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Old 04-23-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Recommendations for quickly building a flashy web site?


Hi all,

I'm looking to try to build a fairly flashy and pretty website for a small business. Can anyone recommend any good sites/services/WYSIWYG editors for getting this done?

The site I'm looking to build will have virtually no backend, except for maybe an email functionality. The backend coding is the easy part, as I am fairly proficient at PHP & Python, but I'm more concerned with all of the CSS & Javascript which my skills aren't quite up to par with.

Anyone have good experiences they can share?

Thanks,

Elite
 
Old 04-24-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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Practically every ISP offers a simple-to-use GUI and ready-made templates for creating websites.

All things being equal, I'd definitely consider 1 & 1, for example:

http://www.1and1.com/
 
Old 04-24-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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You might consider something to start you off. Such as:

http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/

(Note: I haven't used it myself).

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Old 04-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #4
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Have you considered Drupal/Joomla/Wordpress?
 
Old 04-24-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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Have you considered Drupal/Joomla/Wordpress?
Good idea. WYSIWIG editors is what they are, and they can be as "flashy" as you're able to make them. Of course, Wordpress is the simplest of these, and should be chosen unless one of the other two is absolutely necessary.

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
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Using things like wordpress is certainly the quickest solution for you, but your site might end up looking like many others. If you want it to really stand out, what about growing your CSS skills?

(Only the personnal opinion of someone who is no good at CSS but would like to... )

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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A Wordpress site can look like anything you want. You need to have hooks for the functionality that you want (comments, posts, navigations, etc), but you can put them anywhere in the HTML that the theme (which you can write yourself in PHP) generates, the CSS can be entirely your own.

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Old 04-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #8
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Oops, it seems I've been making false assumptions about wordpress. It's just that I've seen many wordpress blogs looking quite similar, probably because one can quickly set up a new blog using templates.

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #9
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(To play devil's advocate) Nothing wrong with your site looking similar to 1,000 other websites; it will be familiar for users to navigate and find the information they need.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #10
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I think more and more blogs tend to have neutral design as their authors focus on content, and kind of despise too much 'flashiness'. But that's not what eliteparakeet is after, so a google search for 'shiny (or whatever) wordpress themes' could be helpful.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 06:00 PM   #11
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I agree with snowpine. In a way most websites look similar (read: familiar) anyway. It's the good content that matters most, IMO
 
Old 04-24-2012, 06:02 PM   #12
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I think more and more blogs tend to have neutral design as their authors focus on content, and kind of despise too much 'flashiness'. But that's not what eliteparakeet is after, so a google search for 'shiny (or whatever) wordpress themes' could be helpful.
Neutral and minimalist design. Well, that's what I like anyway
 
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http://catb.org/~esr/html-hell.html

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
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Yeah, my favourite one is blinking text

You need to remove <br /> from the URL - it's broken.


Sorry. Off-topic.
 
Old 04-24-2012, 06:25 PM   #15
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You need to remove <br /> from the URL - it's broken.
Thanks, fixed.
 
  


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