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normasbathandbody

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Hey..
Happy to say I have my own website again. it's always great to have your own thing going so that you're in charge of it at all times. I know many sell at other places too and that's great. but do you have your own website?
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I have my own website, but I don't have a shop there. I have a shop button that links to my shop here.  Eventually, I'll run my own, but I'm not ready for that yet.



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I have my own website - have had it for many years!

I primarily use it for selling my livestock, an activity that most online sales venues prohibit.

But I also have a page on the site which directs people to my items in online stores, such as here on Artyah.  

Also, with my own website I can park a domain name.  Such parked domain can be redirected to where ever I might set up shop.  (If you want to see what that looks like, just type barkrock.com into a new browser window!)

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Yes. I got my own domain name. now if only I can get some sales on that new site.
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I have had my own website(s) since the early 90's, initially it was related to Dobermanns (breeding, showing, working, health, genealogy, I had a database with over 350,000 dogs/pedigrees in it)  then it evolved into photography and digital editing.  When I first started there were no web site creation programmes, it was to be a few years before Macromedia Dreamweaver came out, everything had to be done manually in html so every line, colour, bold text, frame etc had to be worked out and written out, it is soooo much easier now.  I use Wordpress for my main site and Opencart for selling nail art on a subdomain.  Not come across anyone else using Opencart, it has a somewhat steep learning curve but a great progamme.  

Many people do not wish to buy from individuals though so I would never keep it as a sole selling option but it is nice to have.  The trouble is, everything needs updating and there are not enough hours in the day at the moment [biggrin]

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I had my own website back in 1995 with a brand new local IP. It was free and just for fun stuff and few people had home computers. Then the IP was sold and they started charging and programming got complicated so I shut it down.

What I love about having a shop on a site like Artyah is not having to be directly involved wth payments and benefiting from their advertising. Learning from others in the forums is also another benefit. Shopping malls provide many benefits for their shops and Artyah is a shopping mall.
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Those of you who? have web sites. where do you have them and do you get many sales
Another question. How time consuming is it?
If you all don't mind giving out this info

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I host mine on Justhost, been there a few years now.  Had one major incident with another of my websites a few years ago where they lost just about everything (six weeks solid work creating the site,  uploading and listing and keywording) when they had a breakdown themselves and had not backed my site up.  Apparently it was too big for them to back up but they had not got around to telling me !  

I currently get more sales on my nail art site than I get here but no where near as many as I do on the E's.   Having set it all up I am going to keep it as it is a subdomain of my main photographic and editing site.  Time consuming to set up but once set up it pretty much runs itself, lets me know if I have sales and then I can go in and send the "on their way" messages.   Occasionally I decide to give it a new layout but not often.

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I bought my domain from 1and1, but I have my website hosted through Weebly. It was very easy to create, just drag and drop. I don't host my own shop. Like I said before, I have a link to my shop here. My website is more about my interior design than my art. Eventually, I'll open a shop there for interior design service, ebooks and courses. I'll still have a link to my art shop, but I don't know that I'll ever move my art to my own website. 
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I buy my domain names from cheapdomains, at something like $8/each/per year.

My website is hosted by 2m.com.   I pay them $36 per YEAR.

That is ALL I spend on a recurring basis. 

The host also handles my email.  

The only problems I've had are when they upgrade to different equipment, about once per year or two.  Generally, such problems are handled by filing a ticket (sending a message via their system, in plain speak), and everything is resolved in a few minutes.  To the best of my knowledge, my website has never been down for any meaningful length of time.

I use my own website building software, which i bought years ago.  I tried a few free "samples", and bought the one that clicked with me personally.  I don't even know if the company is still in business, as I've never had to contact them for anything and the software still works just fine.  The software came on a CD, and when I acquire a new computer it's easy to install.  

The mechanics of updating my website are pretty simple.  It's taking pictures, writing text, and laying everything out that's the most time consuming.

My shopping cart is the free one offered by Paypal.  It's been in place for years, and still works just fine.  There was a bit of a learning curve trying to get it to work with my old website building software, but it was far from insurmountable!

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