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Need help designing a website!

Posted on 07/30/2014 5:19:48 AM PDT by newb2012

Need to improvise a website. Any advice for quick and easy ways to learn to do this, is appreciated.


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1 posted on 07/30/2014 5:19:48 AM PDT by newb2012
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To: newb2012; humblegunner

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2 posted on 07/30/2014 5:23:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: newb2012

The easy way

http://wordpress.org/

Sign up with host like godaddy and they can have one built for you in 24 hours.


3 posted on 07/30/2014 5:32:21 AM PDT by jimjohn (You don't get the kind of government you want, or the kind you need. You get the kind you deserve.)
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To: newb2012
Try this. If that can't help you, you can't be helped. lol
4 posted on 07/30/2014 5:35:50 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: newb2012
Need help designing a website! Any advice for quick and easy ways to learn to do this, is appreciated.
I've been a web developer for over 15 years and the only "quick and easy" method that I'm aware of are freebie sites like WIX.
On the other hand, if you already know HTML, CSS, javascript, etc., and have graphics skills (e.g., Photoshop), maybe you just need a free template to modify for your own use.

5 posted on 07/30/2014 5:42:22 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: newb2012

Bookmark.


6 posted on 07/30/2014 5:51:40 AM PDT by moovova
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To: jimjohn
Off-topic, but I disagree slightly with your tagline:

You don't get the kind of government you want, or the kind you need. You get the kind you deserve.

I'd replace "deserve" with "allow".

7 posted on 07/30/2014 5:52:26 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: newb2012

Blinky crap, everyone likes blinky crap!


8 posted on 07/30/2014 6:01:15 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare
Blinky crap, everyone likes blinky crap!


9 posted on 07/30/2014 6:06:52 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: newb2012

Either go on codecademy.com and learn HTML,CSS, and bootstrap. Or use wix.com and you can do it easily too.


10 posted on 07/30/2014 6:07:15 AM PDT by struggle
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To: Servant of the Cross

LOL!


11 posted on 07/30/2014 6:08:09 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: struggle

Misread that as cacodemony.com


12 posted on 07/30/2014 6:08:59 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: newb2012

Another vote for Word Press. Easy enough for beginners, robust enough that advanced users can make complex sites. Check out the ready made templates, some of them free, some of them are for sale. You should be able to find a template that will do most of the work for you.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 6:16:40 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: newb2012
Many hosts offer Drag and Drop templates for designing
your own website. You can also add HTML if you feel bold
enough to go there. I created my own and also learned enough
HTML to customize the site for my company. 6-Months learning curve.

I use Weebly Drag and Drop for my site. Small learning curve
but some HTML will be needed. All have tutorials and phone help.

The drag and drop is the easiest. Watch who you hire if you go that
route. I've been ripped off which is why I decided to learn for myself.
Also READ that contract if you hire somebody to design a site for you
because in some cases they may actually own your site even though you paid
them to create it for you. I detest those people who hide legalese in contracts.

14 posted on 07/30/2014 6:18:41 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Roses0508
I strongly disagree about Wordpress. It is not beginner friendly.
In fact, it can be a nightmare for most beginners causing frustration.

Wordpress is not Beginner friendly..

15 posted on 07/30/2014 6:21:33 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax

I second Weebley. A near perfect solution for one who doesn’t want to become a web monkey. Look at iPage.


16 posted on 07/30/2014 6:33:34 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: newb2012

I guess somebody should ask, What are you planning to use the site for?


17 posted on 07/30/2014 6:43:52 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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bkmk


18 posted on 07/30/2014 6:45:35 AM PDT by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: MaxMax

Yes, Weebly is the best I’ve used. I run 3 websites using Weebly. Their help is fantastic, too. I tried Wix and Drupal Gardens and just a few others and Weebly is tops for being user friendly especially if you have no experience with building sites or do not know html, etc. Let us know how you make out.


19 posted on 07/30/2014 7:02:37 AM PDT by CaptainPhilFan ( It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chew yer ass out all day long.)
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To: CaptainPhilFan
The only basic HTML needed to run and build a Weebly site is the same
HTML coding we use here in our simple every day posts. Spacing,
line breaks, pics, etc. I spent a long time researching other alternatives
before finally settling on Weebly for it's ease of use.

I will not post a link to my site (anon is best from RAT attacks) but I do
get comments for my site about it's speed and user friendly build. Most of the curve
was setting up Adwords and other internal coding including bots. No tricks though,
cheating can get a site banned from advertisers.

20 posted on 07/30/2014 7:11:57 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: newb2012

Take one of the basic free online html tutorials and use a template you like at one the hosting sites you will be fine.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 8:06:09 AM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: free_life; All

Thanks so much FRiends for your suggestions. These will help me look into them and decide which works best for me. Have a good day!


22 posted on 07/30/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT by newb2012
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To: newb2012

Don’t worry if it seems complicated. CSS & HTML are for layout. Create DIVs (boxes to put content in) Add some styling for the fonts (size & type & color)
The hard part is content. Create a folder and put the index.html page there and a subfolder for your images.
Create subfolders for each page with an image folder so they do not get mixed up and you can sort things out easily.

Great place for tools that will make things easy. They have different Generators that let create what took frustrating hours (it seems) in minutes.

http://www.cssportal.com/layout-generator/

Another Web Template Generator
http://www.webtemplategenerator.com/

This place has lots of help with examples for you to modify
http://www.w3schools.com/

Example of a drop shadow
http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/tryit.asp?filename=trycss3_box-shadow

Basic Ready-to-Use CSS Styles
http://tympanus.net/Tutorials/BasicReadyToUseCSSStyles/

Try this book. I found it for me to be the best that told me the basics and explained how things worked. You can buy at Amazon or download here: Copy and paste the link in a new tab. Once it downloads the go to File> Save Page as and save to your desktop.

The CSS3 Anthology, 4th Edition
By Rachel Andrew

Download the PDF here:
ftp://ftp.micronet-rostov.ru/linux-support/books/programming/HTML-CSS/Rachel%20Andrew%20-%20The%20CSS3%20Anthology%204th%20Edition%20-%202012.pdf

Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/05/mastering-css-coding-getting-started/

Mastering CSS Principles: A Comprehensive Guide
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/mastering-css-principles-comprehensive-reference-guide/

Dropdown menu
http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/css3-dropdown-menu

CSS gradient buttons
http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/css3-gradient-buttons

CSS Rounded Corners
http://davidwalsh.name/css-rounded-corners

How to format several tables on one page with CSS
http://www.loriswebs.com/html-tips/format-tables-css.html

A random collection of CSS examples and some help in using them.
http://www.w3.org/Style/Examples/007/

This will fix those headaches you will get with CSS alignment:

Align and float images with CSS
http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/edu/website-design/insert-images-website/align-float-images-css

CSS Typography: The Basics <- Fonts
http://sixrevisions.com/css/css-typography-01/

Working With RGBA Colour
http://24ways.org/2009/working-with-rgba-colour/


23 posted on 07/30/2014 9:11:23 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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