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Old July 27, 2009, 05:38 PM
Sandi Bowman
 
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Default Best website building tutorial for newbie?

Would like to know the best, easiest for a newbie, website building tutorial.

Thanks!
Sandi Bowman
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Old July 27, 2009, 11:18 PM
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Hi Sandi,

All kinds of options depending on the expertise, needs, requirements and available funds of that particular consumer...

Such as and Many other great resources if you Google around a little...
http://www.w3schools.com/

Highly recommended by many...
http://kompozer.net/
http://www.thesitewizard.com/topics/kompozer.shtml

A few other Quick picks if mostly Free is important...
http://www.weebly.com/
http://www.synthasite.com/
http://www.jimdo.com/
http://pages.google.com/
http://members.freewebs.com/
http://nvudev.com/index.php
http://wordpress.org/

Otherwise, for around 10 bucks or so monthly, unlimited domains! Endless web building tutorials as you scroll down...
http://www.hostgator.com/tutorials.shtml

Another excellent host and resource...
http://www.siteground.com/tutorials/index.htm

As you know there are endless other Web hosts and internet marketers out there ready to sell you All kinds of other related web building products, software etc. etc...

If you clarify on a few more details... I'm sure someone will sell it to you...

Just to add, one of the top selling web building tools also comes very highly recommended...
http://www.xsitepro.com/

Phil

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Old July 28, 2009, 12:24 AM
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Default Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?

Thanks, Phil! I did Google but have been out of the creation end of things (other than writing) for too long and didn't have a clue which was good or not. Appreciate your efforts and recommendations.

Sandi Bowman
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Old July 28, 2009, 12:36 AM
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Default Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?

synthasite is now called yola.com
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Old July 28, 2009, 01:03 AM
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Default Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?

Sandi,

Cannot comment on the ones Phil linked to, but I do recommend Page Tutor www.pagetutor.com created by Joe Barta.

Start with the Basic HTML tutor and the Tables Tutor and you'll have most of what you need.

Michael Ross
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Old July 28, 2009, 02:24 AM
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Default Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?

Easiest: As Phil suggested - look at Kompozer. http://kompozer.net/

Best: Create websites using a content management system (CMS) - I recommend WordPress and use it for almost all my sites. Unless you need a site with a forum or something, WordPress is the way to go.

The learning curve is steep though.

You need to learn HTML / CSS and a bit about WordPress tags.

Outsource: You can get developers to create a customized WP site for you for about $300 to $500. Elance.com is a good place to find WP developers. Or send me an email and I'll connect you with my developer (who surprisingly doesn't have a website. The cobblers kids having no good shoes issue with him...)

(Of course if you don't want to customize the design to make your site look unique - WP can be setup for free too - as it is open source and has a lot of free themes available.)
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Old August 9, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Sandi - I'd recommend Wordpress too as it's Free, easy to use, has a huge user base, and there are all kinds of great, free and inexpensive templates that can help you get online in minutes with a great looking website.

I think knowing a little CSS/HTML like Ankesh mentioned might be helpful if you really want to tweak/customize things a bit, but I don't think it's something you have to know in order to get up and running with Wordpress.

Most web hosts offer a 1-click install to setup WP in your hosting account, and if you google "free wordpress template" you find plenty of good options. My latest design secret though is a place called themeforest.net and you can find some super themes there for $10 - $40 that can be customized to suit your needs pretty easily.

HTH,

Steve
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Old August 9, 2009, 03:50 PM
Sandi Bowman
 
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Default Re: Best website building tutorial for newbie?

Thanks, folks! Some great resources there for my friends. I'd call them students but it's strictly a volunteer position. Appreciate all the help.

Sandi Bowman
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Old August 10, 2009, 01:34 AM
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2 Good Freebies are;

www.MyFreeWebsiteBuilder.com (Comes with a VERY good Tutorial)

and

www.Weebly.com


I've referred both to newbies who have been very satisfied.

Don Alm
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Old August 19, 2009, 06:58 PM
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Hi, Don,

Thought you might like to know that a number of my 'students' liked the My Free Website Builder one. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi Bowman
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