Building, Hosting and Managing a Website

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HannibalSkye's picture
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I'm trying to figure out the best companies to help build, host and manage a web site. I don't know yet if I'd prefer to be able to just send them files and have them add the files to my site for me, or if I'd rather just have templates or what the best way is to do it.

My biggest problem at the moment is to decide on the best hosting company to use now that I have a domain name. The website will be primarily for pictures and picture galleries, blog entries, maybe some videos, a contact page, and maybe a calendar or some way to set up dates and or schedule meetings.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I use Godaddy but anyone who you can afford and gives you full access to your site through an FTP is just as good.

It's more reliable if you do all the managing yourself, but sometimes that isn't completely possible. If you learn HTML (if you haven't already) building basic and easy to edit sites is extremely easy, especially for pictures/blogs and maybe embedding videos.

There are sites who already have fancy web templates that are generally useable for free, I've used Templates4All before, they let you do anything to the template without having to pay them anything.

A lot of it is going to be trial and error and just figuring out what works best for you.

As for calendar's, making tables or finding an image and enlarging it (if needed) to add events on it would be easiest, but there are obviously better ways.

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Thank you, you are the second person to mention Godaddy for hosting.  I hadn't thought of them for hosting before.  I had always just thought they were a place to get a domain name.  The Templates Site is very helpful as well.  I'm still learning, but this helps!

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I'm sure there's better but they've worked for me, less than $150 a year for "unlimited" hosting which I'm sure has a limit somewhere but I'm not running a big huge site like IGN, might downgrade one of these days to save some money.