Newbie...How to Build Simple Websites?

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I've seen people advertising how to easily build pro looking websites for $10 but you have to buy their very expensive program to find out how. Anyone got recommendations? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wage Mills
    learn wordpress
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    • Profile picture of the author Christian Sawyer
      Originally Posted by Wage Mills View Post

      learn wordpress
      Definitely good advice. Wordpress is one of the best platforms performance wise AND one of the easiest to learn.

      The admin panel is very well laid out. All of my websites are made on Wordpress, simply for the fact that I can install a Wordpress website in minutes...literally.

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  • Profile picture of the author MilesT
    I have a $9 product you can buy to tell you the secret.

    Just Kidding.

    Depending on the type of site you want, Wordpress will cover almost every situation. Its free, scalable and IM friendly. Wordpress.com to download and learn about it for free.
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    • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
      Originally Posted by MilesT View Post

      Wordpress.com to download and learn about it for free.
      Small correction - its wordpress.org to download WordPress.

      wordpress.com is the site that is similar to blogger. You can't use wordpress.com sites for commercial purposes.

      Bill
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      • Profile picture of the author MichaelParsons
        Definitely WordPress, hands down.

        It will cost you about $100 to get the domain name and hosting, depending on the hosting plan, etc.

        WordPress is free, and it can pay for hosting just with Adsense spots in you sidebar widgets. I recommend only 2, with one in the post as Google gets funny if you try to display more than 3.

        I use it myself. Top notch!
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        • Profile picture of the author Darunner14
          Originally Posted by MichaelParsons View Post

          Definitely WordPress, hands down.

          It will cost you about $100 to get the domain name and hosting, depending on the hosting plan, etc.

          WordPress is free, and it can pay for hosting just with Adsense spots in you sidebar widgets. I recommend only 2, with one in the post as Google gets funny if you try to display more than 3.

          I use it myself. Top notch!
          I don't know excatly where you going, where you have to spend 100$? A godaddy domain is about 12$ for a .com and hosting at hostgator is about 6 dollars a month for the baby croc version where you can host more than 1 site.
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    I think you are seeing a common pattern here!

    WordPress is the obvious answer - completely free, no HTML or tech knowledge required, a gazillion free and commercial themes to dress it up, thousands of plugins to add complex functionality with a click of the mouse. Google just loves WordPress sites.

    And it's hard to imagine anything simpler to use - if you have the skill to write a Word document or send an email you have all the prerequisites to use WordPress.

    And if you get stuck you have an entire Open Source community, YouTube and the Warrior Forum to assist you! Couldn't be better than that.

    Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author cassidywilliams
    The easiest way to build websites is Edicy: Make a website | Edicy

    No tech skills required
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    • Profile picture of the author MilesT
      Originally Posted by cassidywilliams View Post

      The easiest way to build websites is Edicy: Make a website | Edicy

      No tech skills required
      Their TOS states, "
      1. The Client acknowledges and agrees that the Service Provider may make different type of advertising available via Servicem.
      2. The Client acknowledges and agrees that by using the Service the Client may be exposed to Content that the Client may find offensive, indecent or objectionable and in this respect the Client uses the Service at its own risk. "
      So by using their service your customers may face advertising that is unrelated to your content. Not a great solution, but a free solution nonetheless.
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    • Profile picture of the author Thomas De
      Yes, Wordpress is great, but for Micro Niche Sites it takes too long to adjust everything. For these kind of sites I would recommend a quick website builder.
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      • Profile picture of the author lazy boy
        Originally Posted by Thomas De View Post

        Yes, Wordpress is great, but for Micro Niche Sites it takes too long to adjust everything. For these kind of sites I would recommend a quick website builder.
        I agree. I use XSitePro for niche sites. It cost $197, but it is easy to use and has great support.
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  • Profile picture of the author LasseKohau
    Hi Heal,

    I would recommend to follow the free training by warrior Steven Resell.

    He has designed a free course - super simpel blogging, which is an excellent start.

    Just google it..

    regards, LASSE
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    My vote is also Wordpress. You can find many free and reasonable wordpress themes to style your site any way you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    If you want to learn something that will serve you well for the long-term, I'd definitely suggest taking the time to learn Wordpress. So many amazing things can be done with it, and while you can start with it on a very basic level, there is also the ability to create really sophisticated sites on the high end once you've acquired some skills.
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    • Profile picture of the author Beverley Watts
      As everyone says, WordPress is definitely the one to go for - it's so easy to use, completely free and Google loves sites created with it
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      • Profile picture of the author samjesop
        If you want to move beyond the very common types of sites learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX (part of javascript), and PHP (or ASP, or Ruby).
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  • Profile picture of the author cheapskatemate
    Is there much advantage in using wordpress rather than drupal?
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by cheapskatemate View Post

      Is there much advantage in using wordpress rather than drupal?
      Wordpress is a LOT easier to set up, especially for the newbie. But on the other hand, it also allows more sophisticated designers to work their magic on the sites they create.
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      • Profile picture of the author cheapskatemate
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        Wordpress is a LOT easier to set up, especially for the newbie. But on the other hand, it also allows more sophisticated designers to work their magic on the sites they create.
        Thanks for all the replies.

