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    Creation of website - help!!!

    Where do I start!!! I've been wanting to create a webiste for a few years and don't have a clue where to start!!! My brain cells are non existent due to having 2 kids under the age of 2 and virtually no sleep, but being in the IT industry myself you would have thought I would know exactly what to do!!! I feel like technology is overtaking me!!!

    The content would be an online cookbook of various authentic home curries, quickie meals, meal cheats!, and also would like to sell via the website...

    any suggestions on where I should start looking??? I am a very quick learner and just need a nudge in the right direction. BTW I need advice from the very basics of getting a domain (which is the best company to go with) to finally making it live!!!

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    I have a website through B.T it's really asy to use, goto bt business and have a look
    They can give you a domain nane and all the tools you need, it's also very cheap to run £17 per quarter
    take a look at mine [url]www.dialtheduster.co.uk[/url]

    learn css [url]www.w3schools.com/css[/url]
    html [url]www.w3schools.com/html[/url]
    php [url]www.w3schools.com/php[/url]

    the best domain registrar is [url]www.123-reg.co.uk[/url] £2.99 a year (gotta buy in 2 year increments though)

    to sell i would getting a cms like ]joomla or look through overs at [url]www.opensourcecms.com[/url]

    if you want help settings up i can help you out, you will need mysql hosting & php support which will be about £6-8 a month

    i can get you a nice list of cheap hosting later (when im back from work)

    Try ]one.com, i have my site through these and give excellent service, all guides and help to get you online in minutes.
    domain name purchased and registered for you, hosting packages to suit requirements from £10 per year inclusive.
    Hope this helps

    Original Poster

    So I need to learn html or PHP to be able to add pages and customise?

    Original Poster

    LOL, I just created a notepad html file linked to virginmedia webiste (whilst bouncing my 4 month baby boy to sleep!!) makes me so happy!!!:whistling:

    sweetibiza100;5259090

    So I need to learn html or PHP to be able to add pages and customise?



    No, most providers (like [url]www.one.com[/url]) will supply a WYSIWYG platform (What you see is what you get) similar to word where you can insert text, images and/or graphics. Some even supply basic templates so that all pages have the same navigation, look and feel.

    diywebkit.com is American and costs $100 dollars. Very easy to use and you can do several websites. I have 3 and charged £200 for 2 of them and got my money back. Might be worth a punt..Good Luck :thumbsup:

    I would deffo recommend Joomla. It's what I've just started using just now and it's easy to a hell of a lot with it in a very short space of time. Choose one of the thousands of free Joomla templates out there, apply it to a vanilla install of Joomla, add your data and you've got a site. Professional results in only a few, interesting hours. It's free and it's won all the major Open Source CMS awards out there. I use 5quidhost to host my sites (5quidhost.co.uk) and they provide the install of Joomla as part of the hosting interface so it couldn't be easier.

    Original Poster

    So is Joomla a WYSIWYG app? and can it be tailored for ecommerce if i wanted to go down that route? and what about having a forum on the website? i know i shoul look to walk b4 i can run!!!

    sweetibiza100;5260710

    So is Joomla a WYSIWYG app? and can it be tailored for ecommerce if i … So is Joomla a WYSIWYG app? and can it be tailored for ecommerce if i wanted to go down that route? and what about having a forum on the website? i know i shoul look to walk b4 i can run!!!



    Yes, yes, and yes.

    +1 for Joomla, though there are others you can consider such as Drupal, Mambo etc.

    You may find a blog useful for your recipe site, in which case have a look at WordPress.

    For your domain either [url]www.123-reg.co.uk[/url] or [url]www.daily.co.uk[/url]

    As for hosts, if you want free then [url]www.110mb.com[/url] or [url]www.000webhost.com[/url] .

    If you don't mind paying then [url]www.34sp.com[/url] is good.

    sweetibiza100;5260710

    So is Joomla a WYSIWYG app? and can it be tailored for ecommerce if i … So is Joomla a WYSIWYG app? and can it be tailored for ecommerce if i wanted to go down that route? and what about having a forum on the website? i know i shoul look to walk b4 i can run!!!



    joomla has ecommerce mods ]here which also has blogging externsions too so you can install a blog and a sales area .... joomla is easy to use, easy to navigate and loads of mods to install what you like ...

    joomla also has forums but they are not as strong as a dedicated forum such as [URL="www.simplemachinesforum.org"]smf[/URL]

    for these i recommend getting hosting with mysql .. if you need more info just holler

    Original Poster

    Thank you all for you advice so far, much appreciated. I will let you know once I'm up and running...anyone got any advice on distraction techniques whilst trying to feed a 23 month toddler:thinking:
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