My sewing projects have taken a back seat lately for several reasons. The first is that I was away for almost a week and was unable to take any of my projects with me. The second reason is that I just haven’t felt well lately, the doctor’s office is telling me I appear to have a sinus infection which is causing my severe and constant headache and causing me to feel tired all the time. The most I’ve really felt like doing lately is surfing blogs and even that seems to have been going in slow motion as of late.
One thing that has caught my eye though as I’ve been reading other blogs is the number of bloggers who also have online shops to sell their handi-crafts. There are so many different types of crafts, but the most common seem to be jewelry and fabric bags, similiar to what I make. I recently noticed one online shop in particular that seemed to be self hosted, in other words, it was not set up via a hugely popular auction site, nor was it through a rather large hand crafted shopping site. It seemed that this particular blogger had found a way to set up a private, nice looking shop for her fabric bags (or was it jewelry) and cut out the middleman. I’m definitely interested in finding out how this works.
Obviously, whether you’re setting up a blog or any other kind of website, such as a shop, the first thing to get is web hosting. Linux web hosting for example, is compatible with PHP programming and can be very economical. Plus, Linux has a better level of security than hosting offered through Windows based hosting programs.
It’s really a lot to think about and I think I would personally feel more comfortable if I had someone with web knowledge to assist me in this area. The internet can be intimidating and I would want to create a shop that is well designed and one that customers would feel secure buying from. Whatever I do, I’ve got a lot to learn!