Web Authoring Tool Advice

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by tommoran, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. tommoran macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Summary: What is a good business quality Macintosh web authoring software which supports a backend database and where should I get it hosted?

    I hope this is the right forum to ask this somewhat convoluted question (THIS IS NOT SPAM OR ANY KIND OF INSINCERE POSTING)…

    Recently I read about a web site a guy started and maintains from his home which according to news reports makes a lot of income in GoogleAds. (It’s called www.plentyoffish.com, with which I have absolutely no affiliation, and I do plenty well with the ladies without it anyway).

    I’d like to make a similar site, non-dating of course.

    What I’d like to do is make a site with tabs at the top, similar to MacRumors, Apple and so many more.

    On the tabs I’d like to have a Podcast page, a user discussion page including user registration, a blog page, and perhaps one or two more pages.

    The pages will include ads and voluntary Paypal donation links for use of the podcasts.

    So back to the specific questions:

    1. What business quality Macintosh web authoring tools are available which support user registration?

    2. What backend database program is advisable to use?

    3. Do I need a Macintosh specific server to run this web site?

    I appreciate any help you all can offer.
  2. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    In terms of open source, easy to use/learn:


    You could use your Mac as the local development platform. Completely open source solution using a powerful yet easy to manage MySQL database and of course PHP which is well documented and plenty of help available online and freeware code/classes for RSS, blogging and so forth.

    For publishing to the world, purchase web hosting from any company that supports PHP and MySQL, which is nearly all of them - from the low end godaddy.com to the high end Liquid Web VPS's (between $15.00/$60.00 month). I suggest this because it's managed by someone else, does not use your bandwidth, easy web based management these days, and you simply FTP or use the publishing feature of your development software to move the files over. These days even E-Mail and DNS is easily managed online. This is my value conscious answer.

    From a perspective of software, I recommend Dreamweaver MX for PHP/MySQL development, but as anyone here will tell ya - a simple text editor or other third party freeware solutions are all over the internet. To get you started on that: http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/library/os-php-ide/index.html

    Be sure to visit http://www.php.net and http://phpclasses.org for shareware/freeware open source classes so you don't reinvent the wheel each time you code.

    Plenty of graphics software out there for image editing, visit apple.com/downloads for Mac stuff, or if you're into professional image editing get Adobe Photoshop. To get you started on that (beyond iPhoto) visit http://aroundcny.com/technofile/texts/tec082502.html

    Get the idea?

    I'm being general in my advice, remember there are a million ways to do things, everyone has their own favorite way, and everyone is right! Spend the time to research, I suggest open source because it's easy to learn, less money spent, and plenty of easy to find online resources. By no means is this the "best", the "most powerful", "the most scalable". But it is reliable.

    Might want to check out Wordpress which handles blogging across many platforms, and plenty of plugins to extend its basic functionality. People these days also download Drupal (an open source content management system) to setup an entire site, including plugins for Wordpress and RSS and so on.

    A great page for test driving CMS's in the open source community: http://www.opensourcecms.com

  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Nope, any server will do, though many would advise Unix for security sake. I believe most are Unix anyways, though a Mac server would be very fine as well.

    As suggested, a CMS is the easiest way to go, otherwise you'll be paying big money to have someone build you something. I also hope you realize how big of a project you're taking on. It's not just technology, but legal issues can arise as well. Just continue to research and thread cautiously.

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