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I just want to know what tools you use to make a website as nice as this one? Im thinking wordpress, but I feel like I would be very limited in customization. Thoughts?

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Do you want to start from scratch or have a website to aid you in the design with templates etc? Many websites come with templates you can use although for a more personal approach IMO you are better starting from scratch via coding it all, ofcourse you can take some from other places :P

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Download Notepad++, make the file and title it whatever you want, then go File>Save As>All Files> And then type .html at the end of the file, some basic code for the body of the site is:

<html><head><title> Title </title></head><body bgcolor= "color goes here" text= "color goes here"><h1> First Header </h1><h2> Second header</h2><p> (The first little paragraph under the header)</p><img src= "Image goes here" width= "300" height= "200" alt- "Image name"><br><a href="link to the file goes here" style="color:white;">What the link says</a></body></html>

I'm am by no means a good web developer, but when you want to open the file to edit it, right click it>Open with>Notepad++  And when you want to see what it looks like click the run button on the top right of the notepad client, or right click on the file>open with>Google Chrome

 

 

When you create a link it links it to another document, so if your link was titled information on the site, the link would be information.html and you would want to create that file, if you put all of the files in the same folder, everything works out nice.

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Going against the trend, if you want a professional looking site, don't start from scratch. Use something like Wordpress with a decent theme, or find a hosting company and use a website template (http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/business-website-template-tutorial/). As you get more used to playing with the template, you can add, remove and change features, etc.

 

If you start from scratch, you'll have a hell of a lot of boilerplate crap to write, as well as numerous style sheets, finding decent image sets that you can use.

 

Some general advice:

-keep your wip and release seperate (host the wip/dev website at home using wamp, then sync it to your proper website after you've checked everything still works fine

-view your site with a variety of browsers; what looks fine in chrome may be misaligned in firefox and cause internet explorer to crash (bear in mind mobile platforms too)

-make sure you check the licensing of anything you use; you may need to add a link to the original source to avoid copyright infringement.

-don't optimise (code) until everything works, but keep search-engine optimisation in mind from the start; it can be a bitch to add after you thought you'd finished

 

 

What kind of a business is the site for?

 

Edit: @evo, you don't close your <a> tag 

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Going against the trend, if you want a professional looking site, don't start from scratch. Use something like Wordpress with a decent theme, or find a hosting company and use a website template (http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/business-website-template-tutorial/). As you get more used to playing with the template, you can add, remove and change features, etc.

 

If you start from scratch, you'll have a hell of a lot of boilerplate crap to write, as well as numerous style sheets, finding decent image sets that you can use.

 

Some general advice:

-keep your wip and release seperate (host the wip/dev website at home using wamp, then sync it to your proper website after you've checked everything still works fine

-view your site with a variety of browsers; what looks fine in chrome may be misaligned in firefox and cause internet explorer to crash (bear in mind mobile platforms too)

-make sure you check the licensing of anything you use; you may need to add a link to the original source to avoid copyright infringement.

-don't optimise (code) until everything works, but keep search-engine optimisation in mind from the start; it can be a bitch to add after you thought you'd finished

 

 

What kind of a business is the site for?

 

Edit: @evo, you don't close your <a> tag 

Hence why I'm not a HTML developer :P

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Making them on your own without using templates gives you full access over it and also helps you to fully understand it. Templates are still a good choice if u don't wanna learn all those as it takes a while though.

 

Basically what that billie noob said, adapt it for your needs.

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Going against the trend, if you want a professional looking site, don't start from scratch. Use something like Wordpress with a decent theme, or find a hosting company and use a website template (http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/business-website-template-tutorial/). As you get more used to playing with the template, you can add, remove and change features, etc.

 

If you start from scratch, you'll have a hell of a lot of boilerplate crap to write, as well as numerous style sheets, finding decent image sets that you can use.

 

Some general advice:

-keep your wip and release seperate (host the wip/dev website at home using wamp, then sync it to your proper website after you've checked everything still works fine

-view your site with a variety of browsers; what looks fine in chrome may be misaligned in firefox and cause internet explorer to crash (bear in mind mobile platforms too)

-make sure you check the licensing of anything you use; you may need to add a link to the original source to avoid copyright infringement.

-don't optimise (code) until everything works, but keep search-engine optimisation in mind from the start; it can be a bitch to add after you thought you'd finished

 

 

What kind of a business is the site for?

 

Edit: @evo, you don't close your <a> tag 

 

 

Which Is why I said to take some from other places ;)

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Come over this Friday we can look at some options and I can help Either that it I can head to your place Saturday I I'm free

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wanna learn? lol  www.w3schools.com  i've learned damn near everything from that site......   But for you i'd say to download a free template and edit as you need. You can google free buisness websites in html/xhtml/php and will find ton's for free  then just find one that fit's you best and start editing :P.  Right click the index.html open with "notepad or wordpad both work.."  and edit lol

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www.learnstreet.com

www.codecademy.com

www.Teamtreehouse.com

 

Those sites are really interactive and can help you learn quite a bit or at the very least get you familiar with the things you'd be working with 

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Actually now that I think about it, I think I still have a HTML textbook that I borrowed from Mrs Schultz. If I find that could you give it back to her >.>

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Sorry Ive been so inactive, Ive been really busy between work, school and the other extracurricular stuff I do.  I have done some basic coding, and I can do some basic HTML, but I really dont have time to code the site from scratch, Looking into wordpress, that definitely seems like the best way to go to get the most out of my time. At this time Im working on getting all of my information squared away. and am adding the final touches, Im also raising money so i can build a machine dedicated to running all the servers I want to. another question about hosting from home though, I only get 15 down and 2 up. what kind of load can I expect the website to handle, because I plan on advertising as soon as I get all of this server stuff squared away

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Please keep in mind tho, doing it in your own sense requires a lot of maintaining of it. You also have to update the content as you receive new products or wish to post news or rather, MORE important news. Additionally sure there are forums but is there a 100% guarantee that people are going to check the forums?

 

I can get you started somewhere, just send me a PM. :)

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