        What do you mean by "sophisticated designers"?

        I already know Drupal, and have recently started writing a new tool for it. But I don't know about programming for Wordpress, so that is where the learning curve would be for me.

        So ignoring the technical differences, are there any advantages of Wordpress? For example, does it contain any features that would make it more suitable for SEO?
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    • Profile picture of the author samjesop
      Originally Posted by cheapskatemate View Post

      Is there much advantage in using wordpress rather than drupal?
      Drupal has a LOT of uses. For most content related sites Wordpress fits the bill though. With Drupal you can create highly sophisticated flows and rules. It's basically a platform to build almost any type of dynamic site. There is, however, a significant learning curve (more than Wordpress).
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      • Profile picture of the author mcmahanusa
        Yes, it's true that WordPress is great, easy to use, and free. However.....there are several website builders that are incredibly easy to use and very flexible. My favorite is WYSISYG Web Builder 7.0.3 Very similar to this is 90 Second Website Builder, which I've also used - happily.

        At only $39.95, it's a great value. Just my opinion, so take it for what it's worth.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by cheapskatemate View Post

      Is there much advantage in using wordpress rather than drupal?
      Yes. You don't have to learn Drupal.

      Drupal was designed for programmers by programmers. That means a lot of power and flexibility, without a whole lot of stability or support.

      And don't get me wrong, if you can handle that, more power to you. But most people can't, and even those of us who can would often prefer not to invest time or energy in it.

      Sort of like desktop Linux. Could I run it? Sure. Do I? Hell, no.
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    • Profile picture of the author jackbruno
      yea i think wordpress is better
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  • Profile picture of the author Rien
    I agree that Wordpress is a great option, however, if you are
    looking for an easy drag-and-drop website builder that is free
    then check out Weebly.

    They allow you to insert your own header image so you can
    customize it even further.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use Wordpress blogs for most of my sites. You do not have to buy any ebooks to learn how to build a site. There's a ton of information ... Google it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikkosant
    Like others have said, wordpress rocks and is very easy to learn. It's just like writing an email pretty much. plus, the search engines love it which is a plus if you care about getting some nice organic search traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author woonkiat
      Yes I use word press too and it's easier for newbie like me.
      What"s drupal?
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Costa
    Drupal is an awesome CMS a tad much of a learning curve but really solid code and support base!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAnderson
    Most of friends’ recommendation is wordpress. I also agree and nothing I've to explain more about advantages.

    If it's so,

    this is an advice......

    If it has a little bit of or shadow idea inside of your mind as "One day, I also want to be a BIG internet guy"

    Please,

    Start with Dreamweaver since now...............
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    • Profile picture of the author abelacts
      Originally Posted by richiebee View Post

      try joomla!
      I just migrated one of the sites from Joomla to Wordpress. If you don't have user-generated content, I don't recommend Joomla as the learning curve is steeper and it is more complicated than WP. I am a happier person now.

      WP is flexible and scalable. And tutorials are aplenty. You can find many free plugins too. You can do anything you want. Many marketers have used it even as sales page besides the more popular blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author RTMarketing
    Hi,

    As a newbie myself i tried wordpress and agree for very simple things its quite a powerful tool but you can get bogged down and overloaded with too many widgets and stuff. In the end I could not get my site to look how I pictured it in my head.

    So,

    I found sitewizard on google who do a step by step guide to using dreamweaver its super basic and easy for me (so easy for anyone)

    drawback is having to buy dreamweaver or other programs to run it (or im not condoning or promoting but im sure some possibly illegal sites allow a free download cough cough)

    it took me about 1 week to master most things and i now create my own sites, simple and basic but they do the job and look how i want them to look. Plus I got to understand seo better and html. (still not a whizz kid yet but getting there)

    If time is an issue and you just want to throw up a blog or simple site go with wordpress,

    if you have a few days or weeks to learn something new try doing it yourself!

    Hope this helps

    RT
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    • Profile picture of the author jackbruno
      Originally Posted by RTMarketing View Post

      Hi,

      As a newbie myself i tried wordpress and agree for very simple things its quite a powerful tool but you can get bogged down and overloaded with too many widgets and stuff. In the end I could not get my site to look how I pictured it in my head.

