Websites, please do it!
- If I can make a website, I reckon anyone can. I'm computer
illiterate.I too would like to see everyone's lovely Bolger boat, and
dream of building every one of them.
Building your own site is fun, I didn't watch tv for 2 weeks (except
for sport), so it has to be good for you.
A couple of things to watch for if you do, which could have saved me
lot's of time-
Some WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programs seem great, but
have severe disadvantages. I used one such, and built a web site
quite quickly, but when I put it up to a local computer newsgroup to
test, several people had text overlapping photos and other visual
problems. This is because, while it is very easy to drag and drop
text and photos and position them precisely on your page, you may be
the only person who sees it like that. Absolute positioning is bad.
Others will have different browsers, screen settings, resolutions etc
etc. So I had to start all over again.
You can download a free html editor and write the code yourself (it's
a good idea to do this and dabble a bit anyway....sooner or later a
smattering of HTML (web language) will help, and there are lots of
free tutorials on the web).
Or you can get a program such as I used for my site (Easy Web Editor,
and there are probably others), where HTML is in the background, but
the interface is easier for human beings. With a program like this,
you make tables into which you place text or images, and the settings
are based on percentages of page widths, so the relationships will
look as you intended on other peoples screens, no matter what their
size or resolution. This sounds complicated, but really it's all done
The other problem I had was with free web hosts. I signed for about
10 of them. First you have little or no control over their adverts,
which may come and go, which can dominate, or make image and text
placement difficult. Then, I received a warning email that my program
had sent a file with an extension which was not allowed (and didn't
even know was there), a once only warning. I fixed that but must have
transgressed in some other way, so when I checked back, my site was
custard! You can't have that if you want a credible site. So I found
the pay site I used, which costs the huge sum of $us 0.78c a week,
with good security and no unreasonable restrictions, and excellent
documentation and help.
There are probably people here who can add to or modify, or query the
above...please do, but that has been my short experience.
So, please, get going, have fun and get your craft on the web for us
all to see!