Will Honea wrote:
> Two part question: 1. what tools are recommended for designing web pages?
> 2. What tool sets are recommended for maintaining them?
> I suspect that the first question really addresses the second rather than
> the literal question because of the source of the request.
> Here’s the environment. A small church wants to post and maintain a web
> site. Various non-tech persons will be responsible for maintaining much of
> the content of the site. This tells me that they want/need a site that
> contains the necessary content maintenance tools within the site itself, not
> a tool on the individual desktops with the only real need for the design/dev
> tools being for initial construction of the site and a GOOD book on site
> design to guide construction of the site in the first place.
> I haven’t done any extensive web development but I’ve had more years than I
> like to remember developing various system and user code so the general
> problem is all too familiar. I’d welcome any suggestions/comments on the
> topic along with pointers to available tools and/or services. I’m not
> thrilled by the options I’ve looked at so far. I’ve found places that will
> design/develop the site for what I consider to be a fair price but - and
> it’s a big BUT - each one wants to lock you into proprietary solutions
> including hosting arrangements and site management commitments that turn the
> process into a money pit.
i surmise you would prefer to design/develop/maintain and host in house?
i ask, because i have a few little and simple sites that by the time i
figured power & cooling costs and other things (like what happens if
my site goes down and i’m in another country, or do i really wanna
also buy and maintain an uninterruptible power source–for how many
hours, or days?) i decided to have it hosted…and, the hosting
business today is SO competitive that by the time you figure all the
real in house costs it cost not so much more for a 99.99x% presence
with someone else whose job it is to reboot or start the gen set or
and as the available host sites multipled it seems that for not much
more almost all include some kind of pretty easy means to
design/develop/maintain, built right in…some (many/most?) include
templates the ‘web designer’ can just fill in the blanks and presto…
sorry, but as for good ideas on a turn key in house i could do no
better than say a good LAMP in the closet and routine tools like gimp,
bluefish, and etc is hard to beat for design, and FTP/SSH great for
maintaining…of course, one problem is that you will probably have a
few helpers who couldn’t “design” and “layout” a single pleasing
glossy/slick magazine page that want to design a site which has all
the appeal of a huge Hollywood Production…and, reality just doesn’t
work that way…
there is a reason that ‘designers’ learn about color, form, function,
layout, blah blah blah…
sorry i can’t be more helpful…but, your question is kinda like: I
took a ride in a Cessna 150 but i wanna do some solo supersonic stuff,
IFR, without it getting real costly–how should i begin?
oh, you know that (right or wrong) it is often done that one might
just go browsing until the ‘perfect’ site design is found and then
clone it with new words and logos…sure cuts down on the design cost…
by the way, i’ve had stuff hosted on doster.com for many years and
they have linux hosts and tools built in…note: they often run
come-on ads with (sometimes) half-price hosting…when i got into it i
pre-paid the first five years at a really nice price…i am in no
other way associated with them and you should check around, there are
LOTS of deals out there…
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