Question :
Woah, there are SO many different platforms to make a website on. How do I know which one is best for me?

Question submitted 18/06/20 @ 10:33am
Industry: Digital and Technology
  • Ha! I agree with you!

    This question recently presented for a customer of mine (a small business owner with average skills but big passion in learning and his business). You will need to consider a number of things including:
    – purpose (ecommerce or brand)
    – your skill level
    – image rich or content rich
    – target audience.

    I (and my customer) found this article a useful read:

    There are three options you can look at here.

    1. DIY – as per the link above SquareSpace or Shopify (if you need eComm) are the leaders here. To keep it local you could look at https://www.swiftly.nz too. You can do it for free but be prepared for this to take time.
    2. DIY with help – you can again use these sites and get someone to guide you – help with the structure, design, and implementation. Be prepared to spend 5 to 15k for the help.
    3. Custom Build – here you are moving to WordPress or Magento (you could still use Shopify) – for local options look at Silverstripe or https://www.solutionists.co.nz for eComm. Here you are jumping up to 40 – 150k plus. The difference here is we are talking custom design, animation, bespoke content – photography/video, copywriting, more features, integration etc. Think of this as the equivalent of opening a store.

    To decide which one is right for you – you need to make a list of the features you want and match those off against what the platform offers. And make sure it’s a well supported and popular platform.

    Best of luck!

    If you are looking for an eCommerce site, then we can help you with Shopify. I will happliy discuss with you your needs and then try and point you in the right direction if Shopify is not what you need. But the advice from Duncan is very good.
    Contact me at heather@greenmouseconsulting.com if you wish to discuss (no charge of course).


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