Solved

website development

Posted on 2013-06-15
5
181 Views
Last Modified: 2013-07-06
I have a registered domain. I would like to set-up a website that has <25 pages initially, but will be actively blogging (say once in a week).

At various points I would like to do the following:

Share some documents
Enable chat on the site
May be have a forum
Even accept online payments

What is a good starting point to start cost effectively now that could also scale to the above features in about a year?
0
Comment
Question by:olmuser
  • 3
5 Comments
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
Randy Downs earned 250 total points
ID: 39250358
You can start a WordPress blog hosted on ISPs like GoDaddy for very little investment - $50/year. The install is quick and simple. On-line payments are easy through a free PayPal account assuming you don't have a lot of products.

There are free add on chats and forums  if you are not picky about the design.
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:Randy Downs
ID: 39250360
WordPress has numerous templates you can apply for free - http://wordpress.org/themes/
0
 
LVL 52

Assisted Solution

by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 250 total points
ID: 39250479
A blog engine is a good place to start. However, the issue I have with wordpress is it is the most used system and that means the most hacked.  The  hacks are not a fault of wordpress but from poorly written plug ins.  

I would also look at https://www.tumblr.com as an alternative.  One thing I like about tumblr is you don't host it.  Instead, you just point your domain to your tumblr site just as if you were hosting it.  You can do the same on wordpress.com.

When you start talking about sharing documents and a forum, these are things that sound easy but can be more complex and trouble then you think.  If you need to shared documents only with registered users for example or controlling spam inside of the forum.  That is something  else.  Or a sign in/up system.    For that, wordpress may be the better choice along with drupal/joomla but wordpress will be *easier*.  You just have to really understand any of the "free" and "easy" plug ins that can do this for you.  A lot of pitfalls.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:olmuser
ID: 39250754
My goal is the sign in/sign up system so  I am a bit concerned by the "free" but spammy systems. Clickbank seems interesting, any comments?
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:Randy Downs
ID: 39250777
WordPress is easy to install and has a lot to offer. Clickbank gets a lot of negative reviews - http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/directory/clickbank.

My preference is to do my own hosting.
0

Featured Post

Gigs: Get Your Project Delivered by an Expert

Select from freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Read about how to approach blogging and about ways to do it right. Stand out from the crowd and let your knowledge be consumed by a large audience. This article aims to explain how your blog should look like,  the most important things to do while b…
How important is it to take extra precautions to protect your online business? These are some steps you can take to make sure you're free of any cyber crime.
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate how to integrate Mailchimp with Facebook. This will be demonstrated using a Windows 8 PC. Mailchimp and Facebook will be used. Log into your Mailchimp account. : Click on your name. Go to Account Setti…
The purpose of this video is to demonstrate how to prevent comment spam on a WordPress Website. This will be demonstrated using a Windows 8 PC. Plugin Akismet will be used. Go to your WordPress login page. This will look like the following: myw…

808 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question