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    4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 6, 2008 5:52 PM by saageworks

    How to Choose the Right Type of Website for Your Business

    saageworks Wayfarer
      Hi
      I just wrote the first in a series of posts on websites for small business. If you would like to learn more about choosing what route to take when developing a website for your business check out http://www.saageworks.com/blog/2008/3/6/how-to-choose-the-right-type-of-website-for-your-business.html. Hope this helps answer some common questions.

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        • Re: How to Choose the Right Type of Website for Your Business
          LUCKIEST Guide
          YES, thank you, I would like to learn more about choosing what route to take
          when developing a web site for my business.
          I will check out your suggestion.
          Thanks, LUCKIEST
          • Re: How to Choose the Right Type of Website for Your Business
            Lighthouse24 Ranger
            Saageworks, thanks for the info. I guess I've always seen two tiers within your description of "pre-fab":

            (1) What I considered pre-fab before I read the article, i.e., a five-page, industry or application-specific site with all the design assets, feature functions, and navigation links in place -- so about all the business owner has to do is paste content into pre-formatted blocks. (A lot of hosting sites for independent craftmakers, artists, musicians, MLM reps, etc. have a pre-fab tool like this, with which nearly anyone can create a specific type of website very quickly.)

            (2) What I'd consider a true DIY product (perhaps like the Squarespace product you referenced, though I'm most familiar with NetObjects Fusion) -- i.e., a development tool that is basic and intuitive enough for a near beginner, yet powerful enough to create almost anything a professional developer could create if the user wants to take the time to learn how. (This approach seems like a good option for a business that manages large sites with dynamic content when those sites are mainly informational -- as opposed to being the firm's primary revenue-producer, like a high volume e-commerce site, in which case an in-house IT person or outsourced developer would likely be cost-justified.)

            Anyway, I enjoyed the article and look forward to the future installments!
            • Re: How to Choose the Right Type of Website for Your Business
              DJM0231 Wayfarer
              Greeting Saage,

              I enjoyed the article. Although, I am surprised that you did not mention any Content Management Systems (CMS), which there are many open source i.e. free CMS packages available.

              I would recommend a CMS package that supports blogging type social networking before recommending a WordPress or similar blog specific application. I haven't had any real experience with Squarespace, it appears to be a mash between CMS and social applications. I'll have to look further into Squarespace.

              Please don't take this as a critique of your article. I felt it was a very good read and look forward to your future posts.

              Thanks,
              DJM0231
                • Re: How to Choose the Right Type of Website for Your Business
                  saageworks Wayfarer
                  All,
                  Thanks for the comments on my blog post. Appreciate the thoughts. DJM0231 excellent point about CMS, Squarespace actually serves as a great CMS and there are certainly more out there, my personal opinion is Squarespace does an excellent job. Some of them are a little more complex than I felt qualified for a "prefab", for example Drupal. I think there are so many options in the open source world that it probably deserves its own post. I do however consider some of these options to be not as user friendly as systems that have already developed modules. I really appreciate your reply and hope I can incorporate more thorough info in this guide for those less familiar with web development.

                  If anyone is looking for more information on small business and web technology/applications check out my blog www.saageworks.com. It is new but growing quickly!