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  1. #1
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    Question Web Design and Hosting Help

    Hello,
    I am starting a new website that we be a database of movie reviews, lists, and other information. I am completely new to all this, and am diving in head first. I would greatly appreciate any and all advice. What I need to know is:

    1. Are there any alternatives to Dreamweaver (I know itís the best, but there are so many other costs that are going into this, I donít know if it is an option right now) that would allow me to make custom designs and templates for my site, that look professional, and not like a bloggers templates. I want an HTML and CSS editor that is as good as you can get in my price range.

    2. Once I design the site, and get it ready to run, how do I get it online in a way that I will have 100% control? I will not sign away any rights like some hosts force you to do. And I canít have someone with access to my content. I want to be the one deciding what goes up and what comes down, and am the only one with access to the programming.

    My main deal breaker is that I do not want this to be a blog. I do not want to use a design that has been used 100 times over, or that someone else could get access to if they decide they like it. I want it simple but professional. I am so not a web designer, but I have no other option but to do it on my own. I have content ready, an advertisement strategy set, have created the site map, have bought the domain, and am currently at the midway point in the logo design, all I need is to get the pages created and then have some place to put them.

    I know itís a lot. But I would appreciate it if you could keep in mind that everything I have learned about website design has been within the past two weeks, before which I knew nothing about anything. I didnít even know what Dreamweaver, HTML or CSS was. However, this canít be a blog. I am not starting a career in web building, this is the one and only site that I will be doing. But the sacrifice to the look and usability of the site because I am a beginner, needs to be minimal. I just need it to work.

    I am using a Windows computer.
    All help is greatly appreciated.

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    1. How hell bent are you using a WYSIWYG editor? If you don't mind skipping out on that aspect, there are free text editors that are rather good. My top pick is http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/index-helios.php and getting the PHP flavored one. If you are only using HTML and CSS, Komodo Edit is free and also really good.

    2. Any decent host should be of no real issue for what you are looking for. I personally use Hostgator.

    that someone else could get access to if they decide they like it.
    If you mean somebody could simply copy what you have done outside of server side content, there's honestly nothing you can do. Really. You can put copyright notices in your code so if you see somebody with a copy and they left in the copyright(trust me, it happens on a humorous level), you can contact them or their web host and have then remove the offending code. In terms of a design though, there's no copyright for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scream Queen View Post
    1. Are there any alternatives to Dreamweaver that would allow me to make custom designs and templates for my site, that look professional, and not like a bloggers templates. I want an HTML and CSS editor that is as good as you can get in my price range.
    As has already been said, there are plenty of free program editors. I use Crimson editor v3.60.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scream Queen View Post
    2. Once I design the site, and get it ready to run, how do I get it online in a way that I will have 100% control? I will not sign away any rights like some hosts force you to do. And I canít have someone with access to my content. I want to be the one deciding what goes up and what comes down, and am the only one with access to the programming
    Develop off-line and put the code online with FTP. It's an antiquated, user-hostile, program straight out of the 1980's. But don't worry, You don't need to learn every thing at once.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scream Queen View Post
    ...the sacrifice to the look and usability of the site because I am a beginner, needs to be minimal. I just need it to work.
    With HTML and CSS the only constraint is your aesthetic ability, and knowledge of how to put your ideas into practice. However, you do need a program shell that, for the moment, you do not need to undestand it. Just use it. Copy the following into a text editor and save it as "index.html":

    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
    <meta name="description" content="">
    <meta name="keywords" content="">
    <title>The Title</title>
    <link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">
    </head>
    <body>
    <div id="content">
    <h1>Heading</h1>
    <div id="menu">
    <a href="">link 1</a><br>
    <a href="">link 2</a><br>
    <a href="">link 3</a>
    </div>
    <div id="textarea">
    <img src="graphics/somepicture.jpg" align="right">
    <p>
    This is some text to show something on the screen...
    </p>
    </div>
    <div id="footer">
    <p class="foot">
    &copy; copyright somebody 2012
    </p>
    </div>
    </div> 
    </body>
    </html>
    And copy the following into a text editor and save it in the same folder as "style.css":

    Code:
    /* css file */
    body {
    background-color: #F0FFFF;
    }
    h1 {
    height: 60px;
    color: #0000FF;
    }
    #content {
    max-width: 800px;
    min-width: 300px;
    height: 800px;
    margin: 0 auto 0 auto;
    background-color: #F0F0F0;
    }
    #menu {
    width: 30%;
    height: 690px;
    float: left;
    margin: 10px 0 0 0;
    color: #008000;
    background-color: #E0FFE0;
    }
    #textarea {
    width: 70%;
    height: 690px;
    float: left;
    margin: 10px 0 0 0;
    color: #000000;
    background-color: #FFFFFF;
    }
    #footer {
    width: 100%;
    height: 40px;
    float: left;
    margin: 0;
    color: #800000;
    background-color: #FFF0F0;
    }
    .foot {
    font-size: small;
    }
    I'm not suggesting that this is either very good code, or aethetic. It's just to get you started.

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    Smile Need help, pay good.

    Hi there.

    Im looking a passionate programmer/designer to develop a startup incubator, site will need knowledge of mysql, php, javascript and HTML5 at least.
    the main objective for the site will be to provide a platform where entrepreneurs can access, post their projects and find passionate people willing to work in them (co-funding it or working for points and prestige in the site according to their specialty)
    message me with some of the projects you've worked on so we can schedule a talk to discuss about the project in more detail.
    developer must know a little of design in order to create the backbone of the project, in the future we'll get a designer to give it a final design touch but for now we still need someone with design skills to make the website understandable and easy to use.

    My budget is $525
    If anyone is intrested in helping me, contact me at jaybossal@gmail.com

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