What's the easiest app to create websites to use on machighway?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SkyStudios, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. SkyStudios macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2011
    Based in Chicago
    One of my friends clients is a music artists, they asked me to create art work and Also if I can make a simple website, their hosted by machighway. Some Internet domane name and website host service etc.

    The client likes none. Inch nails and told me they used Wordpress on macs to upload their website., not sure if I can pull this off but wondering if it's that easy, I'm not HTML literate, at least not beyond the myspace "copy and paste" texts a few years back., so I'm basically illiterate as far as HTML goes, I rather use templates to start then add my graphics.

    So is Wordpress better then iWeb, weaver etc?

    Any suggestions appreciated
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    If you're trying to compare Wordpress to a web design app like iWeb or Dreamweaver, you really don't know what you're doing. Wordpress is a web-based content management system. The key word is content. Any customization to the site design on a Wordpress site (besides very basic ones) will require a good knowledge of CSS, HTML, and preferably PHP as well.

    If you're not HTML literate at all, you might suggest to your friend that they find someone else to make their simple website. I'm afraid you'll get in over your head.
  3. SkyStudios thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2011
    Based in Chicago
    I'm gonna try to suggest web sites that offer services to design both a site and iPhone android apps, I'm just the graphics and PHOTAGRAPHER on this one. , I basically Was chosen for this work cuase of my to be canon 5d mkii and taste in fonts and my style.

    If you know sites specifically for designing music artists web pages, apps do share.

    Thanks for your answer on wordpress, It does look a bit over my head.
  4. PinkyMacGodess, Nov 16, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011

    PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2007
    Midwest America.
    It's easy, if you stick to the multitude of themes out there. It does tend to get ugly, and quickly, if you try to customize one of those themes. I run a website using WordPress and was able to get the theme maker to alter the code for me, and I also did some minor tweaking and it looks great but I live with the idea that I can't just update at will. I have to determine what is being updated and if the customized bits of this WordPress site will be hammered by the update.

    Think of WordPress as a blog software kit for your own site. Above and beyond that and you have to look elsewhere...

    There is a package called 'Rapidweaver' that has templates for DreamWeaver to make websites. I don't know how easy it is to use though.

    WordPress isn't bad for a basic 'website' in that it allows you to post pictures and 'media' like pictures, videos, and audio clips. I think there is a 'this is what you can do with WordPress' page on their site that shows some of the incredible sites that people have cooked up. There are a whole lot of very creative people out there that you can get ideas from and use as a springboard for your own site.
  5. SkyStudios thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 11, 2011
    Based in Chicago
    Wordpress vs Rapidweaver vs?

    A friend of mine has been doing well interviewing local artists ad posting the videos on her youtube channel.

    Now she purchased a domain name as well at MACHIGHWAY, but they don't provide website service it appears, and she wants to buy a app to build her website or find someone who not only can make her website but also mobile apps (iphone/ipad/android) apps, and apps that sync with her website, and she wants to be able to update the website as well daily with text, pictures and videos.

    She wants her website to have one page, daily blog, audio and video, MacHighway does not stream quicktime video or video in general i believe., i would not know how this will work.

    The main question here is which program is better if we had to built her website and upload it to machighway?

    So far names like rapidweaver and word press surfaced because of plug ins.
  6. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    There are a zillion folks in the greater Chicago-area who can design and develop her site. If she wants to do the design and development herself, I suggest a couple of courses at a local junior college. I am not sure I understand you post thoroughly, but if she is having problem with videos she may want to transfer her domain to a more sophisticated hosting solution. If she is not familiar with server side software be sure to pick a hosting solution that offers robust customer technical service.
  7. Tap Apps macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    She needs a different Host

    I agree with Dornblaser that it might be a good idea to take a short course. The real issue is with any host that doesn't allow video (although you can embed youtube into any HTML).

    IMHO Rapidweaver is by far the simplest of web solutions for mac users. There are a lot plugins for sure, but they will cost you at the end of the day.

    I am not a Wordpress fan. If she is going to be doing daily updates, I recommend Drupal. Go Daddy supports Drupal as does most hosting solutions that run Linux based servers.

    I think that an option such as Rapidweaver, as easy as it is to get started, is pretty limiting at the end of the day. If you are interested in learning a little and creating a powerful site that can be expanded immeasurably, creates fantastic SEO so as to get noticed, and is completely, 100% free, go Drupal.

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