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Building Tools Hire Question

William asks…

Should I hire a website consultant or do my own work?

I don’t know anything about website building. Is it better to hire a consultant or should I just buy a book and teach myself.

The website will be pretty basic but I do want to be able to add pages. It will be more of a marketing tool that I provide information to customers. I won’t be taking any orders online. My product is financial consulting and I just want to be able to help my potential customers shift through my capabilities and understand the type of services I offer.

scottparat answers:

There are really two main parts to building a website, the design and the coding. Of course there are professionals that also specialize in website writing and seo, but assuming you’re providing the content you are definitely going to need a design and have it coded.

Timing will play a big factor in your choice. If you have a decent amount of time then you can afford to learn yourself. If you’re looking to launch a website quickly then it’s best to hire a professional.

If you’re not comfortable with graphic or web design then you should probably seek a professional.

If you feel comfortable coming up with a compelling or interesting design and are just nervous about the coding then I recommend you teach yourself. There are several books on the market but the one that takes the cake is:

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

http://www.amazon.com/Head-First-HTML-CSS-XHTML/dp/059610197X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5/104-3184447-8059963?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179250121&sr=8-5

It is a fantastic book that focuses on really teaching you how to code a website in easy to understand terms. I read the book in three days and can now code perfectly valid, standards compliant sites.

Even if you decide to hire a professional to get you started I still recommend reading that book if you’re going to own and run a website. Knowing the ins and outs will prevent you from becoming dependent on your web designer for everything and also teaches you to appreciate good design when you see it.

You’ll stumble a little along the way getting familiar with various bugs in Internet Explorer and getting your site the way you want in all browsers but Google(or any search engine) is definitely your friend and there is a lot of documentation on the internet to help supplement your learning.

Feel free to email me for help or tips on design and coding. I believe my profile allows both IM and email.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

How do you obtain tools in frontierville?

I am on the “Prepare to Build a Crib” challenge thing. It says I need to have 4 tools. But not the kind used to build buildings. It says you get them from being hired. I had people hire me everyday, but nothing is happening. Help?

scottparat answers:

I got mine from when my friends visited and they posted the left behind extra tools thing.I also found that you can check your friends profiles and if someone posted that on their profile you can use that too even if they are not your FB friend or neighbor.

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