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Flash525

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#1 11 years ago

Jumping right into it here, I wish to create a website, and forums along with it, and would like to know how to do such. I had a website a while back, but it was hosted on Freewebs, and was about me. This I closed down some time ago, due to the lack of updates, and the generally boring / crap site. My Web Coding wasn't all that good, it still isn't, but I wish to learn. Anyway, this latest website I hope to set up, I'd like to do so from home. By this meaning, I wish to create a server on my Home Computer, which would act as a Web Server (I've two computers, so can always use one for the website hosting, and the other for the other general stuff, like GF, FileFront, Gaming, MSN etc). The problem with this is, I have literally no idea where to start, or how to go about it. The second thing, would be Forums. Are VBulletin the best ones to use, and does anyone know their fee's? - I know they charge. No doubt I'll have more questions and such as time goes on, but for now, will keep it simple. Thanks in advance to all those that can help. :)




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#2 11 years ago
Tycoon;3686568Jumping right into it here, I wish to create a website, and forums along with it, and would like to know how to do such.[/quote] Well, first off, you need to have some time to dedicate to doing such a thing. Depending on how you go about it, it can take years to create a working website and forums and getting them active.
Tycoon;3686568 I had a website a while back, but it was hosted on Freewebs, and was about me. This I closed down some time ago, due to the lack of updates, and the generally boring / crap site. My Web Coding wasn't all that good, it still isn't, but I wish to learn.
Freewebs and such limit what you can do so much. Your best bet is to get web hosting yourself. There are many web hosting packages available, you just need to find the right on that would be able to suit your needs (I personally use Flow Internet). It would also be a good idea to buy a domain name; (eg: www.insertsitename.com). These cost a minimal price, but need updating after a certain period of time. [quote=Tycoon;3686568]The second thing, would be Forums. Are vBulletin the best ones to use, and does anyone know their fee's? - I know they charge.

Yes, without a doubt, however it does cost money and you will need to have some coding experience for editing templates etc. An owned vBulletin licence costs £91.00 each. The owned vBulletin Forum license allows you to run the software on your site indefinitely. If you need to, have a go with the vBulletin demo which is available here. It is much more advanced than the likes of Invision Power Boards or PHPbb. As for a homepage, you could use vBAdvanced which can be integrated with vBulletin, or you can use a separate CMS like PostNuke, however, again, you will need some experience to get that working to your needs.




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#3 11 years ago
Tycoon;3686568Jumping right into it here, I wish to create a website, and forums along with it, and would like to know how to do such. I had a website a while back, but it was hosted on Freewebs, and was about me. This I closed down some time ago, due to the lack of updates, and the generally boring / crap site. My Web Coding wasn't all that good, it still isn't, but I wish to learn. Anyway, this latest website I hope to set up, I'd like to do so from home. By this meaning, I wish to create a server on my Home Computer, which would act as a Web Server (I've two computers, so can always use one for the website hosting, and the other for the other general stuff, like GF, FileFront, Gaming, MSN etc). The problem with this is, I have literally no idea where to start, or how to go about it. The second thing, would be Forums. Are VBulletin the best ones to use, and does anyone know their fee's? - I know they charge. No doubt I'll have more questions and such as time goes on, but for now, will keep it simple. Thanks in advance to all those that can help. :)

Personally, I wouldn't host a website on my own equipment. Assuming your on a higher end 8MB ADSL connection the 8MB is your DOWNLOAD, the UPLOAD speed would likely be around 256k. This is less than optimal for hosting a site.

As Gavin suggested it would be better to use a shared hosting solution. Much better, in fact.

Still, if you still want to run your own webserver you could run it under windows using IIS Personal, which comes with windows (it may require installation from the CD) or you could use Apache. Its better to use Apache generally speaking. Your probably also going to want to install PHP and MySQL and phpmyadmin if you want more than simple static pages.

If you don't feel up to installing all those then if you install any linux distro then you will get them setup out of the box.

But yeah, especially if your just starting off then a small, cheap shared hosting solution would be far better than trying to run your own webserver.

I would recommend the W3 guide on HTML (Dave Raggett's Introduction to HTML) as a good starting point for learning HTML. Always code yourself, don't use graphical editors. Your never going to be able to develop the kind of site you want without manipulating your source code directly, and if you have written it you will understand it as opposed to trying to figure out what a WYSIWYG editor has produced.