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#2671 by caro (0.7638) posted on 3:55pm Friday, March 05th, 2010
So I'm trying to make a website for our wedding information to help me learn a little bit about all this new fangled website making. I'm proficient at installing wordpress but that's about it at this point. I want this website to be more of a menu driven thing like you might see on a small company website or something. I haven't tried making a real website since the days when I just copied and pasted my page layout onto different pages in notepad.
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I use dreamhost and it has some good, easy to install tools, one being Drupal. I read a little bit about it and it seems like it would be useful to what I want to do but I dunno. Half the stuff just goes over my head at this point. What sort of appropriate software-type things that I can install on my website would you recommend? I just want something that I can edit the appearance of fairly easily, and add tabs for pages and menus and what not, etc. Kinda like wordpress but without the bloggy part.
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Anyways, I thought I'd ask here since most of you do this for a living and scouring the internet feels a little too close to work for a Friday night.
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#2674 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 4:21am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
Yeah I'd just give Drupal or Joomla a shot. No matter what CMS you pick there's gonna be some learning involved, just like there is with really getting to know Wordpress -- hell there's ways to make wordpress act just like a CMS as well if you want to, but I think Drupal/Joomla are more geared for it from the get go.
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My company's corporate website (www.vitrue.com) uses joomla, just to give you an example of what it can do technically. The administrative backend is pretty hardcore.
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#2676 by justin (0.9994) posted on 5:09am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
I don't know how often you plan on updating, but I might just do it by hand if I were you.
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#2678 by justin (0.9994) posted on 5:55am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
Check out userplus.org to get info on useful design patterns
http://www.userplus.org/web/design-patterns/
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Then ALA to find the best way to make it happen.
http://www.alistapart.com/topics/code/
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#2679 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 7:05am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
justin said:
I don't know how often you plan on updating, but I might just do it by hand if I were you.
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Eh I built alyce and kelly's wedding website by hand, and it quickly reminded me of how awful it is to build websites without a framework. dealing with the navigation tabs :bleah:
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#2680 by justin (0.9994) posted on 7:07am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
She did say she wanted to learn though. No better way to learn how to write good clean markup/js/css than by just doing it.
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#2681 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 7:09am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
Man why you want more people to learn web development? Job security, we needs it
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#2682 by justin (0.9994) posted on 7:11am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
I need more people to get hired so I have someone to boss around. Caro already has a better job than both of us as it is.
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#2684 by penny (0.4636) posted on 10:23am Saturday, March 06th, 2010
I would do it by hand. If you decide to do that, let me know if you need any help or have questions.
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If you go the CMS route, I would suggest joomla just because I knew someone really not smart that seemed to have mastered it.
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#2686 by caro (0.7638) posted on 5:33pm Saturday, March 06th, 2010
Heh I dunno I kinda wanted to learn something like Drupal but if you think it would actually require more learning than just doing it by hand then it really sounds like too much. I created my own blog by hand so how bad could it be... Why does the internet have to change so much in five years :(
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#2687 by briantech (1.0000) posted on 7:22pm Saturday, March 06th, 2010
caro said:
Heh I dunno I kinda wanted to learn something like Drupal but if you think it would actually require more learning than just doing it by hand then it really sounds like too much. I created my own blog by hand so how bad could it be... Why does the internet have to change so much in five years :(
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I assure you, learning drupal is not as hard as learning to build a cross browser, standards compliant, XHMTL strict CSS based website, if you have no previous development experience to begin with.
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#2702 by caro (0.7638) posted on 11:46pm Sunday, March 07th, 2010
lol well considering this is half for my family i guess cross-browser is actually something i should be sure i am aware of...70+'s don't update their browser too often
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#2703 by Steve (0.4064) posted on 6:14am Monday, March 08th, 2010
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What, is your gtg website from CS 1321 not good enough?
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#2705 by caro (0.7638) posted on 7:30am Monday, March 08th, 2010
Steve said:
What, is your gtg website from CS 1321 not good enough?
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oh hell no, that website was hardcore...it had frames
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#2720 by Nytefoxx (0.3355) posted on 7:03am Tuesday, March 09th, 2010
i'll learn with you! apparently i've been drafted by my sister to build her website.
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