What do you use for web sites?

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  1. Don

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    I believe we've had this thread before, but here goes again: What do you use for creating your web sites? HTML? XML? A CMS, like Joomla? Why did you choose to use what you're using?

    Personally, most of the websites I do for others, I do with HTML (they're simple sites, for the most part). For my primary website, I use Joomla. Once I figured it out, it's an easy CMS, especially to add extensions. I recently experimented with TextPattern; but I didn't find too many extensions/add-ons. I looked at Druple, but the learning curve is too steep for me right now (not enough time to spend on learning a new CMS).
     
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    I don't know much since I'm just the content person for the website but my DH has designed it and is redesigning it. He's using Drupal right now
     
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    The only pages I have done were for a college class and there were done in HTML with some CSS thrown in.
     
  4. jackwarr

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    What's the purpose of the site?

    The question I ask people who come to me with that question is the same as I ask when they ask me what kind of computer to buy -- what are you using it for? That really helps determine what kind of framework you want to use for your site. Joomla -- great. Drupal -- ditto. Wordpress -- wonderful. 1st Page is a decent free alternative for static web pages. And then there are the old standbys.

    If you're thinking of going at it alone and don't have the time to devote to either learning or upkeep on a CMS like Drupal, I'd suggest going with Wordpress. It's absolutley amazing what a person can acheive with the various themes and plugins. Yes, even to the point of givnin it a CMS feel.
     
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    Yep - Drupal has quite a learning curve from what I can see. My hubby is a software engineer by former trade (now a pastor). He's been programming computers (and doing hardware too) since the 70s (yeah, back with punchcards and such) and has done some pretty extensive work. He's STILL figuring out stuff for our site. :) Now granted, it's not his full time job to do the site (he is, after all, worship leader, college pastor and also doing continuing education), but we've been at it a year and are still learning more and more things.

    You can see our site at www.nbc.org :)
     
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    Very nicely done!

    Ann:

    Please send a boatload of kudos to your husband from me for a site very well done! I must say, I really like what I see. I have just bookmarked to your site on my browser and will use your husband's work as an example of the right way to do it. The design and readability are spot on, the navigation is intuitive, and the content appears to be up-to-date and useful. The core message of the church is right there front and center (why do some churches try to hide their core message on one of the back pages?), yet not wielded like a hammer. The design is especially amazing when you consider that your husband was a software engineer -- folks not typically known for having an eye for the aesthetic :).

    Please have your husband drop me a note (jack at jackwwarren.com -- use regular email formatting -- just trying to confound the spam robots). I'd like to ask him a few questions for reference purposes if I ever highlight your site on my website or in one of my seminars.
     
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    Hey Jack - I had DH read your comments and I'm sure it was a bit of a pat on the back. :) We've recently been working on the meta tags and titles for the page (still need to do one more thing for that) and then he's redesigning the front page to have a banner of photos across the front (and I need to find those photos too). I also need to put a BUNCH more ministries up there - with some video and pictures too. We still have so many more ideas but it's a cumbersome thing to do - which I know I didn't realize before this. I'm the one keeping the content current and DH is the design guy. We DID have a graphic designer come up with the initial stuff for the site so it's not all his ideas. :)

    Thanks again for your comments. I sent DH an e-mail with your e-mail addy and hopefully he'll get a hold of you in the next few days.
     
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