Earn through a website

Kenya
June 20, 2011 7:09am CST
I desire to start a new website where I sell information on almost anything, vacant jobs, travel, tourism, and socialization. I am wondering how much $$ should I have to pay web designers and purchase a domain name. Any ideas please... I need a new website. Where can I get cheap prices to design my site.
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7 responses
20 Jun 11
You may not need to pay anything, depending on your chosen format. Will it fit on a blog layout? If so, there are several free platforms. Paypal and most other online banking systems also have tools and utilities to handle payments that are free to place on-site. Web design can run from hundreds of dollars/pound to thousands, depending on what you need, so think carefully about the alternatives available.
• Kenya
20 Jun 11
What limit can a good blog hold.
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20 Jun 11
I have no idea what you want to know. Can you be more specific? If you mean how many entries, it's unlimited. It's more a question of layout and organisation, especially if you're selling things. It's all very fine and good having 20,000 items listed but if no one can browse/search efficiently, you won't sell anything.
• Kenya
21 Jun 11
If it can hold many entries, then I think I fall for a blog. The layout would then be classic and easy to navigate. By using entries I hope you mean it can have a number of pages, if not so clarify on the number of pages a blog will hold.
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@scammerwear (1433)
• Singapore
20 Jun 11
A good place to get an idea of what the market price is like (and/or hire someone to do it) is freelancer.com A good web portal is scalable, that is to say it grows with what you're offering and the amount of traffic you're getting, etc. My suggestion is to understand the nuts and bolts a little more before you get someone to code it, that way you can plan a long term website plan. I do consult/build portals like these, unfortunately my charges are pretty high :)
• Kenya
20 Jun 11
My desire is to have a site that continues to grow and adapt to changes in likes and dislikes.
• Singapore
21 Jun 11
Start small, have basic functions and a good design and get it up and running first. As time process, you will find the need for other functions, designs etc. A good, active portal reviews for an upgrade ever 1/2 yearly to yearly. Normally if you're making enough money to upgrade in that frequency, its likely you'll need to review your business plan.
• Kenya
21 Jun 11
Thank you. You have enlightened me. Grow is a continuous process. A blog gradually grows to give way to website.
@wmraul (2557)
• Bucharest, Romania
20 Jun 11
hate to be the ne playing devil's advocate, but someone must challenge you. First of all, "information on almost anything, vacant jobs, travel, tourism, and socialization" are filing tons of sites out there and are for free. Next, you should know about the efficaciousness of what you do. If you hope you will invest close to nothing and get back close to maximum, that's pure BS. Specially on the net where you compete with loads of people .. In order to get something back you need a fully functional proffy-build-and-looking site. Hosted for money with a paid domain name. Yet, that domain name is or will be your brand. Has to earn trust and respect from users and competitors. (Btw, competitors are not your enemies, at contrary, they are your partners ...). Trust and respect comes with the time and are supported by what you do and how you do ... Next, you should start build attractions - you should build traffic, you should fresh up content, you should attract interest to your site for old and new potential costumers ... All this may take 1-3 years and still not be rich yet ... ods are you'll be lower than at start or maybe same level. All this time you must be aware of the monster called GIGO. Is a monster on the net eating new or weak businesses: Garbage In, Garbage Out. This is like you'll offer single use kitchen gloves to amateurs gardeners. One mistake and same nice content instead give you speed will put you out of the trail ... Is all about credibility and is hard to earn it, harder to maintain it up and very easy to loose it. There are so many aspects and options, it would require you first spend at least an year learning what and how before even start to think in what niche you'll wanna go ... Good Luck !
• Kenya
20 Jun 11
I intend to have a site to outlast me and not just GIGO. Well is it possible to start with a blog and grow to a website? By generating traffic to the blog will I earn, to enable the blog stand and grow on its own? Like you say, I have to get lots of information before I venture out there.
@iklananda (1204)
21 Jun 11
To build a website it willonly coz you $1o for the domain only. That is the largest amount. For the hosting you can try host it on 000webhost or byethost. USe the free one i already use both of them and it work fine with me. But if you build more complicated site than you must using the paid hosting server. Because you cannot have a smtp there. It mean that you cannot send email to you member if you use free hosting. I don't know if there is a free hosting that still able to use the smtp
• India
20 Jun 11
Actually, a blog is not a really interactive site to attract customers. But if you just want to host your information, then a blog would do. Coming to the designing part, web-designers (im one) will you charge you depending on the type of site you want. The costs depend on the number of pages, the coding language you want the site in, wheather it contains flash animations (and if yes how many?), the logos created, designs and templates created and most importantly the number of hours that it would take to design the site. Apart from designing you might also need to maintain your site which will invite running costs. Hope this information was useful to you.
@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
You are going to put up a site that "sells" information? I don't know if that will work because we can get all those information for free.
@maharlikah (1045)
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
In my case, I just bought a domain name then bought another product which is the hosting plan but returned it since a friend hosted it for the mean time.By next year I'll be paying for the hosting already. The domain costs $7.67/per year. With regard to the design, there are available for free if you'll like them.