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So, I am stuck at the moment and hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. What should I use to build my first website? Wordpress, webstudio, or are there any other programs?

I have looked through wordpress, but have not found a theme that would work for what I am trying to do and to be honest, I have been spending way to much time searching for the right theme to just get to a deadend. My site will have four pages, with one of them being a blog. I would LOVE to be able to use dreamweaver, but the learning curve is too much and that would set me back longer, I think, in the long run.

Any advice would be appreciated....Thank you in advance!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Daddy2
    Wordpress is great for newbies...it's what I used to build my first site...where did you look for themes at?
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    • Profile picture of the author petersk57
      That is what I have always heard too, so I would really like to start with wordpress! I have looked through the themes in the wordpress theme gallery, as well as googled different keywords for wordpress themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author wAvision
    I use flexibility 3...its free
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenWatanabe
    I second wordpress... It takes a bit of learning, but fairly simple to understand. There are thousands of plugins and themes to choose from... It like the Honda Civic/iPhone of website platforms
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    The best advice I can give you is to make a decision and get started. Pick a system, decide on a theme and do it. Make a deadline for deciding and stick to it.

    Themes can always be changed later but nothing will ever happen (no sales, no traffic, no commission, etc.) until you have the site up. Get it up and then fix it as you go along. Most of us have changed themes, plugins and even entire systems (Wordpress versus Joomla for example) many times over our careers. Just get started.

    Mark
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    • Profile picture of the author delita
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      The best advice I can give you is to make a decision and get started. Pick a system, decide on a theme and do it. Make a deadline for deciding and stick to it.

      Themes can always be changed later but nothing will ever happen (no sales, no traffic, no commission, etc.) until you have the site up. Get it up and then fix it as you go along. Most of us have changed themes, plugins and even entire systems (Wordpress versus Joomla for example) many times over our careers. Just get started.

      Mark
      I agree with Mark. Just get started, or you will be bothered with all kinds of problems but never really set your website up.
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  • Profile picture of the author larry1113
    I would definitely go with Wordpress.

    It's so easy to update and there are so many possibilities for customizing. If you're having trouble getting the site to look like you want here's what you can do.

    Get a good framework theme like Thesis and then go hire someone to create the site that you want.

    Elance, Scriptlance, 99Designs are great places to hire great talent.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author petersk57
    Thank you guys! Wordpress it is. Is there anything special (for instance the custom headers feature) that I should look for in a theme or should I just pick one and go from there?
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  • Profile picture of the author Daddy2
    A theme that I liked was called aggregate....I used it for a local events website if you want to see an example u can visit the site...I haven't done much with it lately because I've been working on other things but just for an idea of what you could have yours look like. there is a lot you can do with Wordpress...that's why I like it so much
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  • Profile picture of the author Kragsig
    Hi... I recommend Wordpress like the other warriors. Other platforms like Drupal and Joomla are far more difficult to costumize.

    I use paid theme Thesis for all my websites now. (PM me if you want to see an example)

    This is the free plugins I use for all my affiliate sites (Wordpress.org):
    All in One SEO Pack, Google XML Sitemaps, HTML Page Sitemap, Affiliate Link Cloaking, Spam Free Wordpress, WordPress Ping Optimizer, Fast Secure Contact Form.

    Hope it helps

    BR Kragsig
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  • Profile picture of the author Shawn Wilson
    Wordpress is the way to go for your first site. It's the easiest to work with and offers the best versatility. You just need to find a nice clean theme and install it. Analysis paralysis will hinder you the most. It doesn't have to be perfect the first time. Take action and start finishing out your pages. Google and this forum are your friend for finding information to complete some of the tasks involved.

    Just ask and I'm sure someone will be glad to help you out.
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    • Profile picture of the author drakerrush
      As most of the others have said, wordpress is the way to go!

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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Originally Posted by petersk57 View Post

    So, I am stuck at the moment and hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. What should I use to build my first website? Wordpress, webstudio, or are there any other programs?

