So, I'm thinking about making a website. Just a personal one, maybe for file storage, and also maybe for a vanity email like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or maybe email@example.com. I'm wondering how hard is it to maintain a site? I mean it's not going to be a blog or whatever, it's going to just be a site for me. Is it better to get something like HostGator to keep the site up and running or is it better I do it myself with Road Runner's business plan?
Edit 25 August 2012, bought Punchandpie.com.do and basedgod.co.uk from my ISP Claro Dominicana and through a mutual friend :D Don't know what I'm going to do with them, but that Based God domain name, I'd probably link it to a .swf file of Lil B's Wonton Soup for the luls.
Maintaining a Website can be a lot and it can be fairly Easy, the easy way is using a Content Management System over something like Dreamweaver or KompoZer. The Most Popular Content Managment Systems (CMS) are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. I would recommend them since I have used them and they are great for Blogs or Static Websites.
Of Course using a CMS takes a bit of PHP & CSS Knowledge (for customization if you wish), but not as much as Coding your own website from a blank page and most Web Hosts these days have a one click install of most CMS's.
And then there is SEO which is Search Engine Optimization, getting your site ranked in Google, Bing or even Yahoo. You Could pay someone to do that, I didn't and have a fairly popular website, but that' your choice. CMS's tend to be ompimized pretty well.
For Web Hosting I Recommend HostGator, BlueHost, or GoDaddy. Fairly Cheap but it is "Shared Hosting" so you cannot suck up all the resources (Storing GB's & GB's of files).
8(and I know your probably wondering why I answered your question, I'm knowledgeable about this kind of stuff so I couldn't let it pass)
answered Aug 03 '12 at 14:47
as u just said its going to be a site about u, so in my opinion that kind of website is not a "big deal", all u need to do is 1st off plan your content, the text, images etc that u might wanna use, then plan up how many pages you would want.
Then at the time of choosing the layout or say theme, u can plan out which theme will last or say appear trendy 2 years or 3 years from now.
Building a site is all about shipping your final product out of the door, and less about what ur site will look like, bec u ll never find yourself satisfied with the work u ll accomplish to set up that site.
Bonus tip : simplicity really works, look around sites like fb(best site IMO, i like it very much) and google plus, also today there are many services/sites that offer u page creation tools so yeah u really have to shine in the arts department to make site that stands out, bec virtually every social network out there provides u a "page site" and they hav so many options for your viewer.
so good luck, got many more tips but i think that wraps it up.
answered Aug 03 '12 at 14:59
Well it will also depend where you want to host it. My blog is on wordpress.com itself. I have like maybe one or two extra computers hanging around over here. And use those for testing. Not the most power beasts on the planet. But still for learning purposes. And if you have like a selected group of friends and family that are on the web most often. Then you can host it on a computer locally and you know it is not going to take a huge amount of bandwidth as well. Like Lacobus was mentioning Drupal, Joomla, and a few other content management systems will do well since they are easy to maintain with a interface to access both the front and back end admin stuff. I have set one up on either windows 2003 server or windows 2008 server enterprise editions. With IIS (Internet Information Services or servers to bring the web site up with PHP and myswl) Or you can use something like clearOS which is a linux base with apache, mysql and can be configured in your web browser for the most part.
I personally go with testing with a computer at home first to get the feel and set it up properly and use a secondary drive as for backing up either data or essential files to restore it back to its set up defaults for the website itself. I know for sure it may take longer this way. But at least I know for myself personally I could fixed it up faster this way since I do not need to wait around for the hosting company to fix the server if it should go down by any chance.
answered Aug 03 '12 at 19:49
depends on what kinda website you want if you want one that just sits there does nothing takes about 2 hours to put a half baked site together .. if you want a site where you get a turn over over visitor it takes time Blog or news site is like a full time deal to be up on top of everything if your on your own you can be busy off and on 20 hours a day to keep posts moving ..
I didn't make a page rank much over 1 till I reached 4000 visits every 2 weeks and I started chatting and discussing on as many other blogs and forms as I can about stories posted I started watching my klout score I discover its not about following a million people its all about the million who follow you on twitter Facebook and Google :)
took me the first year to sort things out and get a small following and get a few subscribers to my feed ..
the thingI find the funnest is that trying to get a popular site going or even slightly so you want to get people to mention you as much as possible in there profile update statuses and such before I started I would get mention all over once I started the blog I couldnt get my own familly to mention my site or name :P
suddenly they find all kind iof excuses not to mention you on facebook and such the oddest is someone might see me doing it ( HUH) ??
I start out about 5:30am andI finish between 12:30 am and 2 in the morning between reasding blogs and such posting writing that is everyday 7 days a week if I can if I go away for a day like a few hours half a day stats on mt blog drop to rock bottom take a few days to rebuild the pace you cant let up for a second there is always some other sitre to take you place ..
personally Chris and what he does ugg I am glad I am not him hehe ..
I'd recommend setting up a WordPress site using HostGator's QuickInstall. It doesn't have to be a blog, you could just throw up a few pages about who you are and what your interests are. Hosting is cheap and you'd be able to setup your own vanity email address and have an online presence where you could promote yourself. Whatever you do, don't have Go Daddy host anything for you as they offer a subpar service when compared with other web hosts who offer shared hosting. Go Daddy is only good for registering, buying, selling, and parking domain names and that is all. Good luck!