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i am using to sell products in the 1200-1600 range so i want to pay a professional to create my site and make it look wonderful and also making it secure.
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Then you are best off paying someone to do professional work. Dont use a CMS because not only will you have a high chance of getting hacked but making alot of customers mad when you tell them their credit card info, name etc.. has been taken. Or... Just post the items for sale, and for puchasing information just have them contact you.
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There are also the consideration of what the page will have on it.

Just info.
Merchant capabilities.
Forums
etc...

Basically depends on your needs at the moment.
If you're just starting your business and it not online-only (something you don't need Merchant capabilities for) then you can probably get away with templating it with something free with minor alterations.

But if you need eCommerce capabilities, best to get a professional to do the site for you.

That being said, my wife just started her business a couple of months ago, and of course, enlisted me as webmaster, accountant and several other things (all for free LOL). I've done up a site for her, which is just an info site with a form to request a quote (she does Commercial / Residential cleaning). Basically all her site is, is a replica of her business card (which I designed) but with an Info page and other pages etc... could have hand-coded in Notepad, but since I have DW 8, I used that.

Basically, if you're doing this site for your business, determine what needs you have as far as eCommerce, info-only etc... then look for an appropriate coder / template.

Edit: Take so long to type, 2 more posts LOL...

**Since its eCommerce, definitely hire professional. You could offer the job on one of the freelance sites, or Google webdesigners. I'd offer, but I'm not really a professional web designer. I know a couple, but since I've never used them, I can't really make a recommendation. Just make sure that whoever you hire, that is their PRIMARY business. We just got done with a customer last month that had hired a guy to do their website and it turns out he stole all the code from another company...
    
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well it is just going to have a section for photos and products on the product page you get to custimize what you buy like you get to pick a case then different levels of gaming rigs and your cathdoe colors and etc. the photo page will have examples of the computers i have built for others and big lan parties i host
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post #15 of 20
That plus eCommerce capabilities, probably gonna be looking at something in the $1500-$4500 price range for a decent site like that.... Just be prepared.

And remember, its an investment in your business, and is tax deductible. (If you're setup as a Sole Proprietor, deductible for the Corp if you're Inc.)
    
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Don't get PHP-Nuke. It sucks and looks plain. I know a brilliant CMS that is professional and looks very, very nice. Also very easy to setup and admin.

Here: Joomla
    
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Over here at opensourcecms.com, click on portals (CMS) and then a list will pop up with all the CMS's that are free and great to use, with a little rating system too.

If you are wanting to learn how to code, then i suggesting going to pixel 2 life. Here it is with HTML tips and tricks: Pixle2life.com

As for suggestion, either create your own or use a CMS. If you are semi new to this stuff, then I suggest a CMS, as they are pre-built and are very handy to use once you learn how to use them. The CMS's I recommend are E107, and Joomla. I find PHPNuke to be quite unstable and not very safe to use, and it costs money, as the other 2 I mentioned are free.

And finally, looking for a template for the CMS? Well simply go to: Themesbase and choose the CMS you have. You can also easily edit the CMS theme yourself with photoshop. But if you want to edit how the layout works, then you will need to learn some html and php skills.

Hope you found this somewhat easy.
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If your main point of contact with customers will be the internet, and this will be what puts bread on your table, don't use it as way to learn html, php, asp, etc.... If you want to learn how to develope web pages, thats great, but to get good at it will not happen over night.

Your web site may be the first impression you make with customers. Make it a good one. You should not have to pay a lot to have it done, but you should use a professional. After you have a professional site, learn the skills to update and change it yourself if you want.

Just the opinion of a business owner that does all of his business online. I work in .NET development all day long, but I still use a professional artist to disign the look and feel of our sites.
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post #20 of 20
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yeah i am having a pro do it, but i dont want to spend 5k on it
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