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Creating a website

I remember when I wanted to make a website a few years ago.

I looked at everything I had to do for that. It was not easy indeed. People had to learn html, use frontpage, and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) was far from being what it is now.
So I did not do any. It was too hard, too difficult and too time-consuming.
Now, it only takes one or two hours to make a complete website, with no prerequisite coding knowledge. Yesterday, with Weebly, it took me only two hours to complete a website with a cool video from animoto (without meaningful content, but yet a website with a blog that resembled what I had in mind).

Now, I wonder, who needs those web agencies? OK, we still need SEO (Search Engine Optimizers) and some consulting or customizing when the interface or the database application are touchy.

A quick and dirty website for a small company shouldn’t cost more than 200 euros if no real added value is given (Excellent design is priceless, I’ll settle for >Good). I can’t believe they make you pay if you want to change the content or add a few pictures.
People are still uninformed, but so many people will propose website creation which is a real commodity that the prices wil really be driven down. (and design can be taken from free CSS templates).

I believe that the flexibility given by those new website creation tools, will help new generation of entrepreneurs adressing the world for a very low cost.

Now the gap between supply and demand on internet is narrowing. And when I look at the top performing website in all the niches in France, I really believe that the market hasn’t still applied Web2.0, although everyone is always talking about it.
If someone like me can make a website, anyone can. Anyone with a bit of patience can really outrank what’s already there in the market, now that knowledge is not provided but aggregated.

Creating momentum. That’s the new challenge.

Geeks are working on media convergence, Businessmen are working on creating that community momentum. And if it’s not growing, it is dying.

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6 Comments to "Creating a website"

  1. Da Scritch's Gravatar Da Scritch
    November 1, 2007 - 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Because really a few people wants to know how to.
    And paying someone who knows is good spent money, instead of doing this a full week.

    Not in my mind to make my gas installation only to save a few bucks, mmmhhh ???

  2. Vinh's Gravatar Vinh
    November 2, 2007 - 12:01 am | Permalink

    True, I wouldn’t make my gas installation myself.

    But I would like to know if they are some ready-made solutions that could be applied to my needs, and that would not charge me every month after the installation, and that I could change according to my needs and for free. Safety being garanteed by the solution provider.

  3. Mauibob's Gravatar Mauibob
    November 2, 2007 - 5:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Vinh:
    We just produced a set of training videos for Weebly and Blogger. If you have a moment, please look at our site and participate in the forum. I know our members would enjoy your input.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 4, 2007 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Vinh, your blog looks too serious now… It looks like the blog of a CEO in the US… It’s perhaps what you want?

  5. Vinh's Gravatar Vinh
    November 4, 2007 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m still trying to find the right balance. I’ll adjust with readers/friends comments.
    Might be too serious…

  6. Régis B.'s Gravatar Régis B.
    November 20, 2007 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    You don’t care if your gas installation looks like everyone else’s, but you do want your website to have a unique design. I wonder how many people use Andreas Viklund template #1 for instance.

    (Yes Vinh, I do read your blog now.)

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