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I was watching Mark Ling's webinar and I liked how simple his sites were that he set up. I work with blogs but I also want to try regular websites as well. Does anyone know how you can make simple sites like that? I know of xsitepro but I am not really feeling that.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelAppleton
    Why not give building your own sites a crack? How I started (all those years ago) was with w3schools. Link below.

    W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

    Hope this has helped.
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    • Profile picture of the author mekap04
      Originally Posted by MichaelAppleton View Post

      Why not give building your own sites a crack? How I started (all those years ago) was with w3schools. Link below.

      W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

      Hope this has helped.
      Wow looks :confused: but this surely looks like it could help me. Thanks for sharing the link. Will give it a good look over and read through it.
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    Successfully building a website starts from the basic corner stone planning. You need to see how much competition you'll be facing by building a website on a certain topic. You can succeed with a little planning, the right tools and a bit of guidance.

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  • Profile picture of the author djones
    Originally Posted by mekap04 View Post

    I was watching Mark Ling's webinar and I liked how simple his sites were that he set up. I work with blogs but I also want to try regular websites as well. Does anyone know how you can make simple sites like that? I know of xsitepro but I am not really feeling that.
    You can always make a blog look like a static website. They're easy to update, and changing your site design is a snap. And "deblogifying" a WordPress blog, for example, is pretty easy.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by djones View Post

      You can always make a blog look like a static website. They're easy to update, and changing your site design is a snap. And "deblogifying" a WordPress blog, for example, is pretty easy.
      My thoughts exactly. I'm somewhat familiar with what Mark does with his sites, and Wordpress would be perfect for that application. Just make the front page of your Wordpress site a static page, as opposed to a blog, and that's basically all you need to do to make your site look like a static html one.

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      • Profile picture of the author mekap04
        Ok, I guess I will try that then since I do work with Wordpress. However on one site that I tried that, it had the no comments thing under it which looked a little ugly for a static homepage. Would there be any good themes to use that has that more website feel to it than blog? I'm sure it just takes a little customization though but that's the part I'm a little confused about.
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        • Profile picture of the author paulie888
          Originally Posted by mekap04 View Post

          Ok, I guess I will try that then since I do work with Wordpress. However on one site that I tried that, it had the no comments thing under it which looked a little ugly for a static homepage. Would there be any good themes to use that has that more website feel to it than blog? I'm sure it just takes a little customization though but that's the part I'm a little confused about.
          You must be fairly new to Wordpress then, because there is an option to disable comments on each individual page within the WP control panel. Go back and see if you can find it, you'll see that once you disable it that the page will look just like a regular static html one, without anything sticking out that would indicate it is Wordpress or any kind of blog for that matter.

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        • Profile picture of the author dexcell
          Originally Posted by mekap04 View Post

          Ok, I guess I will try that then since I do work with Wordpress. However on one site that I tried that, it had the no comments thing under it which looked a little ugly for a static homepage. Would there be any good themes to use that has that more website feel to it than blog? I'm sure it just takes a little customization though but that's the part I'm a little confused about.
          You need to learn to customize wordpress theme, and learn some html or css on the way.

          To remove 'No comments' you just need to search that string that showup in the theme file such as comments.php and delete it.

          Or you change the comment class css into display: hide
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          • Profile picture of the author jtribe
            definitely wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke McCormack
    w3schools all the way if you want to get into the nitty gritty of html etc. Otherwise Xsitepro takes care of all my needs

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  • Profile picture of the author akazo
    Originally Posted by mekap04 View Post

    I was watching Mark Ling's webinar and I liked how simple his sites were that he set up. I work with blogs but I also want to try regular websites as well. Does anyone know how you can make simple sites like that? I know of xsitepro but I am not really feeling that.
    Not sure about the sites in the webinar, but you can make very nice sites in Wordpress using pages instead of posts.

    For the more ambitious, try Joomla. It is a fantastic platform for more sophisticated projects. I would never suggest someone start learning to build sites by hand due to all of the plugins available to use with Wordpress or Joomla (or, heck, even Drupal). You want to be a internet marketer, not a HTML guru, right?

    Anyway, that's my 2 cents...
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by akazo View Post

      Not sure about the sites in the webinar, but you can make very nice sites in Wordpress using pages instead of posts.

