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    DanaF, post: 61707 wrote:
    I have a really really simple brochure site and I was after cheap and cheerful – http://www.crazydomains.com.au does AWESOME cheap and cheerful hosting. 24/7 helpful support (email is better than phone) and really steady, uninterrupted service for liek $4 a month or something.

    I am sure they’re about to be slagged by all the web nerds in the forum but as someone who doesn’t need much from my site, it’s exactly what I needed and I couldn’t be happier.

    I’ve used Crazy Domains, they didn’t suit my needs, but the service was good value for a basic site (does that mean I’m not a web nerd now?)

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    Good luck to everyone in Queensland, let’s not forget Rockhampton!

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    Ray,
    Like you I have a systems development background and I don’t think your remarks are that controversial. Web developers are the mechanics of web sites and they tend to be a talented but opinionated lot, If you don’t want to hear the opinion you can buy from a salesman who will manage your expectations.

    Often what you’re hearing is people who are not trained in PR, just saying how they see it. The fact is that there are a lot of rubbish web sites around and small developers are often beaten around the head with a cheap packaged solution, by customers trying to get the price down. My god you’ve got me doing it now!

    Another thing is different levels of experience represent different views. I’ve seen enough ‘latest technologies’ to know that they all become passé more quickly than one would hope. However an inexperienced developer who has been taught that he is using the latest technology will enthusiastically embrace it and evangelize it.

    I guess what I’m saying is: does it really matter that much? I know it matters to you, but these are mainly people just being themselves without the benefit of good PR.

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    Happy New Year from downtown Broomfield, Vossy. I’m a content first person as well, and I’m always banging the drum, which is weird, because I don’t really sell content; but never mind. Welcome to flyingsolo.com forum.

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    I don’t think the black and red go well, particularly in the gradient. You could try colouring individual letters in a monochrome fashion. I’ve been using this monochrome palette http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/1368267/SlateyGrayBlueMono, but I think you need something brighter where you just vary the hue of one colour to give you a few shades. This is purely my opinion, I’m just a self-taught designer.

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    Yea, I’m playing with a potential client on service seeking at the moment. I’ve got the phone number but I haven’t used it, yet. I’m using my last free credit so I might buy a $70 bundle and try a few more. I’m also going for a little more of a ‘complete solution’ to add value for clients. I think that’s the way to go, you gotta sell!

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    I’ve been using facebook to push out updates from my WordPress blogs. I have a little pipeline that takes an auto RSS feed of my blog and publishes it using feedburner and then pushes it to facebook using RSS Graffiti. I find this really handy as then the business page and my personal page get content updates whenever I blog. I’ve also got some pure RSS feeds as well. Let me know if I can help, I think I have an RSS obsession! Check it out at my ecommerce fan page

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    Well I use WordPress for blogs and nopCommerce for eCommerce as an end user and selling hosted products (that’s my self-promotion bit). I think the big thing about eCommerce is having a sales strategy. If you have a focused demographic in say, knitting patterns, I’d go big on mailing lists, email and physical and web site high on usability. If you have a bricks and mortar presence you need a consistent theme in your online presence. If you are selling flashy things to a young demographic, a nice flashy social media integrated approach would be good. And so on… If you’re selling to me I like ease of navigation, large print, plenty of detail and prompt shipping.

    There are flying solo businesses who cater for all sorts of web sites and people who will look at your business strategy. Try and whittle down your options a bit, write a little list of types of customers, number of products, type of products and then ask a more specific question.

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    This depends a lot on the complexity of your questionnaires and how much human interaction is involved. I’m kind of thinking of something like an online membership site, with ‘products’ and some human interaction in the workflow. Then you can maybe integrate an online document management system, or do it all on the fly. I don’t know of an existing system that would do it all but the bits are all commercially available. This would be a good ‘cloud’ application, where you could pay for what you need. Putting my finger in the air, in the time honoured estimation technique, I’d say 5-10K for a demonstrable proof of concept and put a zero on the end for a safe bet on the whole box and dice including hosting, software and support.

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    King, I think the question you are asking is too simple because the subject is very broad. There are many ways of using Facebook, and it is shifting ground. At the moment I’m happy to have a Facebook account and get a few referrals from it. It’s working for me better than my flyingsolo referrals, at the moment, but I’m working on that. I’ve put a ‘Like’ button on some of my web pages. I have a fan page for my eCommerce offering. I’ve tried Facebook advertising, and I may try it again. Facebook is a broad product but I think it is primarily social networking and currently I have no plans for a storefront there.

    Although, on the subject of storefronts Payvement seem to be on a real winner and I’m watching them very closely. They have an interesting shopping cart integration feature using Facebook logon to existing sites.

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    I’ve had the same accountant for twenty years, we got acquainted because he had the only office in the main street of Daylesford, and it works just fine. My question is, have you learned something from your experience? If you need financial planning, make sure that you specify that. Do you need a bookkeeper? Bookkeepers can be cheaper and provide on the ground advice for your business. Ask local businesses who they use, sounds like you need the personal touch.

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    Welcome Mark,
    I don’t know why your avatar isn’t showing, maybe it’s the wrong flavour. I like your web site and admired your buttons. Like most small businesses you have room for expansion which is really good, get out there and sell! There are lots of people on this forum who can give you advice on what you need and maybe some potential customers.

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    CondorCreative, post: 60017 wrote:
    I use this one myself – http://colorschemedesigner.com/ :)

    I like that, it’s really quite clever and does sensible stuff

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    Hi There,
    Basically I agree with what John is saying. I operate as a sole trader and I’ve tried to build my brand around my name. I think mobile phone contact only is Ok these days, but I do think a good email address is essential. I’ve seen quite a few email addresses that make me wonder what people are thinking, and an email against your domain name is best. So for the sole trader try and make it look professional even if you are a one-man-band.

    I’d register a business name in your home state if you need a bank account in that name. Again the essential is an ABN to register that domain name(s). But do develop a good relationship with your accountant, you will need it.

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