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    Anyone here consider themselves an expert at setting up and maintaining a website...?

    ... good enough to get paid well to do so?

    Not just think you can do, but with demonstrable skills and experience?

    32 Comments

    what kind of site? some are easy, we've had a web store for 2 years

    what type liddle ......... i can help you out but depends on what sort of site,

    i have a few sites and vengod on here can vouch for me

    Original Poster

    loupomm;5180118

    what kind of site? some are easy, we've had a web store for 2 years



    faevilangel;5180127

    what type liddle ......... i can help you out but depends on what sort of … what type liddle ......... i can help you out but depends on what sort of site,i have a few sites and vengod on here can vouch for me



    The site will have an extremely high number of low-res images - something like this dephoto.biz/

    Liddle ol' me;5180159

    The site will have an extremely high number of low-res images - something … The site will have an extremely high number of low-res images - something like this http://www.dephoto.biz/



    high number? as high as 8 million?

    Liddle ol' me;5180159

    The site will have an extremely high number of low-res images - something … The site will have an extremely high number of low-res images - something like this http://www.dephoto.biz/



    the best idea for that sort of site is to install a cms (content management system) whcih has the in built functions, you can get one of these for free. then you can download a free template to customise it
    i recommend joomla or drupal

    i know joomla comes with a photo hosting add on which would probably be what you will need

    all you would need is a hosting account, then just install joomla and modify to your hearts content

    i have installed numerous joomla systems so could do this for you easily

    the other option is to have a system built around your needs, this will run into hundreds of pounds but it will be unique

    Original Poster

    MinstrelMan;5180174

    high number? as high as 8 million?



    Not quite! But running into the thousands at first and with the ability to keep adding to the database...

    I used to dabble when I was younger, designed and built a website called head-album, sold it to some american lad for $100, not sure where it went from there

    Original Poster

    faevilangel;5180199

    the best idea for that sort of site is to install a cms (content … the best idea for that sort of site is to install a cms (content management system) whcih has the in built functions, you can get one of these for free. then you can download a free template to customise iti recommend joomla or drupali know joomla comes with a photo hosting add on which would probably be what you will needall you would need is a hosting account, then just install joomla and modify to your hearts contenti have installed numerous joomla systems so could do this for you easilythe other option is to have a system built around your needs, this will run into hundreds of pounds but it will be unique



    Ok, sounds like the kind of things I should be hearing.

    As for template versus unique site, the latter would probably be preferable but does that not increase the risk as well as the price? i.e. more potential for problems along the way?

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    If its a photo gallery that you want descriptions etc and can give accounts to others to upload or set parameters as to who can view, ]look no further than "Gallery" which is free and easy to use.

    Liddle ol' me;5180235

    Ok, sounds like the kind of things I should be hearing. As for template … Ok, sounds like the kind of things I should be hearing. As for template versus unique site, the latter would probably be preferable but does that not increase the risk as well as the price? i.e. more potential for problems along the way?



    using a unique site you can have what you need, using joomla you use what they have, which can be customised easily from the admin menu's

    the risk, yes as only you and the coder would know how the code works etc and also without proper coding techniques from the coder, your site could be comprimised (sql injections etc)

    the idea of joomla is that its already have the security holes fixed so its an easy choice

    what i always recommend is to use a cms to start with, and once you have out grown the system then get a custom system built (i have half built one actually)

    joomla can easily be modified to be unique by adding add on's from extensions.joomla.org
    and adding templates, also a lot of coders can add more uniqueness by removing certain parts and adding other parts with a little code tweak

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the Gallery link - will take a look at that :thumbsup:

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    joomla sounds the way to go then, since I don't have the skills to be the coder. The risk seems to great to leave the coding in someone else's hands.

    I'm going to do some research on this now - I might be in touch about this soon faevilangel :thumbsup:

    Liddle ol' me;5180350

    Thanks for the Gallery link - will take a look at that … Thanks for the Gallery link - will take a look at that :thumbsup:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++joomla sounds the way to go then, since I don't have the skills to be the coder. The risk seems to great to leave the coding in someone else's hands.I'm going to do some research on this now - I might be in touch about this soon faevilangel :thumbsup:



    opensourcecms.com/ has a list of other CMS's available but not all have the add on's like joomla

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    I am an expert in asp.net

    Joomla has a 'bridge' that can integrate the Gallery application into it.

    kbeattie;5180486

    Joomla has a 'bridge' that can integrate the Gallery application into it.



    joomla has its own gallery add on's which are just as good :thumbsup:

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    faevilangel;5180571

    joomla has its own gallery add on's which are just as good :thumbsup:


    I prefer Kentico.... harder to use, but more powerful (as a cms).

    vibeone;5180592

    I prefer Kentico.... harder to use, but more powerful (as a cms).



    never heard of it ..... just found it on google

    asp.net ...... slowly learning asp so will take a look at that

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    faevilangel;5180571

    joomla has its own gallery add on's which are just as good :thumbsup:



    You're having a laugh!!!!

    Personally, I've never liked Joomla. It should be far easier to setup and use that it actually is.

    guv;5180747

    You're having a laugh!!!!Personally, I've never liked Joomla. It should … You're having a laugh!!!!Personally, I've never liked Joomla. It should be far easier to setup and use that it actually is.



    i have used joomla numerous times and is so easy to set up and move around items etc, easy to customise as well :thumbsup:

    im guessing liddle just doesn't want to use images so would need more than a photo system, thats where joomla comes in as it has many apps to include any feature you can think of :thumbsup:

    joomla is a little pain to get used to, but once you know where everything is then its a doddle, but that goes for driving a new car / using a new phone etc

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    faevilangel;5180628

    never heard of it ..... just found it on googleasp.net ...... slowly … never heard of it ..... just found it on googleasp.net ...... slowly learning asp so will take a look at that


    There are free trials etc available. Its good, because you can use asp.net to extend it however you want, but it works out of the box so to speak without the need for asp.net.