      For the more ambitious, try Joomla. It is a fantastic platform for more sophisticated projects. I would never suggest someone start learning to build sites by hand due to all of the plugins available to use with Wordpress or Joomla (or, heck, even Drupal). You want to be a internet marketer, not a HTML guru, right?

      Anyway, that's my 2 cents...
      I have used Joomla in the past and have been very pleased with the types of websites and templates available. As far as versatility and power, it easily rivals Wordpress if not surpasses it. Larger learning curve though and not a blogging format but a quite robust script for dynamic sites that look static.
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  • Profile picture of the author peace1
    Yes stick with wordpress I would say. It's a simple, popular and widely supported platform. If you have some issues with coding you'll always find someone on the forum willing to help you or there are also cheap services at fiverr.

    I premium theme you might want to try is "Headway Themes". It's more than a theme because you can create all kinds of websites with it (Blog, Static, Landingpage etc.).

    You can drag&drop elements. Have a look in the show case section on their website. It does cost $87 but you can use if for unlimmited websites :-)

    All the best !
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris G
    Another one here for Wordpress. Its pretty straight forward to setup and you'll find lots of tutorials on youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Hmm, I am pretty sure you still get a Commenting is disabled message even then, but that is easy to delete from the template. You don't have to become an HTML guru, just a little advanced Wordpress knowledge and you can do pretty much anything. Get into Joomla and things get a lot more complicated, plus all Joomla sites look hideous for some reason (something of a generlisation, I know).
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by markowe View Post

      Hmm, I am pretty sure you still get a Commenting is disabled message even then, but that is easy to delete from the template. You don't have to become an HTML guru, just a little advanced Wordpress knowledge and you can do pretty much anything. Get into Joomla and things get a lot more complicated, plus all Joomla sites look hideous for some reason (something of a generlisation, I know).
      I've been working with Wordpress for several years now, and I'm pretty sure you can disable comments on a static page without having to get into any html or css.
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      • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
        There is always software like Adobe Dreamweaver, Web Studio, SiteSpinner etc. which make it pretty easy to build your own site.
        See http://website-creation-software-rev...enreviews.com/ for some reviews on website software like this.
        Another option is to make the site yourself - web design and HTML knowledge are great skills to have in general (to put on future resumes, for example), plus you can make it more personalized that way.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

        I've been working with Wordpress for several years now, and I'm pretty sure you can disable comments on a static page without having to get into any html or css.
        You can disable it, however it will not stop WP from displaying the "comments closed" or "comments disabled" or some similar stupid message.

        I consider it a fault of theme designers to include the comment template in Page templates. Unfortunately, even the default WP 3 TwentyTen has this thing...

        So, to completely remove it you must edit the page template(s).
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  • Profile picture of the author barbara.brown07
    What would a website be without a beautiful design? There are many designers to choose from. However, not all website designers are created equal. Pay attention to the web designer's portfolio to review the professionalism of their work. In addition, see how helpful they are in answering your questions and giving you the information you need to make a well informed decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author earwyn.thomas
    There are many things I still don't know online, but I am in no rush, a year from now, there will still be many new things that I don't understand, but, my goal is to build a website that will deliver very informative information to anyone who visits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica21
    Excellent advice and i want to say thanks as throughout this thread is talking on important topic. Thanks for sharing and keep creating such useful threads.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmarketing
    I am new compared to a lot of you and I am not a webmaster. When I decided to start I went with blogger. I noticed a lot of you mention wordpress. I found blogger easier to understand, with the help of Youtube videos. Please let me know what you think about my blog site.
    Oops I cant post my site yet. Click on blog in my signature box
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  • Profile picture of the author trudye
    Here is a simple option you can try.

    There are a number of free templates available online. You simply download them and do a few minor edits to change the text to meet your need and insert your own appropriate images, opt in forms, pay pal, etc

    Just make sure to download the type of template that matches your web editor - html, css, flash, etc.

    Ling's focus is niche marketing with the necessary strategies to profit with that model.

    If you want to start from scratch there are several free web editors available you can down load and begin designing a web page for the type of online business you are wanting to develop.
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