posted on 30-Jul-2002 6:40:09 AM by Meagzie
I'm not exactly sure if this is the correct place to post this, so my apologies if I'm wrong.

I've been playing with the idea of creating a website where I can post a few fics, namely my own and selected others. But I have no idea how to go about this, I lack any sort of HTML skills. I don't really want to pay for a host either. Is there anyone who could help me? Or even just point me in the right direction? I'm completely lost as to how to go about this.

As for a sidenote, I'd really like to have banners for the fics I'll be posting on the site. Anyone interested?
posted on 30-Jul-2002 8:01:34 PM by Kitcat26
Yes, everyone help Meag. NOW.

Please? I'll beg. I'll sick our psychotic sick animal zoo on you. Pretty please??

Point us the way. Tell us which way is up. We'll be eternally grateful.

Now post. Thank you.
posted on 30-Jul-2002 9:20:56 PM by ChrissyP47
Ok Ok! Help has arrived! *wink*

Ok. First you need to start out with a free server. There are a few that I can think of right off the top of my head. You need to check them out and decide which one you think will work for you. Personally, I have used every single one of them and even though they are all evil, tripod seems to be the evilest of the bunch.

Angel Fire- http://www.angelfire.com

Crosswinds- http://www.crosswinds.net

Geocities- http://www.geocities.com

Tripod- http://www.tripod.com

As for html, there is no simple way to explain html. I could probably show you the basics if you want it, but I know a lot of those websites offer step by step programs for developing your web page. I've never used them because I learned html early on, but I am sure they are probably helpful.

Oh! But if you need any extra help or web graphics made for the site let me know.


posted on 30-Jul-2002 9:26:39 PM by Kitcat26
**shuts the cages to the evil animals**

Bless you Chrissy P! I could kiss you. But I cant. So I'll kiss the screen. *muah*

Hmm, I'll check those out today. So html's a bitch huh. Greeeeat. That'll be Meag's job. *big*

I'm pretty sure we could still use help on graphics, but I'll get back to you (btw, LOVE your stuff). Thanks for offering! Once we figure out what we're doing we'll give you a shout.

Anyone else know anything? Anything at all will do.

Gracias Chrissy. *happy*




*edited to say* I think I like crosswinds the best. Just a thought.

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posted on 30-Jul-2002 9:39:30 PM by Meagzie
Thank you SO much! I've checked out geocities, tripod and angel fire, although I have yet to hit crosswinds. I think the biggest thing at the moment is how much space we're going to get. I've seen it around 20-25MB. I'll check out crosswinds later, or Cath, you can let me know what's going on.

As for HTML, I'm not too worried. I know there's a bunch of places that do tutorials on the net. It shouldn't be too bad. I remember trying HTML back in the day, and catching on fairly quickly. If only I remember it now. LOL.

As for graphics and any other type of stuff like that, we're welcoming any sort of help. :D Thanks so much!
posted on 30-Jul-2002 10:50:18 PM by ChrissyP47
You're not going to find much more than 20-25mbs of space on free servers. It kind of sucks, but that's why they're free.

Of course if you are just using the site to host your fics you probably aren't going to need that much space. Depending on how many fics you have and how big they are. You probably won't use 25mbs though.


posted on 31-Jul-2002 11:21:06 PM by Lilac Stardust
If you need help with html you can check out http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/reference/ they have lots of helpful hints...if you need more help feel free to bmail me!

~LS
*angel*

oh and btw~ I find geocities to be very easy to use and it requires very little html knowlege if you use their page builder...angelfire and I dont get along.... k thats all from me. bye again.
posted on 1-Aug-2002 1:27:38 AM by Starlight
if you still need help you can go to the site that I use for help, which is www.lissaexplains.com. Hope that helps
posted on 2-Aug-2002 3:13:14 PM by wenhaver
HTML isn't nearly as hard as people make it out to be. You'll do fine, looking at any of those tutorials. Feel free to ask me for help, too... I've been doing this since... well, forever it seems *big*

After you get the hang of HTML, I would really suggest looking into sylesheets (CSS). it makes redesigning much, much easier.

heidi
posted on 2-Aug-2002 10:53:42 PM by Meagzie
Thanks so much everyone. I'm just outta town for 3 weeks, but when I get home, I plan on getting this site completely off the ground. At this point, I'm considering not learning HTML and just using Dreamweaver or Photoshop. Anyone have tips for me?

Oh, and we'll welcome anyone offering to do graphics or anything else for our site... LOL. *big* Just checking. *happy* Thanks for the help, everyone!
posted on 3-Aug-2002 12:34:48 AM by wenhaver
Well, Photoshop will just help you make graphics. Dreamweaver is what you would use to make web pages. As far as those kinds of things go, Dreamweaver isn't a bad program.

heidi
posted on 3-Aug-2002 3:45:45 PM by ChrissyP47
Dreamweaver is cool. Once you learn how to use it. I learned HTML first and then was trying to learn Dreamweaver. Yeah I ended up just getting rid of it I was getting so confused.
posted on 22-Aug-2002 12:41:05 PM by Meagzie
Thanks for all of the help, guys! Yeah, I've been using Photoshop to make a few graphics. I'm sorta stuck on using Dreamweaver. Anyone got any tips?

Or does anyone know where I can go for a good tutorial?

Thanks!
posted on 27-Aug-2002 2:20:52 AM by Oompa Loompa666
I think the best server would have to be brinkster.com out of the bunch, there aren't any ads which is always good, but there's HTML creators which you can dowload at download.com, they aren't free, but there's a couple of 30 day ones, but once you get the hang out of it's all good. *happy*