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So my sister says to me recently, "OMG! I can't believe my boss is paying some kid to redo our corporate website. It looks like total crap! My dog could do a better job".
I took a look at it. Total crap doesn't begin to describe it.
So I decided to see how hard it would be to make a better one. Just for the hell of it. Wouldn't have to be great, just better.

What would I need to mock up a website? A webhost, right? And that's how I ended up here.
I love the forums, there's a ton of stuff to read, and the members are great, so for that reason I'm happy that this is the host I decided to use.

But I'm also one of those instant gratification people. I joined FriHost because I needed a webhost. And I needed it right then or my mind was going to follow my curiosity elsewhere. Which, because Frihost doesn't share my sense of urgency (lol), is exactly what happened. Like it always does. I know myself so well. I see the word WAIT and I think MOVE ON. I put the website designing thing in a box on a shelf next to the all of the other I-wonder-if's.

Until my sister vented her frustration to me again.

I took the box back down off the shelf. And I thought about it some more. "I wonder if I could just run a server on my laptop.. I wonder how hard that would be? What the hell is a server, anyway? What does it do, exactly?"
I love the internet. After some half-assed searching I decided it would be oh so easy to install a Xampp or Wamp Server on my laptop then load joomla, get it running, then figure out how to use it and php and mysql. No, I had no clue what each of those things actually was, just that it looked like those were the simple steps I needed to take to make a website by the end of the afternoon.
Yeah, yeah, I know..

Joomla has a steep learning curve for my complete lack of experience. I may say that I'm teaching myself, but Trial and Error are handling most of the education. I don't quite get mysql, and php deserves to be learned later, but I can follow directions like a pro. And if I can get to the source, I can glean enough about a template to get it looking like I want it (I tell myself)..

Thing is, my timing was off by a day, but I'm really kinda proud of myself. I got it all working! Still not to sure about joomla so after I mocked up a site using it I found out how to install WordPress and made a site with that, too. Basic, quite. But better? Absolutely

Yay me.
Curiosity, where we going next? Didn't I see a welder out back? How hard could that be?

10 blog comments below

Wonder what would pay better, welding or making Websites?
deanhills on Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:58 pm
Ah, but turn either of them into 'jobs' and they eventually cease to be fun.

Welding. Good welders are exceptionally well paid..
onebadpenny on Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:39 pm
I like anyone that makes the effort to learn on their own. As far as PHP goes, there are several good tutorial sites. Joomla, I have no background with.

As for welder, become a certified underwater welder!
standready on Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:06 pm
Does that mean you have to leave your laptop on all the time? (Sorry I don't know ANYTHING when it comes to servers, other than using one that someone has set up to host my website).
GuidanceReader on Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:25 am
Using PC as a server is risky, and most laptop is not suitable to run 24/7 .
We usually develop on local PC and use a remote server to host.

There are Pros/Cons of hosting on local PC.

1. get the change to learn web server management skill <-> get to do everything on your own
2. keep data on your computers instead of remote server <-> protection from hacking is weak
3. N/A <-> electricity fee
4. N/A <-> network bandwidth ( to allow how many people access simultaneously )
5. N/A <-> dynamic IP address will increase DNS lookup time
6. N/A <-> computing ability ( to allow how many people access simultaneously )
rx9876 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:05 am
to clarify, the server on my laptop is not accessing the internet. I brought it online one time just to prove that I could, but my only goal for the server is to have a test bed for learning about website coding. And whatever else comes up. When it's time to go live with something semi-permanent I have my frihost account Very Happy

So no, it doesn't have to run 24/7, it only has to run when I want to play with it.. which leaves the 24/7 option on the table because I haven't yett learned to stop when I'm still having fun. Very Happy
onebadpenny on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:58 am
Many ISPs do not allow users hosting websites or game servers with the risk of termination. Try reading your ISPs Terms & Conditions before hosting anything including Minecraft servers.
twotrophy on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:31 am
Let me reiterate.. My ISP never sees my wamp server. My wamp server never accesses the internet. It is strictly for playing with within my home network.

But thanks for mentioning it so that I never change my mind Very Happy
onebadpenny on Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:22 am
Web development can be a lot of fun, glad you're learning the skills!
Yeah, running a server isn't too hard, but, you've also got to be somewhat more aware of security; keep your server secure and up to date, or it will likely be found and coopted.
EDIT - Ah, I see it's local, nevermind Wink

Additionally, you can work on website design locally, no server or webhost involved. In fact, that's how I've always built my sites - write them offline, get them basically working and designed, then upload them to the server. Just keep all the files in the same folder structure you'll use on the server, and the site will work locally just fine Smile This is pretty much moot, though, given that you've got hosting here.

deanhills wrote:
Wonder what would pay better, welding or making Websites?

(Generally) Welding. By far. It's more consistent, at least Wink
Ankhanu on Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:57 pm
That's cool I like the DIY attitude, half the useful stuff I know about computers is because I needed to do something cool one day.
Josso on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:07 pm

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