Hi karen, first of all I am sorry to hear of all your problems and concerns. I have built 2 websites on my own using yahoo business www.mysticsoulscafe.com
I have started another business, organicngreen.com and I came here to start up nation to find a web designer, happy to say I did find what I was looking for with http://smartflexsolutions.com/index.php
I have no vested interest with them with the exception that they built the foundation of my site and the rest is all me. That is why I choose them, he told me that, they build the foundation of your choice and you get to fill it up. The cost was perfect around 600.00, and I have full controll of what goes in and out of my site, which is always changing.
Smart flex provides good customer service too.
I have learned in all my years of website issues, that it is best to know your site and shopping cart. When I came to start up to find a designer, I got all kinds of prices up to 5k for a site...Yeah right! I guess if you are making millions of dollars, then you can spring for the big bucks, but it is not neccessary to pay that much to have a fabulous site. You can check out my sites, my organic n green will be up next week, then you can see how nice and professional smart flex is.
Ok, now for you, I would not pay them the rest of the money, I would cut my loses at this point...Both those sites are not appealing to me, JMO. But, if I had to pic, it would be number one. The pictures on both sites look amaturish, not anything I would trust to buy. I am only being honest. The lay out on the first one is most appealing, again, if I have to pic.
Again, it is of my experience that it is wise to have full control, knowing how to add things to your site, it is better that way, I learned to the tune of 1k trying to figure out my professionally built site, I said never again. The reason being is things change and you want to be the one to change it, not pay someone to do it. It can be costly.
I hope this gives you some insight.
I suggest you don`t pay, get your money back if you can, if not then stay on them until they get it the way you want it, and put it in writing.
organicngreen5/1/2008 12:06 PM