Totally clueless

design

#1

Hello. I am totally clueless. All i want to do right now is put up a page that basically says “Under construction”. How do i proceed? Thanks.


#2

[quote]I am totally clueless.

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That’s why there are web designers. :wink:

Seriously though, have you got a chance to take a look at DreamHost’s own Knowledge Base?

https://panel.dreamhost.com/kbase/


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#3

Knowledge base sounds like Greek to me. I read it but i am still lost. Is there no instructions anywhere that simple state “to build a page, click this, type that and post it here”?


#4

You need to build you page with a web design application, like NVU or Macromedia Dreamweaver.


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#5

Does dreamhost supply these apps?


#6

No, however, NVU is free and Dreamweaver costs $399. To get started on your first webdesign, see the various NVU tutorials or see the tutorials at W3Schools.

DreamHost may be far beyond what you really want to do. If all you’re looking to do is create a personal site and don’t want to mess with any web design, take a look at Blogger. They’ll get you set up with a blog and it’s very easy for beginners. The service is also free.


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#7

Thanks for the links!


#8

You may also want to take a look at the various NVU tutorials.


MacManX.com


#9

[quote]“DreamHost may be far beyond what you really want to do. If all you’re looking to do is create a personal site and don’t want to mess with any web design, take a look at Blogger. They’ll get you set up with a blog and it’s very easy for beginners. The service is also free.”

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I agree that starting with a server-based content management system, such as Blogger, is a good recommendation. But that does not preclude using Dreamhost because with Dreamhost you get your own domain name (for free) and you can have more control of your web site.

My advice:

1] Sign up with Blogger.
2] Set it up so that your Blogger files are FTP’d to your Dreamhost space and accessed using your own domain name.
3] If you have any more questions, come back here and ask.

BTW, my Deflexion.com site is created using Blogger, but hosted at Dreamhost. It’s an experiment and needs to be cleaned up, but it was incredibly easy to set up.

BTW2, you can use Blogger to create and maintain a traditional web site. It’s not just for blogging. This is the case for almost all blog software.

Good luck,
Nancy

Infinite Ink ~ http://www.ii.com
Deflexion & Reflexion ~ http://deflexion.com


#10

Thanks for the info, Nancy. I’ll remember that for next time.


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#11

Ok. I have the start page finished. Now my next dumb question is how do i transfer this to my domain so that when people type in “www.mydomain.com” they see it? Thanks.


#12

Save the page as index.html and upload it via FTP to the mydomain.com folder. If you’re using NVU, follow this tutorial. If you aren’t using NVU and you’re on a Windows PC, download FileZilla and follow this tutorial. If you aren’t using NVU and you’re on a Mac, use RBrowserLite and follow the tutorials available on that same site.


MacManX.com


#13

It would also be beneficial to see the DreamHost Knowledge Base articles on FTP, but use the apps which I recommended above, as they’re easier to use than the ones DH is recommending.


MacManX.com


#14

Thanks! I successfully uploaded a file to my domain. However, i put it in the folder with my domain name but when it shows up, it shows “parent directory” and then my file. How do i set it so that when people type in my domain name they do not see file names but instead they view the contents of my uploaded file directly?


#15

What did you name your main file? It should be “index.html” to serve as the main index of the directory. (I think some other names work as well, but index.html is the “standard” one.)

– Dan


#16

Thanks it works now. However, images do not show up. I named the file Index.html and it was a combination of text and some graphics. Now when i go to “mydomain.com”, i see all the text but the image does not show up. Any ideas. Thanks.


#17

I figured out the images thing. Thanks.