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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm looking to start a site with a clean, simple design to showcase creative projects. 

Something like this 

 

http://www.tarohoriuchi.com/

 

 

How much should one expect to pay to get something like that made? (I'm broke)

post #2 of 16

I am not sure why that site piques your interest, as someone who does development it loads incredibly slow(not just because of where it is hosted) and is somewhat awkward, but to directly answer your question you can do something similar to that on www.wix.com for free.   If you are looking to pay someone you can go on www.elance.com and post your requirements.  

 

Technologies you might want to ask for are Angularjs, or Isotope.metafizzy.

 

If you have some development skills and are just hosting static images and do not need any server side tech (looks like this site does not have any) you can can create an Amazon s3 bucket and serve the site from that.  See http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2011/02/host-your-static-website-on-amazon-s3.html

post #3 of 16

virb.com $10/mth.

 

lefty

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

Zack, 

 

what attracts me is how cleanly the collections are organized and how hovering over the links changes the background and the mood of the site. 

 

Most website builders are filled with extra side bars and details that I don't need. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for those suggestions guys, anything more is greatly appreciated. 

post #5 of 16
It can't be that simple. Each page is taking over a minute to load before anything appears, that's too long. And a disaster if you're trying to sell something.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
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It can't be that simple. Each page is taking over a minute to load before anything appears, that's too long. And a disaster if you're trying to sell something.

 

 

I'm guessing it isn't that simple either. 

 

I emailed Squarespace on whether it's possible to change the background by hovering over a link (using their templates) and they said it'll require some custom HTML coding if it is. 

 

I know no HTML so I'm still looking for a solution. 

post #7 of 16
Terrible website. Start simple.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Terrible website. Start simple.

I'm sure there are always lessons to be learned from bad website design,

Especially if you're trying to sell apparel.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Reevolving View Post

Terrible website. Start simple.

 

 

What's terrible about it? 

post #10 of 16

Your website is taking to long to load for such little content. Try basic template website without all the extra shifting product photos and what not, you need absolute perfect functionality over gimmicky features. 

 

Buy a simple wordpress theme.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by NoSamples View Post


What's terrible about it? 

Far too slow to load, around 45 seconds a page here, overly complex, and not very accessible. Exactly the same things that were wrong with boo.com 13 years ago. And we know what happened to them. The poster child of how NOT to run an e-commerce site.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post


Far too slow to load, around 45 seconds a page here, overly complex, and not very accessible. Exactly the same things that were wrong with boo.com 13 years ago. And we know what happened to them. The poster child of how NOT to run an e-commerce site.

 

 

Yeah, but it's not my site. I only used it as an example of the layout and the background change that I wanted. If I get something made I wouldn't tell the guy "make sure to copy the crappy load times". 


Edited by NoSamples - 3/11/13 at 12:23pm
post #13 of 16

Use bigcartel or a similar service, and use either their free themes or buy a more fleshed out theme from a third provider.  Bigcartel, uses paypal to process all payments of your website, and there is a free service or as low as 10$ per month. 

 

 

Payment processor: http://bigcartel.com/

 

Theme websites: 

http://ok.aarcadethemes.com/extras/ 

http://tonkapark.com/

http://themefiend.com/

http://www.wearenine.com/


Edited by Joshua Lee - 3/12/13 at 12:35am
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by NoSamples View Post


Yeah, but it's not my site. I only used it as an example of the layout and the background change that I wanted. If I get something made I wouldn't tell the guy "make sure to copy the crappy load times". 

Yeh, repeated slow moving progress bars before anything happens can be very off-putting. Not everyone has gigabit internet. It's surprising how many people still only have dial-up, and that's all they can get, even in the States.

It's accessibility as well. That site seems to make use of mouse hovering to make things work, rather just clicking buttons. Which would imply that it wouldn't be very usable on a tablet. It could only be easily viewed on a PC or Mac.
post #15 of 16
You're broke. You can't afford this expensive and shitty web design anyway.
You don't start a business by pissing money.
Start a tumblr or instagram or Wordpress blog..
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