Are websites getting too easy to set up?

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If something is difficult to get into there is usually less competition right? I mean if you have a PhD in something you generally aren't poor because you can provide a service at a huge cost due to the fact that the customer is depending on you and not many out there can offer what you are offering.

So i'm just wondering about websites, particularly online stores, i'm sure it was more difficult to set one up in the 2000s but nowadays they pretty much come already made, it's almost like anyone one the planet could make one when the steps are for example; domain & hosting, wordpress, shopping cart plugin, drag and drop your widgets, add items and bang done.

Will this mean that soon enough as it will get easier and easier that there will be no point in owning an e-commerce website because it will be flooded with competition?

What do you think? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    If something is difficult to get into there is usually less competition right? I mean if you have a PhD in something you generally aren't poor because you can provide a service at a huge cost due to the fact that the customer is depending on you and not many out there can offer what you are offering.

    So i'm just wondering about websites, particularly online stores, i'm sure it was more difficult to set one up 2000s but nowadays they pretty much come already made, it's almost like anyone one the planet could make one when the steps are for example; domain & hosting, wordpress, shopping cart plugin, drag and drop your widgets, add items and bang done.

    Will this mean that soon enough as it will get easier and easier that there will be no point in owning an e-commerce website because it will be flooded with competition?

    What do you think? Thanks.
    It was much easier to set up a site in 2000 than today. These days you need to have social media buttons everywhere, RSS feeds, there's video, audio, Wordpress issues, you name it. 12 years ago you needed a WYSIWYG editor, maybe a template and some graphics, not much else.
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Nick
    I think it depends on your traffic source, and a lot of onsite factors as well such as quality of product and pricing.

    For example if you already have a large customer list then you may not even need another traffic source.

    Websites don't get saturated just by existing - otherwise we would all be screwed already.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I was also thinking it is much harder today than it was 10 years ago due to all the "extras" that we now have access to that we didn't back then.
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      • Profile picture of the author drnet
        so is more technology the answer?

        There is much more integration of multiple facets, but purpose of site and what you are trying to accomplish with it...almost sounds like you are looking for a social media style site. You can do it, but will need more bandwidth with good servers that can handle the various components...pics...videos..audio...chat?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nics
    It's not easy. Cookie cutter is not going to get the job done to earn you full time income. Unless you're running a website manufacturing line and pumping out a lot of these per day. Even so, you'll probably going to get Animal Slapped by Googs at some point soon.

    Your site has to stand out and provide some value. Which will require you putting some brain power into it or you hiring someone to do that.

    Find a website building process/model that passes a gut check and then stick to it until it produces the desired result. Simple NOT easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author David James
    Alternatively you could argue that the online market is much bigger and it's easier (and more acceptable) to spend money online than it used to be.

    Just having an online store is (and was) pretty meaningless unless you can market it. The challenges and opportunities are different to what they used to be, but IMO it's much too simplistic to say it's easier/harder than it used to be.
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  • Profile picture of the author Surminga
    Yes, it's unbelievably easy to set up a website, but it is so hard to setup a good one which looks great as well as offers something of value be it aesthetically or content.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    With WP, Xsitepro and lots of other wonderful web development software i will say yes.

    Technology has always been about making it easier than the former and it's going to get even simpler.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerryFB
    Apologies i meant "in the 2000s" because i would have thought it was much more difficult to make a website in for example 2008 but not that much harder to buy.

    So 2008 - difficult to sell but easy to buy. So you may not have as much competition with other sellers online but still big demand?

    2012 - Websites are almost 90% already made, youtube vids and forums with enough info to make a website with little difficulty, job losses so more people pursuing an income from home i.e. selling online.

    So in short 2012 - Very easy sell and not much easier buy and ebay/amazon collecting customers.

    Hopefully i'm wrong because i am selling a few things from a website and depending on it to pick up a bit.
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    • Profile picture of the author joolkano
      Building an e-commerce website is easier now a days but what's hard is developing the trust of potential buyers. People buy from Amazon and Zappos because many (like myself) trust those sites.

      You can build a website easy but you have to work hard to build trust and that is key to differentiate yourself from the rest.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

      So 2008 - difficult to sell but easy to buy. So you may not have as much competition with other sellers online but still big demand?

      2012 - Websites are almost 90% already made, youtube vids and forums with enough info to make a website with little difficulty, job losses so more people pursuing an income from home i.e. selling online.
      Jerry, don't confuse the process with the business. It may be technically easier now, but the technology was never much of an obstacle for those with the right offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    Putting up websites isn't what makes and breaks a business.

    It's the marketing that gets targeted traffic to the website.

    Plus, you need copy that converts- not all sites will have that.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Easy and hard is all relative. It's never been really easy for me because it's not my thing. Writing is easy for me, cause, duh... That's what I do. My point was that years ago there were a lot fewer widgets and gadgets to tend to. People rave about how simple Wordpress is. Much of it's set up as plug and play but to get things exactly as you want them you need to know a few tricks.

