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    Start a Web Page

    I'm kicking around an idea for creating a web site (low budget).

    Need lots of 'Getting Started' advice for the Novice as I know absolutely nothing about this.

    Any advise is welcome---thanks

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    Re: Start a Web Page

    This thread's a couple of years old, but there are some good links in it for a newbie that are still active links.

    See what you think: <post:=571,486>post 571,486</post:>

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    Re: Start a Web Page

    For many people, their web site is their MySpace page. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But when you're ready for a little more flexibility, like having more than one page, you have about an infinity of choices.

    The first issue to consider is what you want to offer. Do you want to post your thoughts? photos? artwork? Interested in breaking news? discussion forum? genealogy? Will you be running an online store? The type of content may shape your choices in numerous ways.

    The second issue to consider is whether there is a reasonably priced (or free) online platform you can use that has already solved the design and programming challenges and which allows you sufficient originality (customization). For example, is Blogger or TypePad a good home for your blog? Is a Yahoo store a good fit for your business? The advantage of using a well-established service provider is that you generally do not have to worry about bandwidth quotas, emergency security updates to your software, or most anything other than your own words and images. But often the customization is only "skin deep," so you may eventually outgrow these offerings or decide that they don't suit your project.

    The third issue, if you are building your own site, is where to start. While many web sites still are designed and coded "from scratch," it is increasingly common to start with a publishing platform of one kind or another. This could be a template-based system provided by your web hosting company, or a blogging program (such as WordPress), or a wiki engine (such as MediaWiki), or a content management system (CMS, such as Joomla). All of those are free, but the ones you install yourself require occasional security updates and a serious time commitment to fully trick out. The advantage of adopting a widely used and actively developed platform is the community of support you will find around it. In fact, you might find the quality of support and the friendliness of the community to be more important than the small technical differences between competing platforms.

    Some service and software suppliers:

    Blogging: Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, MovableType

    Wiki: MediaWiki, PmWiki; Wiki software - Wikipedia

    CMS: Joomla, drupal; Content management system - Wikipedia

    Finally, of course, there are numerous web hosting companies offering prices impossibly lower than the next. It seems each one has suffered at least one rough patch and been savaged on web discussion boards and host rating sites, so it is difficult to sort out which ones are reputable and reliable. And because people can earn "affiliate" revenue through links to the hosting companies, it is difficult to know whose reviews to trust. If you search this board, you will find some threads on this topic.

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    Re: Start a Web Page

    Thanks,

    I will research and (I'm sure) I'll be back with more questions.
    The primary part of the page will be a post board, like Woody's, but concerning work place safety rules, regs, issues etc.

    thanks

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