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    What tools to use to build a first web site?

    Thanks for this Will - I'm a bit shy posting questions...they may be a bit remedial for this crowd. Anyhow, here goes: Once I start building my site, what tools should I use initially? Some hosting companies offer "do it yourself" kind of pages or do I purchase Dreamweaver and do it myself? Is there an advantage (or disadvantage) to one or the other.

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    This question stumped me for a long time. For years, I built all my web sites by hand. I wrote HTML and CSS in a text editor named `vi`. This is not what I would recommend, but it worked for me. Unfortunately, that left me without a good solution to recommend!

    In the last year, I've been working with WordPress and Drupal. I've also experimented with Joomla and TikiWiki.

    These are all CMS's (Content Management Systems) that people use to build web sites. They differ a bit from HTML design tools like DreamWeaver or HomeSite.

    The real answer to this question depends upon what type of web site you want to build.

    For a first web site, the easiest answer is WordPress. WordPress is free and it is very easy to use.

    You can download free WordPress themes or you can buy some incredibly fantastic WordPress themes for under $300. You can hire WordPress theme designers at very low rates who can customize the look and feel to just exactly what you want.

    WordPress makes it easy to focus on content instead of on the technical side of site building.

    There are thousands of plugins to WordPress which extend it in all sorts of directions. You can make a lot of different types of sites with WordPress.

    But, you can't build everything out of WordPress. This forum, for example, is built using vBulletin. vBulletin is the best forum software available. I would not recommend using WordPress to build a site that was going to be a web forum.

    So really, it all boils down to requirements -- although WordPress is a good "default" answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    For a first web site, the easiest answer is WordPress. WordPress is free and it is very easy to use.
    Thank you! That saved me a bunch, of time, and money better spend on a design or content. Any other "things not to do, when starting out, building the site?"

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    Just eat what's on your plate, and get some content ready... Then the promotion begins, that's the real commotion.

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    How do you decide whether to build or buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krnchx View Post
    How do you decide whether to build or buy?
    If it's earning a decent monthly, passive income -- it's worth buying. Otherwise, build.

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    sorry, could you clarify what constitutes decent in this space? ...honest question

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    Quote Originally Posted by krnchx View Post
    sorry, could you clarify what constitutes decent in this space? ...honest question
    That's up to you, depending on how much you would like to invest. In the past, I have sold Will websites for it's monthly revenue multipled by 15. So, $100/month = $100 * 15 = $1500.

    So, if $x/month = $x * m = $t (m = multiple, $t = total). Fill in $x and m, to calculate $t. Alter variables accordingly. I tried to keep it simple.

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    Thanks! The metrics help benchmark this for me. Thanks for the details!

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    buying a running website can be very expensive.. if you check namepros.com for example, many people selling websites which earn like $25,-/month for more than $1.000,-

    Personally I prefer to build a website using wordpress then promote it to build traffic.

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