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Would like suggestions for creating a site..

PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:25 pm
by Kimber767
Hi
I have been using Tripod for my personal web page, and had been pretty happy with it. But, they have since changed the format they use, and I do not like it at all. It is really hard to edit, and it is hard to get a nice look to it. Marie and I have started looking for another site to use. So fat, we have looked at www.yola.com and www.wix.com I am, of course, looking for something free..that would be easy to add pictures, media and whatever. I am using it to promote disability awareness, and my Self Determination program. Any ideas? I'd like something not to hard to maneuver.

Re: Would like suggestions for creating a site..

PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:00 pm
by Brian
Kimber767 wrote:Hi
I have been using Tripod for my personal web page, and had been pretty happy with it. But, they have since changed the format they use, and I do not like it at all. It is really hard to edit, and it is hard to get a nice look to it. Marie and I have started looking for another site to use. So fat, we have looked at http://www.yola.com and http://www.wix.com I am, of course, looking for something free..that would be easy to add pictures, media and whatever. I am using it to promote disability awareness, and my Self Determination program. Any ideas? I'd like something not to hard to maneuver.


Hi, Kim.

If your budget for this is $0, then I would suggest you look into a hosting company like 000webhost.com . Their basic service is free, and as long as you're not using it for e-commerce or the like, you'll probably be well-served. I hosted this site there for a while, but I moved it because their SQL databases weren't exactly robust. If you're not planning on running a forum or keeping track of inventory, that won't be an issue with you.

How you generate content is another issue. Most hosts (000webhost.com included) have website building software built-in. I don't really recommend using it, though. When you build a site, you want to know what you're doing and how it's set up. Letting someone else's template do all of that for you will only come back to bite you in the ass (or the chair seat, as the case may be). You (or whoever builds the site) need to be intimately involved in its development, so that if you want to change things (or move to a different host, down the line) you'll be able to do it. This tutorial will get you started writing HTML. In general, Webmonkey.com is a good place to learn to write Web pages.

The other issue is the domain name. If you want to be really visible to people, you'll want one of those. It's ~ $10/yr. for the domain name (assuming its available for you to use). GoDaddy.com is my go-to place for domain names. You could possibly get away with a subdomain (e.g., mywebpage.hostingsite.com) but you'll have more control over it (and have more services available) if you get your own domain.

Anyway, that's my .02. Your mileage may vary. :)