Planning on making a website


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Planning on making a website

Postby gongfutea » Mar 26th, '14, 10:35

So I am planning on making an online store slash blog in the near future. I have a lot of great friends and mentors that want to make my dream a reality. So first off I would like to be able to inform people and costumers about everything from where, how, who and when my tea was produced. Also I will be introducing a select few Chinese tea pot artist that my wife and I personally know. Right now I am just trying to figure out what website builder I should use. So if anyone here has any insight I’m open for suggestions. I plan to also have guest writers on the blog and to help explain what it’s like learning about tea in china and being a lao wai 老外 LOL . Ok let’s get back to the point this website I want to be able to give my costumers and friends and family the most information I can before they purchase a single tea or piece of tea ware. I hope I can inspire some new people who would never drink Chinese teas and some veteran’s to try a few new teas and maybe learns something new. I know I’m new to the teachat website but I hope to become a member and a reliable friend to the members of this site. So If anyone here can make some suggestions for what they would like in a tea business slash blog please feel free to comment .
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby jschergen » Mar 26th, '14, 13:42

Wordpress is great basic CMS for a blog. Blogspot works as well.

Shopify is pretty much the standard for making an online store.

One best practice that is generally messed up often. If you have separate sections to your site (i.e. a blog + shopping portal), try to keep them all under one website domain.
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby Poseidon » Mar 26th, '14, 15:01

I agree with jschergen with wordpress for a simple (or not so simple with plug ins) blog. Although it really depends on on how professional you want it to look. Let me ask you this: how much tea are you wanting to sell? If its going to be a large business you may want to get someone to code a site for you that way it works flawlessly. If its going to be specialized teas for a niche group. A simple cart system online would work well with a Paypal plug in.

--Sorry to dive in on this, i just have experience in this area.

GOOD LUCK!
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby gongfutea » Mar 27th, '14, 08:40

jschergen wrote:Wordpress is great basic CMS for a blog. Blogspot works as well.

Shopify is pretty much the standard for making an online store.

One best practice that is generally messed up often. If you have separate sections to your site (i.e. a blog + shopping portal), try to keep them all under one website domain.


Thanks for the reply a friend of my recommend shopify also so I think I will check them out. Also I will have my blog on the same website as my ecommerce site. But I am still interested in what type of Teas and Teapots people are looking for? Just want some suggestions. I am really excited about this project and can’t wait to get it up and running 。So please give me some input on what makes or breaks you’re a tea website.
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Planning on making a website

Postby mcrdotcom » Mar 27th, '14, 10:40

Well do you want an experienced tea drinking consumer base? If so, pick one or two types, especially your own favourites and go with that. Most people don't like buying from a vendor who doesn't specialise because they sacrifice quality for quantity!

Oolong is always good option, but greens and blacks don't seem to be niche market aimed much (perhaps for good reason). Anyways, I like a vendor I can talk to, who knows every single tea and is accessible :)

Hope that helps! *my vote is green/oolong/puerh/red of medium and high quality :)
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby gongfutea » Apr 11th, '14, 23:43

Ok tea guy and gals I want to know do you like using paypal for online orders or do you like using Visa/Mastercard ? I am also looking at enabling a rating system on all my products and uploading video interviews with translations from tea producers and teapot artist . The teas I am going to be putting on the site are going to be mid - high grade raw&ripe Pu erh , Yan Cha aka Rock tea/stone tea , Red/Black tea , Oolongs from China maybe a few from Taiwan sorry I don't know many people in Taiwan so want be putting to many Taiwan tea on my site . But I will have a lot of great mainland teas that will include full details about when , where , who and how the tea was grown . I hope you our as excited as I am because this is one of my biggest goals in life to bring great tea to the world from a source you can trust and at a reasonable price . With the tea wear that's another story Some of the artist I will be in contact with are friends of My teacher and My family here so I will get them at a lower price than most people in china let alone the rest of the world but they are still cost a pretty penny not all but some . I will be making interviews with the teapot artist . Please give me any feedback on what else you want from a tea website.
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby guitar9876 » Apr 13th, '14, 15:01

Wow, man that sounds pretty great. I myself prefer using Paypal for the convenience, but it wouldn't hurt to make both credit card and Paypal possible payment methods. I like the idea of the video interviews with the tea producers and Yixing artists. Sounds like you're on the right track! I look forward to trying some of your teas when your website is up. :D
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Re: Planning on making a website

Postby Poseidon » Apr 14th, '14, 09:27

Sounds like you know all the right people! :wink:
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