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Making my first website

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by beaumontdvd, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. beaumontdvd

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    Hi everyone, I've always wanted to make my own website, I have made one before using Dreamweaver but never actually uploaded it using the FTP as I was unsure how it works and how to host.

    I am aware you can use hosting companies but I am looking for a free solution
    I am also aware that you need a domain name and I am also looking for a free solution if possible?
    Also a package that I can use as I am also interested in learning HTML as I know just the basics at the moment.

    Hope someone can help it would be much appreciated.

    Also an idea for the website is welcome as I still have not decided lol!


    Thanks for all your advice!


    Dave
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    With free, you get what you pay for.

    If a few bucks a year is gonna break the bank, maybe you should reconsider.

    So... you want to make a Web site... but you don't know what you want your Web site to be? :blink Usually, people get an idea first, THEN decide they want a site.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    You can run IIS on your laptop if you want to mess around making a website and all the “hello world” jazz.

    After that look at hosting as needed, it won’t break the bank.
     
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  4. SimonD

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    Dave, unfortunately there is going to be some cost with this, unless you really do plan on using something like your ISP to host a sub-domain off their hosting services.

    I have done a couple of websites over the years but rather than learning HTML I have simply gone down the route of using a WYSIWYG program. I have used NetObjects Fusion and more recently Serif WebPlus x4, infact my current site was created with X4 and I think it's ok, Serif also have a little hosting that they offer with x4 (my forms redirect to my email courtesy of Serif).

    All in all x4 wasn't too difficult to learn, I put the site together in a couple of weeks and the content has pretty much stayed as it was since then (I am not doing that sideline at the moment but I may well go out and push more business cards through doors again soon).

    Tell you what tho, as a side project, have a look at designing something for ITCertified.PRO :D
     
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  5. beaumontdvd

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    Well its just for experience really I dont want anything to big
     
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    Yeah mate that sounds good, I just want to get to grips with it and work out how it all works and that.
    Thanks for the advice
     
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    Ok mate I understand now, I guess when I understand it a lot more I can start paying maybe a bit each month ect, I just thought that HTML would be a good place to start learning but I could never get the hang of any of the server side scripts or the php forms ect. Sounds like a good thing to learn and its interesting too. Thanks for the advice mate much appreciated :biggrin
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    If it's for experience so you can be a Web designer, why not start out by making a Web site for your Web design company?
     
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    That sounds good, to be honest its more experience so I know the fundementals and how everything works ect, but I have thought about learning how to produce websites thanks for the idea mate!
     
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    I'll send you a PM to tell you where to send the 10% royalty checks. :twisted:
     
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    Haha ok mate no worries :cry: :)
     
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    It all depends what you want to do. There is free hosting out there but you'll get sucky bandwidth and banner ads all over your site. You can get cheap hosting these days that won't break the bank. I use Go-Daddy but there's heaps out there. But if you're just playing around at the moment, why not just set up a Wordpress account and go down that route?

    Once you've got HTML under your belt - which shouldn't take too long, perhaps you should take a look at trying to master some PHP. Though I'd also agree that there are some decent WYSIWYG options out there. You can build a decent website with Joomla or Drupal these days.
     
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  13. gosh1976

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    If all you are wanting to do is test your coding then why not just install something like Xampp. Very easy to install and set up. Then you've got Apache, Mysql, and php all set up for your testing environment.
     
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  14. Carman

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    As the other guys recommended, if you're doing anything other than just testing, you're much better off paying for hosting rather than using a free hosting company. I've had tonnes of hassle with free ones, and generally all involve popups and adverts. There are lots of good hosting companies out there, and low-end starter plans can generally be had for a few quid a month. I'd advise using a UK company (just in case you have any problems, it makes things easier to sort out) rather than USA, Europe etc. Personally I use Evohosting and would recommend them to anyone, but as I said there are lots out there and a quick google should give you lots of opinions on which are the best. Good luck!
     
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