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Should I Learn Web Development?

I have an idea of a particular kind of micro-blogging website which I think will be both beneficial to the world and also make a good profit. But I have to decide which path to take: Should I learn web development -- including front-end design, back-end coding -- and create the website myself or hire someone else to make the website for me? What factors should I consider? What are the costs? Is there another way?
John Arnold

How Do I Launch a Membership-Based Website?

I am in the beginning stages of starting a website based on membership. I want to charge a small annual membership fee, and also charge for any face-to-face gatherings we may have. I also want to provide my members special perks for different levels of membership. I want to eventually make this my full-time job. What do I need to consider? Are there any websites that have been successful this way? What can I add to my website that may bring in sustainable profits?
John Arnold

How can I find someone to help build my website?

I have an idea for a website, but I have no web developing experience. What's the best way to source this?
Lena West

How do I get more clicks to my website?

I have a resume writing business that also includes writing KSA (knowledge, skills and abilities) statements for those applying for state or federal jobs.
Lena West

Why is bandwidth important for an e-commerce site?

What is bandwidth and how much bandwidth is necessary for an e-commerce site?
Lena West

Should my web domain be .biz or .com?

We have started a remodeling and painting business. We are about to create a website -- does it matter if the domain name is .biz or .com?
Lena West

What are the most important things to consider when starting an online store?

I plan to start an online business that specializes in hand-painted crafts and house items (i.e. painted glasses, ceramics, toy boxes). I plan to target buyers from all over the world.
Lena West

How can I find the personnel to start a website to compete with Craigslist?

My capital is sufficient and I have been successful in business, having retired young. I'm now tired of retirement and want the security of income. I would like to start an internet business similar to Craigslist or eHarmony.
Lena West

My company creates custom content management systems for high-end clients using open-source software. Should we hide this from our customers?

Because the scope of capabilities is so wide with Joomla--friendly back-end interface and great look--it's essentially all we use. Open-source to us means value-added product because it's perpetually updated by devoted developers. A bonus is that it's completely free (not including certain plug-ins).

We often wonder whether we should edit certain Joomla links and developers' logos out of the scripting, yet this does not follow the unwritten code of the open-source community.

I have come across competitors who have deleted such logos and badging. Is this truly giving them an edge? Does my product come off as cheap?
Lena West

How can I find a service provider that can help me develop and host an e-commerce website while fully integrating with a POS system at my store?

I will be opening a small retail store and e-commerce site. I am looking for a provider who can help me design and host the website and has a solution that integrates inventory management, gift receipts and gift cards at POS. I found some great web design and hosting companies, but they fall short on having all the POS capabilities and inventory integration I am loooking for.
Lena West

Are there any free image verification code and scripts for my website?

I get an overwhelming amount of spam. My online signup form is filled with junk.
Lena West

How can I create a website that can hold a high volume of video content?

I know that the costs are associated with bandwidth, but I'm not exactly sure of who to consult about the startup costs associated with the creation of such a website. I'm also wondering if you happen to have any recommendations of web developers who are capable of creating a high volume website of such.
Lena West

How should I go about getting a website domain from someone who already has it?

Someone has a website domain that I want and, looking through the records, it expires in 2008. What is the best and least expensive way to approach them about getting the URL?
Lena West

What websites will be the best at helping me build my e-commerce site?

I am thinking of using Register.com, Homestead.com or Yahoo. I want to know if one is better than the other.
Lena West

What websites will be the best at helping me build my e-commerce site?

I am thinking of using Register.com, Homestead.com or Yahoo. I want to know if one is better than the other.
Wendy Piersall