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Our collection of over 450 fabulous boutique web sites!
2 Friends have built and continue to work with over 450+ Create-A-Shoppe Plus clients!
We know and understand the CAS+ system! Put us to work for you!
What is the FIRST thing you need to do to get started?
Easy-- BUY your Domain name! www.2friendsdomains.com
How do I purchase a DOMAIN NAME?
For your convenience, www.2FriendsDomains.com offers Domain Name purchases for $9.50 per year. Click to choose and purchase your domain today!
Do I need GRAPHICS for my new Web Site?
Yes! You will need a graphics set for your new web site.
Do you need to start from scratch?
Our sites (with custom logo/graphics) are completed within 3 weeks time.
Learn more here: Site Development
Who will HOST my web site?
Advanced Site Design
Advanced Web Sites by 2 Friends Designs are powerfull, user-friendly, and feature rich ecommerce solutions. Each of the 3 platforms that we recommend are intuitave and user-friendly which will allow you to manage with the shortest of learning curves.
Big Commerce, Shopify, and Create a Shoppe Advanced are the platforms we use for our Advanced sites. We find that each is user-friendly and exceptionally modern, making each a great shopping cart solution for small businesses.
Each easy-to-navigate platform offers fantastic features, from multiple languages and currencies to sales reports and search engine optimization tools. There are loads of apps and add-ons to increase the functionality of your online store. Plus, these sites allow you to have unlimited categories, products, manufacturers/brands, and information pages, making them the most flexible shopping cart solutions.
Ask yourself: Which is the right fit for YOUR needs?
Our 10+ years experience has allowed us to have first-hand working knowledge of the most popular web site platforms. Although we can work on most any site no mater the platform..when it comes to "designing" we ONLY recommend Big Commerce, Shopify, and Create a Shoppe. We invite you to explore each of these sites to learn about their particular fees and features. To assist you we thought we would point out some of the "differences" between platforms and service. Big Commerce is based in Austin, Texas. We work directly with a Big Commerce support executive who will ralso each out to you to answer any specific questions that you might have now or any time in the future. Big Commerce along with 2 Friends Designs, is devoted to helping you become successful. You will have 24/7 toll-free customer support. Support will be there for you to not only answer billing/account inquiries, but also "how-to" questions! Big Commerce offers special incentives to their hosting such as a free built-in Blog, and a Facebook Social Shop. A Facebook Social Shop allows you to add your web site inventory to your Facebook business page. This is a great way to increase revenue. FREE 2 Week Trial. Big Commerce offers our clients a free 2 week trial - "try before you buy". The free trial does NOT require you to enter a credit card. It is truly a no obligation trial. Click HERE to try out Big Commerce.
Shopify is based in Canada. 24/7 customer support is offered and we find their support to be very friendly and helpful (no matter the hour). A Facebook Social Shop is offered..but only as an add-on (for an addiontial cost). The functionality of the sites are very modern and fluid. Shopify also offers a free 15 day no-obligation trial. Click HERE to try Shopify.
Create a Shoppe is based in Ohio, USA. Customer Support is offered via support tickets. Hosting charges tend to be a bit less surely because of this. We find their cusotmer service to be prompt and informative. Open Cart is the perfect platform for sites needing specific pin-pointed features. Do you offer custom t-shirt printing? If so..Open Cart with the Interactive T Shirt Design Studio software is the way to go! *There is not a free trial, but the Create a Shoppe site can give you more details and pricing. Click HERE for Create a Shoppe / Open Cart information.
Please visit our Portfolio page to view LIVE examples of each platform.
What is a Face Book "LIKE" button and why should I use it? TOP
Click Here to sign up --- It's FREE!
- Easy Bookmarking and Sharing - Makes it easy for your visitors to bookmark and share your content with others.
- Promotes Your Website/Blog - Helps send your content to social bookmarking services and social networks, which brings back more traffic to you.
- Increases Your Rankings - Increases your link popularity, which is a very important factor in increasing search engine rankings.
- Recognizable Interface - Users will know what the button does and how to use it.
- Removes Clutter - Eliminates the need to include a different button for each bookmarking service.
- Easy to Install - Our button can easily be installed on almost anywhere with a few clicks.
- Very Reliable - No matter how much traffic your site generates,Face Book can handle it, and reliably deliver the widget at all times.
- Free -
What if I have special technical needs. TOP
Most times 2 Friends Designs can help you smooth out any rough spots that you might experience. If your needs are "service related", we urge you to contact your web site host directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will MAINTAIN my site? TOP
You will be able to maintain your site yourself without needing to know any html. *** 2 Friends Designs will always be available to you should you not have the time to upkeep your site or if you have special needs along the way.
