Recommended web hosting with design templates

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by qveda, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. qveda macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a flexible, easy to use web hosting service that provide site design templates, widgets, etc.

    I've used Network Solutions, which has site creator templates. They work quite well, but are very slow to work with.

    Looking for other options/recommendations for a hosting service that has really great tools for building the site, inserting widgets (like twitter), images, videos and audios, integration with wordpress or other blogs.
     
  2. Mac SK macrumors member

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    A lot of people dont like them...but 1&1 may be what your looking for. They have setup templates. Get the dynamic one so you can have flash. I just revamped a site there for a company and I was confined to the template format they picked.
     
  3. mls64 macrumors member

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    I use Hostmonster. Great service, quick response if you have problems, and they have video tutorials for everything in their contril panel. Lots of setup options. I wrote a quick mini-review on my site a month or two ago: Selecting an outstanding web host.
     
  4. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the suggestions, I'll check them out.

    I've looked at FatCow and others that use CM4all as a site builder tool. FatCow had about 100 Cm4all templates, but most of them were not close enough to what I wanted, and they only had very limited ability to modify them.

    BTW, I'm not yet experienced with Flash. I will want to easily upload videos - so they show up as clickable thumbnails , like on youtube - does the host need Flash for that?
     
  5. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Probably can't start with it right away. But I may eventually need to create my own pages in Dreamweaver. I used Frontpage years ago, so I get the general idea. That was before CSS and Flash etc.

    Today, with Dreamweaver, do you get some 'templates' or presets to get started with, or must you create your look/feel totally from scratch?
     
  6. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    Being able to run Flash on your site has very little to do with your host. You just need to have the right code in the page to be able to run the file. Learning Flash to create what you want isn't going to be a short term option. What I could suggest is buying a player that has been created for you and you then just need to add the videos that you want. Check out www.flashden.net for video players. They vary in price but there are some good ones to be found. Of course you could just embed the youtube player.

    You'd be better off learning to NOT use Dreamweaver to be honest. Get yourself a good text editor and just learn to write it. CSS isn't that complicated. There are many tutorials online and you can also pick up some free css templates to get you started (Google "free CSS templates").

    Additionally check out www.tutsplus.com, it has tutorials on all aspects of web design.

    Oh...and I also use hostmonster! Haven't got a bad word to say about them! ;)
     
  7. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice. I used to code everything in a text editor when HTML is all that was needed. got out of that just before scripts and CSS came into play. not sure i have time to learn, but I do get the idea.

    appreciate the advice and links
     
  8. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    If you're looking for Templates you'd be much better to either learn Rapidweaver or Wordpress. IMHO it would yield the easiest and best looking results plus the support for both WP and RW4 are very good.
     
  9. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not familiar yet with Rapidweaver. In the case of Wordpress, I am using wordpress.com for our blog. Very nice templates and capabilities.

    To expand on WP capabilities, or to buy upgrades, do you need to be using wordpress.org and host it on a webserver ? and then work on it in html as you would other webpages on your site ?
     
  10. vivithemage macrumors 6502a

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    Ever look into RV Sitebuilder? Pretty customizable.
     
  11. qveda thread starter macrumors regular

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    RV Sitebuilder looks like as good an option as I've seen. and it has very nice demos/tutorials online. I assume you can insert media, widgets etc into parts of the site you build using RV - correct?

    But I suppose I can only get it with a Host that offers it (like Vivical).
     
  12. amacrm macrumors newbie

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    I think Chime Hosting offers free custom web design and also rv site builder with their web hosting package.
     

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