    I have looked through wordpress, but have not found a theme that would work for what I am trying to do and to be honest, I have been spending way to much time searching for the right theme to just get to a deadend. My site will have four pages, with one of them being a blog. I would LOVE to be able to use dreamweaver, but the learning curve is too much and that would set me back longer, I think, in the long run.

    Any advice would be appreciated....Thank you in advance!!

    You keep going through all the same exact problems I had and there is a very simple way around this "theme browsing ocd".

    I spilled water on my keyboard however and am "click typing" right now but soon as I get a new keyboard ill pm you. You're missing some fundamental things about wordpress like how EDITABLE the themes are. The design I chose for one of my sites looks NOTHING LIKE THE ORIGINAL THEME (ill show you later a before and after of one of my sites).

    You just need a coding lesson or 2 on skype/aim.

    Will get in touch later and STOP STRESSING. Wordpress does farrrr more than you likely realize!

    ttyl - rob
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    • Profile picture of the author petersk57
      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      You keep going through all the same exact problems I had and there is a very simple way around this "theme browsing ocd".
      Yes!! Couldnt have come up with a better term for it!

      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      You're missing some fundamental things about wordpress like how EDITABLE the themes are.
      This IS what I am missing. I have actually been researching the editability of themes. TTYL and Thank you!!
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  • Profile picture of the author lsargent
    Wordpress is a no brainer for beginners. I would advise to play around with a prebuilt static css html site template and begin teaching yourself how to manipulate the coding. W3Schools is a good place to start learning.

    If you're just having trouble finding an appropriate header, stop searching for a needle in a haystack and create your own. Just right click on the header image and save it so you know what dimensions you;re working with. Then put something to together or pay someone to do, then just name the new file the same and upload/replace the preexisting one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Les Blythe
    Originally Posted by petersk57 View Post

    So, I am stuck at the moment and hoping someone can guide me in the right direction. What should I use to build my first website? Wordpress, webstudio, or are there any other programs?

    I have looked through wordpress, but have not found a theme that would work for what I am trying to do and to be honest, I have been spending way to much time searching for the right theme to just get to a deadend. My site will have four pages, with one of them being a blog. I would LOVE to be able to use dreamweaver, but the learning curve is too much and that would set me back longer, I think, in the long run.

    Any advice would be appreciated....Thank you in advance!!
    Hi,
    Some good advice from the guys and definitely WordPress is the way to go if you are building a website, however...
    You don't make it 100% clear what you are setting out to achieve?
    You can waste a LOT of time if you don't have a clear objective in mind.
    So, my first question would be - what are you setting out to achieve exactly?
    Are you looking to make money, do you just want to blog for enjoyment...:confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author petersk57
      Originally Posted by Les Blythe View Post

      You can waste a LOT of time if you don't have a clear objective in mind.
      So true...I have definintely learned that lesson!

      Originally Posted by Les Blythe View Post

      So, my first question would be - what are you setting out to achieve exactly?
      Are you looking to make money, do you just want to blog for enjoyment...:confused:
      Cheers
      Yes, I am looking to make money....hopefully quit my 9-5 one day soon This is a webpage for a family business, and actually my first website...it's my starter...to get my feet wet. It will have a home page, services page, blog page and a contact page.
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      • Profile picture of the author Daddy2
        Originally Posted by petersk57 View Post

        So true...I have definintely learned that lesson!



        Yes, I am looking to make money....hopefully quit my 9-5 one day soon This is a webpage for a family business, and actually my first website...it's my starter...to get my feet wet. It will have a home page, services page, blog page and a contact page.
        I see you are from Texas...me too...which part you from?
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      • Profile picture of the author Les Blythe
        Yes, I am looking to make money....hopefully quit my 9-5 one day soon This is a webpage for a family business, and actually my first website...it's my starter...to get my feet wet. It will have a home page, services page, blog page and a contact page.[/QUOTE]

        Okay, that being the case my advice would be don't concentrate on a website as first priority. Think rather about how you are going to build a list.
        You NEED a list of prospects and customers to make money online. Too many people (myself included initially) get hung up on the technical aspects and forget the marketing aspects of making money online.
        I am not saying you will not want to build websites - you will, but you don't make money by building websites you make money by helping people who will in turn buy your products (or affiliate products).
        You sound to be at the exact stage that you should really get a CLEAR picture (write it down) of what you intend to do to make money online.
        Hope this helps clarify things for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gianni
    I use KOMPOSER IS free.