What is a "Keyword"? TOP
It is a word or phrase that is typed into a search engine or directory that describes what the reader will see on your site. Since, according to Yahoo statistics, 80% of all searches are multiple word searches, the best keywords consist of multiple words and phrases.
Read More here
What are Meta Titles & Descriptions? TOP
Though meta description tags are not a major factor search engines consider when ranking sites, they should not be left off the page. Both the meta keywords tag and the meta description tag contribute to your search engine ranking. A meta description tag is supposed to be a brief and concise summary of your page's content. Think of the Yahoo! or Google directory. You see your site title followed by a brief description of your site or business. The meta description tag is designed to provide a brief description of your site which can be used by search engines or directories.
Will the search engines (Google, MSN/Bing,Yahoo, etc.) rank my site? TOP
2 Friends Designs will submit your site to the Google upon completion. This tells the Google search engines to send out their "spiders" and to add your site to their database. You can frequently resubmit your site after updates and changes. Please refer back to this page and click the links to go directly to the Google/Bing/Yahoo submit area.
What is a SITEMAP? TOP
A Google, Yahoo, or Bing Sitemap file is like a code lodged in the "background"
(source) of your site - it is not for users to see - it is only to be
found by search engines, allowing them easier and faster access to your
Companies such as this one: http://www.powermapper.com/buy/index.asp
offer this service for thousands! -ouch!2 Friends Designs can create and submit your Google, Yahoo, Bing, and TheFind.com --for a fracture of this cost. Learn more (click)
How do I promote and market my new web site? TOP
It is important to treat your web site as your retail store on-line. It needs marketing, promotion, and TLC. There are many resources available to you such as Google Base (aka Froogle). You can register for a new Google account and then take advantage of their many FREE programs. Google also offers a nifty pay-per-click service called Adwords. You might also want to consider subscribing to a service such as our 2 Friends Domains "Search Engine Optimization" www.2friendsdomains.com for additional site optimization.
Please keep in mind.. there are trillions of web sites out there-- competition is fierce! You are a creative person... now it is time to think of creative ways to get your site found. Suggestions: Submit Site Maps, Create Blogs, Email Marketing Express, Link/Banner Exchange, Top Site participation, Google Adwords, Google Merchant Center, Google Web Master Tools, SEO - Search Engine Optimization, Newsletters, eBay, Flyers, Magazine Ads, E-zine, ADD THIS, Twitter, Facebook participation.
Your new site has been built and programmed with all the tools you need to be successful. Should you Need Assistance with marketing and promotion, and the other promotional tools as listed above,
- Just ASK!
Do I need a Mailing List Sign-Up form on my web site? TOP
Direct "email marketing" can be an excellent way to draw traffic to your site.
This process can be handled many ways.
- Choose to use your "contact form" as an email sign up page
- Add an email form somewhere else on your site to request mailing list sign ups
- OR-- You can subscribe to an excellent Mailing List and marketing program called Express E-Mail Marketing offered through 2 Friends Domains. There is a subscription fee with this program, but most of my clients consider it to be well worth it. This program supplies you with a form to add to your site, when a customer sends their info it gets placed securely inside your program. Then to send out a bulk email (that is legal and abides by all spamming laws).. you simply click a button! Read about it and/or subscribe here:
- Express Email Marketing
CAS also offers a professional Mailing List program for a one-time fee of just $25.00 - You can learn about it here CAS MAILING LIST.
Please research these programs and decide which one better serves your specific needs.
What is a "Blog"..and do I need one? TOP
A blog is basically an on-line diary. It is yet another way to get your self found out there in Cyberspace! While you can add links to your blog, it doesn't have a home page and other Web pages "under" the home page. (Therefore.. you can not add shopping carts and sell from your Blog.) Information is generally added in reverse chronological order. But you can easily upload photos or images and put titles or headlines to each post. There are many FREE Blog sites out there, but we find that most of our clients want a Blog that they can "customize" --in this case a subscription service may be best.
Once you have signed up for your Blog, 2 Friends can help you customize the look of it and we will install the link on your site. Here is a very good article regarding Blogs.
Ready to get your Blog started?
Try these companies : Live Journal, WordPress, Blogspot.com
What is a FAVICON? TOP
Favicon (pronounced fav-eye-con)- is short for 'Favorites Icon.' A Favicon is a multi-resolution image included on nearly all professionally developed sites. Within Internet Explorer and Mozilla, the Favicon is displayed on the Address line and in the Favorites menu. The Favicon allows the you to further promote your site, and to create a more customized appearance within a visitor's browser. Often, the Favicon reflects the look and feel of the web site or the organization's logo.
Why not order a Favicon today?
What Other Services does 2 Friends offer? TOP