal invoicing linked to a business account but it’s easy enough to include their buttons on your site to sell stuff. They’ll fleece you for a percentage however you do it, though that seems to be fairly standard…

    wildc4rd
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    I set up a personal site with WIX, its quick and easy, there is support for an e-commerce end as well.

    sc-xc
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    I tried Squarespace, and despite being reasonably ICT savvy…it wasn’t as intuitive as the adverts on podcasts suggest.

    Wix, as above, was an absolute drag and drop joy.

    Tom

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