Setting up a Website -- Where to start?

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  1. d70girl

    d70girl TPF Noob!

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    I'm trying to set up a nice website for my photography, as I'm already starting to get some requests for portraits, etc. I downloaded something called Simpleviewer, but I have NO IDEA what to do with it or how to use it. I'm completely dense when it comes to this stuff.

    Does anyone have any advice? I just want a nice flash gallery and possibly an online order form.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Steve Wynn

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    Have you looked at www.godaddy.com ? They have a good low price, and it is simple to use.

    Steve
     
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    Hello,

    You are right on track with SimpleViewer - I just posted instructions on it's use on your other thread. Godaddy.com is cheap - and they seem reliable. (What do I expect for $4 a month?) :lol:

    You can register your domain and purchase hosting at Godaddy. You can use a cheap HTML editor like coffeecup HTML editor (there's a free trial on download.com) and then use Internet Exlorer to upload to your website.

    If you setup your website so that the only thing that changes often is your galleries, with simpleviewer it'll be VERY easy to change galleries without too much trouble.

    Any specific spot you're stuck on?

    - Dewey
     
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    I have a question to add about Godaddy.com, how much space do you get. It may seem like a silly questions but the free ones give you like 500mb or some random number like that, but does godaddy actually give you 5GB to load up with pictures and online stuff?
     
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    With the smallest plan Godaddy gives you 5GB, but I don't know of any small photo website that needs NEAR that much space.

    The free services aren't really free - they put ads on your pages which are so tacky and unprofessional that you'd be better off with no website IMO. A photo gallery with a LOVE.COM banner above it is just awful.

    Bandwidth will be your problem with cheap hosting once your site becomes popular - I don't nearly use 5GB but with some traffic and some photo viewing my website hits the max, at which point you have to buy more bandwidth.

    For a smaller website Godaddy's cheap plan works just fine... once you start advertising your website on national TV you may want to upgrade. :)

    -Dewey
     
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    Thankst Dewey, muchly appreciated. I might just have to go and buy one right now.
     
  7. Steve Wynn

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    We had a guy build a website for our local chamber of commerce and he used godaddy. It's only been about 6 months but there hasn't been any problems.

    Steve
     
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    our website, at firsthourmovies.com, is through bluehost.com. no problems with them at all!
     
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    Well you could hire me to design you a really great website for really cheap.. or you could just register hosting with eastsolid.com, buy a domain name from namecheap.net and then read the instructions from the SimpleViewer site.

    Obviously the first one is way more efficient :p
     
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    I go through ifp.com. They offer flash and a lot of other options. Very user friendly...I had my site up and running in hours. I pay $20/month and a shopping cart is included.
    My site is at fine art photography by Tracy Reehal

    Tracy:wink:
     
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    if you want to use simpleviewer, google's picasa has a plugin that creates the webpages for you...

    i've bought a few domains/hosting through godaddy.com, and haven't had any problems. Someone just told me about 1and1.com. They are even cheaper than godaddy.com, has anyone else had any experience with them? i bought a domain and hosting for 6 mos through them for only $22. I haven't had time to check it out, or get a site up yet though, so I can't comment on quality...
     
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    I use to do website design for clients. Now I just run sites as businesses as well as photography. You can probably get a good website for around £300-500
     

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