Where can I build a website before actually having a host or domain?

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...which I can then "transfer" over to the host and domain once I find it satisfactory. This is my first website, so I really don't know how challenging it's going to be.
#build #domain #host #website
  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    On your computer. Just save the files with a .htm or .html extension, and your browser will open them. Then when you do get a host all you need to do is ftp them up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Farish
      If you want to see how a certain php script works or test drive a sql database in your programming you can use a program like mamp or ampps to run a web server environment on your computer.

      Personally most of my work is done in a dropbox folder, that way I can move from my desktop to laptop to do work. Then I use filezilla to ftp the website to the webhost.
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  • Profile picture of the author azmordo
    You can use XAMPP to run your script on your local server after you start upload each page to see the operation.
    You may encounter errors during your test, so you seek the help of Google or you can contact a company that can help you.

    you can see Dewip.Com | Expertise Agency
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    I use Instant WordPress

    let's you setup and test a WP site on your PC

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  • Profile picture of the author David Black 68
    I used wampserver
    WampServer, the web development platform on Windows - Apache, MySQL, PHP
    let's you run web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database as though they were on an external server.
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  • Profile picture of the author workoutstuff1
    Are you wanting something that will let you see what your website will look like, or are you wanting to test out a website design with real people on a free webhost before transferring it over to a paid webhosting service?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kydee
    Wix.com, Wordpress.com, Blogger.com, Yola.com, Webs.com

    These are sites you can start building websites for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Geoff101
    Like others have said you can install Web Server Software on your PC or MAC. Mamp, Wamp and xamp will work perfect on any modern machine.

    There you can install one of the many CMS systems. Wordpress is the most popular.

    If you only want to make website on HTML/CSS then there is no need for Server Software. You browser can show HTML files.
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  • Profile picture of the author arsakura
    you can develop your website on localhost, and when it ready, you can upload it then to your hosting, just need few configuration for mysql connection
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    • Profile picture of the author joedrees
      Originally Posted by arsakura View Post

      you can develop your website on localhost, and when it ready, you can upload it then to your hosting, just need few configuration for mysql connection
      You can build 2 here http://cloaklinks.com/track/WA for free no cost
      to you and they host them for free and you can find any help here as well it is a great way to get started.
      If that's not for you then get a free hosting account at rjdmarketing.net if you have any questions be sure to PM me ill help anyway I can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    You can start a blog on Blogger and then later import your posts into a Wordpress site. The advantage of using Wordpress is how you will have ready made templates available without having to invest much time into little details. At the start of your site, the most important thing is the content. Some little things like aesthetics can be tweaked over time. Once you get enough posts, transfer the blog over to Wordpress and start working on traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author angely
    If you do not want to expense money, you can make local host in your computer. on the other hand, if you want to make LIVE/ online. you can host any free host server. In this case you must accept their rules & regulation. extension will be their address. There are many free host company such as staticloud.com
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    I test it live..I have no problem to test it live..
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  • Profile picture of the author koubain
    try instant wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Kasparas
    In case you're using WordPress, there are plugins which let you clone your entire WordPress site using a few clicks, so it really doesn't matter where you start setting it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author joedrees
    You can do it on a free hosting account then move it to a host of your choice or stay with them. try someplace like rjdmarketing.net its a good free hosting account
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtye
    Use an HTML editor, there are lots of free ones around or you can use more sophisticated paid for ones.
    They work on your PC/MAC/LAPTOP and you save the files directly on your hard drive.
    When you are happy with it, buy a hosting package and domain and upload the files.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Use a good HTML webpage creation tool, then once you've finished building your site.... upload all images, pages, and documents into the proper places of your web host. It's super easy and fast if you're going to do this via FTP. (Filezilla is my favorite)
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    • Profile picture of the author Conchairtoe
      thanks guys. I ended up going with Xammp and locally installed wordpress
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      • Profile picture of the author Tim3
        Originally Posted by Conchairtoe View Post

        thanks guys. I ended up going with Xammp and locally installed wordpress
        A WP local_machine is very handy for testing you want to keep that even when you get a live site.

        Just one thing you should know, if you upload a pile of images from your WP local machine to WP on a live server they will not show.

        Nowadays each image needs to be 'attached' (linked to the page where it should appear) inside the WP admin, this is pain if you have a lot,
        (You don't get that problem with straight HTML providing you set your links properly)

        Happy Installing
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  • Profile picture of the author webcosmo
    Good choice. I`m also using XAMMP on my local, and it's by far the best. I was previously using Mowes portable, but they discontinued it, so ended up with xammp. Good luck!
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