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Website Start-up
updated: Jan 29, 2013, 11:19 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

If you have a great idea for a website, where do you start?

It is not a website that would sell anything and would probably get money from advertising. I am just wondering where you start. Who do you go to for your idea? I am good with computers but I don't know how to start a site or even to trust someone with my idea.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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 COMMENT 368553 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 11:28 AM

If you are good with computers, you can probably fire up a modest, non-complicated site yourself.

You'll need a "host" like Go-Daddy, for example, and you'll want to search and see if your preferred name has already been taken.

Look at the Go-Daddy site to get an idea of what's involved in the "web-hosting" process.


 COMMENT 368555 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 11:31 AM


Hosting sites are notorious for "buying" potential site names people search for on their site to see if they're taken, then selling them at a much higher price since they know someone wants it. Shady practice, but better safe than sorry...


 COMMENT 368561 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 11:59 AM

Start with www.


 COMMENT 368571 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:27 PM

Do a google search for Weebly. That might be a good place to start.


 COMMENT 368580 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:45 PM

Using your words -- you don't know where to start and you don't trust anyone. As you don't trust anyone you will need to do it yourself. It sounds like you will be forced to spend a lot of time learning about web site development. Many sites claim to make development easy but the results are not likely to be great.


 COMMENT 368599 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:10 PM

A while back I was tasked to create a website, and though I was a computer programmer, I had absolutely no experience with html, css, php, etc, and I couldn't tell you the difference between a domain and a host.

I started off by reading a great online html tutorial (google "htmlcodetutorial"). They have great examples and really make learning html easy. Slowly but surely I got better and better, eventually learning php, and now our website has been voted the best in the world in its class.

If you have computer programming experience, this is a great way to go. If not, you might want to use an html generating tool...there are hundreds of them out there, some free.


 COMMENT 368603P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:13 PM

Are there people that buy web site ideas?


 COMMENT 368610 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 01:17 PM

Start with a domain name. I have 2 of them.


 COMMENT 368648 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:11 PM

Ignore 368610. First, find a good host who will provide you the service you need for the right price. When you do choose a domain name, keep it short and simple.


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:19 PM

I would go to Chaucer's and look through the Internet books section and find one that gave me step by step on how to do this.


 COMMENT 368663P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 02:51 PM

This sentence, "I am good with computers but I don't know how to start a site or even to trust someone with my idea." means you'll be doing it yourself. If you were truly good with computers, then you'd know how to research such topics, and find web authoring and management software. There are numerous good tutorials out there to help you learn how to author web sites. Your lack of trust in professionals who do build web sites is a red flag for any computer person I know. We are professionals, and need to be trusted and communicated with clearly. "I don't know how...I don't trust others... I'm good with computers" just screams "run!" to me (an IT pro).


 COMMENT 368699 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 03:48 PM

"good with computers" is a subjective term. You might try experimenting with a simple Facebook page.


 COMMENT 368731 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 04:21 PM

you need a place to host the site to make it available to everyone
-godaddy is good
you need a domain name -godaddy again

/google is your friend, first carefully check out the competition.
/how will anyone know your site exists? Ads? Facebook?
/a good idea website makes money. Have a business plan and a spreadsheet showing all estimated costs and projected income for 2 years?
/who will build the site? who will keep it updated? can you learn a simple web building system like wordpress or joomla? is there a webstore? what will handle the transactions? how will you fulfill?

why am i asking all these questions?


 COMMENT 368774 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 05:20 PM

Godaddy are evil.

There are a ton of hosting services out there, but seeing as you are starting out, you can run the web site from your home machine.

You can build the website on a Mac, a Linux Machine, or if you like pain, a MIcrosoft Windows machine. You can even build one on a $35 raspberrypi .

There is a ton of info on the goggle monster.

You need a machine running a web server app. The most popular one is apache. It is free. In fact most of the apps and tools you need are free.

So, build it and test it at home. Then if you want, put it on line at home. If it gets busy, buy a bigger server, or put it out to a hosting service.

