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26/04/2012 - 7:46 PM

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I'm stumped. Banjaxed.
In May, I officially become an Old Aged Pensioner.
(despite Pamela Jean insisting that I will joint the ranks of Senior Citizens GrinGrin)
And rather than while away my time, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for God, I am pursuing a plan to make myself useful to the wider community by producing what they want, and charging them exorbitantly large sums of money for doing so.
In short, I intend during the remainder of 2012, to establish a small business, internet based as to customer, producing what I'm good at. Working with timber. Turning; carving; artwork framing.
In addition, I also would like to include some of my own photography, for sale. I have sold several pieces already. (I suspect that they sold because they look better framed, than merely as a print, but ...)
My intention is to offer bespoke items, be they turnings, furniture, carvings. or what I am really looking forward to experimenting with, unique ornate picture frames, incorporating turnings and carvings, in exotic hardwoods, and polished rather that encapsulated with an artificial covering.
I love doing Grinling Gibbins type carvings. Figures; violins; bunches of leafy grapes; ropes; animal heads; etc
And elaborate artwork mounts, too.
In short, renaissance style, museum sized, picture frames.
Such that customers buy the artwork, to discard; because what they want is the mount and the frame.

I am, at the moment, in the process of designing a website.
A friend is going to build it for me.

And I'm stumped. Banjaxed.

I can't think of a name for my website.
I want the name to incorporate the unique turning; carving; framing and artwork aspect of my work.

If anyone is imaginatively and innovatorily good at this sort of thing, I would be delighted to to receive a PM from you. And if your suggestion is adopted, there may even be a small case of quality plonk available GrinGrin

But pleeeease don't delay: because it is driving me mad !! WinkSadTongue

PS: All silly suggestions will be posted in the most embarrassingly appropriate forum on ePz WinkSmile


26 Apr 2012 - 11:45 PM

Tricky one Jack.

I'm usually quite good at this kind of thing, being pretty well versed in the English language but I think that you need to tread carefully with this as the name of the site, or, at least, a proper site, as your's is to be, has to facilitate many things.
Firstly, it needs get people's attention. In other words, it needs to be catchy enough to stand out amongst a page of similar sites but not so catchy as to appear childish. It must give an impression of professionalism, yet still be sufficiently inviting that they'll look inside.
It then needs to tell people precisely what the site's about before they even consider looking within. In other words, if I'm looking for a light pull for my bathroom (I am actually!) I won't necessarily look at a site that appears to only offer carved picture frames.
Also, and I'm thinking of the need to generate traffic through the site, the name will have to sit well with Google's (and other's) SEO. That area's something of a minefield and getting genuine advice regarding how best to approach that aspect can be problematic. Certainly, and I digress slightly, the front page needs to have upon it a few keywords that will be picked up by the crawlers, I think they're called.
Presumably, the site's name should be the biggest keyword. It might well be its biggest asset.
Another thing that could make a difference will be how easily you can say it, complete with your domain name. It's much easier to remember and tell your friends about a short name ending in ".com", than a long one ending with a suffix of which no-one's ever heard.
Try saying "foreman.com" and "kavanagh. co.uk" a few times and see which you'd rather have to repeat! Because of the layout of a querty, you're naturally able to type it more quickly too.
Check all of the potential names to ensure that they aren't in use already. you can do that here.
One thing that does spring to mind, drawing upon my years as a compositor and dealing with assembling newspaper advertising; keep it as brief as you can get away with. I think that you'll be hard pressed to find a one-word name that does all of that and yet tells people what they need to know.
I reckon that it could be done in one or two words though.

This is the kind of task that I'd like to set a class. It's amazing how imaginative some children can be.

I'll think on it. There may well be some potential to be had from modifying your surname. "Foreturning" springs to mind. Alright, that's a bit cheesy but a couple of hours with a thesaurus . . . ?

Whatever you decide to call it, I wish you luck. As usual, if there's anything I can do, you know where to find me.


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I have now decided - categorically - I am having two independent websites.
One for wood-turning.
One for photography & artwork framing.
They will each have a link to the other, but .......
Much easier.

No nearer with the name(s) I've had some ideas, but I've also sobered up, since I had them
In fact I now have two problems to resolve, rather than the one that I started with.
(story of my b****y life, that is GrinGrin)

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