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  1. #1
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    Hi everyone,

    As of today I am developing a website and I only have a basic web terminology/MIS background. A friend needs a site and I said I would try and help him. At this point it is essentially a brochure. No e-commerce, blogs, forums, quotes, etc......maybe a "contact us" page with a form.

    Here is the basic set-up thus far;

    My first page is to be an "animated/spinning" globe (he is a freight forwarder) that would look similar to this; http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-vid...ld-network.php that will include some basic company information and page links. From there you click to "enter" the site. The subsequent pages will be similar to these http://www.genesis-forwarding.com/americas.aspx?loc=ameand/or http://www.worldclassshipping.com/ By and large the site will be static with text and a few images and a goal of less being more.

    My initial questions are;

    1) Based on my specs, should I go template driven (like a Yahoo! SiteBuilder or Intuit or TemplateMonster?) or create my own/DIY? Or a hybrid?
    2) If a template solution, any recommendations between Yahoo or Intuit or..?
    3) If DIY, Dreamweaver or MS Expression? (I am a PC/Vista user)

    I really appreciate all input. Let me know if I need to provide more info and Thanks!

    Chris


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    1) I think you are talking about using SiteBuilders to help you..I dont think you should go that route. There are a lot of templates you can purchase for cheap http://www.freewebtemplates.com/ pick one you like and you can pretty much edit to fit your needs.

    2) Im not sure what your talking about Yahoo and Intuit..but im assuming they give you tools to help design a site. I would recommend looking at #1 . Designers create templates to be sold and used for free - take advantage of that.

    3) Doesnt really matter, it comes down to personal preference. I have created sites with notepad and then used FTP to upload them. I have also used DW (its a good tool and has integrated FTP/uploading and some other tools to help you).

    Just another note on splash pages - the "Enter" page. Theyre very looked down upon. Many times a user will hit your splash page and leave. Why do you make them even do anything before they see your site? Just present the site, you can have supplemental animation on the actual site, but the whole "Enter" page is a waste of time for users (i have actually gone to sites, hit a splash page and hit the back button)

    gluck with ur adventure

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    Thanks = I think that is the route I will take "There are a lot of templates you can purchase for cheap http://www.freewebtemplates.com/ pick one you like and you can pretty much edit to fit your needs."


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