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What type of site are you looking to build? Have you selected a host? A lot of them have templates that you can use to build your site. I would recommend the template approach especially if you do not have great skills in HTML, Flash, and the like. You can find a good looking template, fill in your content, send it to the hosting company and you are on the web. In order to help further a few more details are required. This would include how much time do you want to spend in maintenance? Is it primarily a static info site or will you be dynamically changing content? Do you require an e-Commerce solution? There are a lot of questions, but as in a lot of things in life....it depends.
I am no web site pro by any definition but awhile ago I made the decision to create my own. I do not have tons of time to research out all the alternatives, nor do I have an interest in spending countless hours figuring out who can do what and who does it the other way and what all the possibilities are. So for nine bucks a month plus the cost of a domain name with no cost to me until I took the website live I signed up with http://www.weebly.com and so far have created two websites. Go take a look.
and my personal business webpage
They offer great templates, very easy to use, very intuitive. They offer you the capability of making fairly simple websites which are very clean and look great. They don't offer the capability of creating really complicated, sophisticated pages. I have been delighted. So take a look at what I've done, it'll give you an idea of what can happen.
If you have questions feel free to ask away, glad to help if I can.
You should consider what software to use, have a basic knowledgel of HTML and CSS and patience.
See the following site for free tutorials
You don't have to be an expert! Go through the basic tutorials then start doing it. Don't outthink yourself, there is so much help available on the Internet.
Next get an HTML editor that gives you auto-complete. I decided on Microsoft Expressions Web for its obvious power and great price. Coffee Cup Software makes a wonderful HTML editor you could consider. The industry standard for professional developers is Adobe Dreamweaver, but it is very expensive.
The advantage of doing your own is you learn how to do your own changes and have flexibility.You can do more complex pages and create a customized layout.
There are several disadvantages. It is more expensive upfront than using pre-built templates (html editor costs a small amount) and takes more time / effort to learn.
As Vernon said, what type of site are you looking to build and how much time do you want to spend on maintenance? There's also the question of how much time you want to spend learning html, css, php, etc., etc.
To dip your toes in the water I suggest that you try both of the following free website building sites.
http://wordpress.com/ (Primarily for building a blog site.) (Site blacked out 18 Jan 2012 in protest at legislation.)
They each provide free hosting space (the amount differs) with on-line help and support. IMO They are an excellent way to get started and progress. You're likely to want to stay with whichever one you finally choose. The main advantage of using them is that they take care of the maintenance side freeing you to concentrate on content and presentation. You do everything on-line and don't need any web building applications on your computer. You will need to get into html and css but can do it gradually as the need arises. You can easily create a website without knowing anything about coding.
Just register with both and build say a two page site (so you have a menu) with some images per page and a small photo gallery. You'll be able to compare how you and they cope with doing it.
There are others but I'm with both of these. I've almost filled up all my free space (39% 0f my 50MB) on Drupal Gardens (you can see how much content this is at http://jtp.drupalgardens.com/) so I need to decide if I want to pay for additional space to grow that site.
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Have a great day!
If your son wants to include a blog I would recommend Wordpress. It is very easy to set up, and there are a ton of templates, both free and for a fee, that will allow him to create a web presence that has a unique look to it without the hassles of trying to create it from scratch. He can make it look like a normal business site, or he can make it more like a blog with business info, or something in between. His imagination is the only limit.
I am starting to develop websites for other (not offering service here, plenty to do...) and I tend to agree with other posters about Wordpress. With some learning and effort you can customize these as much as a custom made website. It's just a different way of accomplishing a similar goal and it is easier to get started. Further, you may be completely satisfied with what you can do with Wordpress without any serious customization.
Good luck with this.
The best additional advice I can give is to not be intimidated by this at all. If you can make nice slideshows with Proshow you can build your own website in a short time through any method you find practical. It's not that hard. If it were, I would have had alot harder time!
I use this software http://www.serif.com/webplus/ recommended by a Forum member and it's very easy to use. They offer templates but it's super easy to design your own with this software. You don't have to know any coding at all. They also have a very helpful forum. My son recently found version 4 at Office Depot for $14.95 but I think you can even download a free (older) version from their site. Amazon has it too.
Here are a few I've built...which may or may not be up-to-date
This software easily incorporates Producer shows you've uploaded to YouTube (http://www.734albar.com/bellevuetn.html)
Or you can insert Producer shows as flash shows also.
I host some sites with GoDaddy and some with Host Gator.
However, Wordpress is a super way to go. You can start out with a free site hosted at Wordpress.com, and as time goes on, you can always go for a "real" site. You may find you never have to go the more expensive route, particularly if nothing will be sold on the site and if it's simply used for both advertising and information.
Bart, you're paying too much. My site costs under a hundred a year at my current host (A2 Hosting), and it was about the same when I was with GoDaddy.
BarbaraC wrote:Bart, you're paying too much. My site costs under a hundred a year at my current host (A2 Hosting), and it was about the same when I was with GoDaddy.
For a buck a month difference, I'm thinking I'll stay put. But, what I am discovering is that I'm having problems with Google searches finding these websites. Keywords all over the place, SEO has been done and to the best of my knowledge I've done about everything I should be doing. I am now left thinking that who I am using has Dynamic IP address rather than a static IP address. Somehow someway a Dynamic IP address changes all the time confusing search engines searches. So if I figure out that is indeed the case, for a dollar a month I will be changing.
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