With a mix of Web consulting and non-technical tools, Chris Lobos brought his small business onlineTen years ago while still in college, Chris Lobos found his niche \u2014 selling remote control devices to managers of gated communities around Los Angeles. Because his family sold iron security gates, Lobos knew every resident needed a remote control to access the community. But since residents often lost the devices or moved without returning them, and manufacturers didn\u2019t provide replacements easily, community managers were always in short supply.\u00a0 Lobos has been meeting the demand by selling the devices through ads in local papers and industry publications ever since.Earlier this year, a friend and Web developer, Marco Tassara, suggested Lobos expand his business by selling online. In February, they teamed to build nationalremotecontrols.com.Immediately, the two realized the 150 miles between them would be a problem. Tassara needed face-to-face meetings with Lobos to teach him about Web graphics and search engine placement. They devoted other meetings to site content and pricing, sometimes spending up to 18 hours per day editing content.\u00a0 But since Lobos was in Los Angeles and Tassara in San Diego, Lobos had to drive three hours for each meeting.\u00a0\u201cI had to get my hands on how things were done. Marco\u2019s so knowledgeable and was always introducing something new to me,\u201d Lobos says.\u00a0\u00a0In June, the two got a lucky break. While in the midst of finalizing the initial design, Macromedia invited Tassara to beta test Contribute 2.0 (Available now; single-user version $99.)\u00a0 Upon installation, he realized the product was just what they needed \u2014 a tool that let Lobos edit content without altering Tassara\u2019s Dreamweaver MX design. Contribute 2.0 lets designers such as Tassara\u00a0 lock down page elements, while permitting non-technical users like Lobos add pictures and information as if using a word processor.\u00a0Contribute 2.0 also provides a tool for creating a shopping cart and payment system using built-in links to the\u00a0 PayPal online service, which Tassara used to build the e-commerce side of the site.\u201cI was always asking Marco how I could do things myself. And now with Contribute, I can add descriptions and change pricing,\u201d Lobos says. He also takes digital product shots, uploads them to an FTP site for Tassara to tweak in Macromedia Fireworks. Lobos also sent content to Tassara via e-mails with zipped archives or URLs for his review.The site, which launched in\u00a0 July, paid for itself in two months.\u00a0 Lobos now sells to consumers nationwide, and unexpectedly, has seen a spike in his management company business, some weeks taking several orders for batches of 50 remotes.\u00a0 Lobos says the PayPal system has worked flawlessly, and that he gets few returns, indicating his product photos and descriptions do a good job guiding buyers to the right purchase.\u00a0\u00a0Today, Lobos handles site maintenance, but Tassara says the two might team again to expand the site and possibly create a second one to sell security gates.Editor\u2019s note: James Gaskin\u00a0recently reviewed Contribute 2\u00a0in\u00a0 his Small Business Tech column.