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    Need Advice for Blog/Website Creation

    Hi all,

    I'm just a newbie here but I thought I'd ask about blogs/websites and such since several of you have them.

    My fiance and I travel often. Him being from the UK and me from the US means that we spend as much time as possible going back and forth and seeing new places along the way. He's into cyclying and trying to get me into it (hence me being on this forum). So I have a feeling that a lot of our future trips are also going to incorporate cycling.

    I have a lot of friends and family (as does he) that come up to us asking about travel suggestions, pictures, what to take on vacation, etc. As travel is one of our greatest hobbies we want to start a blog or site where we can talk about all these things, put pictues, answer questions, etc. He's also quite a handy photographer so a website that could also showcase his talents is also an idea.

    I just wanted to know if anyone has experience with getting a website started. Are there any hosting companies that people would highly recommend? If so, your help and opinions would be greatly appreciated. I've done a bit of research already but there is so much out there to consider so getting information from others seems like a good way to narrow it down.

    Thanks for the help.

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    I know nobody has responded with anything yet, but I thought I'd give it one more go on here with my questions.

    Has anyone had any experience with 1and1 (link added for reference). They do domains, hosting as well as helping people with making the actual website. Does anyone have any opinion on why I should/shouldn't get all three services from the same company? I've done a bit of research and they are the front runners for me so far. Just wondering if anyone has other info about it or a similar company.

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    Moved from Blogger's because I'd like to know some of the answers to the OP's questions for my own romanticized aspirations.
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    I've never heard of 1and 1 so I cannot praise nor criticise them. As ahsposo said, if you are not paying for the product, you are the product.

    I have a domain of my own and host for that domain. I also have a wordpress site with my own domain. I pay for both. The wordpress site is easier, but more restricted.

    One thing that will help you is to start doing what is known as a wire-frame. It's easy, you can even do it with a stack of index cards. Just write a brief description of each page, and all the links to that page on one card.

    You might have one home page about your travel site with links to a page on England, a page on the U.S., a page on Airlines etc. Then the page on England might have links to all the bicycle manufacturers in England, a link to Stone Henge, a link to a page of all the pubs in England. The pubs of England page might have links to individual pages for each pub, and links to individual pages for each craft beer brewed in England. The U.S. page might be similar.

    You may also want "landing pages" so that beer afficienados might find a beer home page that has the same links to your pub pages, but it also serves to bring beer lovers into your England page.

    As you can see, this could grow quite rapidly. Are you planning for advertising on these pages? Are you planning to sell anything on these pages? Does the host allow transactions?

    You may want to have a plan that lets you start simple and slowly build larger and larger. But have an idea of where you intend to get to.

    Keep looking, you've gone down a rabbit hole and no telling where it will end. Go to your local library and see what books they have on the subject.

    Whatever you do, make sure that you are at least the administrative contact on the domain name. Have absolute control over the domain name.
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    Thanks guys. I know I shouldn't trust anything that is free, but I also don't want anything that costs loads but doesn't perform.

    And thanks, Artkansas, for your ideas. I especially like the idea about doing a wire-frame. I usually need to make an outline for any project I do, and I don't think this one is any different. I think it'll save me loads of time and trouble in the future about what I want to do and where I want it to go.

    I'm not sure about doing any advertising, but who knows. Maybe in the future, the fiance will want to have a photography business. I have no idea what will come of this site. I'll keep digging around and seeing what I can find on the subject (although I know it's a lot) and try to understand how to make what I want to do a reality.

    Thanks loads.

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    Regarding the photos, look into sites like Flickr.

    I have my own website (see signature line) but several years ago, I started loading my photos into Flickr, and if I want to put a photo on my website, I'll link it.

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