    I put up my first WP site in March of this year. Not real hard. But I spent a lot of time on Youtube learning the fine tuning. I could have hired it out but I needed to go through the learning curve because I don't want to have to cry for help every time I need to do some little thing.

    If the OP's point is that there's more competition now because it's easier to throw up a site, well, that has almost no relevance at all. A slick-looking site is just dandy but when it comes right down to it, it's about great content and building relationships with your customers. That stuff is universal and doesn't change much at all. In fact, with all the jokers out there trying to game the system by floating crap out there as products, it's probably easier than it ever was.
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  • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    If something is difficult to get into there is usually less competition right? I mean if you have a PhD in something you generally aren't poor because you can provide a service at a huge cost due to the fact that the customer is depending on you and not many out there can offer what you are offering.

    So i'm just wondering about websites, particularly online stores, i'm sure it was more difficult to set one up in the 2000s but nowadays they pretty much come already made, it's almost like anyone one the planet could make one when the steps are for example; domain & hosting, wordpress, shopping cart plugin, drag and drop your widgets, add items and bang done.

    Will this mean that soon enough as it will get easier and easier that there will be no point in owning an e-commerce website because it will be flooded with competition?

    What do you think? Thanks.
    If you're asking if the web design business has been impacted, I'm sure it has to some degree. However, good designers will always be in demand, because a good businessman knows that template or "cookie-cutter" sites often don't cut it when it comes to branding a company or competing for people's attention in a sea of other websites.

    As far as other businesses being impacted, just because they use websites to convey their message, that shouldn't be an issue...
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  • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
    You cannot say that owning an e commerce website will mean nothing in near future. Yes, big sites will be doing the most of the business but still other sites will do business too. In the year 2000, people were not used to with e commerce websites. Now in 2012, they are moving towards e commerce websites rapidly and that is why the number of sites are increasing.

    If you have a lot of shops in a place, that place turns into a market very soon. In a market, everyone will have more or less business. I hope you understood.
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    If something is difficult to get into there is usually less competition right? I mean if you have a PhD in something you generally aren't poor because you can provide a service at a huge cost due to the fact that the customer is depending on you and not many out there can offer what you are offering.

    So i'm just wondering about websites, particularly online stores, i'm sure it was more difficult to set one up in the 2000s but nowadays they pretty much come already made, it's almost like anyone one the planet could make one when the steps are for example; domain & hosting, wordpress, shopping cart plugin, drag and drop your widgets, add items and bang done.

    Will this mean that soon enough as it will get easier and easier that there will be no point in owning an e-commerce website because it will be flooded with competition?

    What do you think? Thanks.
    wrong lolol
    maybe if you go back to the 90s you could say it was difficult.

    even wordpress is not that simple, if most are following the install from what I hear on these videos, their wp is not secure.

    I guess you could say that nothing comes easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I think if you can market your website excellent... you won't have competition issues because you're beating the pants off them!!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by JerryFB View Post

    If something is difficult to get into there is usually less competition right?
    If something is easy to get into, you spend a lot less time and energy getting into it, which leaves you a lot more time and energy to not suck at it. If you're enough of a badass to get into difficult fields, you're surely enough of a badass to lead the easy ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author cbader
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      If something is easy to get into, you spend a lot less time and energy getting into it, which leaves you a lot more time and energy to not suck at it. If you're enough of a badass to get into difficult fields, you're surely enough of a badass to lead the easy ones.
      That is very true. It makes me think of Hsing-I kung-fu. The saying is that it's easy to learn, but hard to master. People quit because they think they KNOW everything about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author quesquaya
        I think what happens is that as things evolve, and the web is one of those things that evolves by the 1/2 hour, certain things become par for the course, because the process has been streamlined sufficiently to allow anyone to participate in it. So, that means that anyone can put up a pre-fab website without much fuss nowadays, however, it is still going to take more education on behalf of the user to create a website you can tailor to your needs. So yes, it is "easy" to build website nowadays, but as others here have mentioned, if you're going to use it for sales, you're going to have to know to set it up so that all your plugins and sales generators work.
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    With the easy forms of CMS these days and cheap hosting that you can get anywhere, it's relatively simple to set up a website these days
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  • Profile picture of the author WEBGEEK
    You are right. In the last decade web technologies have achieved greater levels of easiness and flexibility. Lets hope in the coming days it will get better
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    No! The easier the better, IMO. It allows more humans to have a VOICE! It is good for humanity and The Earth, IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    You can sell a Pringle off a dog turd if you effectively market the Pringle.
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      You can sell a Pringle off a dog turd if you effectively market the Pringle.
      Not to me - I don't like Pringles :p
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  • Profile picture of the author kasei
    I think that now there is more competition, and more requirements for a site to be sucessfull. In the past sometime the only thing you had to do was pretty much to exist and not to provide crappy service.
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