Newbie - How do I get a complete mini-site created?

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I started a thread on another section of this forum that asks "What do I do once my information product is completed?"

I am a newbie with strong training curriculum/writing skills, but I do not possess technical expertise and will need some help getting my first product online.

The advice I have received in the other thread has been superb and truly appreciated. The only questions that have gone unanswered are the ones below. I'm very new to Warrior Forum and thought maybe this part of the forum is the appropriate place to ask such questions, so here they are - cut and pasted from my post in the other thread.

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I have some questions regarding the technical/administrative aspects of selling an info product via a mini-site.

If I ask a developer to create a mini-site for me, does he deliver a fully functional website, including the auto-responder that sends the customer the PDF, the financial mechanisms to charge his credit card/PayPal account and deposit the money to my account?

Is a competent developer typically able to produce a fully functional mini-site or do several different people have to work on various parts of the site?

How long does it take to create a mini-site?

How much do fully functional mini-sites cost to create?

How much do they cost to maintain per month?

Thanks in advance for your help!
#complete #created #minisite #newbie
  • Profile picture of the author Phil Weslow
    Regarding how long it takes to make a mini-site that depends on how proficient you are and what if any software you use. Don't worry about whether it takes you 10 hours, 20 hours, whatever. Just start and worry about getting it done.

    If you need help with HTML then there are plenty of free online HTMl tutorials out there. You can start with HTMLgoodies.com.

    As far as maintenance for the hosting it should be $6 or less per month. The domain name should cost you $15 or less a year. There are hundreds of companies to choose from, but if you don't know where to go check out GoDaddy.com

    As for the cost, you said that you are a proficient writer. If so you should generate to content yourself, since having someone else do this could get expensive.

    Sounds like you just need a Domain, some hosting, and a good amount of time to work through some HTML tutorials.

    Good Luck,

    -Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Reed
    Godaddy.com offers domain names for under $9.00.

    As far as graphics for your minisite, I'm available to do the job if needed. Take a look at my signature for samples and an ongoing discount!

    Eric
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  • Profile picture of the author Bina Omar
    If I ask a developer to create a mini-site for me, does he deliver a fully functional website, including the auto-responder that sends the customer the PDF, the financial mechanisms to charge his credit card/PayPal account and deposit the money to my account?
    Is a competent developer typically able to produce a fully functional mini-site or do
    several different people have to work on various parts of the site?
    A developer could do all of it for you. But different people specialize in different things
    so you'd probably get better quality if you hire the different people. With mini sites,
    for example, you can get better mini site designs from designers who specialize
    in mini sites. They would have some basic HTML knowledge, enough to offer you an
    HTML file for your site. But you will normally have to upload the actual website to your
    server yourself (including setting up payment and delivery etc).

    You could easily hire a webmaster to do it, though. You can find plenty in the Warriors for Hire
    section. Webmasters are people who know enough about everything in the field (but are not
    specialists). And they would be more than capable to do things that are required of a mini site
    set up (especially if they are warriors). So they could set up your hosting account, register your
    domain, upload your mini site templates and set up online payment and product delivery for you.


    How long does it take to create a mini-site?
    For the design, it could be as quick as 24 hours. Depends on the designers workload.
    To set everything up will depend on many things, like how long it takes for your domain
    name to "sync" with your web host. How long it takes for you to be approved for an
    online payment account? Etc. But if you already have a hosting account and domain
    name and online payment account, it could take as quick as 24 hours. Normally around
    2-3 days including testing etc.


    How much do fully functional mini-sites cost to create?
    The actual design would cost around $100-$300 depending on what package you opt for.
    And the other setup stuffs, well, webmasters usually charge you per hour for this. So, it
    depends on the webmaster's rates. I would say maybe around $200. But I've always done
    the setting up bit myself so wouldn't really have a clue how much it would cost.


    How much do they cost to maintain per month?
    The domain name would be around $10/year. Then
    there's just the hosting which could be as little as $3/month.
    Depending on what host you choose. That's pretty much
    it.

