Jewelry Website Building for Dummies
© 2004 by Heidi Batiste; all rights reserved
I knew absolutely nothing about website building prior to
beginning my whole online jewelry business venture. But if I got through it, I am
confident that anyone can do the same.
I came to Home Jewelry
Business Success Tips throughout the entire process for answers or advice, and have to
credit it for most of my success thus far.
I knew I wanted to build a website as cheaply as possible
because I had already overspent on materials for making my jewelry. So I began by
downloading Yahoo's free site builder, and with the assistance of the help menu, I began
Once I had the website built, I signed up for Yahoo's starter
package, which was only $11.95 each month - this included the registration of my
domain name. I saw that Yahoo offers a "Starter E-commerce Site" for $39.95 per
month and a 1.5% transaction fee, but I decided to search around for other e-commerce
support (or shopping cart software). (Note from Rena: The "Starter E-commerce
Site" also requires an additional monthly fee of $22.95 for Paymentech's credit card
I found Mal's
E-commerce. This service offers a free shopping cart and no transaction fees. If one
chooses to become a premium member, the price is $6 per month--still very cheap! So I
signed on with Mal's and next thing you know I have an online store! For detailed
instructions, please see my second article, Setting Up Shopping Cart Software for Your Online Jewelry Store.
I signed on with Propay
and after signing on with PayPal, I noticed that they offer a free shopping cart as well
to their business members.
This entire process from building and designing a site to
installing shopping cart software happened within two days . . . and I did it all for
$11.95 per month with no start up costs. If my business begins to take off, I may have to
upgrade my site. But as a new business on the internet, I feel more secure knowing that I
have made a very small cash investment to start.
For more info on building a jewelry website, see Recommended Jewelry Business Website Resources..
Author Heidi Batiste of Mia's Treasure creates handmade
jewelry gifts using only the finest semiprecious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater
pearls and sterling silver. She offers free gift wrap with each jewelry item, and welcomes