    It is easier than dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yahoo's website designer is pretty good. It's called Yahoo Sitebuilder, but you have to sign up for their webhosting service ($9.95 a month right now).
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertCockram
    I can sympathise with your problem, but think that the best advice that I can give you right now is to get something online.

    You need to test your concept before investing a lot of money into it... I know this guy who spent his life savings getting a website built but it never really worked because his basic concept didn't work in the first place.
    In my humble opinion, wordpress is the best option for beginners if you really can't find a free wordpress theme that will work for your niche you may want to try a premium theme I believe the price for premium themes starts around $10 and can go up to as much as $100.

    if all else fails you can get a programmer to create you a custom wordpress theme. Off the top of my head I don't know how much this will cost but would imagine your could find someone on a free lancing site like rent-a-coder to do the job fairly cheaply.

    hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author callseller
    Choose a theme from the WordPress free theme repository to get started.

    WordPress › Free WordPress Themes

    You can change themes a little easier now with the new "Live Preview" feature.

    If you want a lot of customize features look at the Suffusion theme. Not much to look at out of the box but it is very flexible with free support.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    It mainly depends on where you're headed - in, say, five years. Is this going to a "sausage factory" or one-and-done? Don't get bogged down with the technical aspects - every bit of that is just too easy and affordable to outsource.

    You do sacrifice a little flexibility going with WP over HTML/CSS templates, but WP is really a snap to learn and maintain, while HTML and CSS can drive you batty while you're trying to learn all the neat tricks AND get your website up before this time next year.

    The main choices you should look for in a WP theme as a starting point are whether it's two-column or three (or four), graphics ready or not, and whether you can embed (Flash) video. After that, you can customize it to your heart's content with minimum learning curve/trial and error.
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  • Profile picture of the author banx63
    WordPress. All day long. It's just so user friendly, I bet you can do what you want with it. There are so many themes and plugins available....... I have sites running with WordPress and some that are not, the sites that are not I am currently reviewing about transferring them over.


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  • Profile picture of the author warrock
    Wordpress any day mate. Regarding themes well my choice/recommendation is Catalyst. You can make your site look like any site on the internet with it in an hour. Its so easy to use and configure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
    Wordpress is the best. You can customize with several themes. Usually the good themes are paid ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ayling
    Definitely Wordpress - however make sure you don't pick a too complex theme.

    Flexibility 3 is a great free theme that you can customize easily, and upgrade later if you need to.

    My advice is to get something up as quick as you can, and wordpress is good for this - then tweak it afterwards. Start here Getting Started with WordPress « WordPress Codex and get going.
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  • Profile picture of the author JackieGold
    Definitely go with WordPress. But my question to you is: what is the special feature that you are looking for that you can't seem to find in any theme? Based one your (albeit) brief description, I would think that most themes should be able to do the job for you (certainly for version 1.0)
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  • Profile picture of the author maxibrian
    I would definitely go with Wordpress.
    Wordpress has updattes each week, awesome themes, plugins, very easy to use, flexible, google ranking, support and much more..
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  • Profile picture of the author forester1985
    I have tried blogger and wordpress
    I think blogger is more simple than WP
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Saha
      Wordpress is the best option to me.
      I find you are looking for a combination of Blog and webpages.
      Some good themes are Flex, Thesis, etc.
      But for WP customization you need to have some idea of coding.
      If you are not ready to spend that time to learn, its better to hire some professional.

      If you need any professional help send me a PM.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    what kind of sitedo you want to build? there are a few sites on the net you cant build with wordpress. With huge numbers of plugins and themes available, i think you can get what you want on wordpress. Checkout themeforest.com
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