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    Hey Everyone,

    I am a dealer for a promotional products company and I am looking to create a website to make it possible to have the ability to make sales completely online in addition to in person and phone sales. I am not looking for a fancy website or anything to high tech, I am simply looking to have a site that has the basics and allows me to display my online catalogs. I know off the most common hosting sites such as godaddy or webs. But I am wondering if anyone has any insight on which website creator and hosting service would best fit my needs. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to respond to my question. And I look forward to speaking with you all often as I am new to this forum.

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    Generally website creators make sites that will be difficult to place well in online searches. If you are driving traffic to your site via other means it could be ok, but if you want to get traffic / orders via searches on Google etc you should look at other options.

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    I am more or less looking for a site that I can refer potential customers to via business cards, email marketing, fliers, etc. I am not so much looking to have the top search result on google or other search engines.

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    You are in an unusual situation as most people want business via web searches as well and site generators don't do that well. I'd recommend Godaddy just because they are honest. Others including large companies like one and one and network solutions have a history of screwing their customers, even if they aren't still doing it. I've never heard anything negative about godaddy other than the constant upsell on their site.

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    There are several free O/S shopping carts out there, zencart to name one.

    I transfered 30 domain names away from 1&1 last year and they still tried to bill me for it again this year even after I had closed the account online and by the phone because I was so upset with how defective they are as a registrar and website provider. STAY AWAY FROM 1&1....even if the services are free, they will still manage to waste enough of your time to make it a bad choice to choose them in the first place.

    I use godaddy and justhost.

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    Thank you Bill and Russ for your comments. My current focus is to have a solid website in which I can refer potential customers to. However in the future it would also be nice to make sales or at least generate traffic from search engine results. Is there a site creator or hosting company that would provide a balance of both. To me it seems like a daunting task to establish a site that appears high in searches at the present moment, and I am not looking to spend a lot of money on developing it. Is there a somewhat cookie cutter hosting site that has potential in rankings?

    Thanks so Much
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    You might want to check out the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). They have a variety of programs for promo product vendors. Their ESP Web might be what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacobBergeron View Post
    Thank you Bill and Russ for your comments. My current focus is to have a solid website in which I can refer potential customers to. However in the future it would also be nice to make sales or at least generate traffic from search engine results. Is there a site creator or hosting company that would provide a balance of both. To me it seems like a daunting task to establish a site that appears high in searches at the present moment, and I am not looking to spend a lot of money on developing it. Is there a somewhat cookie cutter hosting site that has potential in rankings?
    In that case I wouldn't use a site creator. Most site creators don't allow you to back up your site in a way that you could use in on another website. If you want to be found in Search Engine searches you will have to have it on your own domain and host. As Russ mentioned above, register your domain at godaddy. I wouldn't host with godaddy. I'm not familiar with justhost.

    ZenCart is probably a good option as Russ also mentioned. Its pretty easy to use and there is a lot of information on the web if you have questions. I've used it in the past and can answer a lot of your questions if you do use it.

    If you go with a site builder and your site grows, you will really regret it down the line.

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    I'll second what Kristine said about ASI, which was my first thought too when I saw your thread. I have some hands on experience with ASI, and they have all the tools you will need already built in to the system. Without the budget for a custom design, this is your best option.

    Your site visitors will even have the ability to search the ASI database for ideas and products. That applies if you are a dealer and not a vendor. If you're a vendor, then the system works in your favor by making all your products accessible to all the dealer web sites. It's good for both dealers and vendors and you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

    Side note: If you were to have a custom site built, you can still connect it to the ASI database. One of the first web sites I ever built was a custom site for a dealer coded to access the database.
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    Thanks everyone for all your advise and suggestions. I appreciate it

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