How to make a website for a small company?
July 21, 2012 10:03 PM Subscribe
I'd like to create a website for a company I've started with some friends. I've never done this before. Can you tell me the best way to do this?
posted by twirlypen to technology (11 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Two friends and I have started to make wine. We'll be selling this wine largely in person and through mail order, but we'd like people to be able to order and pay for it online as well. I've done a bit of research into creating a website but there are huge amounts of information out there, sometimes contradictory, sometimes more technical than I can handle, and sometimes simply unhelpful.
The website doesn't need to be very complicated. We need to have at least one (preferably several) email addresses with email@example.com. We'd like to also have a secure page where people can buy our wine.
With that in mind - how big a difference does the hosting/registering company matter? There are a whole lot of options with a wide range of prices. Any that you'd recommend? Or does it really make no difference?
What's the best way for relatively non-tech-savvy people to have a https page for secure purchasing? Those that I've seen haven't been particularly straight forward and have cost >$50/month, which would be a lot of money for very few sales, at least at first. Is there a cheaper option, or an alternative we haven't considered?
Finally, do you have a recommendation for a reasonably straight forward web hosting service with which to create the site? I played with html a while back, but it's all gone now. I'm confident enough with graphics programs though - does anywhere offer a service that lets you build a site with your own images and so forth but without having to thoroughly understand all the html that makes it work?
Any help's much appreciated.