WEB herro. i'd like to launch a site, but i have no clue wtf i'm doing. a total noob.

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  1. Gary Busey

    Gary Busey Guest

    basically, i've been kicking around an idea for over two years, of launching a legal news site tailored to my local area. i'm not a fan of the existing services in the area and think i can do a better job, we can report on matters quicker and with better writing, etc.

    content-wise, we're ready to go. i've got a couple of writers ready to work and we have the necessary contacts to get a nice flow of news stories going immediately.

    technical-wise, i'm totally lost. i'm not an IT person and my undergrad had nothing to do with the internets :noes:

    here's what i know so far
    1. i need to get a domain name. from who, someone w/ a good price, i dunno where to start.
    2. i need to find hosting. what qualifies as a good price/package, i dunno.
    3. i need to decide on advertising to be put on the site. whether i should go with adsense or something else that pays better, i have no clue.
    4. i'll need merchant services, as our subscribers will be purchasing news stories, abstracts and subscriptions from our site with credit cards. i have no idea how this works or if its too technical or time consuming for me to do personally.

    the way i envision it working is, someone comes to our site and purchases a subscription to our newsletters w/ a credit card. if they want to purchase premium articles/abstracts, they'll have to purchase those individually via credit card.

    any help is appreciated :hs: if i can do this all myself, wonderful. if not, suggestions on who/what to hire would be appreciated.
     
  2. drpepper

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    your first step is a domain. namcheap.com or godaddy.com is where you need to go. now, for a content management system. try using joomla or drupal.

    forget about ads until you get some steady traffic going. goodluck.
     
  3. auveeb

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    1. If you're looking to buy a domain, GoDaddy.com is the place to go.

    2. For a site like what you're going for, you're going to want maybe 100mb of space (even though most of it will be unused - it's nice to have) and a decent amount of bandwidth. PHP and MySQL are pretty much requirements too. Check this out: http://asmallorange.com/services/hosting/ It's perfect for you, and the company has a very good reputation

    3. Adsense is the way to go for new sites. They pay well considering things related to law have generally high-payouts.

    3. http://www.2co.com/ is what you're looking for. It is what fazle uses :)

    If you're in need of a programmer, check out http://www.scriptlance.com to hire programmers on the cheap. Make sure feedback is adequate though.
     
  4. Gary Busey

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    awesome stuff, thanks. joomla intrigues me ... can a total noob like myself use it, or will i have to learn MySQL and PHP

    .info names are on sale at godaddy for 3 bucks/year ... dunno if having that instead of a .com will make much difference. hmmm.
     
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    Don't go with .info, get a .com for your site. To use Joomla as in skin it, hack it, etc you will need to know PHP, a noob cannot do it. I personally don't like Joomla because of the excessive use of tables, I find Drupal to be a lot better...
     
  6. autox

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    Yeah, definitely go .com. I never liked joomla all that much, but there are a lot of options with it. Take a look at wordpress too, its typically used as a blog site, but some people use it as a CMS and there are a TON of plugins and so many different themes. It really depends on how you're going to do the site.
     
  7. Gary Busey

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    well, i'll be posting lots of members-only news stories, so the site going to be all text, maybe some pdf documents for download, too. so not a lot of bandwidth or coding is needed ... i think

    basically, the two most important things to me concerning the site are
    1. good login/membership management and
    2. being able to accept credit card payments

    would wordpress allow for such capabilities? :dunno:

    ah, i see. so joomla isn't an option then. does drupal require lots of PHP/MySQL knowledge?
     
  8. autox

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    Hmm, the login membership stuff should be easy, I dunno about CC payments, but only because I've never looked into it. The wordpress.org forums are pretty helpful:
    http://wordpress.org/support/
     
  9. marcom10

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    All CMS require PHP to edit, hack, etc...
     

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