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Zack P
Mar 25, 2009 12:11 AM GMT

I want to start my own website. First off, I am thinking of getting my Domain name from either name.com or godaddy.com. What should I be looking for?

The BIG problem is hosting and making the site. I don't have a lot of money to MAKE a site. So I'd need a program to help make a site without much coding. And, I don't know a thing about hosting and what to look for. This site would need to hand some music (I would like a music play on the bottom right or something), possibly a blog, a calendar for dates where you can click on them POSSIBLY for info, and then other basic website stuff. Anyone here who can help, please do help me!

Sincerely,

Zack.


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Mar 25, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Zack

Check out bandzoogle.com -

It is a site specifically for making band web sites. "It'sso easyeven your drummer can do it."You can try it for free - then you can pay them a small amount on a monthly basis. You don't do any HTML coding if you don't want -= they have great templates and you just upload files and edit text. It manages band specific things like music sample hosting, band schedule maintenance, mailing lists. At any time you can easily change to an entirely different skin. But it is flexible enough to give you a fair degree of customization power over each page. My band uses it and it has been excellent for us. Check out our site: Bluestate Band.


Mar 25, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
Robb L Replied:

Hi, Zack

You might take a look at Freewebs.com

It, also is free and easy to use.


Mar 25, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
DutchBones Replied:

Zack, you have a youtube account, so if you go to your account settings, you see an option for "blog set up"

If it means what I think it means, you should be able to get a blog for free through YT.

Hope this helps!


Mar 25, 2009 2:43 PM GMT
Manlio Replied:

if you have some ideas about basic coding or if you have time to read a lot of readme's well... find a cheap hosting with PHP and MySql support ( here in IT we have some of'em giving the space and DB servers for something like 10€ per year ) and the install a FREE platform like WORDPRESS... this is really the only thing you need.

If you need some help I can give you a hand ... don't have much time but I'll try to if you are really in trouble


Mar 25, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Thanks guys I'll look at those options.


Mar 25, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

The most popular option these days happening that I've seen recently is that some players/bands have actually abandoned going for their own site and instead set up a My space account instead, plus some also have one in addition to their own website. CD Baby also has some things to check out too with their own web hosting arm http://www.hostbaby.com that would be well worth looking into.


Mar 25, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Everyone here brings up great points and good places to look into. We are currently working on a solution similar to BandZoogle for a monthly fee, but it will not be completed until June. HostBaby sounds like a good option, considering it's a child company of CD baby, so I'm sure there is great integration with the CD Baby store for your CD merch.

As far as Linux hosting with MySQL database: This is probably not something you'd learn overnight... but it's certainly worth preparing yourself for future upgrades, etc by purchasing a plan with these options. My company for instance is a PHP house, and although we have a working knowledge of other programming languages, we specifically like to use Linux platform for PHP development. In addition, the MySQL database is free, as opposed to other database systems... and in my opinion (which seems to be supported by others), it's faster and much easier to work with.

You can add basic HTML to any platform; however, for PHP: Linux is the preferred route --- and for ASP Windows is preferred. There's so much to learn, that if you have no clue about the programming languages, it's best just to use one of the provided services mentioned below.

If you were to go to a company like mine for a custom build, you are going to pay substantially more for the services. Sometimes, this is a great advantage, as we will build a content management system on the backend, much like you use with Bandzoogle, etc -- so that you can easily manage your site. The difference is that a custom CMS will display information exactly the information you want and exactly how you want it. Additional features can be added on more easily, etc.

In the long run, you will pay more for services like Bandzoogle, but for those without the immediate cash, it's the best choice... That's why we are trying to finish our service like Bandzoogle, because it really is a good alternative to custom sites.

