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Creating Your Own Website Experiences

Please share. Did you do for fun or profit? Use something like good adsense?

[quote]JohnMariette wrote:
Please share. Did you do for fun or profit? Use something like good adsense?[/quote]

You mean creating websites? I do for a living. It used to be something I was into and I like, which I sorta do, but the industry has slowly killed my passion for it.

More of a side personal thing i was more speaking of but i would love to hear what worked for someone who did this for a living. What did the most successful sites have in common? And if your curious i was thinking of making my own website for personal training down the line.

[quote]JohnMariette wrote:
More of a side personal thing i was more speaking of but i would love to hear what worked for someone who did this for a living. What did the most successful sites have in common? And if your curious i was thinking of making my own website for personal training down the line. [/quote]

Depends on your level of experience, how much content and time your willing to spend on the site. For a personal business/advertising, I suggest making a website from scratch. I made my site just straight coding on Dreamweaver. This is your chance to make something extremely eye catching and interesting. If your just making a site just to make site, maybe start off with a CMS like Wordpress or Joomla. Its extremely easy but I dont like it because it confines me to very few options and less customization. If you want your website to develop traffic, look into SEOs. If your thinking just maybe a blog or something to keep track of from time to time,Tumblr is your answer.

I’ve done both. Still have a personal site on my home system. It’s nice for keeping a blog.
Commercial sites are a lot of work, and not something I do for a living. I’ve done two commercial sites for others, and don’t want to do another, unless it’s my own. I’ve had professional help on the commercial stuff.
Wordpress is good for personal use and will get your feet wet. It’s probably more than the average computer user can handle.

[quote]QuadasarusFlex wrote:

[quote]JohnMariette wrote:
More of a side personal thing i was more speaking of but i would love to hear what worked for someone who did this for a living. What did the most successful sites have in common? And if your curious i was thinking of making my own website for personal training down the line. [/quote]

Depends on your level of experience, how much content and time your willing to spend on the site. For a personal business/advertising, I suggest making a website from scratch. I made my site just straight coding on Dreamweaver. This is your chance to make something extremely eye catching and interesting. If your just making a site just to make site, maybe start off with a CMS like Wordpress or Joomla. Its extremely easy but I dont like it because it confines me to very few options and less customization. If you want your website to develop traffic, look into SEOs. If your thinking just maybe a blog or something to keep track of from time to time,Tumblr is your answer.[/quote]I am NO web developer, but I learned just enough about editing existing php, css, html and mysql stuff to get a really cool forum site running doing exactly what I wanted with tons of customizations. I started with all canned code though and am still light years from being able to create anything even vaguely professional from scratch. For me I think it would have been easier to continue learning from somebody else’s code than starting from scratch. Not saying you’re wrong. Just speaking for myself. After 14 months of work I lost the local computer (my own Apache box) it was on AND the backup =[ =[ =[ Long story.