Opening A New Cake Business Website

Business By CocoaBlondie Updated 8 Jul 2010 , 4:06pm by cownsj

CocoaBlondie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:18am
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Hey everyone! I have a home cake business & I need a website? How did you all go about getting yours? Is there any budget friendly companies out there? I just want something simple yet informative & professional.

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TartletteTreats Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:35am
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Homestead is a very budget-friendly option.

Aeropanda Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:40am
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I just recently began a website, but it's kind of a sub-domain of a company that sells actual domains. I signed up through weebly.com because it was free, and I wanted to get a feel for the whole website thing before committing to paying for a domain name for several years. From my understanding, there are many sites that sell and host domain names, such as weebly, go daddy, and many others. Keep in mind, that once you purchase the domain name, you still have to purchase the services of a host provider. My friend explained the whole mechanics of a website to me, and if that's what you're looking for, I'll explain more. I just don't wanna waste your time, if that's not the info you are looking for. Good luck with your site!

blessedist Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:40am
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wix.com!!! weebly...godaddy has something too

CocoaBlondie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:46am
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Thanks, yes I'm very interested in learning all about it. I just looked into intuit.com Does anyone know about this company?

PiccoloChellie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:47am
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I designed & coded my site and once I was happy with it I FTP'd it on over to my GoDaddy hosting. icon_biggrin.gif

If you're not quite so DIY, both GoDaddy and Yahoo have affordable template-style options that are pretty much drag and drop; you don't need to know any HTML to build a site. I've used both for years. icon_smile.gif

CocoaBlondie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 2:54am
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I'm not so good with computers so those sites could be very helpful. How much does it cost if you don't mind me asking to start & up keep a website through them a year?

JaimeAnn Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:37am
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I made mine at weebly.com I just used thier free service which means my web addres has the weebly name in it. If that doesn't bother you I really recomend thier free service. You can also use thier free service then buy your domain name and just have it point to your weebly site, That means your people would type the domain name you purchased and your weebly site would come up.

Here is my website so you can take a look and see what you can do for free on Weebly

CakesByJaimeAnn.Weebly.com

If you have any more questions feel free to ask or PM me.

CocoaBlondie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:58am
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I tried to go to your website, but it said it was not published yet? Thanks for the response.

CocoaBlondie Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 12:06pm
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oopppss I used the capitals & now I found it. Your website looks great! I'm definately looking in to that. Thanks for your help.

Aeropanda Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 1:05pm
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JaimeAnn explained that much better than I did, but I did the same thing she did through weebly. It's very user friendly, even for a website challenged person such as myself!

Katiebelle74 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 1:23pm
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I would love to hear if anyone has done the site builder via godaddy? I have been thinking about it. I built my site via Iweb but the SEO problems are awful.

JaimeAnn Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:42pm
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I got very frustrated with GoDaddy's web site builder. I also didn't want to HAVE to pay every month for a site.

There are plenty of places to do it for free and the only thing I would be willing to pay for would be my domain name and you can usually use that with any of the free site builders.

awatterson Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:53pm
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My husband tried godaddy and got very frustrated with it. Several people I know have tried it and have been frustrated with it. He couldn't get the fonts the same on all of the pages. He ended up buying Web Expression and he built it from the ground up and then godaddy hosts the website. Be careful of the free websites because they will have popup advertisements to the people who view your website and that gets annoying.

JaimeAnn Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:58pm
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I know some of the free websites do have pop ups , Weebly doesn't. Thats one of the reasons I went with them...

KKristy Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 12:10am
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I used yahoo site builder for a different business that my family owns. It is very easy to use...pretty much drag and drop, but you can customize almost everything. I can't remember how much it is...not expensive at all though. Good customer service and very picture friendly.

paoli96 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 12:13am
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An inexpensive way to have a website is to use the free website builders already mentioned; they do however, have you use their name in the web address.

Here's how I get around that:

I use my free website builder provided from my internet company.
I purchase a domain name from mydomain (dot) com
I then use their free url forwarding system
By doing this, your clients type in your domain name and then
mydomain forwards it to the name your free service has provided.
Another benefit is that you can get a free email using your purchased
domain name so your email looks professional.

Hope this helps!

Michelle84 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 12:18am
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I used wix.com for my website - I love using it. Very easy and professional looking, it's basically just a 'drag and drop' website builder.

CbyA Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 12:41am
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All the people who has a website are 'legal'??? Sorry I always wonder that...icon_smile.gif

cownsj Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:32am
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Originally Posted by CbyA

All the people who has a website are 'legal'??? Sorry I always wonder that...icon_smile.gif




I think that could be the 64 thousand dollar question. A year and a half ago my husband was seriously considering opening a business of his own. He became friends with the owner of a business in the next town and she became his mentor. If he had anyone interested in a cake, she let him use her facility as an apprentice on the cakes. This was a way he got practice, was building a name for his abilities, and it is good for a resume.... A friend of ours is an IT specialist and wanted to help him so suggested and pushed him to get started on building a website. He (the friend) has a friend who could host the website. He began the basics of a site, took a couple photos from what my husband had done in our Wilton classes, and just went online and took other cake photos. These were just a template he was starting and then my husband was to take it over and substitute with other photos and/or information. Well, it was given to the hosting guy who put it online. Problem was, for whatever reason we could never access it from our home to get into the site itself and do anything with it. The IT guy spent hours here trying to figure it out, called the cable company and went item by item over the problems trying to figure it out. He got in one time for a few minutes, though we still couldn't do anything, and that was the last he ever got into the site. The site was all but forgotten. Then a month ago he gets a "Notice of Violation" from the Health Dept. for running a retail food business from the house. He never has done that, and has a place he could go to make cakes. In the meantime he went back to work in his profession. Now we're dealing with all kinds of crap because we're told a"website exists". There is nothing illegal about owning a website, but, they can still cause you all kinds of grief over what amounts to nothing. Even if he could remove the site, he certainly wouldn't now simply because he may need it for court. One thing that was pointed out as a reason for the determination of a violation is that it has "testimonials" on the site. I found out I could check the site from a google search, just like anyone else can, and I went to the testimonials page. It's blank. How rediculous.

