? How to Develop a Website ?

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  1. max

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    What's the best way to get a decent website up and running?

    1) do it yourself

    2) pay someone to do it for you?

    3) use wordpress


    If you have actually put something together, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.

    I'm interested in having a site that can be easily adjusted/updated for upcoming events.
     
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  2. McLovin

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    I think the answer to your question is...it depends. A few basic question would be:

    - What is your level of computers & programming?

    - Is it going to be a static site (i.e., just a bunch of pages with HTML and little Javascript & no backend)?

    - Is it going to require a login?

    - Is it going to save data to a database?

    - Will it interact with other websites?

    - Will you be doing any coding, and if so, will it be frontend (e.g., Javascript/HTML5) or backend (e.g., Ruby on Rails/Java)?
     
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  3. krz

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    Disclaimer: My job is not a programmer/web developer. Though, I do sometimes use a combination of python/sql/R/vba at work for analytics.

    Depends on what you want to do.
    - Want to just get a nice site up that you can easily edit and don't want to learn anything? Use wordpress, easy to use and powerful.
    - Company site and you have no exp? Pay someone.
    - Just want a basic site HTML/CSS? I would DIY. HTML/CSS is very easy to pick up.
    - If you want anything more complex than just a basic site, forms/database integration/dynamic content. You're going to need to pick up another language. e.g. php, javascript, python etc. which if you're not programming savvy may take some time investment.



    I use pythonanywhere.com for hosting and development environment.

    Advantages:
    - It's free for the basic level
    - No server setup, everythings already installed, so you can just code
    - The biggest plus IMO though is that it's easily portable. I can code as long as I have a browser as the development environment is completely online.
    - Dropbox integration is awesome.

    Disadvantages:
    - You have to use whatever technologies they provide. Database choices are SQLite or MySQL... so basically just MySQL. Though they are adding postgreSQL.
    - Frameworks not the newest ie. they use Django 1.3
     
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  4. Buffster

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    WordPress will do fine for your specified needs and is easy to setup as well.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Another option may be to use one of the free blogs available. I'm familiar with .Net web programming but not some of the other stuff out there.
     
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  6. Power Player

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    Really matters your level of competency and what you are looking to do. Without that info, we can't give you a proper answer.
     
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  7. McLovin

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    Yeah, that is kinda what I was getting at. On the surface it sounds easy, but depending on what he wants to do, it can get complex pretty quickly.

    Speaking of which...I need to put the finishing touches on my Racquet Stringing webapp & post it over in the Strings section for people to use. If only we could have another government shutdown, I could find the time to do it...
     
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  8. max

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    I would like to have something with some nice pictures/graphics, just a basic introductory page, and 2-3 additional detail pages. . . along with a front page events calendar that I could get into and change every so often.

    I'm persistent enough and handy enough that I think I can do it myself if I knew where to look for the best software for this.
     
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  9. krz

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    Wordpress or could probably easily do this with just html/css (easily picked up) depending on how you want to approach the calendar updates.
     
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  10. Power Player

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    Wix is even easier for that if you don't mind paying a monthly fee. (under $10 a month)
     
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    there's also squarespace.com if you want another turnkey option

    I run my own websites for various ecommerce as well as hobby forum,
    have been alive online swearing at HTML since before Netscape.

    It's a thankless task that takes a lot of time & effort for a small scale
    online presence. If you have a budget it's best to go commercial
    or nowadays most ppl just stick with FaceBook, YouTube etc
    if its just a group/smalltrader/club seeking to get online
    without much headache.
     
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