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# 242431 28-Oct-2018 14:33
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I already have a domain and and a hosting site - now I want a simple one or two-page website.

 

I don't want to go to an expensive web developer and spend a fortune on this project, but if you are, or know, a young person with skills who'd like to make a few $$, PM me.

 

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  # 2115417 28-Oct-2018 14:35
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It'd be easiest to use SquareSpace, which provides a visual editing tool and hosting. Otherwise Wordpress, install a theme you like, and it's easy for most people to do it themselves.


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  # 2115449 28-Oct-2018 16:23
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Personally, as a newbie to website creation I found Strikingly strikingly easier to use them Squarespace. My 11 year old likes Wix.

The point being there are a number of sites out there in which you can create a good site with little ability and not much money.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2115450 28-Oct-2018 16:26
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If it is just a few pages, buy or find a theme and make a simple static website. These website builder websites are only rented websites, so you never own them. Wordpress is also overkill IMO for a simple 1-2 page website, and the downside is some hosts overload their servers with websites, so wordpress websites can load slowly. Whereas a static website is usually very fast loading. 


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  # 2115465 28-Oct-2018 17:32
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I do like the idea of static website generation. Wordpress is quite resource intensive, and unless patched regularly it's a security risk. Static html is easy to secure.


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  # 2115559 28-Oct-2018 18:42
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geekIT: I already have a domain and and a hosting site - now I want a simple one or two-page website.

 

Piling on the bandwagon of providing technical solutions; if you have a Google account, sites.google.com is for free & simple enough.

 

 

 

geekIT: ... but if you are, or know, a young person with skills who'd like to make a few $$ ...
Sorry, can only point you in the direction of the gig economy sites like Mechanical Turk, Task Rabbit, Fiver etc.





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  # 2115604 28-Oct-2018 20:40
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Wix or weebly are exceptionally easy to use.
Would be greatly surprised if you couldn't make your own 2 page site with either of those products.
I know weebly let's you create a free site - its url would be mysite.weebly.com where mysite is your unique name, but if you upgrade to a paid plan (cheap) you can hook it up to your own domain name.
Very drag and drop and template driven.




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  # 2115826 29-Oct-2018 09:55
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Guys, thanks for your suggestions.

 

I've already looked at a dozen or so WYSIWYG site builders - including WYSIWYG itself, v.14.

 

And Web Page Maker. And Wordpress. And Blue Griffon. And Website X5. And GrafX Website Studio. And more.

 

WIX? Hmm. Maybe. But I get the impression that they want you to host your page with them. Which I don't need.

 

And it's a very pushy outfit. I can't troll the web now without WIX ads popping up all over the place.

 

No, the reason I want someone else do this job for me, is that I don't have the time or, more importantly, the inclination.

 

I'm much more interested in what I want my site to achieve.

 

Okay, maybe there isn't some budding young website developer out there who wants to make a little cash.

 

But if you don't ask, you don't get.

 

 


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  # 2115864 29-Oct-2018 10:08
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I'm not that young, but cash is always welcome. How much do you want to spend?


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  # 2115898 29-Oct-2018 10:20
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https://mobirise.com/ is quite cool too, design it on your desktop with no coding required and just upload the static assets, certainly not a bad way to go if no interactive content is required, otherwise would be recommending Squarespace


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  # 2115983 29-Oct-2018 11:20
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I really would have a futher look at weebly.com (or wix which is pretty similar) - I made up a prototype site for a customer with weebly (10 or 12 pages from memory) and found it very easy to use. 

 

For the customers own very stupid reasons (you will have to trust me that they were very stupid indeed) they didn't go ahead with it.

 

I have used a few website tools/products including dreamweaver and wordpress (not at a very advanced level) and found that they are ok if someone has already set all the hard stuff up already - but nighmareish if you have to start digging around at the nuts and bolts settings. The hard stuff is  wordpress/php virtual server/https certificates etc etc - then site security etc. I would seriously suggest you dont want to go there.

 

Both of these online products (aove) will want to host the content for you (that's how their tools work) , but you can usually either get them to host your domain name or hook up to your own domain name if you already own one.