      So,

      I found sitewizard on google who do a step by step guide to using dreamweaver its super basic and easy for me (so easy for anyone)

      drawback is having to buy dreamweaver or other programs to run it (or im not condoning or promoting but im sure some possibly illegal sites allow a free download cough cough)

      it took me about 1 week to master most things and i now create my own sites, simple and basic but they do the job and look how i want them to look. Plus I got to understand seo better and html. (still not a whizz kid yet but getting there)

      If time is an issue and you just want to throw up a blog or simple site go with wordpress,

      if you have a few days or weeks to learn something new try doing it yourself!

      Hope this helps

      RT
      yes this was very helpful and comprehensive!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author The Crog
    The first question that needs to be addressed is what do you mean by a pro looking website. Are you wanting a sales page, squeeze page, a page about you, a page to display your pictures?

    Kompozer will build you a text page by entering your text.

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  • Profile picture of the author misterhu
    As for simple yet quality looking site, I will also cast off my vote on Wordpress. You can have all the plugins and other web needs from them together with guides to have quality and professionally looking site.
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    • Profile picture of the author XToni
      The professionall look of a site is all in the template that you use. Wordpress, blogger, html editors they all provide nice results if you use a quality template. I personally prefer the hard way, photoshop for graphic design and netobjects for building my website. I know there are lots of wordpress fans here but nothing compares with a html editor if you intend to design a small static website. This way you can easy control your site structure and every single link from your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author jackbruno
      Originally Posted by kaburulu View Post

      Hi,

      Xsitepro is a very easy software to learn website simple website. it's really cool no need of complex codings and all. it also helps to do seo for your website like you can give keyword building while building your website.

      yes you are rite however joomla is simpler....
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  • Profile picture of the author smutziger
    Word press is the way to go. You can get a ton of free themes to jazz up your site or pay just a few bucks for something a little nicer. It is not hard to learn, it will take you a few hours to learn how to do it quickly. Once you are good, it will take a few minutes to make a basic site.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
    Checkout Blogger - $10 for domain and hosting for one full year, Email address through Google apps and super easy. You can tweak it to make it look like a website. There are tons of free templates available online to customize and give it a personal touch.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackbruno
    its not very difficult... try using joomla
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  • Profile picture of the author jackbruno
    or wordpress is also a good option for you. try to download tutorials...its eazily available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronald Kang
    learn wordpress, it's simple and to put beautiful design, just go to elegantthemes.com. Very reasonable price for so many designs.
    That's what I do. Joomla is too complex and you will have more headache to create the layout.
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    • Profile picture of the author maxp76
      Originally Posted by Ronald Kang View Post

      learn wordpress, it's simple and to put beautiful design, just go to elegantthemes.com. Very reasonable price for so many designs.
      That's what I do. Joomla is too complex and you will have more headache to create the layout.
      I Agree with Ronald,
      also WP comes with a lot of usefull plugin, for example to improve the inline SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Y
    Like most of the other replies said, Wordpress is the way to go. You can actually get your Wordpress blog setup for free by fellow warrior NetMan, check out his post:
    http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors...g-no-time.html



    Originally Posted by healingaqua View Post

    I've seen people advertising how to easily build pro looking websites for $10 but you have to buy their very expensive program to find out how. Anyone got recommendations? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author kadoogan
    Wordpress is definitely the way to go but it isn't a design solution in itself.

    I have found that a program called Artisteer (not an affiliate link) offers an easy way to design everything from a blog to regular websites and it can do so at the click of a button. It will create themes for most of the CMS suggestions offered here, plus HTML and beyond using the same basic design you may have come up with for any one of it's several format options. I use it to create most of the sites I do for my clients if I go the CMS route. I create a theme in Artisteer for WP, install it within Wordpress, then add whatever content is required through WP's back end. Keep in mind that you may need to use a few Wordpress plugins to get the final results you require. I have also used it for Joomla sites.

    Otherwise, 90 Second Website Builder if you want an inexpensive easy to use option - recently used this to create a facebook page for a client. Worked like a charm.

    Facebook sample page

    Dreamweaver if you want to go the more conventional route.
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  • Profile picture of the author gvannorman
    Well it seems that Wordpress is the chosen platform. Another question. What theme would you guys recommend to start a Adsense site. I have plans on getting one started on a niche that I feel will be very lucrative. Just wondering what theme you all think would work best.
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  • Profile picture of the author puedall
    Hi,
    I use WordPress as well..But..
    Google rank higher Html websites.
    So, my solution for that is..Create static html pages and just add WordPress blog on your website..Don't go with Flash, google and many other search engines can't read it..
    They say their are making progress, but don't risk being on the last pages..

    I bought some video courses to learn Html, but it was taking me to long to learn..
    At the end i learned Kompozer..It is Free What You See Is What You Get ( WYSIWYG ) Html Editor. And i even created video course...If you think this is the way you want to go, follow the link in my signature.

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