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Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?

Mr. Ambitious Novice
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I would like to create a website on which I can basically upload a catalog and prices, only I want it to be attractive and trendy.  The problem that I run into is that I do not want to hire someone to make it for me, because I have my own ideas in mind, and I don't want to spend money on that right now.  Can any one recommend an easy-to-use program/east-to-set-up and FREE website that would fit these qualifications?  Thanks!

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Moderator_PaulR Expert
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    Hello,

     

    You are going to find that any website that is free will normally not be as high quality as one you pay for.  That being said do you just want the code for the site to be free or the hosting as well?  You will find that most hosting which you can get for around $10 a month comes with built in installers for things such as wordpress.  If you do not want to pay for hosting then you can get a free site from wordpress it's self but it will be limited as to what you can do with it.

     

    ~Paul

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Hudacko Enterprises Novice
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    Mr A.,

     

    There's no such thing as a FREE website. That is, if you use one of the heavily advertised site builders stating that you can "... build your website for free ..." you will most probably only have a 1 to 3 month free trial, after which you will have to pay something for its continued use. Even my Company doesn't offer FREE websites, however you can create one for relatively little money up-front. Just be sure to "read the fine print" before you setup a site.

     

    Also remember that for the most part, if you use a FREE website package, you do not own the underlying code that generates the website, only the data you place on the site. Search Engine rankings (or enhancements to increase your Search Engine placement) are another area to review before selecting a site design and hosting package. You may be severely limited in what enhancements, if any, you can make to your search keywords, etc.

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    Tom

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    vnavguys Expert
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    Why would you want to be limited by what the free offerings are?  They are aweful and not set up to be long term solutions.

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Moderator Jim Master
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    What sort of site were you looking to build?

     

    Jim

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    vikasbook Newbie
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    You have many option over internet like

     

    Wordpress

    Google site builder

    Webs

    Ecositebuilder

     

     

    They are free site builder and provide facility to create subdomain and you can easly promote your service with them

    • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
      Mike Lee Novice
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      There is also wix.com. My experience with free sites is that thee is no such thing. You have no control over the types of ads they place on your site never mind the fact the traffic you drive to that site is not yours. Move the site and all your visitors stay with the free host. That's like giving money away. The other thing is that you are extremly limited in the type of site you can build. None of them suupport completly the different coding options you have. Hell one I used wouldn't support a simple 3 x 3 table!

      For coding the best "free" editor is pagebreeze. If you need help contact me. I'll share some of my knowledge with you for free! Yep that's right for free. Of course when in Las Vegas you can buy my doggies a $1.00 cheeseburger they would appreciate that.

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    thirddd Apprentice
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    I would try a site like Blogspot simply because it has a large variety of plugins you can use to optimize your site as well as sell your own products. It's primarily blog oriented, but you can find creative ways to turn their platform into an e-commerce website.

     

    Free websites aside, it's generally a good practice for e-commerce sites to operate under their own domain and web hosting service. Operating behind your own domain adds reputability to your site and shows Internet users that you're serious about your business. After making a few sales, consider switching to an attractive domain name and buying some professional web hosting services to host your website.

     

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  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    stebner55 Newbie
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    Try simplesellingsite.com it comes with a mobile app for a limited time!

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Darryl L Simpson Sr Newbie
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    Try Google Aps for business.  They have a free version that comes with free web sites.  Easy to use, lots of tempalates to chosse from and they are name brand.  You know they are going to be there.  I use the paid verison, only because my needs are beyond the free version.  I suggest you check it out.  Take alook at my site www.pbscredit.com.

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Moderator_JoleK Master
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    So many great responses!  Mr. Ambitious? How are you doing in your search ? Let us know!

     

     

    Joleen

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Warren Batiste Novice
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    Are you guys kidding me ?? No such thing as a free website...lol..really? Look just start a blog with blogger.com and use it as a website. It doesn't get more free than that. Need a sample of what you can do with it.. just look at my blog Urbzone. I've learned how to seperate my blog site from everyone else and now.. my site is ranked in the top 1% of all websites and I spend no money per month.

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    virgo911 Newbie
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    Creating a blog will do. However you can try Weebly.com

     

    Good Luck

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    • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
      Warren Batiste Novice
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      Wow Retro  Girl... blogs are too busy !! That was a direct insult to my intelligence. That ok.. I like the fire in you. Truth be told, if you read what Mr Ambitious wrote.. you would have noticed he said he was looking for something free and you come off as you're trying to sell him a service. That is why I recommened a blog from blogger.com. It doesn't get more free. This is a business forum where experts like myself and newbies to the business industry come to collaborate on problems and solutions. This is not a trade show where business voltures with huge egos and small wallets come to take advantage of people by offering their services.

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    RWhiles Novice
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    I hate to say it but when it comes to websites, you often get what you pay for.

     

    If you have graphics design knowledge and you want a free website then the best recommendation I can make is host it on your own server. Then you need only spend a few bucks on a domain name.

     

    If you do not have graphics design experience then I highly recommend you let someone build your site for you. The main things that people judge your online business by arethe appearance and ease of use of your website. It should not be taken lightly.

     

    I work for a graphics design company and this is why I can tell you with certainty that these things are true.

     

    You would be surprised at how affordable a website can be, especially if it is ad-supported, in time the site will pay for itself.

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    manidip Newbie
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    First I have joined today only to this great forum.

    However, I can recommend for trendy looking sales page

    and product catalogue....

     

    Go for paid ones. It looks awesome and professional.

    Free ones look crappy.

     

    I have seen many using Optimizepress or Artisteer.

    Just Google it my friend.

    These are really great and comes with all the necessary

    templates and buttons.

     

    Hope this helps. And don't forget to use Wordpress Platform.

    It's huge.

     

    Thank you

  • Re: Where can I make a free website to advertise my wares?
    Business Supply Newbie
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    I honestly don't think you would be happy with a "free" site as they are extremely limited in both design and functionality. I suspect that your best bet will involve getting a cheap hosting account (google it as there are hundreds), installing wordpress (again, very easy to do), and then using a free wordpress plug-in like WP e-commerce (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-e-commerce) and going from there.

     

    If you prefer not to mess with it yourself, I'm sure you can find a web person that would do it for a reasonable fee.

     

    The upside to this approach over a truly "free" site will be the following:

     

    #1 - You own the site and control the content and layout. A free site could be taken down at any minute.

     

    #2 - No 3rd party ads - Most free websites use an ad network for revenue so they automatically place related ads on your site matching whatever you either blog about or sell. These ads compete with your content for clicks and revenue.

     

    #3 - Even the less expensive hosting sites will usually allow you to run more than 1 site on a single account so you could actually launch other sites for a reasonable amount of money.

     

    That's just my ,02 on the topic.

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