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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
I'm wanting to set up a website for my band after watching my Dad setting up a website. It looks so easy because he used a website designer (Easy Site Wizard).

I'm only a student so I want the cheapest hosting websites and a good site creating tool. My Dad only got the Easy Site Wizard because it was free with this BT deal he got which needs a BT Landline (which I obviously don't have). Does anyone have any solutions and personal experience?

I've looked around for tools but most are online designers which I wouldn't want, I'm not always available on the internet.

Any help would be great XD.
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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Hmm tools can be ok, but offline ones ususally have some kind of charge. They also are only ok for very standard sites.

Consider a template-based content management system (CMS) such as Joomla or Wordpress. Templates vary from being free to as little as $29. Hosting is cheap also with companies usch as vidahost.com having very good services from £20 per year - http://www.vidahost.com/basic-hosting Also try eukhost.com.

Recommend that you buy any domain names separately - that way you have full control. I use domainmonster.com as they are similar in price to others but give you complete (I mean complete) control for no extra.

If you want me to maybe get you started and work out a package (no charge from me) PM me and I'll see what I can do :)
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Some good advice here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/592041/website-setup
I have seen and used one.com their built in designer/editor would do the trick for you.
Price wise is good too, might be quidco too..
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Just a follow up - do NOT buy your domain with your hosting company (ie sometimes they say - get a free domain).

This is for a number of reasons including:

1) Your domain will be hosted on the same infrastructure (servers, network etc) as your site so if one goes down - it all goes down.
2) If you want to move, they usually levy a fee ranging from £10 for uk-based domains (.co.uk, .org.uk etc) to $20 for US-based (.com, .net etc)
3) You usually dont get full control of your domain so some activities cant be controlled using the limited access you get (this varies considerably).

Just playing devils advocate, as previous clients have been caught in this way.

Offer still stands if you want some help.

Do you have a budget to get it going? eg £25 £50....?
#4
marmalade47
Hmm tools can be ok, but offline ones ususally have some kind of charge. They also are only ok for very standard sites.

Consider a template-based content management system (CMS) such as Joomla or Wordpress. Templates vary from being free to as little as $29. Hosting is cheap also with companies usch as vidahost.com having very good services from £20 per year - http://www.vidahost.com/basic-hosting Also try eukhost.com.

Recommend that you buy any domain names separately - that way you have full control. I use domainmonster.com as they are similar in price to others but give you complete (I mean complete) control for no extra.

If you want me to maybe get you started and work out a package (no charge from me) PM me and I'll see what I can do :)


Domainmonster have the website name I would want for £2.95 a year for 2 years, is it me or is that a really really good price :w00t:

vinnyabdn
Some good advice here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/592041/website-setup
I have seen and used one.com their built in designer/editor would do the trick for you.
Price wise is good too, might be quidco too..


Excellent help mate, Rep!

marmalade47
Just a follow up - do NOT buy your domain with your hosting company (ie sometimes they say - get a free domain).

This is for a number of reasons including:

1) Your domain will be hosted on the same infrastructure (servers, network etc) as your site so if one goes down - it all goes down.
2) If you want to move, they usually levy a fee ranging from £10 for uk-based domains (.co.uk, .org.uk etc) to $20 for US-based (.com, .net etc)
3) You usually dont get full control of your domain so some activities cant be controlled using the limited access you get (this varies considerably).

Just playing devils advocate, as previous clients have been caught in this way.

Offer still stands if you want some help.

Do you have a budget to get it going? eg £25 £50....?


Very very helpful mate, rep when I've finished writing this :)

Well really wanting forums, news section, upcoming gig section, a bit of e-commerce (buy or download songs etc.) and an mp3 player embedded. I would really want to try it myself, I'll have a bit more of a look around then I'll get back to you, but being a student I have hardly any money to work with :-D.
#5
Nope £2.95 is about the right price - which is why I like them. Register the domain asap as its surprising how they can go :)

In terms of content, Joomla (I've been working with this for a few years now) can offer easy module/components which are often free and just plug in. These cover all the areas you are looking for. I'm not allowed to promote myself under the forum rules but I am not touting for business - happy to help you for nothing if it gets you started. I can PM you a few sites I put together and also help you work out a complete package which you can then go away and play with to your hearts content - entirely up to you...

Good luck
#6
Cheers:thumbsup:

Lost Symphonies

Well really wanting forums, news section, upcoming gig section, a bit of e-commerce (buy or download songs etc.) and an mp3 player embedded. I would really want to try it myself, I'll have a bit more of a look around then I'll get back to you, but being a student I have hardly any money to work with :-D.


Most of this can be done with free stuff provided online like this forum link
I haven't used any yet but usually the free public support stuff is easy to incorporate with helpful advice/instructions. A quick googly will find some of these.
#7
marmalade47
Nope £2.95 is about the right price - which is why I like them. Register the domain asap as its surprising how they can go :)

In terms of content, Joomla (I've been working with this for a few years now) can offer easy module/components which are often free and just plug in. These cover all the areas you are looking for. I'm not allowed to promote myself under the forum rules but I am not touting for business - happy to help you for nothing if it gets you started. I can PM you a few sites I put together and also help you work out a complete package which you can then go away and play with to your hearts content - entirely up to you...

Good luck


I've seen Joomla too, looks very good.
And having someone like Marmalade47 to help you is a great way to start.

....night
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Night both ...
#9
Why not make a blog with Blooger ?

http://www.blogger.com/start

Free
Easy to do
No web design skills required

Here is a band with a blog (probably not your sort of band but just gives you an idea)

http://uscgband.blogspot.com/

Search under "blogspot" to find other blogs created with blogger

For example here is one about a WW1 soldier (found by searching on "blogspot WW1)

http://wwar1.blogspot.com/
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#10
vinnyabdn
I've seen Joomla too, looks very good.
And having someone like Marmalade47 to help you is a great way to start.

....night


Thanks for all the help mate, appreciated :)

marmalade47
Night both ...


Ill give you a message mate, see if we can work something out :thumbsup: Thanks a lot!

guilbert53
Why not make a blog with Blooger ?

http://www.blogger.com/start

Free
Easy to do
No web design skills required

Here is a band with a blog (probably not your sort of band but just gives you an idea)

http://uscgband.blogspot.com/

Search under "blogspot" to find other blogs created with blogger

For example here is one about a WW1 soldier (found by searching on "blogspot WW1)

http://wwar1.blogspot.com/
.
.


Thought about it, but it doesn't have the sam abilities as having your own website, for a start you don't have your own url, just a part of someone elses, and it's amazing how much more fans/promotion prospects/management interest you could get from your own website, which is something we really need.

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