Raptor3DPilot
So my fiance was tasked at work to try and build a website for the small company she works for. Neither of us have experience with this, but decided to take it as a challenge and see what we can come up with.

I have Microsoft Publisher on my desktop at home and was thinking of starting with that, but I wanted to check with you guys first to see what kind of other options we have. We basically want a standard company website, where it has clickable links on the side for About Us, videos, and other information about the company. Are there any other programs you would suggest?

Once we get the webpage down, how do we go about getting it hosted? I'm assuming I can just do a google search, but wanted to see if you guys had any recommended hosting websites.

Of course she is going to get extra compensation for this, but we figured why pay someone to just "input" the information she is going to have to provide for them, when we can possibly do it ourselves and use the extra compensation for our wedding expenses (or more RC parts!).
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wheelbarrowjackson
Lots of hosting companies provide templates for web design as part of the hosting package. The only problem is that they look like... templates.

Jumping into HTML may be overwhelming without a nudge to start. Look at OSWD for some design suggestions. There are thousands and most are free.

As for a hosting company, you're on your own. I work in a data center and run my own servers, so I don't need external hosting. All hosting companies have issues with unsatisfied customers, but you can try GoDaddy, HostGator and many others for pricing comparison. Just be aware that they will set a quota and it's up to you to make a decision on how that quota is handled. You can either be cut off when you reach the quota, which looks bad to your customers, or you'll get an unexpected bill for exceeding it and quota contracts are not necessarily the clearest document you'll even sign.

For web building, I don't use MS stuff, but many do. I use a simple editor, but my webs are for my own entertainment and I don't care what if the world ever sees them. I do it because I'm not restricted on content, volume or traffic.
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f2a8
Oh god, one word of advice, DONT use templates if you don't have any HTML/(usually flash actionscript also) experience. I've done webdesign quite a bit in the past and that's something you don't want to *eff* around with, they're a pain, just from my personal experience.

**Good luck! Web designing is a headache
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Raptor3DPilot
Anythoughts on GoDaddy.com? ... they have website building tools and everything.

Oh man, this sounds like it's going to be a good time. haha
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Raptor3DPilot
another one that someone recommended was http://www.1and1.com. They seem a little more professional over godaddy.com
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ScottLott
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Anythoughts on GoDaddy.com? ... they have website building tools and everything.

Oh man, this sounds like it's going to be a good time. haha


Perhaps a better option might be setting up a wordpress site (GoDaddy has an easy install system for wordpress) then finding a good template for wordpress to work around.
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f2a8
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Anythoughts on GoDaddy.com? ... they have website building tools and everything.

Oh man, this sounds like it's going to be a good time. haha


Shoot no I don't want to discourage you!

Ok website designing is not as bad as it seems, at least the programming aspect isn't. What I meant to say was I guess, IF you don't invest a tad bit of time into learning HTML, it will be bad. But HTML itself is NOT hard to learn at all. It's simple and straightforward and much easier to learn than most any other programming languages in my opinion.

Also in my opinion, templates are nasty. But perhaps others have more luck than me... I've never used the godaddy ones either for that matter.

1and1 is amazing, I used them back when I had a website and they are wonderful and easy to use from personal experience.

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wheelbarrowjackson
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Shoot no I don't want to discourage you!

Ok website designing is not as bad as it seems, at least the programming aspect isn't. What I meant to say was I guess, IF you don't invest a tad bit of time into learning HTML, it will be bad. But HTML itself is NOT hard to learn at all. It's simple and straightforward and much easier to learn than most any other programming languages in my opinion.

Also in my opinion, templates are nasty. But perhaps others have more luck than me... I've never used the godaddy ones either for that matter.

1and1 is amazing, I used them back when I had a website and they are wonderful and easy to use from personal experience.

= 2 cents


Most of the free templates are heavily dependent on style sheets and style sheets are a bit tougher to learn than plain HTML. The advantage is that pages are consistent. The disadvantage is that it's enough to learn just raw formatting. Templates themselves aren't bad, it's the implementation that's often a problem.
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squishy
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another one that someone recommended was http://www.1and1.com. They seem a little more professional over godaddy.com


I have 1and1, been hosting with them for years and I like them a lot, I do not use their tools, I use phpnuke or phpbb and sql on the back end....in fact I need to put up a new one, the local park fliers needs a forum...
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papabearflying
Get X Site Pro it´s an easy software to use there´s no Html and there are hundereds of beautiful Templates, I have done a couple of sites and it was a breeze! You can check this one for example http://www.fachwerk1775.de
Simply tasking someone to build a website.... how dumb is that? your poor fiancé good luck. Chris
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squishy
I just built and threw up http://www.parkflysac.com all for 1 dollar in domain cost (because I already have a host) and I did it in an evening...

check it out, I put up this forum in about an hour for free with a CMS (content management system) call Simple Machines...you should never have to pay for a website if you know what you are doing, there are tons of open source and free CMS's that are really good and secure...some that come to mind are joobla, drupal, phpnuke, postnuke, phpbb and so on...joobla and drupal are really nice for a full featured website...Simple Machines and phpbb are great for forums...

http://www.simplemachines.org/
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Raptor3DPilot
Thanks for all the replies, we still haven't touched it yet... sorting through the other projects we having going on first.

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Simply tasking someone to build a website.... how dumb is that? your poor fiancé good luck


I guess I did word that wrong. She was tasked to get a website designed, she found someone to do it for $200/page, but she would have to provide all the information to him (basically the layout and he would just implement it all.) Her thinking behind it was that she could eliminate the middleman, learn a few things, and throw the website together with my help. Her boss is going to pay her the same amount that he was willing to pay the other guy to just input everything, only thing is, she is not allowed to work on the site at work, so I have been tasked by her. HAHA.

Again, thanks for all the input and once we get one up and running, I'll post it here so you guys can check it out.
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priyabratakar

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solentlife
I used 'Mobirise' ... but when it didn't work on my site - I asked my IT pal to sort ... took him about 30 secs !! I need to complete the next pages !

http://www.seaone-bl.com

My Host site has Wordpress already loaded - but I really cannot get on with it ... 

With the older version of Publisher .... it had a Website creator in it ... MS in later versions removed it. I used it to create my previous companys website and it worked well ... apart from one aspect :

The page width was narrow and could not be made to fit normal screen width (zoom yes ... but not at 100%). 

I liked it though because it did not use frames. I HATE SITES that are full of frames ... 

I had a trick back then - I would create in Publisher - then use a program such as 123web or sometimes Cofeecup I think it was to test and clean it up.
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