    Mini sites don't really require that much maintenance.
    You'd probably want to change the price or add some
    testimonials from time to time. You could easily get
    your webmaster to do it and it wouldn't take that much
    time. Or if you're willing to learn to do it yourself, it's
    quite easy.


    Hope that helps.


    ~ Bina.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marine0302
      Bina,
      Thanks for the detailed response to my questions! You cleared up several issues for me.

      Am I correct in assuming that one PayPal account can be used for multiple mini-sites?

      I really don't know anything regarding the transfer of money from the customer to seller aspect of operating a mini-site. I'm assuming a competent developer would know how to set up the financial aspects of the site, correct?

      Any insights you or others can give me on the auto-responder or whatever it is that automatically sends the info product PDF to the buyer once the money changes hands would be appreciated.

      Thanks again for your help!
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      • Profile picture of the author graphicsgenie
        Hi,

        Check out our portfolio,

        Graphics Genie

        If you hired us to do the minisite I would help you to get everything sorted you end, this is a service I sometimes offer to clients and this is open to you.

        Our typical price which is very low for the quality of work that we supply, for $197 you get

        Header
        Footer
        eCover
        Order Button
        All supplied on an HTML template,

        I will even help you to add your content etc... possibly in exchange for you writing me a few articles.

        Always barter your skills, there are many designers / webmasters who cant write for toffee, flaunt your skills and you will be able to get more or less everything done by you doing what you know

        Thanks and looking forward to working with you

        Darren
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    [quote]How long does it take to create a mini-site? [quote/]

    You can create a fairly basic one in an hour, but a lot depends on how fast you are at writing the copy and creating the graphics.

    How much do fully functional mini-sites cost to create?
    Prices vary, but as you say you've got strong writing skills, you might try having a go yourself. I've got some training products that can help you. Click the links in my sig. for more info. When you've got your basic site up and running, ask fellow Warriors to critique it. You'll get lots of helpful feedback that way.

    How much do they cost to maintain per month?
    I host some of my sites on YRhost.com. Their prices start from $5 per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author globalpro
    Hi,

    If you want a quality minisite, check out Darren (graphics genie) above. He does some great stuff.

    It's fairly simple to get going.

    1. Grab your domanin name
    2. Get your hosying
    3. Have your site created
    4. Set up your PayPal account. Yes, one account for everything.
    5. Set up autoresponder for lead capture.

    There's a little bit more involved than that, but you get the idea. Best bet is get your site up and running, then tweak it as you go. Don't wait for it to be perfect or it may never get up.

    If you need help, post in the forum. Great place for help.

    Thanks,

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author alari55
    for free hosting try alamkin.runhosting.com
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  • Profile picture of the author chris8918
    I see by reading through all your replies that everyone is giving you advice to have someone build your site.

    Yeah you can do that but I would recommend learning to build your own site. You can manage it yourself and it is not as hard as you think.

    I just published my first site with a FREE ebook giveaway after going through a FREE study with Chris Farrell online. Its great for beginners or for those wishing to learn to build websites. Chris also gives great email support. You'll do well by checking him out.
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  • Profile picture of the author he_august
    Well if you want a minisite, you can get a lot of web designer in this forum... i'm one of them :> Fell free to visit my website (see the www below my name) and maybe i can be a little help for you ;> Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author Marine0302
      Thanks for the help.

      I recently purchased xsitepro 2 and am learning how to use it.

      I took the advice of others who advised me to learn how to create and manage mini-sites vice always depending on outsourcing.

      I do think I will make extensive use of outsourcing at some point, but learning how to create/manage sites will definitely enable me to better select and coordinate outsourced work.

      See folks...some of us newbies actually do listen to your advice and take the appropriate action!
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      • Profile picture of the author ShelbyC
        Good choice, if you're having any trouble with Xsitepro 2 shoot me a PM or email and I'll try to get you sorted out.

        -Shelby
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