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Old 01-28-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
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This is certainly off topic. I'm building a web site to document the renovation of the Overlander and our planned year-long road trip beginning in July 2011. I'd like to have the template support a travel blog. My wife decided she was tired of waiting on signed up for BlueHost as our hosting company and registered a domain name. (Thanks, hon.) So, I guess getting the website up and running is my thing.

I noodled around in MS Publisher but the templates look very early 90s. I'm now working with MS ExpressionsWeb... the templates are much better, but still not quite right. Any suggestions from the Internet savvy are welcome.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:42 PM   #2
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Hi 38,

You might want to check-out "Wordpress", it's free and might be a good fit for you!

Look forward to your project!
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:46 PM   #3
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Also, I've found 1&1 webhosting to be very easy, moreso than godaddy. Plus, they don't play around with your bank account unauthorized
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:01 PM   #4
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So, I take it that if I have a "base" website, I can just link a Wordpress blog to it? We want a place to host photos from our renovation and trip and as a central point to receive email, etc. I just want it to look semi-decent... rather than something I did with a box of electronic Crayolas.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #5
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I saw a demo where you can build your blog at tumblr.com, then port it to your own website. It looked like a very good set of templates and it appeared easy to use.
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My husband purchased our domain name on godaddy.com and I built the blog through wordpress. It was easy to set up - they have different templates you can choose from and it walks you through the process.
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Templates come in all varieties, and there are many available for purchase beyond those available via, e.g., ExpressionWeb.

That said, it's perhaps valuable to consider what a given template allows you to do, and what not. WordPress versions are certainly nice as long as you are satisfied with how it looks. If you're not satisfied, you don't have a lot of ability to change it very much.

Templates like those from ExpressionWeb should also be evaluated for how they look. However, if you don't like their looks, you can also alter them to your needs fairly easily: All of the codes are available to you for easy manipulation.


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Wow. All this fuss. If you use a Mac you can use Iweb. Templates are good, blog included, use whatever you like for hosting.

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We use iWeb on a Mac...easy stuff. Our travel log is built there. The templates available are nice and you can edit them to fit your needs so it's not just a cookie cutter thing.
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Another vote for iWeb, but in addition to the app, you'll need an Apple account. You can build with iWeb, publish, then FTP to any random compatible host- but there's some hoop jumping there.
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