Warning: Building web site is a major time sink.

If you want a professional to build it I can highly recommend Jona Cole of On-Target-Graphics


She is local and very good.


 COMMENT 368882P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 06:20 AM

Thank you, I have learned from your answers. :)


 COMMENT 368897 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 07:17 AM

Get in touch with thesearchenginepro. Taylor can get you set up and running. Plus he's great with search engine optimization.


 COMMENT 368939 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:49 AM

To expand further on this... I have an existing website. It is hosted by GoDaddy. I want to update it and change it's look. Anyone got a good suggestion on how to do that? I am not "good with computers", but I'm not a dolt either. I know some simple html. I know how to upload photos. Is there anyone out there who would help me that wouldn't charge an arm and a leg?


 COMMENT 368940 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:50 AM

The first thing you need to do is draft a detailed description of your website concept. If you have a lawyer then mail your description to your lawyer and instruct the lawyer not to open it—just keep it on file. Next, you need to do some basic research on the web. Start Googling the subject you are creating a site for. Come up with at least a dozen names and do a domain search to see if the domain for any of these names is available. If you find an available domain you like it would be a good idea to purchase it immediately. Network Solutions is the domain engine I use but there are many others. You also need to be educated about what others have done on the market you are entering. Now create a Powerpoint mock up of your website concept. Create a brief description for each slide and use simple photos from the web or even a magazine to illustrate what the image should be on that page. You can even draw a simple box and then put a one or two word description of what image should go in that space. Create one slide for each page in your website. If you want advertisers to pay for space on the site then you will need a competent, professional webmaster to build and program the site. I would suggest having 3 web developers bid on your project. Before you share the concept with any webmaster you will need to have them sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Good luck with your project.


 COMMENT 368942P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:59 AM

I can unreservedly recommend Indigo Web Services. They designed and maintain my business website and Facebook page and I have been very happy with the service and the rates. They take care of domain name, hosting, website email, layout and interactivity of the pages, including tutoring me on how to interpret website statistics. I like their graphic style--that was the big bugaboo for me, as I have no confidence in my artistic abilities. Websites are all about the visual component and you need to find a designer whose style you like, or who can implement your design in a way you like.


 COMMENT 368943 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 08:59 AM

As a side note, you will not be able to use your concept photos (used to create your Powerpoint mock up) for your final website. Photos, images and graphic elements such as logos, are generally copyright protected. For the final website you will need to use very high quality images. If you have a good camera and know what you are doing you can create your own images but do not use poor quality photos. It would be better to purchase a package of "royalty free" images from a stock photo house like Shutterstock where you can find images depicting almost any subject you can think of.


 COMMENT 368946 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 09:02 AM

942P is absolutely correct. The web is all about visual images. Make it look good and be sure al of the text on the site has been cleaned up.


 COMMENT 368951 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 09:21 AM

OK there are some very incorrect suggestions here from well meaning people who simply dont know... you dont need to do most of what people suggest here. 1st - put together a Functional Spec (a specification document that describes what the site does and the basics of how it works and looks). 2nd - Decide how much money you are willing to put towards the site and then put a bid up on eLance or Odesk for a developer to create the functionality.
3rd- dont worry about the host, the name or the revenue (u probably wont make any). Instead get what's called a MVP (min viable product) working and get people to try it and use it

Do this for your own pursuit and if it takes off then you are stoked - if not, then its a lesson in launching a new service. I assume that you're asking for how to build a web based service of some sorts, not just a marketing page (webpage).

- I've launched dozens of companies on the web. You can probably do this for <$1000.


 COMMENT 369129 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 03:41 PM

You can do a first pass that looks OK on Blogger in just a few minutes. Get your idea out there before someone scoops you.


 COMMENT 369143P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-30 04:04 PM

cool, now we are talking. looks like i have a lot of research to do. at least now i know where to start. overall, it sounds like i just have to find someone to do this for me. :)


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