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Thread: Should I Create a Website? Do I Need One?

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    Arrow Should I Create a Website? Do I Need One?

    People always want to follow the latest thing, be it in fashion, sports, that kind of thing. Websites have become a necessity to almost everyone. Companies, businesses, individuals, even young adults have created personal websites with their respective purposes, be it for profit, or for entertainment.

    What one must consider, however, before creating a website, are the factors in which must be put to thought before doing so, such as the cost, maintenance, use, web host and so forth.

    Firstly, associating with the cost, we must always try to find an affordable host, not spending too much, nor too little. A cheap host does not exactly symbolize a credible reliability rating, but we must always look for value for money deals. Also, regarding the efficiency and server/web host reliability, there are many cases of web hosts not providing the service they had assured other people, some had even shut down and were nowhere to be seen. Keep this note in mind, as if you would like a long-lasting website, this would be the first thing to look for.

    Next, would hiring a professional be affordable? Is it the best option? For simple websites, we could always pick up the coding, or even use programs, as it is relatively simple. However, when it comes to more complex coding, and when you want it to do a tad more than just providing information, hiring help in doing so would be the best way. Not only in terms of design, but security is also a key factor in assuring a quality website. If the website also acts as a portal for businesses, security would definitely be the issue here.

    So, having considered the things to do before building a website, do we actually NEED one? If creating one would boost sales or promote positive implications to oneself, then by all means, go ahead and do what’s best. Yet again, planning is the key to success, in everything we do.


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    We all need a website. Where else would we place our adsense? But you are correct. How much can we afford to spend on developing a website. Professional coding can be expensive. But I believe that the answer is hard to come by. You will never know unless to test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    We all need a website. Where else would we place our adsense? But you are correct. How much can we afford to spend on developing a website. Professional coding can be expensive. But I believe that the answer is hard to come by. You will never know unless to test.
    If you want cheaper coding, try looking for it on freelancer sites like elance, you can find someone who can work for less as they have lower overheads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DotComBum View Post
    If you want cheaper coding, try looking for it on freelancer sites like elance, you can find someone who can work for less as they have lower overheads.
    The freelance sites have good providers. I see a lot of the same providers in the b/s/t of the major forums as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    We all need a website. Where else would we place our adsense? But you are correct. How much can we afford to spend on developing a website. Professional coding can be expensive. But I believe that the answer is hard to come by. You will never know unless to test.
    Though I quoted you for replying to a specific part of your post, my reply is in general to the thread.

    My first question would be at whom is this question aimed?

    Everybody?

    Or just webmasters?

    I'm presuming not everybody as the presumption of spending money on hosting and professional coders rather disassociates it from everybody.

    If it is aimed at webmasters, well, it seems redundant.

    Everybody needs a website?

    I would ask why.

    Most business could benefit from a website, but not every business needs on. Those with a targeted consumer base most certainly could benefit from a website. Those which depend entirely on impulse purchases don't have that much to advertise on a website.

    Souvenir shops have impulse traffic. In Cave City, KY, people don't go to the souvenir shops, which line the left and right of the main drag, and then decide to go see Mammoth Cave while they are there. The tours are the attraction and the shops make or break by location; people don't drive miles down to road to buy souvenirs, they'll buy them right where they are.

    If the business is less impulse driven, hence more targeted say like a furniture store, then they could benefit more from a website because people are looking for specific items they have and would be willing to search them out to get those items.

    People in their walk-a-day lives don't necessarily need a website. It is nice to have a blog to vent, rant, and share, but the web is littered with personal websites nobody visits to any measurable degree.

    A personal website is a desire. With so many free service like Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Twitter...many are perfectly satisfied with their place on the web with those services.

    Hence, my question: what do you mean by 'we'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menard View Post
    Hence, my question: what do you mean by 'we'?
    We as in Webmasters. But I would say any Business owner can use a website. At the minimum it can be an informational site.

    It's true that not every business can justify the costs of coders etc. But there are free and inexpensive options. A business can use Google Sites to put up a free website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    We as in Webmasters. But I would say any Business owner can use a website. At the minimum it can be an informational site.
    Isn't that redundant saying that a webmaster needs a website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menard View Post
    Isn't that redundant saying that a webmaster needs a website?
    Yes. The end result is that it's redundant to say that a webmaster needs a website. Funny thing is that there are webmasters without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Yes. The end result is that it's redundant to say that a webmaster needs a website. Funny thing is that there are webmasters without them.
    I was considering asking the question if there are webmasters without websites. Seems kind of difficult to be a webmaster without a website, kind of like being a photographer but never having taken a photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menard View Post
    I was considering asking the question if there are webmasters without websites. Seems kind of difficult to be a webmaster without a website, kind of like being a photographer but never having taken a photograph.
    More like a photographer without a camera. But that's not to say that they never took a photograph.

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