Obviously, brand spanking new to the WHT Forum (altho been secretly reading posts for days he-he) and finally decided to join since it seems almost everyone here contributes in some manner.
I have been struggling now for nearly 3 months (sighs) trying to get a Web Page completed. I do not know HTML at all, altho I do possess some proficiency with basic Graphic Design software.
I initially registered my Domain name etc. with GoDaddy and have no idea whether or not they are a "good" host mainly cause I don;t have a Webpage or Site completed. This is where most of my problem lies because I have been trying to use Joomla and uploaded a "Template" but I am so lost in trying to Mod it that I have hardly been able to change anything in it.
So please help me understand the best way to proceed. Should I use web Builder software like CoffeeCup Visual Editor or Web Easy Professional or take a different approach?
I need mostly some basic pages with a perhaps a couple "pull down" menus, Request for Info "Forms" site music & perhaps some simple flash animations.
Any and all recommendations would really be appreciated. If I should Host with someone else, then great. I will take any & all advice to heart.
Thanks so much and hope that I can learn a lot here at WHT.
Last edited by Tazzman2; 07-30-2009 at 02:50 PM.
GoDaddy has a site builder. Like most site-builders it is a little limiting but will get you up and running real fast with a clean site while you work on a more complex site. Joomla makes nice sites and you may want to stick with that, and learn it, while the SiteBuilder site is up and running.
The only other I have used is Expression Web and FrontPage. I can recommend both of those. GoDaddy still supports Windows 2003 where you can use FrontPage.
Thanks once again. I will take your advice about GoDaddy's Site Builder program. I wish that I had known that they had one.
I was reading some other forums too and they did endorse Joomla a lot, so I am thinking that perhaps I uploaded a bad template to start with or maybe I just really don't understand where I am navigating to when I am working in Joomla.
Joomla seems complex to me altho I read others that swear by it, so now I am convinced that its just me not knowing how to use this.
Thanks again and I will contact GoDaddy and try to load their Site Builder I suppose.
Back when I first used Joomla (it was still Mambo back then) I took the manual (documentation) and read it, while using the software. Once you understand the concepts/terminology, it's not all that complicated.
As for templates, you do need to know some HTML if you are to modify them in any significant way. But, there are so many templates around. I find it unlikely for you to not be able to find one that fits your needs 90% or so.
I let my 14 yr. old daughter choose (she was tired of our site builder, even though it's very good compared to GoDaddy she was "tired" after a year and a teenager now (many people complain about GD here-proceed with caution)
I gave her the choice of what she wanted WR-Joomla etc. and a list of domain names to see their sites.
She choose WP, installed it herself because Fantastico was a patch out of date, & had her basic WP site up and running in 6 hours...of course 14 year-olds are amazing with this stuff and that's no joke.
But there's lots of good site builders where you aren't hooked for a year like GoDaddy (a few REALLY good) and lots of free web site scripts like WordPress, Joomla etc.
I'd suggest a really good site builder on a monthly host. I tried coffee cup and would say no for the way you describe yourself..
Almost any hosts site builder will be as good and easier, it sounds better than it is and it sounds like you are ready to have some templates or something & get a site UP.
PS: Nothing super-bad about Coffee Cup, I kept it just to do some quick HTML touch ups for clients now and then. But for you I think you would still be frustrated a couple of weeks from now....and their set-up is like if you want a contact form you have to buy the form builder...then maybe custom navigation button builder, banners program, etc etc, so it would be better to buy the whole package with the discount about $150...that's their pricing/marketing method. (I bought their captcha maker )
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Therefore, is it possible that I uploaded a weird template perhaps to GoDaddy or one not so compatible?
Are you facing any issues with the template? Is it not working as expected? A template is just a bunch of PHP, HTML and CSS code. You can simply edit the files themselves. I'm not sure what issue you're facing.
Joomla has support forums where you could get some specific help.