How to start a website...?

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  1. The Dark Wolf

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    Ok, those in the know. My band will need a website in the near future. What's the best way to start a website? Hosting, design, etc. Especillay Vince and/or Chris, since you guys have 2 very cool websites. How does a bruva get started?
     
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    Thanks Leon (although I need way more info than this).

    BECAUSE... #3. Uh... ok? Design a cool website. With what? How? (Hence, why I'm asking ;) )
     
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    well, i guess that takes time to develop :)

    i started using Microsoft's Frontpage2000 a number of years ago, and sorta progressed with designing pages and things. it's an easy program to start out on, as it very much looks like MSWord or whatever. there's also a program called Dreamweaver that works too, i hear.

    or, you could have someone else design it for you :)
     
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    Anyone else?
     
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    Get a Demo version of Dream Weaver. Killer program. Makes webpages in a wordprocessor format. If you're not the most familiar with webpages, this makes it a bit easier.
     
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    Definitely Dreamweaver. I've been using it for years now, and it's quite powerful, while at the same time being pretty straightforward to use.
     
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    I'm in the same boat here too, needing a website... I sorta figure if I'm going to do a proper CD, something a little more than a myspace page would be a good thing to have, and anyway a reliable source of hosting for myself would rock. Leon, how much storage space and monthly bandwidth does that $7 buy you? That's fairly reasonable...

    -D
     
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    The hell with dreamweaver. Learn some HTML, it's a piece of cake and once you get into it, you'll find that making edits with something you coded yourself is a lot easier than editing pages made with Dreamweaver/Frontpage, etc.

    As far as hosting, I use http://www.1and1.com for all the sites I run/host (nine, currently) and they've been excellent all across the board.
     
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    I use 1and1.com as well. I sorta agree with you on the dreamweaver thing. All too often it's a crutch for not really learning your way around code.

    But when coupled with html knowledge, and using the split view in DW, it really speeds things up and makes things more efficient, IMO.
     
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    Ok, you guys who know what you're doing... 1,000MB is probably more than enough for a website, but for monthly transfer limits, for a "artist" website with some pictures, mp3 clips, and a full song download or two, is 25GB probably enough to cover me, or is the extra $5 worth it for 50 and another gig, give or take, of storage?
     
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    Well, back when i did this stuff, i did that shit in notepad , like a real man. But then i got lazy. so out came dreamweaver lol
     
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    i started out using Frontpage solely. these days, i use Frontpage for some stuff, but mostly edit the HTML by hand to get what i want. i could probably do it all by hand as well if i really tried, but that would take up precious guitar playing / SS.org posting time :metal: :lol:
     
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    I prefer to hand-code, but i'm old-skool. ;)

    HTML knowledge is good to have, but the software applications are just production tools. People tend to forget that you also need to know how to design the site. Dreamweaver is a layout tool, Photoshop is an image editing tool, etc... the tools don't make you a designer.

    Designing a Web site isn't about knowing how to use the tools or how to code stuff, or even how to make things look pretty. You need to know some basic principles of interaction design and understanding of the principles of graphic design as well.

    These principles will help you to communicate more clearly in a visual medium, produce something that's more pleasing to the eye, and in the case of interaction design, help you to design information architecture and navigation that people can actually use and find their way around in.
     
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    good call, Darren!

    i actually design my webpages with pencil and paper before i hit my computer. though, that doesn't presuppose that they will be any good :p
     
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    25GB is just fine, as is 1GB of space. Way more then enough.

    http://www.club3g.com does 18 million hits a month and I only do 75GB/mo over there. ;)
     
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    That's actually really good advice, Leon, and a really good point, Darren. :yesway: Reputation points to you both.
     
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    So say, I go to 1and1.com or some such, after designing a nifty website in Dreamweaver or FrontPage (Chris, c'mon. Like I'm gonna try to learn HTML from scratch right now. We don't need a dick swingin' contest. A wimpy, girly software app is just fine for me :lol: )... what do I do when I get there? There's all kinds of options. What do I need? And wat's this it says about Linux? I don't use Linux... is that an issue?
     
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    There's also a MS package, for windows. I'll be looking into that tonight and probably picking one up - expect to see drewpeterson.net in the near future (as some out of work software engineer already has .com :rant: )
     
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    Drew, you're awesome. So, I guess that would be better to go with, as a Microsoft user?
     

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