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    Kicking around a course idea -- Web Site on a budget for beginners

    We were talking in the office about potential future courses and one came up that I'm not quite sure where I stand on. I thought I'd put it out there and see what you all think...

    The course would be designed for people who don't have a lot to spend on a web site. We'd teach how to people could take their limited budget and stretch it as far as it could go.

    "We'll show you how to create a professional web site for less than $1K"

    It would show people how to leverage free templates, or places like 99designs for the design, then how to leverage/use/install open source platforms like wordpress, cheep domain registration, value for money hosting etc etc.

    I know I talk to a lot of people who run a small business, and don't have a lot to spend on a site yet, that would be perfect for this course. But I'm interested to hear your opinions.
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    I'm partial to telling folk:
    "Cheap, fast and right are your 3 choices. You only get to pick 2".
    If money is a big concern, time almost is definitely too, leaving only 1 option on their list of 3.
    I'd be concerned that targeting a pool where expectations only went up to unreasonable would leave a target market too small to make it super plausible.

    That's just my two cents, I'd say SP should kick it around a bit more.
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    Really good response thanks. Exactly the different perspective I was hoping to see.
    Shayne Tilley

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    It sounds more like you are targeting the small business start-up who have no knowledge of web design but need a website. These folks don't have the time or interest in learning these things. I think they would like the information to better communicate and knowledgeably/make informed decisions to talk with designers and coders in order to keep their budget down.

    So - the actual techniques and how-to's might not work but good direction and what is free along with advantages and disadvantages, big picture will more suit the target audience.

    Like, here's what you need for a website..

    Domain - where to buy?, how much? .com or .anything else?
    Hosting - Linux/Windows - what are your needs vs what are the pros. Cost differences?
    Outlining the goals of your site
    Design/Coding - template sites vs 99designs
    Communicating your ideas to the developer
    CMS vs static
    Maintaining/updating
    Estimates costs for certain number of pages...

    Stuff like that I imagine would be a better guide.


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