#1
Me and a few people are trying to make a website and we don't know where to start.

I don't know anything about domain names or making the actual website.

Can anybody help?

Cheers.

Stefan.
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I do. I've done my fair share of designing: gfx, and sites.
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#5
I too would be interested to see what people have to say. I used to run a crappy freewebs site for my stunt team . Was pretty pants, I probably still have the notepad files lying around somewhere .
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that was hilarious. Rob loves Punx Midget porn. Yeah true, but it would be nice to have people from UG.
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#10
Well, you need to purchase a domain name. I assume you'll be hosting your own website so talk to the domain registrar about forwarding your A Records to your (hopfully static) public IP address...then you'll need to forward port 80 by way of firewall or router to the private IP address of your web server...then design the website of course.
#11
Yep; i've been doing it professionally for about six years.

If you have no prior experience in making sites and you don't see this as something that you want to gain any major proficiency at (i.e getting to a professional level) then forget about the heavy books and learning to code by hand. You are probably best off with a program like Dreamweaver or Frontpage or something to make your site (I've been coding by hand for about 5 years though so I can't give much fresh advice here). In addition, you will need a program like Photoshop to do your graphics. I won't go into how you go about making a site but with a mixture of help/tutorials included with these programs, tutorials on the net and books (the best option if you can be bothered to spend cash on it), you will be fine.

Once you have made your website, you need web hosting. Most hosts will charge either monthly or yearly and will often include a free .com or .co.uk domain name as part of the offer. Web hosting varies in size (i.e the amount of disk space that your site can take up) and also varies in numbers of email accounts and also special options such as database servers and PHP support but given your level of knowledge you won't be using any of that. Try www.webfusion.co.uk or something

You will need, once you have both a site and some hosting, to upload your website to your hosting provider in order to put it on the net. They will have configured things so that when you type your domain name (as I say, often included in the web hosting package; this is the easiest option) into a web browser, it will go to the files that you have uploaded to them and, provided you made your site correctly, all work.

Good luck
Last edited by gpel at Aug 21, 2007,
#12
Well, I haven't done it in a while. i used to do geocities sites, like fthe free kind, and i still remember most of the coding, i think.

and with regards to domain names, i think .tk domain names are still free, if you already have a site set up (say, on geocities), else google some vendors, and you rent the name for a period of time. but still, you'd need webspace for thosse ones too.

you can pm me if you have any questions

EDIT: gpel has better advice, i missed his post when typing this up
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#14
Your prob better using a program that makes the code automatically. Something like microsoft publisher - you design the website, add pics, links etc and the content and then u just hit a button and the program writes the code for you.

Alternatively, look up HTML websites - its a very simple computer language to learn and you can basically just copy code and modify it to suite your needs.

In relation to domains/addresses, you can get lots of free web hosting sites with easy uploading processes - i would recommend using these instead of buying a .co.uk/.com domain since u know little/nothing about them.
#15
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Well, you need to purchase a domain name. I assume you'll be hosting your own website so talk to the domain registrar about forwarding your A Records to your (hopfully static) public IP address...then you'll need to forward port 80 by way of firewall or router to the private IP address of your web server...then design the website of course.

Given that the thread-starter doesn't know anything about domain names, I doubt that A or CNAME records will mean anything? And I doubt also that Apache or IIS or anything will be second nature
#16
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#18
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^ lol, thanks for the info, but we're trying to avoid names like that.

we want a www.<insertnamehere>.co.uk



but i thought you could register a domain name using those websites? it just has a cost, whereas the rest is free.
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#19
Start off with the simple rules:

Make your layout look simple and not cluttered.

Make it so that people can easily access parts of your website within the minimum number of clicks and so that pages related are accessable via each other.

Make it so your site design is easy on the eye. Avoid bright colours and avoid colours which clash with each other. Avoid flashing images and background sounds which get annoying after a short period of time.

I used to use html and javascript a few years ago. I still remember most of it but been a while since used them.
#20
does .co.uk domains for £28 for 2 years. I've got a site with them. You download an FTP client like FTP Surfer and upload your page files through that.