Re: Accessible web site creation tool?

On Sat, Jan 1, 2011 at 2:57 AM, Matthew Bullis <matthewbullis@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I don't
> need anything fancy, but may need things like creating simple contact
> foirms, maybe a shopping cart in future, and basically a nice-looking, but
> simple layout. I've created a few sites before, using Frontpage Express,
> long discontinued, but those were text-only sites, link to link, and no
> forms needed.

If you're creating an ecommerce site you have three options:

1. Go with a hosted service like http://www.shopify.com/ (I don't know
how accessible shopify is, there may be more accessible solutions).

2. Pay someone to build and maintain the site for you. Be warned
quality is not cheap.

3. Learn programming and do it yourself. Be warned this will take a
lot of time. The biggest barrier here is the learning curve rather
than the accessibility of software, as you can do everything you need
to do with the simplest of text editors. As a programmer I would
encourage everyone to learn programming, but I would also stress that
people program ecommerce websites as a career. To achieve a
professional standard takes a lot of learning. And to send automated
emails without becoming a spam vector, to handle credit card payments
securely, to store customer details safely, to build a website that
looks nice, is accessible, and works with different browsers, you need
that professional standard. I'd be very wary of off-the-shelf software
packages that claim to do this out of the box.

You can mix and match these options; for example, you could go with a
hosted service but pay someone to skin your store for you, you could
built the backend yourself and pay someone else to create a pretty
frontend, etc.

If you want to go down the learning programming and doing it yourself
route, let me know and I can recommend some resources to get you
started.

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