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How to Find someone to Design a New Website

Hello. I'm a beginning Pattern designer who is developing patterns for sale in quilt shops and on the web. I have to get a website up and running so that quilt shop owners can log in to place orders. My website will need an ability for people to use a shopping cart and pay for their orders.

What is the best way to find someone who knows how to set up the site and all the components of it?

I had an IT person who sat with me to talk about what I want but I'm not sure if he's going to move forward fast enough to get me up and running in time.

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Just wondering.

Isn't such a site easy today with godaddy and other web hosts which you can set up shops like this in a few hours?

I do find some want to craft it from scratch but isn't that the old way of setting up shop?
Bob

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It's entirely possible it's not that difficult at all. My problem is I need to focus my time on pattern development/creation and not on firguring out how to put up a website. So, I'm willing to pay someone who knows what they're doing. I don't have a ton of money so would rather find someone who's experienced so I'm not paying for their learning time. The problem is I don't know where to start to know who I'm hiring or where to find someone experienced??

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You're right.

But beware those that want to code this up today. You have godaddy, amazon marketplace and the list goes on and on. If they can't get your shop up in a few hours you know that they are doing this the old fashioned way or YOU have asked to do something that is going to cost you a lot more than you expected.

I suggest you look again at the godaddy and such systems because you should be able to get your site working in hours.
Bob

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I think that depends on your needs...

There is a time for custom development and there's a time to use a service that already has everything established for you to use.

Also, your theory that finding someone experienced will be cheaper is not quite correct. A beginner may charge a lot less, but it will take them longer. A professional will charge a lot more, but get things done much sooner. The question then becomes: How fast do you need it?

If you were to use a service like R. Proffitt suggested, then you could hire a beginner and explain that this is what you want. Those are pretty self-explanatory to setup, you're just paying them to do it.

There are also sites like this: http://www.elance.com/p/landing/buyerA2.html You can explain your project and users will bid on it. You can see a user's reviews to ensure that they are any good.

~Sovereign

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Thanks Sovereign

Thanks - that's a good suggestion. It's not an easy decision to make. I have been doing some research and I almost get more confused the more I read and learn. Confused as in, more options, etc. Anyway, I'll take a look at the site you suggest. Cyndi

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