I think among many other great tutorials, there should be one on “how to design a web hosting site” … So, if anyone is going to make one, do let me know
Ok, now coming to my problem.
I have been thinking a lot on how to actually design a website. My site is not entirely going to be a hosting site as I am going to provide hosting with services of a particular script. (I can’t give you more details at this point. Sorry for that)
I have 2/3 professional hosting templates that can be used for hosting site. But I am not sure if I will be able to integrate everything into it. (Like billing, checking availability of domain, support, etc). Most probably I will be using Clientexec for billing script. (Perhaps it can be used as a support/helpdesk as well) But again, I am not sure if I will be able to integrate it completely within the html pages of the templates.
From the past few days I have been thinking to use any CMS (Joomla/Mambo/Xoop) as a backed of hosting site. I have used Xoop before and I can easily handle any site with it. But perhaps its not a good option and I might have to consider using Joomla/Mambo. (that means I have to actually spend few days on getting the insight of Joomla) Plus, I also have to get a professional hosting template for it. As I might not be able to port my existing templates into Joomla/mambo. (means more $$)
Till now, I have been able to change any existing template/script according to my needs. (as you can see on my wallpaper site) I don’t consider myself as a programmer who can build anything from a scratch. My expertise are limited and so is my budget. I cant go to a designer and spend $xxx on website design.
So, what I want to ask is, do you think its better to use site as plain html (using some template) and try to go integration of support/billing systems into it? Or you think that a web hosting site based on some CMS are equally good?? If you can show me some examples, that will be a great help for me. I will appreciate any help that you can give me to keep myself in right direction.
(Sorry if I am writing to much, wasting your valuable time)
Perhaps my post sounds like that but by no means I m giving any preference to design over the functionality. The site should have a decent look but that’s it.
All what I am saying is, would you recommend me to use simple html template and try to integrate billing & support into it. Or you think that I can use a CMS as a backend site. (Things would become very easy to manage in this way)