    I had a couple of sites built for my businesses.

    I used creospace.co.uk for both of them.

    They were very competitive.

    vibeone;5180946

    There are free trials etc available. Its good, because you can use … There are free trials etc available. Its good, because you can use asp.net to extend it however you want, but it works out of the box so to speak without the need for asp.net.



    yeah i had a look and seems quite good but if you want extra's like joomla has then your gonna have to code yourself or pay someone to code it....

    i love messing with code and have took joomla apart to give it a little more twinkle so that might be a fun exercise

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all your thoughts so far.

    Another quick question: I've found a domain name I'd like to reserve. Considering I'm not sure how or where the site is going to be hosted, where would you advise purchasing it?

    Do you think purchasing both the .co.uk and .com is a good idea?

    And I notice .uk.com names are more expensive than either of those. Any reason for this? I would have thought that .co.uk would be the most suitable of the three... :thinking:

    I would buy both the .co.uk and the .com

    I only bought the .co.uk for my first business, a competitor bought the .com which redirected through to their site.

    Liddle ol' me;5181146

    Thanks for all your thoughts so far.Another quick question: I've found a … Thanks for all your thoughts so far.Another quick question: I've found a domain name I'd like to reserve. Considering I'm not sure how or where the site is going to be hosted, where would you advise purchasing it? Do you think purchasing both the .co.uk and .com is a good idea? And I notice .uk.com names are more expensive than either of those. Any reason for this? I would have thought that .co.uk would be the most suitable of the three... :thinking:



    .co.uk is £2.99 per year @ 123-reg.co.uk (you buy it in 2 years increments)
    .com is £9.99 per year @ 123-reg also

    i would register both but then point then one domain to the other and only have one site

    also there are .eu, .me, .tv and loads of other domain names available... but 90% of people only bother with .co.uk (or the one for their country e.g. .co.za) and .com as thats what people will automatically insert when looking for your site

    Original Poster

    chester123;5181153

    I would buy both the .co.uk and the .comI only bought the .co.uk for my … I would buy both the .co.uk and the .comI only bought the .co.uk for my first business, a competitor bought the .com which redirected through to their site.



    Ok. Thanks. Any idea about the .uk.com name and why it is so expensive? Btw, all domain extensions are available for the name I want. That might be a bad sign...

    Liddle ol' me;5181195

    Ok. Thanks. Any idea about the .uk.com name and why it is so expensive? … Ok. Thanks. Any idea about the .uk.com name and why it is so expensive? Btw, all domain extensions are available for the name I want. That might be a bad sign...



    why would it be a bad sign ? it just means someone might have owned it and let it run out or no one has wanted to register it..... there are loads of names not registered . You can use dns services to find out about the domain names

    What is a .uk.com used for?This second level domain name is a popular … What is a .uk.com used for?This second level domain name is a popular choice for companies that find their preferred .co.uk or .com domain has already been registered.

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    faevilangel;5181179

    .co.uk is £2.99 per year @ 123-reg.co.uk (you buy it in 2 years … .co.uk is £2.99 per year @ 123-reg.co.uk (you buy it in 2 years increments) .com is £9.99 per year @ 123-reg also



    Cheaper option would be to buy the .com from the US. 123-reg is fine for the .co.uk

    i would register both but then point then one domain to the other and … i would register both but then point then one domain to the other and only have one sitealso there are .eu, .me, .tv and loads of other domain names available... but 90% of people only bother with .co.uk (or the one for their country e.g. .co.za) and .com as thats what people will automatically insert when looking for your site



    Stick with co.uk or com Dont bother with anything else. Also use a seperate hosting company for the site. (ie different company to where you bought the domain.

    Go with ukreg.co.uk they are the cheapest.

    guv;5181212

    Cheaper option would be to buy the .com from the US. 123-reg is fine for … Cheaper option would be to buy the .com from the US. 123-reg is fine for the .co.uk


    i had a quick gander and not that much cheaper really but Liddle try godaddy and hostgator

    edit : Godaddy.com are doing .com addresses for £6.55 a year
    guv;5181212

    Stick with co.uk or com Dont bother with anything else. Also use a … Stick with co.uk or com Dont bother with anything else. Also use a seperate hosting company for the site. (ie different company to where you bought the domain.



    also another good point, i would buy the domains at like 123-reg then buy the hosting from streamline / 1&1

    Original Poster

    Yep, don't really think it is a bad sign Was actually surprised they were available as they are simple, descriptive and easy to remember imo. But my mind might not function like others'!

    I've used godaddy and hostgator before - good to hear they are still some of the best options. I built a site with hostgator before and quite liked their site and tools, and CS is really good.

    Liddle ol' me;5181271

    Yep, don't really think it is a bad sign Was actually surprised they … Yep, don't really think it is a bad sign Was actually surprised they were available as they are simple, descriptive and easy to remember imo. But my mind might not function like others'!I've used godaddy and hostgator before - good to hear they are still some of the best options. I built a site with hostgator before and quite liked their site and tools, and CS is really good.



    godaddy and hostgator been around a while so its a good idea to go with someone like that, you can trust and that are reliable...

    i always check reviews and go with someone who has been around a while as you don't want your website shut down when they go bust
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