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Hi all,

My wife sells Jewelry on a site and is now interested in making her own site with paypal checkout, forums, photos etc. Neither of us really knows much about creating websites, but since I am the computer savvy one, I am willing to learn. I know you need a domain/host etc, but what software works best in actually creating the site? Any input is appreciated. Thanks!
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First decide what route you want to take.

1. Host from home. Great learning experience, can cost more in the long run. More down-time(in most cases) and quick edits with no waiting.

2. Off-site hosting. Little to no down-time, Limited to when they say you can edit(in some cases), still an awesome learning experience.

Start there. Decide whiich way you want to go.
    
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I would probably host from home since she will be changing photos and making all sorts of adjustments. I can even use my old rig for hosting instead of selling it. What would be the next step?
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1. Host website from Home
2. ???
3. Profit
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Originally Posted by Rust1d? View Post
I would probably host from home since she will be changing photos and making all sorts of adjustments. I can even use my old rig for hosting instead of selling it. What would be the next step?
Windows or Linux?

With Windows you can use Apache or IIS. With Linux, Apache is probably the best choice. I personally use IIS, but am in the middle of switch to Apache on Ubuntu. After you have an OS and an application running you'll have to port forward your router/gateway to your server. Give your server a static IP and forward port 80 to it. Once that is done you should be able to see the test page that Apache or IIS has pre-set. Usually consists of 'It Works!'. From there you can edit your page to whatever you want. You'll need a Domain name too. So you'll need to purchase one and also if your home connection is Dynamic, you'll need some sort of dynamic client like DynDNS or No-IP.

If you want to learn HTML, read up and use Notepad++:

http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

If you want a free open-source editor, Kompozer fits the bill:

http://kompozer.net/

Here is a quick article about hosting from home:

http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/hostmyown.html
    
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I would like to try linux since it is free. Also, I have a Q6600 based computer. Would I be able to use that as a host server? Got 6gb RAM, 250 GB HDD etc. Does windows or Linux matter on the changes I can make with the site or is it just software preference?
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don't you use fireworks for web sites?
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Windows or Linux?

With Windows you can use Apache or IIS. With Linux, Apache is probably the best choice. I personally use IIS, but am in the middle of switch to Apache on Ubuntu. After you have an OS and an application running you'll have to port forward your router/gateway to your server. Give your server a static IP and forward port 80 to it. Once that is done you should be able to see the test page that Apache or IIS has pre-set. Usually consists of 'It Works!'. From there you can edit your page to whatever you want. You'll need a Domain name too. So you'll need to purchase one and also if your home connection is Dynamic, you'll need some sort of dynamic client like DynDNS or No-IP.

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http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

If you want a free open-source editor, Kompozer fits the bill:

http://kompozer.net/

Here is a quick article about hosting from home:

http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/hostmyown.html
Thanks for the links! After reading through a few of them, I decided to use a hosting company. Being that neither of us have much free time, this seems to be the easiest and cheapest route.
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post #9 of 9
A hosted solution is usually the better option to take, some ISP's get up in arms about using your domestic connection to host a website and it requires a fair amount of work to maintain a web server.

If you're looking to keep costs low you may wish to look into some open source solutions for the website. The good ones are updated often and supported by great communities.

For checkout scripts check out: magento, oscommerce, zen cart

Forum solutions: phpbb, SMF, mybb

CMS / Blog: wordpress, drupal, joomla

There's a few of the bigger and popular open source options available to start with, all of them are free and none require a large knowledge of html, php or css for basic running.
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