Do you want to build your own professional website and have it look great without having to pay a professional designer or learn new code?
Today’s easy-to-use website builders, complete with drag & drop editors and an endless choice of templates and functions, help handmade business owners like you create a website within minutes. Also, there are numerous widgets you can use for your craft website.
Here are some of the best website builders that are perfect for your handmade business:
IndieMade offers affordable websites for artists, crafters and entrepreneurs. Your IndieMade website store can integrate with Etsy (in the Pro and Plus plans), greatly reducing time spent managing products and inventory online on different platforms. When you post or update a product listing on your IndieMade website you can have it automatically listed or updated on Etsy.Inventory levels are kept in sync, too. You can also track customers, print invoices, add coupons, and run reports right in your site’s dashboard.
Virb allows you to create your own creative website with an integrated Etsy shop for just $10 a month. You can choose from over a dozen customizable themes, connect to your Etsy shop with a couple clicks, add other useful pages, and even connect with the social media you love. Also, mobile sites are built right in so your customers can shop anywhere.
ImpactFolios is a website hosting solution designed specifically for artists.Select from literally thousands of design and layout configurations, including flash and html templates, slideshows, and more. You can also easily import your Etsy items and sell them directly through your own website. Using our Etsy shop page feature, you can display your Etsy shop on your own website, which is updated real time.
Here are some of the best widgets you can install to your website to customize it even more according to your needs:
Etsy WordPress Widget is a WordPress plugin which adds a sidebar widget to display a grid of thumbnails from your Etsy store. The user can select the number of rows and columns to display. You can also customize the display by adding ‘etsy’ css class definitions to their theme style sheet. You can also choose to show the most recent items or a random set on each load.
The Team Showcase
The Team Showcase is a free widget for displaying your Etsy team’s listings. The widget can be embedded in a blog or website and each time a visitor views your team showcase, it will display a new, random selection of listings from your team members’ shops. Just paste the showcase HTML snippet into your website and you’re all set. To use the Team Showcase, you will need to have a website where you can paste the showcase HTML snippet into the website’s source HTML.
If you’re taking your handmade business to the next level, about to hop into entrepreneurship full-time or just getting started, you can find more tools that will help you in business organization, social media, marketing, photo-editing, and automated listing renewal.
Growing a business takes time and effort, but these tools can put even the most frazzled creators on the path to success.
If we missed your favorite website builder, please let us know in the comments box below.