Personal Websites

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by EmiLy™, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. EmiLy™ macrumors newbie

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    Hey...
    Anyone here have personal websites for like, example, for their music, art, photography? or even blogs?

    I really need an online portfolio, website in general for my photos.
    Something like http://www.mintfolio.com/ or http://www.carbonmade.com/ except I want an actual website for myself. That I can customize.

    Any suggestions as to what kind of sites I can use (like I know on tumblr you can just buy a domain & link it to, which I don't mind) or a system / software sort of thing that can build an image gallery?

    Problem is, I lack CSS/HTML skills, I can do basic editing, but I can't start up anything.

    I really like the looks of http://www.simpleviewer.net/products/ but I don't even know how to start with things like that.

    Any suggestions or advice would be nice. :)
    Thanks a lot in advance.
     
  2. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    Lack of CSS/HTML skills means you would want to use a CMS of some sort. Wordpress is quite good for this. Wordpress.com will even host it for you free. The only issue with that is plugins/themes have to be there already or you can't use that theme or plugin. (or even edit it) I would recommend finding a web host and installing Wordpress yourself (it's easy to update, you just click a few buttons and it downloads the update and installs it) so you can add plugins. They can be installed from within the Wordpress admin panel. For your image gallery you can google one and find the one you like
     
  3. addaminsane macrumors member

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    i recommend using wordpress but don't host your blog on wordpress.com, they limit your abilities alot and you wont be able to do a portfolio on there anyhow

    get shared hosting somewhere. i use justhost.com which is a current industry leader.

    sites i have on just host - theshit.me and onlinepokered.com

    get a wordpress theme from a template club such as wootheme

    i wont try tell you all the template clubs, just google " premium wordpress themes" and you'll find alot of options

    Premade themes typically look good and even if you don't know alot of html stuff, you can generally customize the templates very well by replacing some of the images in them.
     
  4. EmiLy™ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tips. except I don't want anything that big (at least not for now) How would I go as to creating something like http://www.DavidBergman.net/site/
     
  5. definitive macrumors 68000

    definitive

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    i had to deal with the same thing a while back. wanted a personal portfolio page, but didn't know where to start. tried out flash thumbnail gallery script based site first, but that was too limited. tried out (and even bought) wordpress themes, but since my web editing skills are limited there's not much i could change there. right now i'm learning html and css so i could build my own site from scratch, and possibly convert the template to wordpress down the line so it would make it easier to deal with the site's portfolio gallery.

    i suggest you learn some html and css first, because if you decide to go with wordpress or some other more advanced language based site layout, you'll have difficulty editing it, and it will end up looking like the thousands of other sites that have used the same exact theme.
     
  6. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    That's built with flash and probably took some work.
     
  7. star-fish macrumors regular

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    I have a blog with personal photos (which I use WordPress + a plugin for), and a separate stock photo gallery which I use 'Gallery' for. Gallery is free, but I recommend (as someone suggested) that you play around and learn some basic coding first. Choosing a host and buying a domain name and hosting is a waste of money if you don't know what you need and can't use it effectively.
     

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