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Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:14 PM

#Note - I'm not sure if this is the right forum.

Okay so I'm creating a website where I will be uploading tutorials and such, as well as a portfolio.
I will be wanting a forum on this website so that people can discuss whatever problems and solutions they have with the tutorials.
I'm not sure of the best way to go around this, I mean, I can create the website. You know.. All the relevant pages with the right information on them.
But what I don't know how to do is create a forum, and have in all that 'login' business?

So if anybody can push me in the right direction, that'd be great.
Thanks!!

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

Is there any reason why you wouldn't build the portfolio bit by and and then bolt in an existing forum software?

Also moving to just web dev.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:23 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 08 August 2012 - 12:17 PM, said:

and then bolt in an existing forum software?


I'm not gunna lie, I don't even know what that means. I've always avoided web development.
C# XNA is where I come from.
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Re: Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:25 PM

Okay.. so build your site right? It has your portfolio, about, and all the little tid bits.. and have a link to a forum system you installed.

Example: https://www.vbulletin.com/

You would install this on your hosting platform and not have to worry about actually writing it.
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Re: Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 08 August 2012 - 12:25 PM, said:

You would install this on your hosting platform and not have to worry about actually writing it.


You see, that's where you are getting me. 'Hosting Platform' I don' even know what that is aha!
I know very little about Web.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:55 PM

Perhaps you should just hire someone to do this for you?

The gist is this.. you have a html pages, right? You need to have them "out there" so other people can access them. Be it your own server you are hosting in your basement, a webhosting service you buy, or even a virtual server from amazon... you need some way for the internet to get to those pages. Typically you would find some hosting service, throw down money, and maybe even buy a domain name. These hosting platforms typically allow a certain number of databases, how oddly you can upgrade specific software, and generally allow you to put data out there to be consumed.

If you are building a forum then you'll need to make sure you havea a database..
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:09 PM

Right!! Now that made more sense to me.
Instead of pestering you all night, is there some kind of.. Walkthrough to setting this up that I can read?
I refuse to pay someone to do something that I have the potential to do aha :3
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

No.. there's not really a walk through for you to buy webhosting.. well nothing that I would take serous.

Go search for "web hosting". Compare prices, services, and benefits. Then back check their validity. Godaddy, a1whs, gator, a small orange, etc are all hosting companies.

Then hit up one of the two or so major domain name folk (godaddy and 1and1 being near the top)... see if you can find a domain name.. figure out cost and such.

Learn how to install things on your hosting service.. that depends wildly on who you pick but the gist is there..

figure out/pay for a forum software... learn how to jump on an ftp to your host and install it (again instructions vary).

see how fun that was? Then write a website in some html and have a link there to your forum.


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I can change my own oil, but find myself not caring enough and will shell out the twenty bones to have jiffylube do it. What's the difference? If you are looking to learn web design then I kudos.. go nuts.. trial and error and what not.. if you just want something barebones to get your content out there so you can go back to XNA then just have someone who does it for a living do the work for you.
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Re: Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:18 PM

That doesn't sound too difficult, thanks for the help!
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:45 PM

This is probably not worthy of a new thread so I'll just ask here:

How do I edit someone's website? I am thinking of volunteering to redesign some local non-profit organizations's and local business's websites but I don't have any experience using a server other than my school's (Apache) via FileZilla. How do I approach this? I do know HTML, CSS and Javascript.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:47 PM

Okay so I was thinking that I would use this website to host mine.
http://www.zfast.co.uk/hosting
Since I know the person who created, I thought "Why not".

And then following this tutorial to create the forum.
http://www.youtube.c...h?v=T8FmlXLUcCY

If there are some obvious holes in my plan, I'd like to hear them sooner rather than later :3

Thanks
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Re: Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:51 PM

@carnivroar- you would get the existing code from their site (usually just ftp).. save it locally. make changes.. push it back to the FTP.


@oyyou - what do you mean holes? Purchase, purchase, learn how to interact with your hosting, pick a forum software, learn how to install it, and go. Honestly it's that straight forward, but the options you go with are varied enough that there won't be hand holding.... well unless you pay someone... experiment.. you won't break much.
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Re: Creating and Uploading website

Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:56 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 08 August 2012 - 01:51 PM, said:

@carnivroar- you would get the existing code from their site (usually just ftp).. save it locally. make changes.. push it back to the FTP.


Is it as simple as getting their host address, username and password and doing what I usually do on FileZilla for my website?

Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I think OP could benefit from my questions too. :)
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:04 PM

more or less yes. they should have that information locally, but if it's a national group it might be more tricky.. they might have a specific setup/branding/presentation you need to adhere to.. etc.
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 03:32 PM

Read into FTP. Also read into clear text authentication over a network. Realize how much of a blatant security risk this can be. Any skippie with wireshark at the right area can see your passwords and data fly by in clear text. Never touch FTP again.

Read into SFTP and SCP. They're based in SSH and come with built in encryption that keeps data safe.

Secure practices now, despite inconvenience, can save you far more in the long run if you do manage to have a sniffer prowling about.
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