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Old 06-29-12, 09:57 AM   #1
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So, How Do I Get a Website Up and Running These Days?

I have a hobby that I want to start a website for. Not expecting a ton of traffic, no need to customize much. In fact, I am less than 1/2 the age of other people in the hobby, so it's more for people my own age to visit when they hear me speak about something they know nothing about, read a few things, then leave.

Very simple. Only a few sub-pages, some photos, and a way for people to email me.

I do want the www.[myhobbysite].com to be my own domain. None of this 1990s geocities.[myhobbysite].com crap where the host is in the URL.

I had websites way back in the 1990s...one with a friend where his ISP gave him a spot to build/host, and another site with our own servers. I recently did a site for a relative using 1&1 as the host, but the templates were junk and even I (someone who can even casually html/css) was confused and frustrated. I also had a well-visited GeoCities site back in the day, but that was all WISIWYG 1990s garbage.

So, in current times, what do I need to do to have a website by the end of the week?

1) Register domain name
2) Then what? I need a host, right? I do not plan to build my own server for this. Is Google Sites good enough? I know nothing about Google Sites, actually, but I am already using Google Docs extensively.
3) Anything else?

Thanks, y'alls.

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Old 06-29-12, 11:11 AM   #2
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I use godaddy.com for my domain name. A friend hosts it for me. I think godaddy can do that also. I would check to see if the domain name is available first, it probably isn't.
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If I might suggest... a blog page is easier to set up and maintain.
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Yeah sounds like a blog like Wordpress would be ideal for such a small site. Just find a Wordpress host and go from there.
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I have had great sucess with asmallorange, cheap too!
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I understand why people are suggesting 'blogs based on my vague details, but I am blog-experienced already and that won't quite work for what I am wanting to do.
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Well you can use Wordpress as a regular website platform as well. OR just find a host to host static HTML if that's all you really need.
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Just send your porn videos to an established site. That way, you might make some money from it.

What?? Don't tell me you all weren't thinking the same thing....
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Register domain w/ godaddy.com (or other register), get hosting through any number of hosting companies (GoDaddy also hosts). Most have some sort of quick and easy site building software or several different pre-made blog, CMS (content managament suite) or other types of products that can be installed on the hosting account. Point your new domain to hosting and done. I use GoDaddy, if you get a domain through them, I think they've got a free hosting option that adds some sort of little ad or something at the bottom, or get their base level pay hosting for like $6/mo that should be plenty. I run VeloBase.com and several other small sites off a single Deluxe hosting account.
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How about some content? You're going to have to come up with all that fun html/xhtml code once you get your domain.
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I understand why people are suggesting 'blogs based on my vague details, but I am blog-experienced already and that won't quite work for what I am wanting to do.
K... but need moar input. Like, if you want stuff with php and mysql and you need a server with those services... details.
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Try squarespace.com--you get a 2 week free trial and they do the hosting and have fairly straightforward templates.
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K... but need moar input. Like, if you want stuff with php and mysql and you need a server with those services... details.
I don't think I would need that stuff at all. No one will store anything at my site; nothing needs to be secure. I just want a site with a domain name that is simply www.mysite.com, and have an email that is me@mysite.com. And the ability to put my logo as the header image.
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I don't think I would need that stuff at all. No one will store anything at my site; nothing needs to be secure. I just want a site with a domain name that is simply www.mysite.com, and have an email that is me@mysite.com. And the ability to put my logo as the header image.
Well.. seems like godaddy has that too and cheap. Just be careful with their forms, they always try to sell you more than what you need at every step of the process.
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Just find a host and a CMS and you're golden. A simple one... I work with Drupal on occasion and I can't recommend it, as it's got too many layers of abstraction.

Google Sites may also work.
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I think the way it's done is you get a piece of paper, draw what you want for your website on it, then tape it to your monitor with the drawing facing in and leave it there overnight. Turn the brightness way way up. Don't forget to put your url at the top of the page. In the morning you'll have a website. If you want active content you need to wake up a couple times during the night and shake the monitor.
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I think the way it's done is you get a piece of paper, draw what you want for your website on it, then tape it to your monitor with the drawing facing in and leave it there overnight. Turn the brightness way way up. Don't forget to put your url at the top of the page. In the morning you'll have a website. If you want active content you need to wake up a couple times during the night and shake the monitor.
Why didn't I think of that!
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Give Ruben a few pesos and he will do it for you. He has a lot of mouths to feed, you know.
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I use Dreamweaver for web hosting @ $8.99/mo...unlimited domains! While you are only looking at 1 site, they sell domains at $9.95/year and the first one is free with hosting for as long as you maintain hosting. They don't have web development software, and Dreamweaver may be overkill. You may want to check on free or cheap web development software. They also have a Wordpress plugin and cheaper hosting if you wanted to use one of those themes.

