I use create too. In fact between me and my husband we have 4!!
I have just started another one this week for my new dog walking business, Mark has one dedicated to his artwork (which to be honest he never has time to do anything on it and wont let me help, cos he wants to do it! Needs a kick up the bum, typical artist just wants to paint all the time!!). And I set up one in November dedicated for my jewellery. Then my oldest one I have had for 6 years, same name as my Folksy shop, so you can look for it if you like.
You can get one done in a day, once you get the hang of how to do it and it really is very simple once you get into it.
I did do a free one with Wix this week for the new business but as it primarily is an advertising portal for them unless you pay, your website address will have their name in it and not be a .co.uk or .com until you pay. I considered paying so that I could have .co.uk but was a little wary I was going to end up paying for stuff I didn’t ask for - they are American and I just wasn’t confident, so decided to stick to create.
I pay £6 a month for a basic site (no shop) or for my other websites which do have shops I pay £11 per month, this is adequate as you can do option boxes on each listing, so if you have an item which they can have in different colours or shapes its a good way not to use up all your listings (you are allowed 400). You then have to pay £10.55 for a .co.uk domain name for 2 years.
Its really easy to pop on and change a word that you might of spelt wrong and then republish. Its good to republish often to keep your website up to date, google like that.
On your home page make sure in the first paragraph you tell people what you do, google like that too. And highlight that as H1, second paragraph H2 (you’ll understand that when you fill in your text) its basically pinpointing what you want people to find and letting google know that’s important. Just highlight it and click H1 or H2, simple’s.
Create are great for their customer service, I often email them to ask them how to do something, they usually answer within a day or two and often will direct you to a forum page which has covered your issue and will have step by step directions, which I have never had a problem with and manage to get done what I need to.
Get your SEO words right for what you are selling and change them often, as that will keep it refreshing.
However what you have to remember that it is not just a case of putting on a website and hoping people are going to find it!
You will need to link it into your social media pages, put links on and its a good idea to get it listed on as many directories as you possibly can bear, with backlinks - bit of a chore, but it will all help with your google rankings. Start with the easy ones like Yell and Yelp (they will call to try and get you to pay for an upgrade - ALL the time - which after a lot of woffle will eventually come out as £170!! just keep saying no. Then Google free business listings and a whole load will come up. Ignore all the emails you will get about companies being able to put you at the top of a google search page, they are just money spinners for those companies, after all if everyone paid, we couldn’t all be at the top!!, just work your website right and you will be found. Do a google business listing too.
Dont expect to get business straight away, it can take google search engines 3-6 months to really find you and start listing you where people will see you, so be patient. But this is a good thing as it means you have a while to really get it right.
Apologies this may of put you off even more, but honestly once you get the hang of it, its not that bad and can be very rewarding once you get going. I’m always happy to answer any questions.