Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

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imaximax1
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Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by imaximax1 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:28 pm

Hey i was wondering will exetel allow me to run a small website (advertising a small buisness) on my "Free Webspace Hosting"???

i have little knowledge of html and dreamweaver, and am a cofident programmer in c/c++/java/asm/Vhdl and would like to create a website.

i assume i need a different DNS aswell.

any help/tutorials would be appreciated.

Thank you in advanced!

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Re: Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by Dazzled » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:29 pm

Whether you use the free space or paid-for hosting depends somewhat on your business ambitions. Obviously the free space can't be mybusiness.com.au, but if you look, there are a few micro-businesses at home.exetel.com.au/. They don't have the kudos of their own business domain name.

You won't need the programming languages for this job, but a modest knowledge of html and css is useful. Dreamweaver is best forgotten. It is very simple indeed for a non-programmer to write a page containing only text and image content in html. Appearance and formatting is best done in css, which is quite easy to learn. (If you can master an atrocity like C++, web syntax is a doddle). If you haven't done this before, I'd recommend reading the adventures of lovs2look in this forum back in Aug 2009. He kindly summarised the final process in 3 small documents at:
download/file.php?id=456
download/file.php?id=457
download/file.php?id=458

The Exetel servers use Apache running on Linux, and the usual Linux environment applies. If you include scripts, client side scripts are in Javascript; server side scripts are in PHP. Personally I'd start with a template and change it to suit, as lovs2look did. There are many websites with free correct-syntax templates, eg, http://www.opendesigns.org/, but there are lots of others around.

Modifying templates is an excellent way to learn. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it, and you can then start from first principles with confidence. The only tools you need are an editor and a means of uploading to the ftp site. You can check your work with your browser. There are specialist editors with bells and whistles attached for both Linux and Windows. Lovs2look is a Windows man. I like Bluefish and Geany in Linux.

The html reference is at http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/html40/
The css reference is is at http://www.htmlhelp.com/reference/css/
Please submit your work to a validator for a syntax check. The web is plagued by coding atrocities encouraged by MS software, with all sorts of display problems resulting on various browsers. The official validator is at http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ which provides constructive comment on any slips found.

imaximax1
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Re: Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by imaximax1 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:28 pm

Thank you so much. that's exactly what i wanted to know.

:D

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Re: Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by shoner » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:04 am

Hi imaximax1,

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Re: Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by Dazzled » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:33 am

And I forgot the links to the html syntax validators--
http://validator.w3.org/
http://validator.aborla.net/

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Re: Absolute Nooob - Website hosting

Post by CoreyPlover » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:09 pm

There is another option for those requiring a non-professionally, hosted website: Google Sites

It (and other hosting sites like it) allow you to very easily edit the look of your pages directly in browser and provides a very quick way of getting a small website presence. Again, you are limited in the URL, but you could in fact purchase a domain name, and then use something like http://freedns.afraid.org/ to redirect that domain name directly to the URL of either an Exetel hosted, or Google hosted site.
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