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Old 10-16-2017, 04:00 PM   #11
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I found Etsy to be too large and it was difficult to stand out. I'd like to do my own website, but Shopify and other hosted e-commerce solutions are pretty expensive. I may have to check out Wordpress and the add-ons to see if it makes sense financially.
I use weebly for my website (love it, and it's customizable and has an e-commerce solution built-in if you don't already have one, but can use your own) and it's free (the one I have is, there are other more customizable types of sites from them for a small fee - I don't find I need this, as one of the templates they had fit my aesthetic perfectly!)

My domain is from godaddy for like $4 a year or something like that. Very inexpensive and very affordable. And I don't have to pay Etsy their ridiculous fees.


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I have a go daddy domain. but weebly wanted to charge me for a transfer. Did that happen to you?


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Old 10-16-2017, 11:46 PM   #13
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I have a go daddy domain. but weebly wanted to charge me for a transfer. Did that happen to you?
No, not at all. I didn't transfer my domain to weebly though. I still have my domain through godaddy, and it was just a matter of me telling godaddy what weebly's DNS was, and plug that into the appropriate area on godaddy.

If I remember right after I put in the DNS it took about 5-10 minutes for it to update and take effect.
You should be able to call godaddy and talk to them and have them help walk you through it. It's been so long now since I did it, I can't remember exactly what steps I took, but I do know it was free because I'm cheap and if I had to pay to do it, I wouldn't have done it. LOL
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I use weebly for my website (love it, and it's customizable and has an e-commerce solution built-in if you don't already have one, but can use your own) and it's free (the one I have is, there are other more customizable types of sites from them for a small fee - I don't find I need this, as one of the templates they had fit my aesthetic perfectly!)

My domain is from godaddy for like $4 a year or something like that. Very inexpensive and very affordable. And I don't have to pay Etsy their ridiculous fees.
Awesome, I'll check Weebly out. I just grabbed my domain through Google domains, so I'm sure (like you said in the following post) I'll just have that point to the Weebly page.
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Wix is another website builder with free accounts. If you do ecommerce you pay a bit but it's cheaper than weebly. Each have their advantages but it's another option for you.
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Wix is another website builder with free accounts. If you do ecommerce you pay a bit but it's cheaper than weebly. Each have their advantages but it's another option for you.
I must have gotten grandfathered in. I have weebly, an ecommerce, and use the free account, - don't pay a dime.
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My brother used to sell on eBay. The reason he left was because every time there was an issue which required eBay mediation they would always default to the buyer.
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Wix is another website builder with free accounts. If you do ecommerce you pay a bit but it's cheaper than weebly. Each have their advantages but it's another option for you.
Yeah I saw them too. Very small scale now, so trying to keep costs low!
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I must have gotten grandfathered in. I have weebly, an ecommerce, and use the free account, - don't pay a dime.
Yeah, I think you got a killer deal! Looks like now it is a minimum of $8/month and they take a 3% chunk even before the payment provider takes their chunk.
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Yeah, I think you got a killer deal! Looks like now it is a minimum of $8/month and they take a 3% chunk even before the payment provider takes their chunk.
Wow - I mean, I should have said, that yes, the ecommerce I use does take their 2.45% of every transaction, but I do not pay weebly a dime to have my ecommerce integrated into the site. Never have.

I've had weebly going on 7 or 8 years now though, so maybe that's why? I really don't know, but I'm not going to ask too many questions. LOL


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