Do you use Wordpress for sales sites?

by jazbo
13 replies
Hi

I am about to BETA test a new venture and I wanted to get some opinions first to ensure I have covered all bases.

If you use Wordpress for your sales pages & sites, then I would appreciate your comments on how you get on with it - I am talking about non-hosted wordpress, where you need a server and domain and have to install it and the plugins yourself etc, to create your own site/brand.

What is your biggest obstacle in using Wordpress?

What would utopia look like to you when using it?

Do you set-up a new hosting account and domain for every wordpress sales page/site?

What about templates and SEO?

Cheers!

Jason
#sales #sites #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
    I actually use WordPress for everything!

    Not only do I use it for my sales pages and squeeze pages, but I also use it for my membership sites to deliver the products.

    I would say the biggest obstacle when it comes to using WordPress for a sales page or a squeeze page is you need to either know coding very well, or have the means to hire out the template development.

    But, my suggestion would be to get a generic template made that you can use over and over again.

    That is what I do generally. I will have a fantastic looking video squeeze page template made and use that for all of my squeeze pages.

    Then, I'll have a a generic sales page template made and use that for all of my sales pages.

    I do set up new domains for each one of my sites. That is just because they are all different products.

    As of right now I am having a master site developed that is going to encompass all of my products and a blog as well. The whole thing is going to run on a WordPress platform.

    It is truly an amazing system and easy to work with once you learn it.

    Talk soon,

    Shannon Herod
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394532].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Pete_Moore
    Hi Jason,

    Wordpress can be fiddly for sales page sites as Shannon stated if you don't know coding.

    There are some free sales page themes around.

    Usually I create a html sales page as the index page and link to a blog in a sub directory yourdomain.com/blog/ at the bottom of the page. This can also help with quality score if you use adwords to drive traffic to the sales page.

    Pete
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394573].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
    Jason Keith has made some great WP landing/sales pages. You can use this link to get a free trial: Wordpress Landing Page Templates: Create Affiliate Pages, Sales Letters and Squeeze Pages in Any WP Theme! | WP Landing Pages
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394629].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Thanks guys. So people are basically paying a hosting fee for each wordpress installation then - $50 + a year each time it seems?

    I know that hosted wordpress.com or other blog sites such as blogsome.com frown on wordpress "sales" sites, so it really does come down to hosting your own at a cost?
    Signature
    CONTENT WRITER. Reliable, UK-Based, 6 Years Experience - ANY NICHE
    Click Here For Writing Samples & Online Ordering
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394714].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

      Thanks guys. So people are basically paying a hosting fee for each wordpress installation then - $50 + a year each time it seems?

      I know that hosted wordpress.com or other blog sites such as blogsome.com frown on wordpress "sales" sites, so it really does come down to hosting your own at a cost?
      No. There are many different options you can go with. For instance, you can get a reseller account over at Host Gator for I believe around $29 a month. That will allow you to host as many domains as you want.

      Actually, come to think of it I think you can actually get on one of their smaller plans at around $10 a month and still add as many domains as you want.

      So, you do not need to get a brand-new hosting account for each installation. You just need to make sure that you go with a hosting account that allows you to have multiple domains on the hosting account.

      For instance, I would look at reseller accounts and dedicated our semi-dedicated servers.

      Talk soon,

      Shannon Herod
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394771].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      Not a hosting fee for each installation. Just one hosting fee for as many installations as you care to set up. HostGator allows unlimited installations. Also, can't see what the $50/year refers to - not something I've come across and I'm running many self hosted WP blogs.

      Originally Posted by jazbo View Post

      Thanks guys. So people are basically paying a hosting fee for each wordpress installation then - $50 + a year each time it seems?

      I know that hosted wordpress.com or other blog sites such as blogsome.com frown on wordpress "sales" sites, so it really does come down to hosting your own at a cost?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394780].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author jazbo
        Hi

        How do you go about doing that if you dont mind me asking? I'm not sure how you can use many domains with one shared hosting account? If you added another copy of wordpress in a folder or subdomain, how do you then point a domain at it, unless you just mask it and forward it?

        BTW - the $50 is roughly what a year of shared hosting with the cheapest shared hosting costs, so it costs at least that to host 1 or more Wordpress sites was what I was saying.

        Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

        Not a hosting fee for each installation. Just one hosting fee for as many installations as you care to set up. HostGator allows unlimited installations. Also, can't see what the $50/year refers to - not something I've come across and I'm running many self hosted WP blogs.
        Signature
        CONTENT WRITER. Reliable, UK-Based, 6 Years Experience - ANY NICHE
        Click Here For Writing Samples & Online Ordering
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394975].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author ArticleDirectory
    For blog style web sites wordpress is good, however I find that Joomla is much more powerful for building bigger sites. Look into Joomla and see if you like it.
    Signature
    Free Article Directory - At our Article Directory we encourage authors to submit their best quality original articles into our ezine directory for massive publishing exposure.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394720].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Andrew P
    I'm launching a site with hundreds of landing pages, will be updating it with some specific sales page style designs here soon but if you're building a site around CPA or Clickbank offers, check out the site in my signature.
    Signature

    Free Insider Tips for Mobile Pops >> AffiliateSuccess.com

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394803].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      You can do sales pages easily in the Atahualpa theme. Remove the sidebars and the header and you're away.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1394899].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hancox
    I've tried using Wordpress for a sales page, but it didn't give me enough flexibility... and also Wordpress breaks any Javascript scripts you want to run.

    Personally, I just find it easier to use a HTML template, and edit it using a HTML editor like Kompozer. This gives me much more flexibility than Wordpress. I can split test, use Javascript, edit the size of a page or do anything else I want... which would be much more fiddly with Wordpress.

    So for me, Wordpress is great for blogs, but a standard HTML page is easier for sales pages... especially if you want to do more advanced things like split testing, Javascript counters etc.

    As for the cost of hosting, it doesn't matter whether you're going to use Wordpress or not. For my sites, I pay for a hosting package, and then have addon (or "virtual") domains where I just pay for the domain name itself. You don't need a hosting package for each new site, unless you're planning to get server-busting amounts of traffic to each site.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[1395176].message }}

Trending Topics