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Hi! So first post. I got hit by the idea of creating a website, mostly for myself but also for anyone that might need some help with traveling more easy. Traveling, first and foremost with bus and train, and how to survive on the road and the cities basically. However, I've never created a website before if not a simple blog on WordPress counts. And this idea of mine includes some tricky features.
So, short background first so the point of usage might be more understandable. I don't fly much but love to travel, therefore mostly by bus or train. Since money is an issue (isn't it always) I often take the time to see new places when I'm traveling from one place to another. For example like now - traveling from Barcelona where I have lived during the summer, to Gothenburg (Sweden), using Flixbus and ferries, along with local public transportation. On the road I've googled like crazy about: how to get to the different cities (there are many great search engines but usually they only work for one area or country), to get around in the city, what to see, what the local supermarkets are called, luggage storage, public toilets and so on... Sure, asking locals could (and would) have solved it, I know... Either way, if all these informations and more would have been accessible on one website I could have saved so much time. And that's where this idea came to exist.
Overall idea: I want to create a website that helps me to store all this information that I'm gathering during my travels, and if anyone else wants to use it, great! But I want it to be funcional and stylish as f as well.
Problems: don't know anything of programming and creating websites. Also, if possible, I would prefer it it was free. When searching about it, it sounds like there are so many different ways and platforms. And most of the costs, that's why I'm writing here to get som advice on which to choose. I'm an easy learner but don't mind if it was as simple as possible.
The website (and all of its functions) :
1. I want the main page to be like a map of Europe, with the bigger cities. When someone click on a city, information will appear. If it's too difficult the dream would be a small window (is it called pop-up windows?) where you can see overall information about the train and bus-station or city. Like symbols for luggage storage, wc, food, colored in different colors to show how cheap/expensive it is. And if you click any of this symbols, you open another window, or web page, with more information about it.
2. Another, maybe more difficult one. There will be route-options. You can choose between night route/day route, train/bus, and thereafter the routes that are available for example during night time will appear. Here I would use the same background, but different routes will appear depending on what there is. And when you hoover above the route it will kinda glow up (to show that you have selected it). And if you push it you get more information in a small pop-up window (like with the stations) about travel duration. If you click it further another window open and you can read more information.
3. In this other windows with even more information, I will write more like a blog forum. Basic info that's good to know and about my personal experience. This I don't think will be that difficult. In the comment section however I want it to be similar to ex. reddit. Here people, or myself, can add questions like "Did it have a luggage storage?" and then other people can pitch in and answer. And if it's a really popular question that many are interested in they can upvote it, it gets pushed to the top, and I can see the interest in it. No one but me will be able to add information on the website, but they can provide me with information in the comments.
4. This will all be a as-I-go-project. I will add on routes, cities and info along as a travel.
- Is this dream too big with no experience?
- Is it possible to do this without programming? Like using a platform that allows me to do all this? Which? The cheaper the better.
If you've read this far, thank you so much. If you have a constructive advice for me about the idea, even more thanks to you. And if therecis anything that's unclear, please ask.
I've read about WordPress.org and Hostgator. Do you think those would be options when creating this site?
Sorry for having my first post being a question and being in the wrong place but I didn't know exactly where to put this.. Recently I was asked by a friend who runs a small business for some help in updating his website. He runs a small business and isn't very astute when it comes to IT or anything that runs off electricity. He originally paid a company to design and build his website using Magento and he has been paying this company several hundreds of pounds since to do very incremental updates to the website (such as change a price, add an item, arrange a sale and so on). This company has typically taken a while to do these updates, charged a fortune and have updated prices incorrectly a few times which has cost his business hundreds of pounds with stock being sole at dirt cheap prices. He told me he has had constant difficulty with this company when it came to having things changed on the website and feels that the company might be taking him for a ride as they know he doesn't have a clue about it.. I asked him why doesn't he just get the logins and I can show him how to update it himself. I have no experience with Magento, my html coding experience is fairly old but from what I've read about Magento it seems fairly straight forward.
I have contacted the company on his behalf (who designed the website) and have asked for the admin logins and they have said that before they provide them they want me to sign a disclosure in case anything goes wrong with their 'server'. I asked my friend why they are talking about their 'server' as I researched that the website was being hosted by 34SP.com and not themselves; he didn't have a clue about this, I'm not sure why I asked him. I asked the web-designer what they meant by their server as I could see it was hosted elsewhere and the contact told me the server is a VPS hosted by 34SP.com and the responsibility for its maintenance is with them and to have someone who they don't know work on it is obviously a risk for them. I completely understand that it I was to make an alteration to the website that would essential break it, that wouldn't be on this company to fix; what I'm not happy about is signing a disclosure stating that if anything goes wrong on the server (as other websites are hosted there) that I would be responsible for the lot (especially as I would have no way to prove that any damage done was as a result of something I did to my friend's website). The logins he has given are only for his website, so I'm not sure what they are on are on about damage to the server, beyond viruses being viruses. They have asked me if I have any experience with Magento or eCommerce web development (I don't), however Magento is Open Source and they are a lot of things out there can use to learn how to update the website; as stated the updates are very minor, change item prices, colours.. in fact the most complicated aspect of this is adding euros as well as pounds on the website.
I've spoken to my brother about this situation, who is an IT technician but doesn't work in this area specifically, and he suggested maybe looking at moving my friend's website off this company's server so negating the risk that alterations would effect other businesses currently hosted on this company's server.
Sorry for the long post but just after a bit of advice. Part of me thinks they are covering their backs and part thinks that they are trying to put the frighteners out there are they charge crazy fees for a few hours work.
Hello all! I've recently ventured into website making/blogging, and whilst I've been enjoying the past few days, I was wondering what I could do to update my website design. The website seems to lack presence, and I'm wondering when is the best time to start think about the logo? (assuming it's wayyy too early for me to thing about making one)
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