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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
    To be honest, I prefer some of the "older" site looks and layouts.

    The basic layout I want is quite simple (see mcmaster.com for a visual idea):
    • Fixed header
    • Fixed left hand sidebar
    • Remainder of screen will be the "showroom"


    The rest will probably be 6-10 pages outlining services and products, while catalogues and a members area (for online pricing access) will be added on later - probably in conjunction with e-commerce.
    This is good to know up front, so then if you're going to buy a ready made theme you want to stay away from frameworks and look for something that is Woo compatible (or whatever ecommerce system you decide to use). Woo is included with WordPress now and technically works with most every theme. I'm assuming you're selling products. If you're selling services, I'd go a completely different route.

    There are many membership plug ins from free to $69 and up. Depends on how much functionality and user options and control you need. You DON'T want to buy a membership theme because they suck.
    If you want the ecommerce and membership to work together ( all account information working together) then that's a consideration when choosing the best 1 or 2 plug ins to get that.

    The layout stuff you mentioned is pretty standard or can be tweaked with CSS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
    Looking for a good theme now. Bluehost promotes Mojomarketplace but from browsing their offerings, I wasn't overly impressed nor did a few stand out to me.

    Is it better buy or build? If buying, where? I don't mind spending some cash to get something that's well done and has the base layout I want.
    There are a million places to get themes. I have used the free ones but usually end up paying for a premium theme just for the few extras it has. The first Wordpress site I did I used the Enigma theme and can't say I found it easy to use. The last one I did I used the Vantage theme and liked working with it a lot. It was easy to use. I did most of it with the free version but they are really pretty nice to work with. To get the premium version you can decide how much you want to pay, even $ 1.00 but they suggest $ 15.00. I gave them the $ 15.00 mostly because I appreciated the access to a good theme and there were a few extra bells and whistles with the premium version. I am getting about ready to start my third site but undecided if I will use the vantage theme again or try something different.
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    Good to know. Thanks guys. Gonna be slow the next 2-3 weeks (maybe into September) so should have time to get something together.
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    Good luck with your site. Their are a ton of resources out there to get you started. Just always back up your site and for me attending some courses at
    a local community college did wonders and advanced me way further than what I would have.

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    congrats1! Their are a ton of resources out there however, attending a few courses at my local community college moved along much faster than I could have on my own. If you go this route network a bit with the other students they can teach you a lot! As far as themes go Avada is fantastic!
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    I took a look at the McMaster site and doing something like that looks pretty straightforward. It does look like it will take some time but doesn't look too complex. I am sure you will be fine setting up the site. Of course you have lots of friends here who will be happy to help you through any rough spots.
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    I took a look at that site too. First things first, that is not built with WordPress, but you can find that kind of layout easily.
    Second thing, if you have anywhere near that many products a Do It Yourself WordPress site on shared hosting is NOT the way to go.
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    I have worked with two different themes so far and the one I found very easy to work with is the Vantage theme by site origins. The free version is pretty powerful but if you want to go the paid version that adds a lot you can pay whatever you want for it, even a buck. They do suggest $ 15.00 but whatever you want to pay is up to you. I do like that theme.

    However you want to do the site is up to you but I would suggest making it a little more modern. My suggestion would be a nice header and below that a nice slide show with color photos of your facility and/or some of your products or equipment you use and below that a left sidebar with the menu and on the right all of the photos like the Mcmaster site. Below that three icons with things like 1. Prompt same day shipping, Helpful experts to answer your questions or whatever and below that a nice footer.
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    Work once on a professional website to showcase your company. Choose a high quality theme with advances features. And don't forget to hire a professional web designer & developer! the professional will take the system, the theme and the skills to make your company shine and succeed! That was my advice.

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    Thought I'd throw an update here (got a few requests). Haven't really gotten anywhere with the website. I did find a theme I liked so I bought it and installed it then lost track of time with everything else. Between maintenance, more work than I expected, and a shop move, time seemed to disappear on me.
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