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by Dave Courtenay on Tue May 16, 2017 12:57 pm
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I paid $3000 for my website about 7 years ago, I have been told by the host that at the end of this year Flash based websites will no longer works on Chrome/safari/firefox etc and my website will need to be changed to HTML5 and would then be a monthly cost of between $20-$60, I have that Deja Vu feeling of Adobe, What are your thoughts on this, Having paid all that money on my website i am loathed to through it away and go subscription but if it wont work after 2017 i may be forced to rethink

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by Jeff Colburn on Tue May 16, 2017 2:01 pm
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Flash is on the way out, finally. Adobe has been doing nothing but patching security holes in it for years.

Check out my article here http://www.jeffcolburn.com/articles/how-to-sell-products-from-your-website/ to see several options for sites that charge a monthly fee and provide a shopping cart. And places where you can buy a shopping cart.

You could also use a free or paid Wordpress theme, then you would only pay normal hosting fees.

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by Dave Courtenay on Tue May 16, 2017 4:09 pm
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I dont want or need a shopping cart, Thanks for the time you have taken

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by bradmangas on Tue May 16, 2017 6:02 pm
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Sounds like your talking about two different things. The $3000 cost you originally incurred sounds like a custom built site. Only cost after that would be the hosting. The Monthly fee sounds like a subscription based sight, something like Photo shelter, Art Store Fronts, Square Space, Sumgmug, or a number of others out there.
You can get a new custom built sight again from between $2,000 - $4,000. Or go with the subscription sites with much less customization. Sounds like you have been paying what works out to be around $35 per month for the last seven years. It is a difficult choice. Always seems much easier to pay a little at a time than one big fee. In my opinion custom built sites are head and shoulders above any of the other subscription based offerings out there today.

If by chance you are considering a new custom built site the only designer / web builder I would recommend is Wide Range Galleries.
 

by Dave Courtenay on Wed May 17, 2017 10:43 am
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Hi Brad
Yes i paid $3000 for a custom built web site which was flash based, The company (one of the big ones) are now saying i need a new non flash based website for the reasons above and it will now be a monthly payment

Thanks

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by ChrisRoss on Fri May 19, 2017 8:23 am
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That would be purely what the company you are dealing with are wanting to sell you. I would think you could shop around and find another vendor to build a site for you in any number of languages for a one off fee. I'm not clear on what the monthly cost would cover, there is a hosting charge of course but I thought that was generally a lower charge.

Is your current vendor not proposing a one off charge to code your site in the new language? Or are they proposing to do the conversion and recoup that charge with a monthly fee?, or charge for conversion AND a monthly fee? Do they provide any maintenance for the fee, what about adding new images do you do that yourself? I assume you don't pay monthly fees apart from hosting currently??
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by Dave Courtenay on Tue May 23, 2017 1:05 pm
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ChrisRoss wrote:
That would be purely what the company you are dealing with are wanting to sell you.  I would think you could shop around and find another vendor to build a site for you in any number of languages for a one off fee.  I'm not clear on what the monthly cost would cover, there is a hosting charge of course but I thought that was generally a lower charge.

Is your current vendor not proposing  a one off charge to code your site in the new language? Or are they proposing to do the conversion and recoup that charge with a monthly fee?, or charge for conversion AND a monthly fee? Do they provide any maintenance for the fee, what about adding new images do you do that yourself?  I assume you don't pay monthly fees apart from hosting currently??




I currently pay $70 a year to host and thats the only charge, The new monthly charge which would probably be $60 would have the hosting built in, The site would be changed to HTML5 which is where the monthly fee come in, The site has an edit suite so you can update yourself and do minor site changes which i have on my site now, HTML5 allows bigger images on the site as well as better looking cell phone and tablet presentation

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