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    Creating a website for myself Dreamweaver CS

    hi all

    I am a designer looking to teach myself Dreamweaver CS4.

    Now I need a host, ftp etc on my mac, but dont have a clue where to start.

    It will be basic at the start until I get comfortable, but was wondering if anyone knows where the best place to start is.

    I need a host, with a username etc to put at the start of Dreamweaver to create my site.

    any advice firther to this will be much appreciated.

    look forward to reading replys.

    Cheerio guys,
    chris

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    So your tryin to teach yourself HTML and CSS?
    Also look at coding it in HTML5 and CSS3 as these are the latest standards
    W3c have some good tutorials to begin with but it's easy once you get going

    Original Poster

    Thanks for that! Appreciated.

    Do you reccomend any free ftp/hosting sites i could use?

    I just use microsoft live small business but someone will prob tell you a better one as I don't know lots about them.

    There are plenty of "website for dummies" type books that will give you an intro to most of the essentials.

    amazon.co.uk/Bui…-15

    Website design is one of those things that seems simple, but once you get more and more into it you realise there is a huge amount involved and website design is now quite an "art".

    While it is important to know the technical side of it (HTML, CSS, graphics etc) it is also important to know the DESIGN side of it, what makes a web site look good and easy to navigate.

    The technical side you can learn fairly quickly, but the design side can take a lot longer.

    >I need a host, with a username etc to put at the start of Dreamweaver to create my site.

    You dont need a host to start a design with Dreamweaver. You can design a site "stand alone" and then upload it to a host later.

    some good points there. what sort if site are you designing and what do you want it to acheieve

    theres more to websites that just knocking up summit in Dreamweaver. SEO for one is a minefield if you dont know what you're doing, but quiet simple once you get started. Companies offer this from £250 a month!! (get your meta/header tags sorted and you'll be well on your way!)
    Edited by: "Disco" 23rd Feb 2011

    If you're just learning, don't worry about a host, set up a localhost. I'm not too sure how to do it on a Mac, but you would use the likes of IIS on a PC. Google "localhost mac" and see if you find something useful.

    First result looks like a winner: mac-forums.com/for…tml

    Looks like they come with Apache built in, nice.

    djmalone1985

    Do you reccomend any free ftp/hosting sites i could use?



    if you want free hosting you could try 000webhost.com

    1stoptutorials.com/Cre…tml

    I found the above useful. Granted the guys voice/style is a bit irritating at times but he seems to know what he is talking about

    I use dreamweaver CS4, you don't need a hosting account until you want to put your site online. You can create and demo/check your site on your machine. When setting up the site use the "Basic" tab for the site defintions and follow this:

    Choose a site name, don't fill in the HTTP address > Click Next
    Choose "No, I do not want to use a server technology" > Click Next
    Choose "Edit local copies..." and choose somewhere to store you files on your computer > Click Next
    Choose "None" (How do you want to connect to your remote server?) > Click Next > Click Done

    Disco

    some good points there. what sort if site are you designing and what do … some good points there. what sort if site are you designing and what do you want it to acheievetheres more to websites that just knocking up summit in Dreamweaver. SEO for one is a minefield if you dont know what you're doing, but quiet simple once you get started. Companies offer this from £250 a month!! (get your meta/header tags sorted and you'll be well on your way!)


    And
    ---Kate---

    I use dreamweaver CS4, you don't need a hosting account until you want to … I use dreamweaver CS4, you don't need a hosting account until you want to put your site online. You can create and demo/check your site on your machine. When setting up the site use the "Basic" tab for the site defintions and follow this:Choose a site name, don't fill in the HTTP address > Click NextChoose "No, I do not want to use a server technology" > Click NextChoose "Edit local copies..." and choose somewhere to store you files on your computer > Click NextChoose "None" (How do you want to connect to your remote server?) > Click Next > Click Done



    Definitely this until you are ready to go live, you can preview your site offline with Dreamweaver too.

    Have a look at the Lydia videos, there are quite a few free ones which can help you with the software

    what sort of website are you wanting ?

    If you want to go live, depending on the features you require, you can set up a basic site for v.little, don't know how good they are now but 110mb.com or something like that has some half decent free hosting. Use google to create and manage your email boxes for free. so basically you just need to decide on and buy a domain name with 123 reg or go daddy or someone... cost probably less than 20 quid for a .co.uk for a couple of years.

    a co.uk domain is approx £7 per 2 year purchase (£2.99 per year plus VAT)

    personally, using a google/hotmail/yahoo email address on a professional (business/company/venture) website doesn't look good imo, but each to their own, as when you buy a domain, you get you own email adddress/es.. its only when you go "free" do you need to use hotmail etc

    Disco

    a co.uk domain is approx £7 per 2 year purchase (£2.99 per year plus V … a co.uk domain is approx £7 per 2 year purchase (£2.99 per year plus VAT)personally, using a google/hotmail/yahoo email address on a professional (business/company/venture) website doesn't look good imo, but each to their own, as when you buy a domain, you get you own email adddress/es.. its only when you go "free" do you need to use hotmail etc


    I agree,
    The amount of marketing emails I receive with these emails, very bad 1st impression, straight in the bin.

    Makes it very hard to see email as genuine.
    Also my personal opinion.

    Disco

    a co.uk domain is approx £7 per 2 year purchase (£2.99 per year plus V … a co.uk domain is approx £7 per 2 year purchase (£2.99 per year plus VAT)personally, using a google/hotmail/yahoo email address on a professional (business/company/venture) website doesn't look good imo, but each to their own, as when you buy a domain, you get you own email adddress/es.. its only when you go "free" do you need to use hotmail etc



    Of course it's unprofessional to use @gmail @hotmail etc. You have to pay for email boxes with hosting companies (or you might get 5 'free' with some packages) if you point the mail servers to google you can create free @yourdomain.whatever boxes and log into them just like a gmail account.

    I hate companies that have a hotmail address or anything like that.

    amfan

    I hate companies that have a hotmail address or anything like that.



    oh my dizzy days, I never said that is the way to go! lol... read the link above.

    I think you can have up to 50 users with free google apps. I've done it for friends websites I know what I'm on about.

    And CS5 has been out a while now, if you can hop on that instead of CS4 especially if you are learning from scratch anyway.

    Xiwt

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    That is very handy, just wasn't obvious from your original post,
    But hey I've learnt something new

    did you get sorted DJ?
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