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Hi

I have a mad idea and need some advice! Sailonly(Paul) made the suggestion that someone collate peoples memories and photos of bygone boating holidays into a book. I have been thinking about this and rather than try and get a book together I would like to try and create a website dedicated to the golden age of boating on the Broads. I know that there are a few of you out there who have your own websites so any advice will be gratefully recieved.

I don't want to do a history of the area as such or the boats or boatyards, rather an archive of personal memories, recollections, holiday tales and of course photos from the 50's/60's and 70's.

Now here's the thing ...... I have absolutely no experience in web publishing and I'm not quite sure where to start! I have some web publishing software (Serif WebPlus 7) which sounds as though it's fairly straightforward to use, providing templates and some very nice graphic effects etc which should give me (hopefully|) a reasonably professional looking website. Design and layout is something I know that I can do as I already use various graphic design and desktop publishing software, and I'm not aiming for anything too grand!

Is it a simple as that though - create the web pages through this programme and then find a host to publish them onto the internet? How do I find a host? What do I do about registering a website name.... or is that part of the service that the host would provide? I've seen adverts in computer mags for website hosts who provide software for creating your own site and domain name registration within a monthly package so would that be the best way to go? My only problem with that is I don't want to start shelling out a monthly £5 fee when it could take me several months to get something together.

The other help that I'm going to need is from all of you who have pictures and memories from that era. There have been some superb pictures posted recently and I would love to be able to use some of them and get a bit more background info, written memories etc from you to help to create this archive. I envisage this as being a very much ongoing project that I will be adding to (hopefully) all of the time as I just think it is so important to record this aspect of Broadland's history.

So.... a Broadland historical archive ......is this a good idea or am I just mad for thinking I can do it?

Heeeeeeelp !!!!!!  Smile

Carol

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Hi Carol,

It really is as simple as that, at least until you start doing anything more sophisticated. (dynamic pages etc) and even then there are solutions that are almost off the shelf. The bulk of my site was put together in MS Word.

Just so long as you unerstand what a hylerlink is, it's pretty straightforward. Just remember to inistall a copy of Firefox and test your site to see that it works with both.

BTW, it sounds like a great idea  Smile

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Hi Carol

Sounds like a good idea to me. I can probably help with some pictures and stories.

Why not ask Richard to host your site? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on webhosting.

Many ISPs give you free web space. Mine does this and this is where my website is hosted.

I find it helpful to plan the site carefully before you start writing it. Think about what pages you will have, what will be on them and how they will link together. Create a directory on your computer and put the pages you create and all the photographs into this folder. Don't put anything else in it. Make sure the site works OK in this folder first. When you are happy with it, copy the contents of the folder to your host's computer using an FTP program.

Keep it simple to start with you can always add more later.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Carol.
Great idea for a website Smile
Serif WebPlus 7 is a reasonably good software that will provide with most of the tools for the job, thing to remember is to keep it simple, sit back and think about how you want the the site to look, I find doodling on paper first is great for this!

Reference web hosting be carefull regarding size, there will no doubt be quite a few pictures involved so a decent amount of space will be required, the site that I do for the International Tempest is only 25mb space and I`m serverly limited on the amount of pictures I can post there, look for upwards of 50mb, have you looked at the link at the bottom of this page for web-hosting?

If you require any graphic stuff doing then you are welcome to gives a nod I`ll be happy to help!

Best of luck!
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Hi

Thanks for the advice guys! I hadn't noticed Richards web hosting service!  Blush
I haven't a clue how large the site would be but if it exceeded the maximum size then I certainly wouldn't object to paying the £4.95 a month. I just think it is so important to archive this history. In doing this I hope others who have memories and photos will find it and contact me .... as I said I intend it to be an ongoing thing. Nigel (woodwose) that would be great to have some info and pics from you, thank you so much for the offer.

I have put the serif software on the PC this evening and will have a play about with it over the next week and see what I come up with. I have to confess that I'm not in the slightest bit geek orientated - it's not that I can't learn, I just don't bother until I need too! I have got to grips with lots of design software so I'm sure that it shouldn't be a problem .... I just struggle with all the technical jargon! Straight over my head I'm afraid.   Scared

I obviously have a few bits that I can make a start with - my grandads film and my brother-in-laws photos and holiday tale from 1966 so I'll see how I get on. I have vague ideas of what I wnat to create within the site so I think I just need to sit down and plan it all out a little more thoroughly. As you say, it can start off as a very simple thing and then develop as my knowledge and the photos/ information is gathered in...... hopefully !!

I shall also be trawling back through this site for those wonderful old photos that have been posted .... so those of you that have contibuted such items should expect to be recieving begging PM's from me!!  Playful Wink

Many thanks again

Carol

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Carol

A great idea and well worth the effort!

It goes without saying - anything I have is yours!

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Carol, sounds like a great idea. No problem with hosting with us (and of course it wouldn't cost anything). In fact Craig is about to move THE DATABASE to another ISP so I'll even have an empty server.

Your ideas for a site would be perfect for a CMS (Content management system), I know we've got some off-the-shelf software for that, but I'm not sure if the license is still valid (I'll check on that). Give me a couple of days and I'll see what I can come up with.

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Hi

That is a wonderful offer Richard - thankyou! I'll wait to hear from you and in the meantime I'll get planning on paper!

Chris - many thanks...... you were definately on my list to contact!  Playful Wink

Carol

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Hi Carol,

Regarding the cost, you should be able to get all of the hosting you need for a simple website for free from your existing ISP (eg BT, AOL etc.), as they all keep increasing their storage space allowance. (Although Richard's kind offer is too good to refuse, with all of the additional expertise on offer.)

If anyone wished to publish something very large and more elaborate, paid for Hosting has now become so competitive that there are now some fantastic deals around.

I currently use a Ten Domain package with unlimited bandwidth and storage space, database access and 'active' server pages, which only costs me £80 a year (£6.66 a month), on which I run Shorebase and a number of Owners Club Sites, which between them receive over 100,000 'hits' per year.  Smile

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Hi Paul

I'm with Orange (since Wanadoo were taken over) and I did check out there free web hosting but it is very limited. Although I'm allowed several websites they are each restricted to 9 pages which I don't think will be enough for what I have in mind. I think bandwidth allowance was around 50mb but the templates they provide just didn't seem to be suitable for the layout I want.

Well worth checking out what your ISP does give you if you fancy setting up a little personal website though! I had a play around with it and it is very simple to use but ultimately I don't think it's of a lot of use for my archive idea.

Many thanks

Carol



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