Monday, May 11

Technical thoughts on Monday

What have I done lately? Well, for those who have been reading along will know that I'm trying to set up my own website. I have been researching the internet and checked out some books on the subject, and have narrowed down the options available to me. Of course, hiring a company to do it was out of the question from the start! They cost from Euro 1.000 upwards and it's not guaranteed that you will be able to manage the content. Some companies charge extra for that. Another option would be to ask a friend of a friend of a friend who is a techie to set it up for much less than that, however I would have to make do with a basic design lacking any sort of originality. But you know me...just like this blog I have my heart set on a unique template that is totally me. At least I have done two important things on my 'to do' list. I have registered my domain name and I have secured web space. There are a few online sources that provide a complete package - template plus installing a programme that lets you have complete content management - for about 200 US$. You will need to learn how to use and optimize the programme by yourself via a handbook, which you can download for free. The programme most commonly used is Joomla, and I found out that they have a German version since beginning of this year - which is useful since I happen to live here and would mainly be targeting the German-speaking market. Hubby, who is much more adept at all things technical installed Joomla and a couple of other technical applications which are necessary for this programme to run. My next job will be to study the handbook and see if I can, in fact, create my own template. That's the challenging but also exciting part. The programme lets you do a 'test-run' before you actually transfer the data to your web space. So, I will be fiddling with that in the coming weeks, learning by trial and error as usual :) I will blog about my progress every now and then, and let you know what works and what doesn't. Hopefully, I will keep my sanity while I embark on this endeavour! Have a good week!

17 comments:

  1. Good luck! I do my own websites from scratch, but I'm always calling my husband in for random questions (he's a web designer-- handy for times like that!).

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  2. Best of luck, Duni!! I'm sure you can do it. And I can't wait to see the final product! :)

    Hugs,
    Abby

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  3. We wish you luck, luck,luck.....
    You can do it ,we now HEHE
    We are waiting ^___^

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  4. I'm sure you'll have lots of fun. I love learning about web design. So far I know html very well and I'm learning CSS. I've dabbled with PHP but haven't really tried to program with it. There are so many resources available and it sounds like you're really enjoying it, so good for you !!

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  5. Duni this is so exciting. How awesome you have your own domain. I know you can do it, you have some wonderful talent. Thank you so much for letting me know you will still be visiting me, it means allot to me. God bless.

    ((HUGS))

    Jodi

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  6. Good for you Duni that at least you familiar with how to begin in the first place about creating the website, I hope you can get as you want. I'm not so familiar with how to create website. I really need my husband to do all the hard work :)

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  7. I'm sure that you will find a way to do aything you want to do!

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  8. Good Luck, Duni!! I look forward to hearing the progress! (...and I will be in touch soon about you listing my mask, definitely by the end of the week!) :)

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  9. Sounds exciting but way over my head! Best of luck to you Duni and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  10. That's indeed quite exciting. Hope you can counter all the technicalities and come up with a beautiful template for your website. Best of luck :)

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  11. All the best with the website building ^_^ all the codes and technicalities send more hair all over my floor...(eww lol)

    re: indonesian restaurant behind sogo, it's still there, the place is called "Indonesian Restaurant"...and it is indeed right behind sogo (exit from the door where BALLY is, turn left, walk a few meters and the restaurant should be on your left). let me know if you need more details nearer to the date

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  12. Best of luck...and please keep us posted. I have been wanting to do the same thing but get scared when I think of the Techie aspect of it! Maybe you can teach us some things along the way. I have my domain name, but that is it.

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog! Good luck with the website. I do my own, but I had a web designer give me a few pointers first. It can be challenging, but the rewards are always worth it :)

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  14. Good luck!!!! I'll make sure to bookmark you new website if you decide to go for it. I'm already a fan! =)

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  15. Wow! Good for you for taking on that project. I wait for the finished project and any lessons learned along the way.

    erika

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  16. That is a big job!! My husband is a web designer and some sites take him a long time to finish. Good luck to you. I can't wait to see it!

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  17. Hi Duni,
    My hat's off to you. I barely knew how to set up my blog site, much less to set up a web site. What can you benifit from a web site that you can't from a blog site? Up to now, I don't know the difference between the two other than the appearance. Heehee.

    Good luck and have a great week to you as well.

    Tasha

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