Great website idea help

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I have an idea for a website for college students, I don't want to go into much detail in public but I need help with a few things:
1: what's the cheapest way to make an app/website
2: how do I get investors to help grow the idea
3: some legality questions that I will only ask in private as it reveals the idea
Thank you so much for your help I really think I have a goldmine here!
#great #idea #website
  • Profile picture of the author DRP
    AY - I'm sorry to tell you, but you most likely DO NOT have a goldmine. Apps are not goldmines and even Zynga, a company that owns a portfolio of apps, is having a terrible time trying to turn a profit. I'll answer your questions as honestly as they will be answered.

    1. The cheapest way is to build the app yourself. But I have a feeling that you're not a programmer, and you don't have the thousands of dollars necessary to hire programmers.

    2. You need to already have the app developed in order to pitch investors. You might get lucky pitching an idea to idiotic VC's that have too much money and have no idea what to do with it - but that will require you to be in Silicon Valley where the party is at. Even then, you shouldn't seriously consider it.

    3. Don't ask for legal advice here. No one here is qualified to give it to you. Even the resident lawyers here are NOT good ones, so don't even bother. Consult an IP lawyer. You'll get the first session free...just make sure you have your questions concise and ready to discuss.
    I'd rather tell you an ugly truth than a pretty lie.
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  • Profile picture of the author ddesigns
    Well designing App or Website is not an easy task, when you think you have a very good and profitable business idea then you have to spend $$$$ behind that, if you will go for cheap methods then you will get cheap work, so always try to go with affordable methods. Secondly develop the site and app first bring in some thousand visitors and then pitch it to investors sharing how they can monetize with this users database and how you can attract more and more users.

    Hope my advice was helpful to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Meets World
      Cheapest/easiest way to build a website would be with Wordpress.

      Once your happy with the basics of the app/site, try to get some users and then show investors that it's a worthy investment. Once you have users, investors will be far easier to find
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  • Profile picture of the author lostinheaven
    The easiest way to build a site it's through wordpress,
    but you have to think about hosting as well.

    To buid an app can be an extension of your website,
    and it's not expensive as it seems.As there are few
    Drag and Drop platforms that makes it's easy, I have
    access to one, where I can create multiple apps and
    I payed for lifetime access.

    If you really want to know just Pm me I will tell you.
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  • Profile picture of the author tuannb030
    you do web for the best students should make the forums more. Because what it will be more interaction between the students more
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  • Profile picture of the author tahoecale
    I would say that you would have to first create your website. Fast and easy ways to do this is by using a WordPress Theme, MyBB, or other type of forum software. Build everything up, get traffic, then try to promote to investors. All of these things take time, hard work, and at least a little bit of investment. Good Luck to you in creating your new business
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Brown
    website for college students is not obviously profitable so you have to have something to show to the investors, so build a small site first then promote it and introduce it to investors.

    The cheapest and easiest way to make a small site is by Wordpress. You can search the guideline to build it on Google, very easy. You will need hosting also, I recommend Godaddy or Hostgator, for they are good hosting suppliers, not expensive and "ok" quality, just enough for your site. Then set it up and buy a nice theme, customize it and you have a good site to show
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  • Profile picture of the author tracyt12
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    • Profile picture of the author mrlucifer
      vote chep is wordpess or blogspot,
      i using wordpess, it very easy to change theme and SEO, you can search them eleven40 pro, it good for SEO website, or email me send to you
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      • Profile picture of the author yashdahiya
        I also have great experience with Wordpress.

        It's really awesome. Easy to use as well as SEO friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimanierick
    if you dont have a website or the money to create one just use wardpress it is easy and free. You can also contract one of your friends who do programming to help you create one at a cheaper cost. my first website was done by a friend who is a student taking computer science. for investors to buy into your idea you have to convince them. the site should be able to attract enough traffic. prove to them that you have the potential required and you will not waste their money and resources. Legal advice can be expensive for you because you dont have the money but you can always find people ready to help.. All the best friend I hope you find help and do great.
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  • Profile picture of the author LisaSharp
    Thank you very much for all your advice, it helps those who want to just get smth themselves and examples of people are much more effective than just read some articles or books. My friends advised me to join this forum and I don't feel sorry!
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  • Profile picture of the author monturk96
    As regards to building a website, like the others, i recommend Wordpress. No need of fancy programming, unless your idea requires it.

    I will give you 2 examples of companies in the country im residing in that uses themeforest wordpress templates - and

    Both are established companies whose clients includes airline companies and bank corporations.

    As to building an app, Im in no position to give an opinion. But I do know that an app can cost a bomb. Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author kateharris
    In my opinion, you can easily build a website through Wordpress.
    It is not an easy money on the app if that's what you think.
    There are App Creator that you can use to lessen the rate but the thing is,
    what makes a user spend money on the app that you created?
    Unless it has really good graphics that you really must spend money on a
    ■ Get the Dream Job you wanted based on your skills and personality type ■
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  • Profile picture of the author flipperhacks
    Regardless of what answers you get here, don't let it stop you from executing your idea! You just never know what you have till you try it.
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  • Profile picture of the author akhil34
    1. A tagline: A prominent tagline that fits within the overall brand messaging and communicates the benefit of the startup immediately.
    2. Clear offering: Clearly express what you are doing, what your visitor can gain from it and how they can easily get it.
    3. User-friendly interface: Consider load times, navigation, sitemap, prominent calls-to-action, and and intuitive layout.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrtom414
    If your going to do it in wordpress. I would suggest creating 2 apps a free one to place in wordpress directory and a professional one to upgrade to. I think this a pretty standard business model for wordpress. Plus your plugin will be searchable for lots of WordPress developers.

    Wordpress Themes and Plugins

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