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Old January 29th, 2008, 05:57 PM
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Creating a website

Does anyone have experience with this? What are the best places on the net to create a website? I don't mind paying (a bit) but it must be easy to use, I'm uncommonly thick and don't have html skills (learned them once and promptly unlearned them). I'll be putting up photographs and a little text, or maybe alot of text if I get a bee in my bonnet. But graphically speaking, nothing fancy. How do I find out if the name I choose is taken?
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Old January 29th, 2008, 08:09 PM
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How do I find out if the name I choose is taken?
they tell you when you sign up for your domain name. You need to pay for domain AND web space. And some places have webpage builders so that you don't need to know HTML.

you can get an HTMl editor and in most cases they're pretty easy to use and don't require html. But Html is pretty easy to use once you have the template going.

Why not set up a blog?? they're easier to use. Unless it's for a business or a professional thing I don't think paying for a website is necessary. It's a waste of money. I've done it and i recently cancelled my account. I used dot5hosting.com . They're pretty cheap.
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Old January 29th, 2008, 08:49 PM
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I have a few using www.bravenet.com

They are reasonable in pricing, so far so good for me.

I hope it is ok for me to post that.

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Old January 30th, 2008, 07:44 AM
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Hi dmc123,

Although we aren't into self-promotion we are totally into information..so of course, members can post useful links.


You should know that there is indeed a learning curve with building and maintaining your own website or blog. BY NO MEANS is it rocket science, but there is a curve and you will need a book, course or guide 100%. It would be good to have as a reference... I can't comment on bravenet but it is likely to use a generic interface where you don't need to see any code..Since the code is not that hard, I recommend a basic book - maybe something from the dummies series..

Blogs are a good idea as well and are easier in general than a full on website (some, like Blogger are SUPER SIMPLE)....but not always as suitable for your needs.

I could easily give you some good tips on this if you like....there is just too much to write...feel free to PM me.

To see if your name is taken you can check with a registry - there are thousands of them. Here's just one.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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A friend of mine runs his web design and site hosting business from Toronto.


Normally I wouldn't promote something like that, but my friend has done some AMAZING work graphically. I just love his style.

On their London website, you can see some of the portfolio of past work.


For domain names,

Go here


Even if your chosen name might be taken as a dot com, you might be able to choose a different extension, like dot ca or dot us, etc.

However, if you choose to go with a design/host company such as my friend's, they will take care of the domain for you.
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Old February 4th, 2008, 11:40 PM
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Another way of setting up the actual pages is to use a template. There are lots of free ones and also lots for sale on the internet. You just look for one that is similar in style for what you want to do. The free ones usually have a link to their website in small print at the bottom and they ask that you leave that on the page. You download the template and then proceed to change the text and pictures. I do use html to do the updating. To find a template, just search for "free templates" and you'll get lots of sites.
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