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The Website Is Up

Finally.  That’s all I can say.  I’ve toiled, designed re-designed and finally have a website.  Bare with me as I work through the technical glitches. 

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I’ve talked a lot about my website.  After a whole lot of talking, and re-designs.  We finally have a concept we love.  While I can give it all away yet, I can give you a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.   More coming soon.

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I know! I know!

If you’ve been checking out this blog, you’ve notices slowly but surely changes are being made.  You’ve probably also noticed that I’ve made more post to the other pages than this main page.  Well, friends and readers, be patient.  I’ve been working on some web re-design (yes that pesky subject again) and I’ve also started compiling the lovely designs for the Summer Collection that we’ll debut in June.  I know we haven’t been posting like we normally do but its coming very soon.  For now I’ll leave you with a peek of the website re-design.  Tell me what you think.

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We Are Live!

The website is now live.  I had a few glitches I needed to fix but we’re up and running.  Make a visit.  Sign up for our mailing list where you can receive special promotions and discounts.  If you’re interested in custom designs send us an email.  Visit www.peoplestclair.com

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Almost…

Well I guess you could say I had a lot of wishful thinking this weekend, in terms of the website.  Nothing has launched yet but many lessons have been learned so as promised {partially}  I’ve included my quick biz tips on when you’re building a website yourself.  Some lessons learned personally and others just basic things to remember.

1. Inexpensive or Free sites or services always come with catches.  It all goes back to the thought that there is no such thing as a free lunch.  Whatever is free you will ultimately have to pay for.

2. Make a plan.  Determine how you want your site to look.  The information you want to include.  Do all of this before you start putting the pages of your site together. Having this plan will make creating your website a lot easier.

3. Templates do help (sometimes).  If you’re not web savvy, and your website provider provides a selection of templates Use them, it will make building your site a lot easier.  If you want a bit more customized site some web providers offer these type of templates or the programs to build it yourself, but if you choose this route make sure the software provided is easy for you to use.

4. Solicit all friends with any graphic design and web design skills.  Barter your services for theirs.  Believe me it will make your life a lot easier.  Plus what will take you days to do takes them minutes.

5. Patience is really a virtue when it comes to creating a website.  It’s not going to happen overnight and it takes time.  If you want to have someting filling your website space put up an information page with contact info, a picture and brief information about what you do.  If you have a store that’s up and running include that link or set up a mailing list sign-up.  This will give you the time to create the site you want while not worrying about having empty space when people search for your website. 

6. You can always add pages.  If you don’t have one of those pre-set page limits, you can always add pages if you realize later that you need to add information that is continuously requested.

7.  Make important information easy to find.  Your website should be easy to use and provide all the information your visitors are looking for without doing a lot of searching.  It will only frustrate those who visit your site.

8.  Proof and Edit  have someone check out your site for any type of errors in spelling, grammar etc.  Since you are so familiar with all this text its easy to miss little things so have a friend or family member just read through it.  Plus you can also ask them what they think of the site once they’ve read it they can also give you valuable feedback.

9.  Make a general email box.  Most sites give you a certain number of email boxes.  Make one that catches all your solicitations, inquiries etc and create more specific email addresses for other areas of your business.

10. Once you’ve launched your site make a plan of how frequently you will update it.  Some sites require continuous updates while others are little less frequent.  Based on your business think about this so that you can set up a working system that enables you to do this.

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The People St. Clair studio has been busy and we’ve been working on a slew of imprintable invitations, valentines and  re-vamping the website. We’re excited to give you a sneak peek to one part of our lookbook for our website.  Tell us what you think.

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