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post #21 of 29
I've always done my own, despite having a top notch designer for a husband LOL. He is just way too busy with "paying" jobs to fit mine in. And since his design contracts literally pay the mortgage, they come first.

I think he has had enough of my whining though and did some sketches of new logos for me. And hopefully a Flash splash page!

As for what I use...
I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (sometimes) and for HTML editing, I use Macromedia UltraDev (its a bundle with Dreamweaver, Homesite, etc)

Heather, I really love Ali from Groovy Lizard.com's designs. I oogle over her page all the time. I've thought once or twice about buying one of her current ones, but they still arent just right for what I want.
My Little Tribe is a difficult biz name to design around. Ultimately my tribe is my kids and DH, and we're a multi cultural family (white and menominee indian) The first thing you would want to use is indian images, but we really like to steer clear of using indian images (indians are not mascots I have that bumper sticker on my van LOL
post #22 of 29
Out of necessity and lack of funds we decided to design our own site using Microsoft Frontpage. We had absolutely no experience, so it took us about six months to figure out the program and get the site looking how we wanted it to look. Then three months later we decided to completely redesign the site!!! We really like the flexibility Frontpage offers to make changes on a whim.

Theresa- We use the Dansie shopping cart, which our web host offers for free, and it is completely customizable and has the option of limited quantities. Setting up the cart was a little intimidating at first, but with step-by-step instructions we were able to figure it out pretty quickly.

Lori and Kelly
post #23 of 29
oh forgot to mention host!

I host with Carli from TotalRealm.com (same Carli of LittleCaboose )

cheap, incredibly versatile cart system. The best I've seen yet!
It is a bit more involved than other cart systems, so I wouldnt suggest it for a total novice unless they had some experienced help. I think that Carli is working on some FAQs though, that should make it easier for newbies setting up their cart system.
post #24 of 29
i have done all the work on my site, and it is simple and plain enough. I pretty much have taught myself to use DW MX, despite the great resources i have available- my dh was/is a long time designer and my mother writes for the Bible series. (Dreamweaver MX Bible, etc) They actually both offered to create my website, but in the end, it is best that i did it myself- now i ma intimately aware of its every detail, and have the ability to modify it as i see fit.

It is a wonderful thing that i am able to own the expensive software i do- its hard to imagine what i would do without these programs! dh sometimes does side work as a designer now, though he is in the solar energy field, so we also require DSL. That also helps me out!

tabitha
post #25 of 29
Tabitha, I totally agree-you get to know the site so well when you design it yourself. Besides, I love doing the design, especially the graphic stuff. Iw ent through so many versions of that turtle before I settled on jsut the right look.

CARLA! I love the name My Little Tribe. I'm picturing thick stick figures holding hands in a circle, with the words "My Little Tribe" in the center (kind of like how I have Little Turtle Knits int he center of the turtle's shell) in a cool font, like FunStuff or HotTamale. Then i see bands of color around the outside of the figures, kind of like my Dh's tribal band tatoo on his arm, LOL! All in earthy tones, like a mossy green with the figures in borwn, the lettering in a deep brick red.

I love graphic design, LOL! I think I missed my calling...
post #26 of 29
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I host with Carli from TotalRealm.com (same Carli of LittleCaboose )

cheap, incredibly versatile cart system. The best I've seen yet!
It is a bit more involved than other cart systems, so I wouldnt suggest it for a total novice unless they had some experienced help. I think that Carli is working on some FAQs though, that should make it easier for newbies setting up their cart system.
I can second that.... I love how versatile the cart is!

And Carli.. i had a thought, LOL... you need a tribe of kids in a VW bus with flowers down the side ROFL!
post #27 of 29
I am a total techie retard! :LOL An old friend of mine helped build my database and my best friend designed my site. It's awesome- I LOVE it. My friend who designed the database made it dynamic, so I have to put up all the product and I do most of the updates. Not without panicked emails and calls to my best friend asking for help though. It's cool, but if I were able to do it myself I could have a lot more options. I bought a lot of software to work on the site but I really needed help. Now I have to get rid of all this software... I did manage to get a lot of the cool "real" stuff, like dreamweaver and photoshop and some other more "pro" type programs. My ability to use them is remedial at best though. Anyway, I gues what I am saying is I do my own work and I also have help from experts.
Lauren

ETA: My friend who designed the site's site is www.sextondesign.com -she's still doing free lance and is now obsessed with researching WAHM stuff, lol. SHe's single and childless, but is definitely a future WAHM!
post #28 of 29
It looks like a pretty unpopular choice but I do mine in Word. It works well for me cause my site is mostly informational (I dont sell anything except services) and pictures... I've made several updates to it, I like that I can copy and paste stuff from other MS documents, its something I already know how to do.
I've looked at the code. Eeww... it made my head spin!! I usually catch onto stuff like that fairly quickly, but there was very little in the code I recognized.
So, that leaves me with Word. And page of birth photography noone on AOL can see...
BTW: any of you know how to fix that? Except get a new ISP? (Cause I got a new ISP, but that only means that I can see my site now, everyone else on AOL cant see pics...)
post #29 of 29
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Originally posted by mama2kyla
I can second that.... I love how versatile the cart is!

And Carli.. i had a thought, LOL... you need a tribe of kids in a VW bus with flowers down the side ROFL!
LOL...thats sort of what Mike was working on for me. except it was my purple caravan. I decided though, that it didnt fit. I really seem to lean towards the tribe/tribal part of it.

I thought...a turtle with my little tribe on its shell because Richard is turtle clan, but then went to Theresa's site and saw her logo ROFLMAO...so much for that idea
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