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post #1 of 46 Old 11-07-2013, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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Me Too Radical Website Opinion

I tried to make a website and it's obvious I am an ammy at this stuff. I have to get better pictures of the horses. Please tell me what you think. What should I change? These is only so many options I can do by the way through the design.

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post #2 of 46 Old 11-07-2013, 07:43 AM
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Looks OK, I'd get better quality images through - fuzzy or low DPI images always bother me on websites.

In all honesty, given as how the website is a business venture, I'd pay someone to build it for you. Personally (and please don't take this the wrong way), when I see a "DIY" website, hosted on a free web service, topped off with "Make your own free website like this one" type advertisements, my opinion of the business is much lower.

A proper domain name of your own and a nice crisp website and lots of good quality photos will make people realize that you've invested some time (and yes, money) in your product. With websites, first impressions count. ;)

A hosting plan can be had for a few bucks a month - many will give you your first .com address free, and you can register a domain-tied email address (Yourname@yourwebsiteaddress.com) as well, which looks much more professional vs a Hotmail, Gmail, AOL etc etc email address. Website builders aren't hard to come across either, just be sure to make sure you preview the site before forwarding payment as you want to make sure that your expectations are met.

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post #3 of 46 Old 11-07-2013, 09:02 AM
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Agree with the above.
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Thank you. This was just for a short time. This same website gave me the option to buy my own domain but I fell a little short on cash but I do plan to buy it or hire it done. I'm actually going to deleate some pictures on there once I get on a computer.
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Be wary of the "buy your own domain" offers from websites like this - often what you end up with is still a crippled version of a website host with limited capabilities in the end.

A proper traditional hosting plan with FTP server access and traditional domain hosting tools (amongst others) is what you really need - any website created will run on it whereas buying a domain through an otherwise "free website builder" site as you have used sometimes results in lackluster Capabilities after the fact at more money than a regular host would have cost you in the end.
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Be wary of the "buy your own domain" offers from websites like this - often what you end up with is still a crippled version of a website host with limited capabilities in the end.

A proper traditional hosting plan with FTP server access and traditional domain hosting tools (amongst others) is what you really need - any website created will run on it whereas buying a domain through an otherwise "free website builder" site as you have used sometimes results in lackluster Capabilities after the fact at more money than a regular host would have cost you in the end.
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I didn't realize that. I'll have to shop around. I am working on the website right now, but it's just a temporary website, but it's something for now. I think I have someone in line to do the website but have to get the funds around.

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I just revised it. Took off some pictures added new pictures. Got rid of the About page...

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Over the years I've used several hosts, and even ran my own server for a period of time. I've now been with 1&1 for about 3 or 4 years and am quite happy - well priced, reliable, and reasonably competent tech support. I'm pretty sure they have some decent website building tools as well in their control panel, although I've never used them.

I have about 10 or 12 sites running on my server now and everything always hums along.
If you're interested in checking them out here's a link: 1and1.com - Professional solutions for Website, Domain, Hosting

(Disclaimer: That's a referral link, I think I get a few bucks kickback on my account for anyone following it. Feel free to sign up without using it for anyone concerned, and mods, feel free to whack this part if it's against the rules. No, I don't work for 1&1, just a satisfied customer. :))
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Over the years I've used several hosts, and even ran my own server for a period of time. I've now been with 1&1 for about 3 or 4 years and am quite happy - well priced, reliable, and reasonably competent tech support. I'm pretty sure they have some decent website building tools as well in their control panel, although I've never used them.

I have about 10 or 12 sites running on my server now and everything always hums along.
If you're interested in checking them out here's a link: 1and1.com - Professional solutions for Website, Domain, Hosting

(Disclaimer: That's a referral link, I think I get a few bucks kickback on my account for anyone following it. Feel free to sign up without using it for anyone concerned, and mods, feel free to whack this part if it's against the rules. No, I don't work for 1&1, just a satisfied customer. :))
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Thanks! I may check that out. If they remove it then I'll send you a PM. No worries there. Did you have an opinion on the new revised site?

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It's getting there! I like that there are plenty of offspring pics, but you definitely need professional confirmation shots of the Stud, too. Something as simple as changing the angle of the shot can do wonders for highlighting his strengths and camoflaging weaknesses. For instance, his headshot with the silver halter: my eye initially settles on his somewhat coarse throatlatch, because it is overly emphasized in that particular picture - angling him toward the camera even a few degrees would seriously improve his overal look. He's an attractive guy, so make sure his marketing photos show it! Love the orange in the riding pic, that was a great color choice on him.

And I'll echo the above posters - get a proper domain name! I have a hard time taking freebies seriously in this day and age - it just doesn't look like a "real" business. The domain name itself will only run you $15/year, but I highly recommend you lock it in for at least 5 years.
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