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    NigelLane
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    Getting a website designed is something like changing your mobile phone plan to me. Too much choice and heaps of opinions. However – I need a website.

    I need it to be my main site as I begin the journey to flying solo. I am a little tech savvy but severely graphically challenged. I wish to start simple (WordPress will be fine). I am an author/speaker marketing myself to schools and parents. I have resources to sell – digital and print media, and also coaching services to offer too.

    I like the ideas put out by Action Plan Marketing that says I should start with 5-7 information pages – but I do want it to look swish.

    I have less money and more time (if you follow the good, fast and cheap concept) as I want it operational by the end of January ready for the new school year.

    I have hosting facilities, I have a graphics guy designing the main image (kind of like my signature) and I want it in green (unless you firmly persuade me otherwise).

    Recommendations please? I would LOVE to buy from within this community. Ask anything else you may need to know.

    Nigel

    http://www.facebook.com/nigellane.com.au

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    OneArmedGraphics
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    Hi Nigel, if you have time and patience it is may be a realistic choice to DIY.

    There are many attractive free and reasonable costs themes that are not that difficult to customise if you don’t need to rush it.

    I’m sure every potential designer wants to know you budget range so might be best updating your post to save a bazillion questions.

    Good luck,
    Robbie

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    NigelLane
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    DIY is always possible but will reduce the swishness dramatically! Budget? I get nervous when it gets into 4 figures (without decimal points!) but equally disparaging when offered a site for $50. So I will find the money I need but the multiple of hundreds will be scrutinised.

    I guess I understand your comment/request but I am nervous about giving a definitive figure for people to “quote to”. My buying philosophy is that quality costs money (quite rightly) but my money pit isn’t bottomless.

    Does that help? Happy to receive more clarification questions.

    Nigel

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    OneArmedGraphics
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    Understood.

    FYI – I should have stated I wasn’t planning on bidding, was only offering that advice as had seen plenty of similar threads.

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    NigelLane
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    No worries – advice gratefully received.

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    rorrock
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    For DIY sites, have a look at Concrete5 cms.
    Thats what I use to power mine, and with the addons..
    (some free, some paid for) its made the site look pretty good..

    Rob

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    ingenyes
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    Hi Nigel. Why not start with a free hosting package and experiment with WordPress and other CMS’ to see which is best? I have to make a shameless plug here and tell you that the company I work for are providing free hosting. Check out http://www.ingenyes.com.au. The packages we offer come with Cpanel and Fantastico. The reason I mention this is because you can deploy WordPress with a single click of the button from Fantastico (or Drupal, Zencart, OSCommerce and many, many other CMS’ and tools)

    If you have experience with WordPress then you already know how easy it is and you can purchase templates or have something put together for your self (with templates you do not have to worry about being graphically challenged).

    If you want to sell online then might try one of the shopping carts to see which is suitable.

    One other word of advice I would offer is to go and look at what other people have done with WordPress (or what ever CMS you use) to see how other people have achieved “swish.” Here are a few showcase websites.

    http://wordpress.org/showcase/

    http://www.inspiredm.com/best-wordpress-themes-2009/

    http://www.noupe.com/wordpress/60-unusual-wp-blog-designs.html

    You might also want to do a Google search of wordpress tutorials to get an idea of interesting designs but also interesting things you can do with WordPress.

    Good luck – Ingenyes.

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    AgentMail
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    Hi Nigel,

    Whilst I have not yet used him, Stuart from LemonChip (fellow FS member) has been extremely helpful and courteous through quoting stages, understanding and working with my budget and making suggestions on best route forward.

    I like to judge a book by it’s cover, and http://www.lemonchip.com.au has a pretty nice one!

    Just my 2c, I know there are heaps of designers on here, and probably all are fantastic.

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    Shell@DesignPrintDeliver
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    Hi Nigel,

    I do some work with Blue Bird Web Designs and they do some fantastic wordpress based sites. We recently did an author site in the US that I’m happy to send you through the link for (it was more a blog based site for a journalist who writes for the wall street press about Apple). In terms of pricing, you could get a worpress based site from $549 and anything in the $800-900 range would see you with a more customised site (but that was still set up so you could make changes etc).

    We can also link it into facebook or a twitter feed which might be useful for what you are after.

    Shoot me an email at michelle@designprintdeliver.com.au and I’ll also send you a PM :)

    Cheers,
    Michelle

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    NigelLane
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    Thanks for all the responses everyone. Having got to the age where I understand myself a little – the DIY idea would appear a good one but alas isn’t for me. (Sorry not willing to bare all in this setting!)

    I will investigate the suggestions here and in my inbox but feel free to contribute still – I will probably make a decision this weekend as I am out of home office most of this week.

    Nigel

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    bridiej
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    I can recommend Chris at Click Web Design – he did my site last year. :)

    http://www.clickwebdesign.com.au/

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    Netorigin
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    NigelLane, post: 96838 wrote:
    Getting a website designed is something like changing your mobile phone plan to me. Too much choice and heaps of opinions. However – I need a website.

    I need it to be my main site as I begin the journey to flying solo. I am a little tech savvy but severely graphically challenged. I wish to start simple (WordPress will be fine). I am an author/speaker marketing myself to schools and parents. I have resources to sell – digital and print media, and also coaching services to offer too.

    I like the ideas put out by Action Plan Marketing that says I should start with 5-7 information pages – but I do want it to look swish.

    I have less money and more time (if you follow the good, fast and cheap concept) as I want it operational by the end of January ready for the new school year.

    I have hosting facilities, I have a graphics guy designing the main image (kind of like my signature) and I want it in green (unless you firmly persuade me otherwise).

    Recommendations please? I would LOVE to buy from within this community. Ask anything else you may need to know.

    Nigel

    http://www.facebook.com/nigellane.com.au

    Hi Nigel,

    I would recommend contacting Webholic – http://webholic.com.au and WPM Digital – http://wpmdigital.com.au for your web design needs.

    Cheers,
    Shaun

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    inveress
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    Hi Nigel,

    I’m sure I could help you out at a price you’d be happy with.

    My site is at: http://www.inveress.net

    I’m still working on a “portfolio” page for my site, so for the time being you can see some more examples of my work on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/inveress.

    I also offer great hosting at a nice price, which then gets you a discount on ongoing changes or content maintenance (though of course, it’s WordPress, so you are always free to update things yourself) — details on my site.

    Best of luck,
    Peter.

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    Daniel12345
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    I used this guy:
    Ashish Tilara

    he did my website pretty much from scratch -www.haleandfun.com.au and I found him to be cheap and reliable, not to mention pretty quick with an alterations. I would definitely recommend him
    Cheers
    Dr. Daniel White
    http://www.haleandfun.com.au

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    WiseUp
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    HI Nigel

    Great to see you over here!

    I can recommend http://www.mywork.com.au they do a great package for $150 which looks professional, has a few tricks and is easy to update yourself

    Be in touch soon

    Mary-Anne

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