help with website setup

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13 Oct 08 05:36:20 am
Hi,

I'm looking to open up a website, and wanted to know what options i have available. I live in Australia, and would prefer the domain or web server to be local.

Any ideas?

Alan

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13 Oct 08 07:36:20 am
Post some details about the type of site you want to get started to get more precise information, but Australian domain registration is simple. A dot com dot au domain will cost around $25.00 for two years.

A lot easier getting a domain name as well : )


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14 Oct 08 02:11:22 am
I'm looking at starting an online adult retail store. A web hosting service would be good as well depending on the price.

Let me know if you have any ideas.

Cheers

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14 Oct 08 03:14:29 am
I'm looking at starting an online adult retail store. A web hosting service would be good as well depending on the price.

Let me know if you have any ideas.

Cheers


Ok, plenty of hosting opportunities for you to choose from. Net Registry is quite popular here in Oz, but check out Google for a huge list for you to research.

Your hosting fee is going to come down to what you will require, such as bandwidth and so on.

Are you developing your own online shop, or are you searching for a turnkey option?


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14 Oct 08 06:12:29 am
To be honest i'm not sure what the best option would be. I'm just starting off really, and on a low budget, so just wanted to get an idea of what was available.

In order to have an online store with checkout and ecommerce, what are the best options that you have found?

Do you think using ecommerce is a good idea? Or not mandatory if just starting out?

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14 Oct 08 06:40:25 am
To be honest i'm not sure what the best option would be. I'm just starting off really, and on a low budget, so just wanted to get an idea of what was available.

In order to have an online store with checkout and ecommerce, what are the best options that you have found?

Do you think using ecommerce is a good idea? Or not mandatory if just starting out?


If you are just starting out then I wouldn't be opening my own store in all honesty. Not only would that be a significant amount of money, there is a list of other complications such as generating traffic flow and so on. It could turn into a very expensive floundering nightmare for you quite easily unfortunately.

You have access to ebay and trading post auctions, even the smaller independent sites that are offering great fees at the moment. As for things to sell, I would actually be starting off doing the weekend garage sales, weekend markets, thrift shops, all great sources for cheap secondhand items. Maybe not in the genre you are wanting to enter, but they will give you practical online selling experience, and if you buy well you will also make money for your trouble...and that can't be a bad thing!

Once you get the swing of things then you will better placed to move up to a larger, more directed online marketing platform if you wish, and you will have some good knowledge to help you avoid some some pitfalls

: )


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14 Oct 08 09:02:25 am
Hello i found globat.com to be a great host.

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14 Oct 08 08:45:12 pm
If you are wanting to get a website up and going have you tried Godaddy.com they are very cheap and very reliable. I have used them for a year with no problems and I get great customer service.


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15 Oct 08 12:29:53 am
Thanks Fudjj, singapore101 and Jimmy for the input.

I'm looking more for a local hosting site for several reasons.

1. I don't want to have to call international for customer service! It costs an arm and leg, especially these types of calls that can go on for hours...
2. Local servers don't run the risk of major disasters (they seem to be happening a lot in the US lately), but other then that at least if it is in your own back yard you can find out what's happening quicker if there is a problem. No time delays.
3. I'd be speaking to a local representitive. They understand the local market better,and perhaps can give ideas in relation to designs etc. and no doubt i believe it is always better to speak to someone locally then to someone overseas.
4. The last point is charges are all in AUD. At least my expense is fixed, not having to worry about fluctuating exchange rates.

Also, i have already dipped my hands into selling my stuff from home, so i have a good idea on listing technics, shipping, pricing etc. I'n not saying i know it all, but i have a good idea.

Selling adult entertainment, you are very limited to where you can sell online unless you have your own site. I'm definitely not going to jump headfirst in, but you need to do your research on it first. And you have to start somewhere...

wholesalelist101, please stop plugging that site. We get it already..

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15 Oct 08 12:49:52 am
Certainly sounds like you have given the whole process a lot of thought, and that's a really good thing. Hard to argue with your points, however just be aware that if you are going to have a site developed from the ground up in in Australia, you will more than likely pay top dollar.

Past experience taught me that even having a developer living just 10 miles away was no guarantee of my satisfaction, in fact it was far from it. At the time I also thought that using a developer here it would give me control over my project, but I ended up going with a developer in India of all places.

Now some will tell you that it is risky using developers in other countries because of the distance, but I have been using the same developer now for over two years. While there has been times when the work was,'t completed to my satisfaction, all I ever had to do was bring that to his attention and alterations followed straight after.

We have actually become quite good friends now, and he has saved me a small fortune in development costs to having the site completed here.Still a little way to go, but it is a major project, but speaking for myself......I couldn't be happier.

As for the company that Jimmy mentioned, godaddy. They are a great provider if you do choose to go outside of Oz. I run my small projects on their servers and have never had any issues at all.

Good luck with it, and keep us informed of your progress as I'm sure some members here will actually gain from your development experience.

Cheers


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15 Oct 08 09:28:03 am
wholesalelist101, please stop plugging that site. We get it already..[/color]



It is the first time I posted that site!

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19 Oct 08 05:12:34 pm
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18 Nov 08 04:09:21 am
Fudjj,

Just an update for you. I have decided not to go with web hosting due to costing at the moment. I'm going to try to build but my company before committing to anything to extensive.

Just had a question for you though. I am still going to get a domain name registered so that no one else can get mine. Can you let me know the best places to go through to get a dot com dot au domain?

I also wanted to redirect anyone trying to get into my domain to my online store and also set up email accounts based on the domain name. Is there anyway of doing that without too much expense?

Regards
Alan

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18 Nov 08 05:01:41 am
Fudjj,

Just an update for you. I have decided not to go with web hosting due to costing at the moment. I'm going to try to build but my company before committing to anything to extensive.

Just had a question for you though. I am still going to get a domain name registered so that no one else can get mine. Can you let me know the best places to go through to get a dot com dot au domain?

I also wanted to redirect anyone trying to get into my domain to my online store and also set up email accounts based on the domain name. Is there anyway of doing that without too much expense?

Regards
Alan


Hi Alan,

My recommendation would be Net Registry in Australia. They will also be able to assist you with your email accounts and other related issues.

Cheers


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