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Old 17 April 2006, 18:08   #1
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basic web site design

I would like/need to create a basic website and do not have the first idea where to start. I have done some web searches and had a look at a few books on amazon but haven't bought or signed on to anything yet. I know that there are several forum members who have there own website to chronicle their adventures so hope someone out there can offer me some advice on how to get started. My TV, phone and Broadband are provided by NTL and I believe I have a small amount of free webspace at my disposal so may be able to use this.
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I would suggest downloading Macromedia Dreamweaver. It makes it really easy; does all the code for you. The interface is a little bit like word so what you see if what you get. You can get a 30 day trial from their website.

Failing that, chances are you have Office on your pc; does that have Frontpage? It does the same thing, although I prefer Dreamweaver.

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I would suggest downloading Macromedia Dreamweaver. It makes it really easy; does all the code for you. The interface is a little bit like word so what you see if what you get. You can get a 30 day trial from their website.

Failing that, chances are you have Office on your pc; does that have Frontpage? It does the same thing, although I prefer Dreamweaver.

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Agreed. Though for VERY basic web design, you can also use MS Word, or my new preferred (and FREE) word processor, OpenOffice.org and save as HTML to upload to your host. It is also possible that your ISP may provide basic web based web design/layout tools.
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frontpage is very easy to grasp mate
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microsoft publisher is good to.

What is it you want to do with your website?

If its just a text/picture log of your travels - you could setup a free blog account... search google for "free blog" there are plenty of sites around around.

Blog sites give you easy access to enter a message and/or pictures. Some have formatting controls which you can use to make the text easier on the eyes.

Blog sites also give you extra features such as listing items by date, and normally they are searchable to.
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I would agree with Benc base your site on blog software makes life so easy and you can change the design to your requirements as you go and as you get more experiance you can make bigger and better changes.

I've used MovableType for a few sites and it's very easy to use and customise
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Thanks for the info guys, I will try and follow up the info.
Benc - I want to use the website to co-ordinate bookings / show availability of a holiday cottage but also detail trips such as boating that I make to the cottage.
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ok, in that case, I dont think that blog software will really be right for that... I would look into the dreamweaver/publisher route... I believe publisher comes with MS Works - which pretty much gets shipped with every pc thats gets sold from places such as pcworld and dell.

I just googled, and found this also:
http://nvu.com/

I haven't tried it, so can't comment - but its free - so may be worth a try

The last option, is - if you can find somewhere to host it - you could use something like mambo (www.mambo.com) or Joomla (www.joomla.org).

I can host for a reasonable fee each month, pm me if you're interested.

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Frontpage is easy to grasp.

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Another less well-known package but easy to use and quite flexible is NetObjects Fusion. Current version is 9 but earlier versions are sometimes free on magazine covermount CDs with a cheap upgrade to the latest.
www.netobjects.com
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