Which web designer?

  Chippo 18:16 25 Dec 2003

Want to do my own website but new to this game. Anyone give me a little help as to which companies I should look at for domain name,design,hosting etc



  Pesala 21:00 25 Dec 2003

You could try the Web design forum instead click here

What people will need to know:

• The purpose of the proposed website: business, hobby, club, personal, or just to learn web design

• PC experience: novice, experienced, professional

• How much time, effort, and money are you willing to invest in building a website.

• Who is your current ISP? Do you want to upgrade to Broadband at some point? (A lot of ISPs will provide some free webspace, e.g. NTL offer 55 Mbtyes, Plusnet offer 250 Mbytes).

  Chippo 21:16 25 Dec 2003

It'll just be about me, family, hobbies etc.Also to leaern about web design.

PC experience: Not to bad really, novice I suppose.

Want to take it easy to start then move on as I get used to it.
Money: not too much.

Current ISP is One tel. I am on broadband now.


  Pesala 23:17 25 Dec 2003

Just for family and friends you don't really need a domain name, though it is cheap enough to register one. You can just tell your friends the URL to your homepage, then anyone can log on to see your site. A domain is just a registered ID.

IMO the easiest approach for a novice is to use a DTP package such as Page Plus 9 click here for website design. Basically, all you have to do is fill in the blanks on a template, and put your username and password to upload it to your webspace. Page Plus is a fully-featured DTP package for less than £100. It has many other abilities besides Web design, such as making PDF files and Graphics, which are also useful for webdesign.

Take a look at the Web Design Forum click here for more ideas from the Professionals = FE and Taran. Front Page 2003 or Net Objects Fusion seem to be the recommended packages. They are a bit more than £100 but don't do all the other things that Page Plus can do, but being specialised programs they can handle some web design tasks better than Page Plus. I use Net Objects Fusion for my website - click here - and find it very easy to use, as it works just like a DTP package, but has several powerful features that Page Plus doesn't have, such as the drop down list boxes, which are useful for navigating a large website (like the on the PCA Forum.)

  VoG II 00:17 26 Dec 2003

As an alternative to Pesala's suggestion you could try using FrontPage. You can get the 2002 version for a reasonable price click here

Like you I have been toying with the idea of creating a website, in my case with no clear idea of what exactly I want to achieve. I'm slowly, from time to time, playing with FrontPage to try to get to grips with web design.

If you do go down the FrontPage route then the following may help as well as the Web Design Forum to which Pesala pointed you click here click here click here click here

  monkon2 11:06 26 Dec 2003

another good one i found is Mediator 7 pro, it is very simple to use. or you could try opus presenter, which while slightly more complicated, again provides excellent results. of course if you have a reasonable budget you could macromedia dreamweaver

hope this gives plenty of food for thought

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