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Setting up a site... help needed

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by Arroryn, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    A friend and myself are keen writers; whilst both of us do 'serious' creative things, we are also collaborating on a work of fiction.

    We have registered a domain, and want to put this collaboration up on the net; mainly in the form of a blog, for example, with excerpts and snippets, and then protected PDF files for people to download.

    I don't think bandwidth and storage is going to be much of an issue; however, I haven't got the foggiest on how to present this thing!

    I can only use Frontpage, and I can only use that badly. Has anyone got any killer hints and tips for making a site that looks spiffing really easily (and cheaply).

    Or has anyone got free time to knock me a page together :rolleyes:
     
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  2. mondos

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    Sounds interesting, I'm sure you'll get an offer or two.
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    I'd like to and I know this is going to sound strange since I'm unemployed, but I'm kind of busy right now. I've got three separate projects that all are demanding my attention, otherwise I'd have no problem developing a wee site for you.

    Frankly, learning HTML and CSS isn't all that hard. Assuming you aren't under a major time constraint, pick up a couple of books on the subject and start playing around with it. Goodness knows I've reviewed enough of them:

    http://www.wiredwriter.net/reviews/reviews_list.html#web

    Assuming you will either host the site yourself or use a hosting service, it's really just a matter of writing the pages, including the graphics and so on. You can even Google different examples of CSS styles so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

    I've created two full-fledged sites using either a very simple html editor like bluefish or just a plain, old text editor.

    Again, I apologize for not being able to create the site for you myself, but especially being out of work, I've got to focus on those projects that will generate income for my family.
     
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  4. zimbo
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    Yeah i would follow trips idea... a plain text editor like notepad and a couple of good books.. im doing some HTML now in uni and to be honest its not that hard.. give it a try cause you will learn something new as well.. unless you looking for something more professional? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    I think Frontpage would be fine for this to be honest.

    I know a lot of people do not like the messy code it generates but if you can forget about all the negative criticisms, it is quite easy to set up some reasonable looking pages with it. The hardest thing is finding an eye catching nice looking design, with a sensible colour scheme, best to keep it simple and neat but whatever you do, it will take more time than you think. You should do it yourself, as then you have the satisfaction of knowing it is your creation and also, you will be able to make changes in the future as the content progresses.
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Actually, all WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editors make a mess of the HTML source. When I was working with the WYSIWYG in SharePoint, I'd usually have to got into the source and fix a few things to get it to work just right. Also, just for the sake of organization and being able to find certain lines again, I'd go in and made a few "adjustments".
     
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  7. mojorisin

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    I use frontpage for my site and it seems to be ok although i still tend to mess with the code just to get it right even though i dont know what it means if you change things you kinda get to see what it does eventually :biggrin


    my site knocked up in frontpage
     
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  8. zebulebu

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    Nice site Mojo

    You a Bully Wee fan then?
     
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  9. SimonV

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    I could probably help you out with things as you go along, I've gotten pretty good with CSS over the past few months. If your looking to make things simple and easy to manage you could try something like wordpress but you will need certain server side features from your hosting. Take a look here for those requirements LINK. There are plenty of others free pieces of software similar to WordPress but from what I gather its one of the best.
     
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  10. JonnyMX

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    There are plenty of 'blog writing' software offerings out there - most of which are free. Some ISPs etc also offer blog writing facilities. Have a Google.

    Did you ever join the BBC 'get writing' experiment?
    It was awesome, a forum for budding writers - you could join up with a group who shared similar interests, or just post your own stuff. It had quite a following, but the BBC shut it down after 6 months or so.

    I still keep in touch with some of the members, and I know several of them went off to start their own projects - no idea what became of them though...

    Good luck - I'll try and help if I can, but time is a bit tight at the mo.

    :biggrin
     
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  11. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Thanks for all your tips and offers of help :)

    Si - am checking out the Wordpress requirements. As I don't expect the site traffic to be too heavy, I was aiming to go for as base a package as was necessary.

    I'll do some research around it, and keep you updated on my progress :)
     
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  12. mojorisin

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    Thanks for the comment


    Main team are Rangers but my wife's family are all Clyde fans so i started going years ago to the odd game with her Dad and there my local team now since they moved from Shawfield

    So i take my son now and a again although i seem to be jinxed as anytime i go its either 0-0 or they get beat :biggrin
     
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  13. Bluerinse
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    What are they talking about :blink
     
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    Scottish Football, shouldn't be allowed to be honest!

    :D
     
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  15. SimonV

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    You should be able to get a decent basic package that will meet the requirements of WordPress for no more than £70 for the year.
     
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  16. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Okay, the 'barebones' - and I mean that - of the site are up.

    www.the-log.co.uk

    Content to arrive as soon as my lil fingers can type it out :)
     
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  17. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Arroryn, I really like that! And did you ever get my privy back?
     
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  18. JonnyMX

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    Way cool!
     
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  19. Bluerinse
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    Very nice Arro 8)
     
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  20. AJ

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    Cooooooolllllllllllllllllllll
     
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