So, I guess it depends on who you have looking at stuff whether it matters or not.

JaimeAnn Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 1:43am
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Yes I am a legal licensed business, I use a commercial kitchen for all my cakes that I sell, I have a food handlers certificate and The kitchen I use is approved by the Health Department. This is all pretty hard to do in California and I hear they are changing some of the laws here on using rented commercial kitchens so my business may change in the future.... Not sure yet what the changes are going to be , I caled my county HD and they said for now everything pertaining to my business is the same.

Cindy619 Posted 2 Jul 2010 , 2:06am
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My husband is a web designer, so if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask and I can get some answers for you!

CocoaBlondie Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 11:35am
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Thanks everyone for your help! I now have a website through intuit homestead sites. I pay $5.00 a month, which isn't bad. I can make changes at anytime & make my site very personable yet professional. I did pay $5.00 additional for my domain name. They give you your first month free icon_biggrin.gif Still under construction but I'm just about done thumbs_up.gif

CocoaBlondie Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 11:47am
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Originally Posted by cownsj

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Originally Posted by CbyA

All the people who has a website are 'legal'??? Sorry I always wonder that...icon_smile.gif



I think that could be the 64 thousand dollar question. A year and a half ago my husband was seriously considering opening a business of his own. He became friends with the owner of a business in the next town and she became his mentor. If he had anyone interested in a cake, she let him use her facility as an apprentice on the cakes. This was a way he got practice, was building a name for his abilities, and it is good for a resume.... A friend of ours is an IT specialist and wanted to help him so suggested and pushed him to get started on building a website. He (the friend) has a friend who could host the website. He began the basics of a site, took a couple photos from what my husband had done in our Wilton classes, and just went online and took other cake photos. These were just a template he was starting and then my husband was to take it over and substitute with other photos and/or information. Well, it was given to the hosting guy who put it online. Problem was, for whatever reason we could never access it from our home to get into the site itself and do anything with it. The IT guy spent hours here trying to figure it out, called the cable company and went item by item over the problems trying to figure it out. He got in one time for a few minutes, though we still couldn't do anything, and that was the last he ever got into the site. The site was all but forgotten. Then a month ago he gets a "Notice of Violation" from the Health Dept. for running a retail food business from the house. He never has done that, and has a place he could go to make cakes. In the meantime he went back to work in his profession. Now we're dealing with all kinds of crap because we're told a"website exists". There is nothing illegal about owning a website, but, they can still cause you all kinds of grief over what amounts to nothing. Even if he could remove the site, he certainly wouldn't now simply because he may need it for court. One thing that was pointed out as a reason for the determination of a violation is that it has "testimonials" on the site. I found out I could check the site from a google search, just like anyone else can, and I went to the testimonials page. It's blank. How rediculous.

So, I guess it depends on who you have looking at stuff whether it matters or not.





Wow, I just panned up & read this. That stinks for your husband. I'm a licensed & legal bakery. Really though were all just trying to make beautiful delicious cakes right. Hope everything works out for you guys.

Delectable_Impressions Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 11:59am
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I heard that in FLORIDA they are changing the laws to make it easier to do Commercial food businesses from you r home

Delectable_Impressions Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 12:00pm
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Use a Blogger

uniquecreations Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 12:05pm
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Originally Posted by resmiff2

Homestead is a very budget-friendly option.



that's who I have a they are really good and so is their customer service I called them a lot when setting up mine!!!!

Twizzles Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 12:10pm
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Vista Print offers websites at 19.95 a month. I have used them before and it is very user friendly and has a lot of cool features. They offer lots of different backgrounds and you get a domain with it when you sign up. I think they have a month free trial.
It is $19.95 a month but well worth it and I have tried Homestead, etc and hated them.
If you want to have your own and host it, than go with a hosting company called Pappashop, and google WAHM premade web templates wich you can purchase very reasonable and they will upload your template to Pappashop and you can customize your pics, etc from there. You do not have to know any code, it is for people who no nothing about that stuff. The benefit of using something like the latter is that you own your site, and your domain, etc.
That's what I am in the process of doing right now. I think my hosting with Pappashop is 9.95 and I purchased my domain through them which is good for a year and I am purchasing a web template for around $80.00, but it will all be mine and not someone else'sicon_smile.gif

cutthecake Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 12:25pm
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Wow! You guys have such deep knowledge of websites, etc. I'm so confused that I feel like I'm talking to Charlie Brown's mother. All I hear is, "Wawawawawa wa wa wa." HTML, url,domain, WIX, E-I-E-I-O.

cakesdivine Posted 8 Jul 2010 , 1:11pm
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Originally Posted by CocoaBlondie

Hey everyone! I have a home cake business & I need a website? How did you all go about getting yours? Is there any budget friendly companies out there? I just want something simple yet informative & professional.




I use Yahoo Sitebuilder as my site program and Yahoo hosts it. It is very economical and anytime I need to update all I have to do is do it myself. If you hire an outside company, you will have to pay everytime you need to make a change to your site.

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