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I need help and don't know where to go

by bkay / July 1, 2009 9:00 AM PDT

I need to be able to make my own website, or at least be able to update it. I bought Expression Web. I've bought several "dummy" books on building a website. I even downloaded CoffeeCup. I keep looking for a class at the Community College, but they all seem to be "flash", or a basic HTML class. I'm at a loss. I'm not sure which way to go.

I have a website I built using a proprietary product at GoDaddy.com. It's a website, that's about all you can say. The program worked like a graphics program and was easy to use, but limited.

I bought Expression Web and tried to build a site on rootsweb.com for my genealogy society. I used a template, thinking it would be easy. I ended up hiring someone to fix it. I couldnt' get it to upload correctly. Part of it didn't show up on the site and it "bounced".

I bought a new domain and just let the same person do my new site. Apparently, I am a pain, because she quit replying to my emails.

I asked someone what it would cost to upload an updated menu page each week and he agreed to do it for $100. a week. That's not what I call affordable.

So, at minimum, I have three sites out there that need updating. They are all very simple. They have no moving parts. However, I will need to add a "store" to my personal website this year.

I put an ad on Craig's list for someone to design a site, and had tons of offers. How do you choose? What kind of questions do you ask?

Can anyone suggest a class, or a product that is easy to use, or a book that isn't written in Greek. I don't mind hiring someone to do the initial programming, just not willing to keep paying every week to post menus.

I really hate being clueless.

Thanks,

bkay

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If you want to have a web site that works
by Sovereign Forum moderator / July 2, 2009 11:33 AM PDT

you're going to have to start with basic HTML and CSS. It will give you all the knowledge and power you need to achieve anything you want. You don't need any money, only patience, time and the thirst for knowledge Happy

Start here for (X)HTML http://www.w3schools.com/xhtml/xhtml_intro.asp and here for CSS http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_intro.asp

Then once you're familar with the basics, look at Expression Web, use it to make a basic template and then look at the code in conjunction. If you understand what it did, good, if not, find out what it is you don't understand.

If you really want to hire someone, request references and get quotes. Be very, very specific on what you want, how much it will cost (contract) and when it will be completed.

About taking classes, there are good online tutorials online that you can work with at your own pace. If you ever get stuck, come back here for help.

That should get you started.

~Sovereign

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web site works
by stugod / July 4, 2009 5:40 PM PDT

just got a freebie trial from web site works it is so easy to use i could not believe it. i am not affiliated with them in any way the freebie site i put up has some turbo cad stuff i have done, if you want a look it,s all lower case www.smgdesign.net type in top browser at http will get you straight there thanks best regards stugod

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You need to try Joomla, Wordpress, or Karma
by urielposselt / July 12, 2009 2:39 AM PDT

Personally I start using Joomla for my personal website and for any other development company. I start building websites 6 months ago. I have found joomla very powerful, easy, and complicated sometimes. But well, not everything is easy in this life. Check Joomla and let me know.

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web site works (by stugod)
by Sovereign Forum moderator / July 13, 2009 3:47 PM PDT

i got a free trial from website works it was so easy i just could not believe it. there is online help if you need it the first site if you want to have a look.
i also got two blogs from twitter via google if you want to look at these they are much the same with a control panel to do the editing i am 49 and never used anything like it before so i am sure you can if u can pass on my links would be appreciated
best regards stuart goddard

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Agree with Sovereign
by vikas_kukreja / August 3, 2009 7:04 PM PDT

I am totally agree with Sovereign. w3schools.com is world's best online web solutions tutorial that provide all tutorials with examples of all programming languages without any fee.

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