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i want to build a fashion portal, what to do?

pls help a newbie



8:42 pm on Aug 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to build a fashion portal, how do i start, what to do?

JAB Creations

11:30 pm on Aug 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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That is a VERY vague question but I'll try to help...

First does your idea fulfill a need (be it market share that is not being attended by others or by a client who wants to give you money for doing this)? If there is no market then there is no income but if there is then you still have to approach it correctly. Your site will have to have certain goals as well.

Two - Do you have a roadmap of how your site will work? Will visitors be able to access the majority of the pages within a page or two of when they enter (be it any page as they can come to odd pages via search engines). Always good to draw a visual tree of your navigational layout.

Three - Do you know the proper technologies (or if you will be having others do this work for you, do they) that you will have to use for this project?

- As a sub question, if you want to go with Flash you need to ask yourself if the name of the site is highly associated and valued with something already so that it is likely many sites will quickly link to yours? If you you'll want to go with an ALL HTML (with perhaps very little Flash thrown in as for example just for the logo if you wish to animate it). If you go with Flash only links and the content from those pages will help search engines understand what you site is about as they are unable to go inside of a flash file.

Four - If you're making a portal your content will have to be both rich and dynamic. You'll have to setup a replicable template or system where adding and admining content won't be a pain in the ass. This will require serverside coding with very little doubt.

Since your question is so vague I just wanted to give you a base idea of what you're dealing with. Portal sites hve to be updated (sometimes daily) to keep traffic flowing and people interested.


9:30 am on Aug 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I agree with JAB there that your question is very vague. You wanted to build a portal so I guess you want your site to be dynamic where web programming is involved.

First, you have to let others know whether you have the programming skill to build your own portal. If you just want a web site about fashion then that would be easy. But if you want a portal then your content has to be constantly updated. I suggest you try some free CMS out there.

There are a few questions that you need to ask yourself:

(1) Do you have access to latest fashion industry news?
(2) Do you have tons of pictures to put at your web site? A fashion portal without pictures of supermodels doing catwalk in Milan or Paris is not a fashion portal to me.
(3) Are you knowledgable about this subject? Since this is your interest I guess you are.

A non existent site cannot turn into a portal overnight.You need to start from what you know and be enthusiastic about it. Tell us more about your plan. If you are afraid to share your plan in public then feel free to send private message and I see what I can do to help you if I am free.


12:27 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to build this fashion portal too, but my portal is in my country language, so it has less competitor. I have some question:
One, Who is my potential client? How I can't research about them? What is the main point let them to co-operate with me?
Two, Can I collect information and images from another website in my country (my language) with Source note bellow the information?
Thanks for your help.


12:34 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Can I collect information and images from another website in my country (my language) with Source note bellow the information?

Generally speaking, copying material without the copyright holder's express permission is against the law.


1:17 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you want to build a fashion portal, you must know what are your potential clients.
Do a keyword research at first, look at competitor web sites and then decide if it the niche you want to do business in.
After doing a keyword research you will have a clue about the the size of your target audience.

You can use overture keyword tool online to find out demand of fashion keywords for free.


8:08 pm on Aug 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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thanks to all your kind advices, it seems i got a lead now. also thanks a lot for advising me to use overture, its really helping.

i knew that few found my orignal question to be vague, but i wanted this thread to be as open as possible.

My real problem is that I am not able to decide on CMS to use --- Mambo or Zope? Mambo is easy to use and host......but lacks hirearchy required for real portals. Zope/Plone on other hand is slightly tricky issue and hosting seems to be a big pain.


6:59 pm on Aug 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My keyword have 5353 in overture, is it enough for developing one fashion site, i want to development this site step by step, from small to large. What should i do now?
Does domain have keyword is important?


11:02 pm on Aug 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Importance is very small, one of many factors. Keyword might help with visitor's mental retention or references if your sites following ever goes viral.

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