There are huge companies out there that tell you how easy it is to build your own website - we used to say the same thing. Then we discovered that it's just not that easy. A website, no matter how beautiful, is only as good as it's results. But we have clients that have created websites for themselves using our do it yourself website building tools and are very happy with the results.
Have more time than money
Great computer skills
An interest in learning the ins and outs of web design and web marketing
Good photo editing skills and software (or the ability to learn how to use tools we recommend)
Good content writing skills
Understand how search engines work
Love to research things on the web
Great design ideas
did we mention lots of time?
Know who your target market is
Know how your target market will search for your products
Have a unique product that everyone is looking for anyway and will buy even if you don't have an online store...
Then building your own website might be a great way to go.
If you can answer yes to all of the above then you may want to check out our Better Website Builder Tools. This software allows you to choose from 100s of pre-built templates and build your own great looking website by simply plugging in content and images. You can even create an online "store" by using your PayPal account and learning about "add to cart" and "buy now" buttons.
This solution is awesome if you have 50 or less items you want to sell and don't need to calculate real time shipping fees (i.e. if you can just charge a flat rate for shipping any given item).
If you want a more advanced e-commerce online store & shopping cart solution we do not recommend building your own website. Instead consider letting us develop the foundation for you and you can save a lot of money by entering and managing your own product database.
Q. Why shouldn't I do an Ebay or Yahoo store?
A. Read the small print. Although start up costs may be much smaller than choosing our solutions, your costs will go up along with your success. On average, a successful store owner will pay about 12% of their sales to one of these types of solutions. Even with our solution you have to figure you will pay about 4% out for credit card processing (this does not go to us) - but with Ebay and Yahoo stores you pay an additional percentage of every sale for the use of their software and services. Additionally, since their websites are built using proprietary software you will have a hard time migrating your data to another solution when you realize you are not happy with the return on your investment.
Our e-commerce / online stores & shopping cart and other database driven websites are not easy to migrate but, since we use open source software, you can hire another professional that can help you and leave us any time you decide you are not happy with our services. You don't lose your initial design and development investment this way.
Our SiteBuilder Now Tools websites are more difficult to move. You can move the websites themselves but they will be difficult to edit and your forms will probably not work.
Q. Can I start by building my own website with the SiteBuilder Tools and then "upgrade" to a more advanced website?
A. No. The technology behind a SiteBuilder Now Tools website is completely different than our more advanced database driven websites. This is why we encourage you to consider your short and long term goals before making a decision on the technology you are going to use for your initial website.
Q. If I have you build a "basic" website for me can I decide to turn it into an editable (manage it myself) website later?
A. At Coburn Enterprises we believe that the website we build for you should meet your short and long term goals. Because of this belief, we no longer build websites that do not have at least simple website administration capabilities. To determine which solution is right for you we are happy to discuss your objectives before you commit to any of our website products.