A look at creating a website with Create

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Having your own website can be a great idea.  Not only will it make you stand out as someone serious about their craft business, but it also allows you to have a space, that you own, that will always be there should there be any changes with where you normally sell (Etsy changes their search algorithm for example).

Although I have always personally gone for a self hosted WordPress website myself (see my resources page for more info on this) but in the craft communities I am part of, one provider of websites came highly recommended so I decided to give the site a go and see what it has to offer.

Create allows you to not only set up a website, but also an online shop so as you can see – it’s perfect for crafters!  You can see how long it took me to quickly set up my account in the video above.  Less than 5 minutes!

Here’s my thoughts about it all:

What’s good about Create:

  • Simple!  Even if you had no experience of building websites, you could get something up and running easily.  You don’t need to know anything about how it works to create it.
  • It’s pretty.  We all want that stand out shop and Create does that for you.  From my research of other people’s sites and from what I could create myself – they look GOOD!  And if it looks good, then it looks professional.  Just what we’re aiming for.
  • You get a free trial that doesn’t eve ask for any payment details.  So if it’s not for you there’s no worry about it charging you.
  • Online shop integrated.  No need to add that in, you get it as part of the package.
  • Reasonable prices – I really think it’s a good deal as this includes your website hosting.  The only other thing you may want is to have your own custom domain (again – see my resources page for info on this)

 

What’s not so good:

  • You can’t get your site published while you’re on the trial.  You must pay.

 

Ok that’s not so many bad things.  I do wish you could give it a real go under the trial but I guess that may be too many moving parts!  There’s a really cheap lite option in the price options though, so for about £6 you could give it a go for a month.  (and actually there’s an even cheaper package than that!)

 

Overall I really do like them and I do recommend them.  If you want to spend more time on crafting your products than crafting a perfect looking website then I highly advise you to give them a go!  You get a 30 day free trial so nothing to lose!

 

You can see Create here and give it a go.  

 

Let me know in the comments what you think of it!

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