 

As I suggested above, you can sign up for weebly for free and create a free site with the xxxx.weebly.com domain name, but its easy enough to then upgrade to a paid site and hook it up to your domain name that you already own. ( https://hc.weebly.com/hc/en-us/articles/201740093-How-Can-I-Change-My-Site-s-Address-or-Domain-Name- ) The advantage with the free site is you can publish it - have a look at it - show it to others, then unpublish it and it vanishes from the internet.

 

Wix appears to be almost identical with regard to hooking up to your own domain name: ( https://support.wix.com/en/article/tutorial-connecting-your-domain-using-name-servers )

 

The advantages with them hosting the content is they will take care of backups etc, they will always keep the development tools up to date automatically and presumably will be very attentive to security. If you are running your own site there is quite a bit of admin to do quite often (product updates etc).

 

Wix are not 'being pushy' - If you start searching for anything in depth you start seeing targeted advertising everywhere. Last week I was doing some research on e-bikes - Now pretty much every advert is pointing to e-bikes. A month or so it was holiday detinations I was looking at and all the adverts started showing ads for holidays/flights. Just install an ad blocker in your browser if this annoys you too much. (but whitelist geekzone - they need the ad revenue).





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  # 2116185 29-Oct-2018 13:21
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geekIT:

 

Guys, thanks for your suggestions.

 

I've already looked at a dozen or so WYSIWYG site builders - including WYSIWYG itself, v.14.

 

And Web Page Maker. And Wordpress. And Blue Griffon. And Website X5. And GrafX Website Studio. And more.

 

WIX? Hmm. Maybe. But I get the impression that they want you to host your page with them. Which I don't need.

 

And it's a very pushy outfit. I can't troll the web now without WIX ads popping up all over the place.

 

No, the reason I want someone else do this job for me, is that I don't have the time or, more importantly, the inclination.

 

I'm much more interested in what I want my site to achieve.

 

Okay, maybe there isn't some budding young website developer out there who wants to make a little cash.

 

But if you don't ask, you don't get.

 

 

I think you need to let go of your need to host the website on your own hosting account, unless you have some really specific need / requirement for that. You're better off with a SAAS product that's patched and maintained for you.




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  # 2116230 29-Oct-2018 14:19
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Guys, thanks for the great feedback.

 

What I've learned so far:

 

lcl: I don't think Google Sites is what I need ATM. Plus there seem to be a lot of people complaining about mis-charging.

 

jnimmo: I agree, https://mobirise.com/ was worth looking at. I'm still checking surprised

 

robjg63: Thanks, great suggestions. AFAIK, if you use WIX's page-builder,they insist on hosting your site. However, it's not that expensive - like $US4.95m* and up.

 

Weebly? I don't know. Mainly because I couldn't find out what their charges are. Which seems to indicate that they'd rather you didn't know until you click on a few 'YES' buttons and get further enmeshed in their system. As opposed to WIX who are upfront.

 

Re your sig: "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler". My sentiments entirely. Which is why I'd rather not go down the DIY track.

 

However...

 

Timmmay: There's much merit in your suggestion, in spite of what I've said about my reluctance to DIY. Short story: I just want to get my website up and running. 

 

EDIT:*Forgot to say that my new NZ host (who I won't mention by name right now, because I don't want to rain on their parade ATM and is costing $NZ4.95m) are the front for a number of local websites, one of which (and to be fair, the only one I've tried) is very slow to load.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 2116247 29-Oct-2018 14:31
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Using Square Space I got an entire commercial restaurant website made for friends of mine. They provided the content and menu, we went basic with no images. I've got a little experience with SS though, and I'm pretty good with computers.

In the time since you started this thread you could have built your website, easy, and it'd cost you less that US$10 per month to run.



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  # 2116254 29-Oct-2018 14:36
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Timmmay, you beat me to it.

 

BTW, what's SAAS?

 

And yeah, maybe I could have built my own site in the time since I first posted, but I want to do it right, first time.

 

EDIT: I loved the SQUARESPACE John Malkovitch stuff wink


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  # 2116260 29-Oct-2018 14:38
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geekIT:

 

Timmmay, you beat me to it.

 

BTW, what's SAAS?

 

And yeah, maybe I could have built my own site in the time since I first posted, but I want to do it right, first time.

 

 

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet. SaaS is one of three main categories of cloud computing, alongside infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS)

 

 

 

Office online I think would be a good example (Office 365)


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