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Old 04-28-2005, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default To DIY or Not to DIY?

That is the question I am currently pondering with regard to setting up a Web site to sell a few books.

We would like to set up a simple but (we hope) attractive site to sell some books. We would like to make it as easy as possible to use, both for us and for the customers. Here are two examples of sites similar to what we would like to have:

Sample Site 1

Sample Site 2

Now ... without naming any names, one of us would like us to accomplish this ourselves, and the other of us thinks that we should get someone who knows what he/she is doing to get things set up initially while we continue to expend our time and energy on tasks for which we already have the necessary aptitude and skill. ;-) We currently have no knowledge of HTML, CSS, or anything relating to Web site design and maintenance. Not that we couldn't learn, but it would take time and the results are uncertain.

Our business is accustomed to outsourcing jobs such as high-end photography and high-end 4-color design and production. Should we outsource the design and implementation of this project? Or is it something that someone with no current knowledge could accomplish in a few months through self-education and trial and error? Keeping in mind the requirements - attractive, professional in appearance and easy to maintain (us) and use (customer).

All thoughts and suggestions gratefully accepted!


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