Didn't say what your hobby is, but if photography,may want to look at something like zenfolio.com. Their $60/yr package which allows your own domain.
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www.VintageLOTUSbicycles.com is hosted with GoDaddy and I also use their Website Tonight software for the site itself. The interface is a little clunky, but it works for me and can be customized.

I'm a total amateur at the whole website thing, I used GoDaddy for everything because they made it easy. I registered the domain name through them and have unlimited email storage which comes in handy for storing copies of all the photographs for the site. If you call them on the phone they almost always discount their prices, I pay around $15.00 a month for all their services, most of that is the Website Tonight usage. Water bottle and decal sales help pay for the site so I don't have any advertising or donate buttons.
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Register domain w/ godaddy.com (or other register), get hosting through any number of hosting companies (GoDaddy also hosts). Most have some sort of quick and easy site building software or several different pre-made blog, CMS (content managament suite) or other types of products that can be installed on the hosting account. Point your new domain to hosting and done. I use GoDaddy, if you get a domain through them, I think they've got a free hosting option that adds some sort of little ad or something at the bottom, or get their base level pay hosting for like $6/mo that should be plenty. I run VeloBase.com and several other small sites off a single Deluxe hosting account.
This is all a lot easier than it looks, you could have a functioning website in just a few hours after you begin the process. There are a lot of hosting companies in competition with each other and you can get an account right now for cheap. You get lots of web space, they will register one domain name for you, they give you email accounts, they have templates and such that will help you to create a quick website. I signed up with ipage.com for about $3 per month for a 24 month account, paid upfront. You do have to be very careful and diligent when you set up your account because you will go through many pages of options each designed to sell you add-ons to your account for more money.

If you google "best hosting sites" you will find a number of companies that rate hosting sites. You can scan some of these sites, read reviews, and pick your own company to go with.

I found this site that will check domains to see if they are available or not:
http://www.checkdomain.com/
Go through all of your ideas and make a list of what is actually available.
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I use www.easyspace.com/ to register my domain name and basic hosting package. My domain is www.anthonyglynn.com/

It costs me a little over $100 a year for a basic domain/hosting package. This is pretty cheap although I'm not sure how it compares to everything else these days. I designed and uploaded the site myself with OLD software so I'm not up on what to use these days.

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I don't think I would need that stuff at all. No one will store anything at my site; nothing needs to be secure. I just want a site with a domain name that is simply www.mysite.com, and have an email that is me@mysite.com. And the ability to put my logo as the header image.
All you need then is a host and some space and an FTP or webDAV program to upload files. CMS's would be over kill. Just go to godaddy and register the domain name you want if it's available and then either use godaddy to host your site or find another one. It would be easiest to register the name and host it on the same site but not necessary.

What is your hobby BTW? Is it a secret or something?
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YouTube has a bunch of tutorials on setting up domain names and uploading website content. I myself also use godaddy. YouTube also has plenty of CSS and HTML tutorials which I've found invaluable.

p.s CSS is the best way to layout a website right now. Also HTML5 will be the future of web development replacing CSS though it still has a ways to go.

p.p.s avoid using flash. It's on it's way out.

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I don't register domains with Godaddy. Their upsell attempts make it difficult to complete a registration without buying something. Namecheap.com is the one I use. It gets much better recommendations at the forums I'm active in.

It's best to register the domain name with one company, and host with another. It used to happen that a hosting company could go down, site included. Then you couldn't even log in to do anything with the domain name. If they are with different companies, you can just get new hosting and point the domain to the new host.

Hosting is coming way down in price. Since you mentioned not much traffic, you should be able to get it for about $4 a month. Namecheap does have a starting pack complete with cpanel for that price. Personally I spent about 20 hours researching hosting at webhostingtalk.com before buying, and got a great deal. It isn't available any more, so I can't pass it on. But it is a hosting forum with hosting professionals included. It is great for hosting info.

Mostly I do sites with Notepad++, although I do have Expression Web and that does a few things very well. It is a very underrated piece of software. It is less than $100, and comes with simple, good templates.

NP++ is free and is an awesome piece of software, but it depends on you knowing html and css.

best wishes, good luck with all that. It's quite an interesting thing to do.

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