There are some really great books for learning programming, most of them are in the "For Dummies" books... much like the outstanding Harmonica book by Winslow ("Harmonica for Dummies")... These books are not for dummies at all, and I proudly display them in my office, even to clients seeking $60,000.00 websites. Here are a few books I own:

  • PHP5 and MySQL E-Commerce - Apress
  • Beginning PHP and MySQL: FRom Novice to Professional - Apress
  • MySQL Crash Course (Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes) - Sams
  • PHP & MySQL for Dummies
  • PHP for the Worldwide Web - Visual Quickstart Guide
  • and many more...
The best way to learn is by doing it. Read the books, keep them as a reference point (right next to your computer), but dive in... try it out, fail, work it out and keep trying. Building a website is like learning to play the harmonica...

It's certainly not for the weak hearted --- so ultimately the choice is yours. Learn and build it yourself using multiple resources, trial and error and lots of reading and research --- or go to BandZoogle, pay under $30/month and have your website up in a few minutes. ;-) (Ha, if I was reading this, I think I know which one I'd do when put that way)...


Mar 25, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Brady you make totally good points. What I am going to do is wait for your service I think. But, I might read up on HTML and PHP. But, even though that might be 'quintessential' to making the sites, I really don't understand how to make the layouts and stuff, you know? THAT I may need to figure out or just deal with and pay more for. I can deal with paying month to month, I'm no professional musician though, no tours, just a bunch of local gigs, so I am going to stick to that. But, I am so confused but I'm still having fun.

I know a little bit of QBASIC, though. But, that's a BASIC language, hahaha :)


Mar 25, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Brady's comments are right on. He does not mention another important variable. Being a web programmer doesn't make you a good graphic designer. Brady is one of the exceptional few who does both well. Another advantage of the bandzoogle-type services is that stuff tends to look pretty good through no fault of your own.


Mar 25, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
bluedreamer Replied:

When you say Content Managment System, Joomla comes to my mind. It is fairly easy way to build your own site using one of many templates, and for free. You can extend your site by many free Joomla extensions called modules (mp3 player, youtube embedded, all kinds of effects, scrolling news etc.)

Check it out,http://www.joomla.org/

If you re not looking for something much complicated concernig your site, this may be your thing...

Best of luck, and don`t give up, the world is out there for you, beeing young and talented!

Mario


Mar 25, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Well, I think I MAY be able to figure out graphic design, and thanks Bluedreamer, I'm checking out that site RIGHT now.


Mar 25, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Well I got back from a college meeting, for pre-college college classes. They have a Web Design class...hmmm, maybe I should take that???


Mar 26, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
sgsax Replied:

Hey Zack,

Brady is The Man when it comes to site building and design, so he's definitely right on the money for getting you started on the long and wobbly web developer road. Finding decent hosting is a whole 'nother problem, though. The hosting company is the place that owns the servers (computers) that your site runs on, or provides space for a computer that you own (in the case of a co-lo).

When I was looking for a new hosting company a couple of years ago, I looked for a long time to try and find an objective comparison or review of the literally hundreds of hosting providers. I ultimately never found one and ended up somewhat randomly picking one that gave me the most warm fuzzy feeling. It seemed that most in the same price bracket were pretty much identical just comparing the features they offered and I made my choice based on my customer service experience.

I'd suggest looking at several, compare their features, try to find customer reviews, and when you find a couple that you think you like, try talking with their support people (either chat or email) and ask them lots of questions. Pick the one that you feel like you get the best answers from and who you feel like you get the best customer service from. The good news is that once you pick one, if you find you don't like them, you can always switch to another one. But then you have to start all over again... Just make sure you have good backups.

I ultimately chose HostGator.com. When I chatted with their support before buying service, I felt like they treated me well and gave me good reasonable answers. I think I've been with them for 2 years now and have been very happy. Much like choosing harps, YMMV, of course.

Seth


Mar 27, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

www.elkriverharmonicas.com costs me like $12 a month with Yahoo! It's been OK. The Sitebuilder program they have is pretty easy to set up a page, although lately I've been working more in source codes. If you don't mind the ads popping up on the left, try one of the free ones.



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