Website and Template Design:
We specialize in self-hosted WordPress sites as well as custom template design for ShoppePro, Merchant Moms, and PappaShop websites. Whether you are looking to start a new online business, add an online presence to your brick and mortar shop, or just showcase your art, we can provide a design that reflects your style and message.
What you need to know:
For e-commerce sites: We currently we work with the following web hosts: ShoppePro and Merchant Mom’s. Both offer affordable website hosting with a built-in shopping cart system that is easy for you and your future customers to use. No HTML knowledge is needed to maintain your site with these web hosts, and adding content is quick and easy! We choose to work only with these companies for several reasons. First, they allow you to maintain your own website without ever having to rely on a designer to update pages or add items for you. Updating your site is very much like updating a blog. Second, they give you the freedom to add products, update inventory, offer wholesale pricing, give bulk item discounts, suggest complimentary products to your customers, and be in control of your own keywords and search engine optimization. They also have some really great built in pages that come standard with every website such as an event calendar, guest book, contact form, press page, gallery, and site map. You can add as many pages as you choose, and you can do it with the click of a button. And on top of all that, they have a thorough “help” section to help you learn how to use and understand each of these features. You may also choose to forgo using the shopping cart, and activate that feature later, keeping your site an information only site for however long you choose.
When you purchase one of our template packages, you and the designer will work to create a “template” for your new website. The template itself consists of a single html file that acts as a “frame” for the content of your website (telling the system how to make each page of your website look); this will include a banner, background file, and a navigation menu. You will always have full control over adding or deleting pages or products through a store admin and each new page you create will use the same template and blend seamlessly with your new site. You will be responsible for setting up the content of each page within the “frame” of template itself, unless it was included in your design package. We offer several extra design elements for you to use with your template, that can be added on at the time of set-up or in the future. For your convenience we also offer bundled template packages that include some of these popular extras.
New for WordPress Clients: We also offer our self-hosted WordPress clients an easy way to add an e-commerce option to their existing sites. Please contact us for details.
Lets get started!
If you don’t already have a domain name (website address) you will need to purchase one. We recommend GoDaddy for this. We find they have some of the best prices around (around $2 – $14 a year) and think their domain manager is very easy to use. Simply visit their site, decide what you want your website address to be, and purchase your domain name.
Pick your web host and sign up for an account. ShoppePro or Merchant Mom’s are recommended for those who want to sell products directly from their site and will need a built in shopping cart. All three offer similar packages and pricing. Feel free to email us with any questions on choosing your web host.
Sign up for a merchant account through PayPal so you can begin accepting payments on your new site.
Wait for further instructions via email. Once you get the automated confirmation of your order, a designer will contact you within 24 hours with a scheduled start date of your design project and a list of questions to aid in your design. Most projects will be scheduled several weeks out, so you can use that time to think about your design choices, take your product photos, and write your shop policies and content.