As an arts and crafts person, you know your way around a jigsaw or a sewing machine, but the Internet may escape you. This is why many arts and craft vendors turn to eBay. However, in many cases, they meet with little or no success. The next step may be a website, but this may just turn out to be something that you just tell your friends to go look at, but never really get any traffic other than that.
This is because even though you have tried to set up a website before, you have had very little success because you have no experience with developing them or managing to the point where it would net you some sales. There are different routes to go, but the costs of hiring a webmaster can be expensive and the free templates that you can get from a hosting company look amateurish. These kinds of templates really don’t have the features that you need to sell your handmade items, anyway. So what do you do next if you want to create a successful regional arts and crafts ecommerce site on the Internet?
Free website templates will allow you to design a professional looking flash website where people can buy your arts and crafts year round. These are flash templates that are designed by some of the Internets best web developers and they are available for free or for a low cost. With these flash templates, you can create slide shows of your arts and crafts, and entire catalogs that can be updated as often as you like.
You can add text and customize these flash templates to exactly the way you need them. You can even add short video and audio clips of your work methods, local scenery or music. This creates an entire feel for the region where you live and can generate an interest from people who have never been there.
There are many web development and web hosting companies that have these flash website templates for free or at an affordable rate. There are many templates that are specifically geared towards different types of arts sales. This means that there are hundreds of templates to choose from so that you can find the one that most closely resembles that theme that suits your products. They are also set up so that it is simple to organize your products and easily navigable for your customers.
To use the templates to build a website is really simple. The first step is to download the template and then insert your pictures, video, audio, and text. There is no software to buy and the building process is drag and drop. One click of the publish button and your website will be sent to the search engines after you pick out your domain name. The domain name will cost about $15, but many times the hosting is free. As you can see, website templates have come a long way from the original static ones that were produced for people who wanted an ecommerce site, but had no experience with the coding or linking involved with developing one.