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#1 pr-man

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Posted 01 June 2005 - 05:08 PM

Ok I am a very computer literate person but I am a complete noob when it comes to creating a web site. I tried Dreamweaver 2004 mx but dont find it very easy to use or intuitive especially for a beginner. I just want to create a web site with a forum, java chat room and of course pictures and etc that I will add to the pages. can anyone give me some advice and help? Thanks

#2 ScinteX

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Posted 02 June 2005 - 12:45 PM

hi pr-man smile
I implmented exactly what you are after only the other week. It took about 1 hour (so it soooo easy- really!!!).

First up, I got a domain name and some hosting from the same place. I can't remember which company it was however I am sure you can google to find a fairly ok hosting company. With that sorted (costing about 6GBP a month) I had:

mydomain.co.uk
500Mb of storage
PHP scripting
MySQL database
FTP access

..and lots of other stuuff (web stats, emailing facilities etc. etc.)

I then did some research into free portals. I eventually went with XOOPS. This is based on PHP and MySQL - I simply download XOOPS and uploaded it to my site via FTP. I followed the readme file and went through a web-based setup, filling out the fields as I went.

Next thing I know is that I have a lovely looking portal based site, that has a wonderful backend admin screen where I can turn ona nd off certain parts (e.g. forums, picture gallery etc.) and also configure all of the site plus upload news articles (i.e. the content). I downloaded a few themes to make my site look different. Also on the XOOPS website are modules that I could download and deploy- these are extra little programs like chat pages etc.

So that's the route I went - I didnt even have to use DreamWeaver or Frontpage - I didnt even touch one bit of code!

Maybe this is something that you could think about.

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