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Old 10-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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A web page of my own.

I want to create a modest web page to support my remodeling/handyman business. Who's up on the best host and web page creation app? They seem to change often.
I'd like to include photos of my work and some text and I want to be able to make changes easily.
I ain't afeered of internet stuff and think this could be a fun project.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:59 AM   #2
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I'm about as internet/computer dumb as they come but I used weebly to create this www.marsalinas.com
I realy just want to figure it out now so if I need to do it in the future I may be able to.

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Old 10-20-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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I use Dotster. Reasonable prices and a very simple web building and publishing program built-in.
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Old 10-20-2014, 06:12 PM   #4
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Another big vote for Weebly.

I build web sites for a living, and I've gently eased several people who can't afford a pro into Weebly.

And you know what's awesome? They never call me for help. That's how easy Weebly is.

It's a fantastic platform.

Get Weebed:
http://www.weebly.com/


Not a fan of GoDaddy, personally.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:05 PM   #5
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Another big vote for Weebly.

I build web sites for a living, and I've gently eased several people who can't afford a pro into Weebly.

And you know what's awesome? They never call me for help. That's how easy Weebly is.

It's a fantastic platform.

Get Weebed:
http://www.weebly.com/
Not a fan of GoDaddy, personally.
It does look good, but is it ad-free? I don't mind paying for a web building service if I can avoid ads.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:30 PM   #6
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It does look good, but is it ad-free? I don't mind paying for a web building service if I can avoid ads.

No, there are no ads.

The free version has a very small "Built with Weebly" thingy down at the bottom of each page.

The paid version lets you remove the weebly link. Just four bucks a month. A domain name costs a few bucks a year if you don't have one already. (I use and highly recommend name.com if you don't already have a domain name, or if Weebly doesn't sell them.)

I think the freebie version is limited to five pages, too.

You can start building with the freebie version and see what you think, then switch to the paid version when you need it.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:45 PM   #7
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I want to create a modest web page to support my remodeling/handyman business. Who's up on the best host and web page creation app? They seem to change often.
I'd like to include photos of my work and some text and I want to be able to make changes easily.
I ain't afeered of internet stuff and think this could be a fun project.
I build sites for friends and small businesses and here is what I recommend.
Hosting: Hostgator
Domain: Godaddy
Site creation: Learn to use Wordpress. It will take some time to get comfortable with it but you can create almost anything without writing a line of code.

PM me if you need any help.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:55 PM   #8
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I build sites for friends and small businesses and here is what I recommend.
Hosting: Hostgator
Domain: Godaddy
Site creation: Learn to use Wordpress. It will take some time to get comfortable with it but you can create almost anything without writing a line of code.

PM me if you need any help.
The problem with wordpress is when you want it to do anything that isn't exactly what the theme includes. I've had to do some annoying work arounds for something that would be very easy if coded. Also look into security with them, wordpress is the big name out there and I know a handful of friends off the top of my head who have had their site's using it hacked. I wouldn't say this makes wordpress not a valid option, just do research into it like any of these.

To the OP the 2 things I would do are:

Check the sites and make sure they run well, I know people who have had a lot of issues with wix sites running slowely.

If you don't like the design you're making or feel that it needs to be a little fancier maybe hire a designer to just make a few elements for it. I usually do that kinda thing for friends VS my web clients where I build the sites but for the former sometimes a few little graphic elements can really improve a site. Ideally it should take only a few hours max to make and set up so it doesn't mess up your content creation.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:03 AM   #9
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I use WYSIWYG Web builder. It is very simple and works a lot like MS.PowerPoint. Check out my site, though not that great, is easy to build and modify. The only issue is initially figuring out how to upload the site. I am computer literate, but no wizard at it for sure.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:07 AM   #10
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I build sites for friends and small businesses and here is what I recommend.
Hosting: Hostgator
Domain: Godaddy
Site creation: Learn to use Wordpress. It will take some time to get comfortable with it but you can create almost anything without writing a line of code.

PM me if you need any help.
I use the exact 3 names mentioned. I like how Wordpress is mostly just plugins. Makes things really simple. I will admit, I did have help from a web designer friend of mine getting the hosting set up so, I probably wouldn't be much help. The results are in a link in my sig line.
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Old 10-21-2014, 09:45 PM   #11
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I want to create a modest web page to support my remodeling/handyman business. Who's up on the best host and web page creation app? They seem to change often.
I'd like to include photos of my work and some text and I want to be able to make changes easily.
I ain't afeered of internet stuff and think this could be a fun project.
I traded a client for about a dozen hours of work and he helped me set up a simple site of my own using a free template- not wordpress, it was html5up. Seems like a good template, and he's shown me how to do the basic stuff like switching out photos, editing content, making some changes to the look of the site in the css, etc. After a lot of research, I got domain name and hosting through namecheap.com- they're very good, and have good support for wordpress or other templates, and excellent prices, you should definitely take a look.
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:06 AM   #12
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I've used hostgator and wordpress for a couple years for my music store and was very pleased. Yes, you're stuck a bit with the templates, but for what your describing, it's more than adequate. The best part is hostgator has great support and wordpress is easy for the novice to have a good looking site.

This last year we upped the performance of our site and went to someone else doing the legwork. Still with hostgator, however. www.yourmusichq.com
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #13
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Thanks everybody. Temporary setback; the guy who I thought would be helping me isn't, so I'm back in research mode.
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:08 AM   #14
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Thanks everybody. Temporary setback; the guy who I thought would be helping me isn't, so I'm back in research mode.
If you're curios about wordpress, this is the video series I used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jv47_VIBOQ

If you go to the guys website he offers a free .pdf that's a step by step guide.
http://www.tyler-moore.com/

The site I created worked really well for exactly the kind of thing it sounds like you want to do. The only reason I went away from it was that I'm a retailer and wanted to offer more things like online sales, ability to take payments on account, and product feeds from my manufacturers. But for an informational site featuring your services, I think it worked great.
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If you're curios about wordpress, this is the video series I used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jv47_VIBOQ

If you go to the guys website he offers a free .pdf that's a step by step guide.
http://www.tyler-moore.com/

The site I created worked really well for exactly the kind of thing it sounds like you want to do. The only reason I went away from it was that I'm a retailer and wanted to offer more things like online sales, ability to take payments on account, and product feeds from my manufacturers. But for an informational site featuring your services, I think it worked great.
Thanks, I'll take a look.
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