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Seeking Advice in Building a Website
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Apr 17 2014, 4:15 am - By songofthefrog

Hi there NuRVers! My wife and I are
just starting out on our adventure. I would like to build a site
where we can chronicle our journey (probably in the form of a blog
and youtube videos), show a map of where we have been and review
places we go and stuff we use, maybe even eventually become an amazon
associated site.

Here's the problem. I am not sure how
to do it. I have a technical background, been in IT for about 14 yrs.
I was a java developer for about 5 years, but then I moved into
management. I have always focused on the middleware space. No GUI,
just system to system. The last time I built any kind of GUI was in
2000 and boy how things have changed. I started to build a site using
google sites (I like the fact that it is free), but it is pretty
limited and ends up looking pretty 1995. I am sure someone who knows
more of what they were doing could get more out of it, but I just got
supper frustrated.

Can you point me to some resources to
get up to speed? Is there a tool out there that is easier to use than
others? Maybe wordpress? Any advice you can give would be very

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Apr 17 2014, 4:36 am - Replied by: geekynomads

Not to burst your bubble but - you and all other rvers it seems. ;)  If you check out rvillage.com it seems most people have a blog doing what you want to do.  There are a ton of RV blogs!  In fact, that's what ours started out as but now it's morphing into more of a personal blog with occasional informational articles.  The useful content drives readership (like how to replace the fuel pump in an F53 motorhome).  Nobody really cares about my sunset pictures.


Technomadia has a video chat today (thursday) at 8pm on this subject. 


Basically most people use blogger or wordpress.  Those are the "easy" platforms.  Drupal has a little more flexibility but it's super complicated. Probably better for ecommerce sites (though I know someone who makes a lot of money building such sites with wordpress).


Part of the fun is figuring it all out so go to wordpress.com and check out their free options (I think they have some).  Once you have a basic blog up you can start reading the (very complete manuals).  Simultaneously start look up information on HTML, CSS and jQuery as you start to theme.  Look for plugins that do what you want to do.  There's a nice android app that will put up a map that outsideourbubble.com uses.  Everything on our site is custom developed (because I'm a masochist).  


If you come across any specific quesitons, I'm always happy to help.  Good luck, take lots of pictures and video in your travels!

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Apr 17 2014, 12:51 pm - Replied by: Skunk_Workz

Your best bet is to use one of the existing platforms that already does this very well.

Wordpress has both hosted, and self hosted versions (Wordpress.com for WP hosted, or Wordpress.org for a download to host yourself). The self hosted version has a bit more flexibility, but the WP hosted version will be cheaper / free (IIRC the only cost is if you want to point your own domain at the site, instead of using one of their subdomains).

Most web hosting providers will also have an auto installer for WP, but honestly, it's dead simple to install. 




Apr 19 2014, 2:32 pm - Replied by: songofthefrog

you both for your advice! I tried to join the live chat you
suggested, but it got postponed. I've started playing around with
wordpress.com. I think this is going to be my starting point. It is
easier to use and I like the themes they have available. Although I
just know I am going to end up spending money. It seems that every
little extra feature is available for just a little $. I have the
feeling it is going to be like going to the dollar store. You think
well I'll just grab this one more thing it's only a buck. Before you
know it you are handing over a twenty.

Apr 19 2014, 4:16 pm - Replied by: Technomadia

Hi.. and welcome.  Yes, we will be rescheduling the Blogging for RVers live video chat for sometime this week now that we're back in an urban area with bandwidth. 


We'll be going over however more about the 'whys' of blogging than necessarily a how-to.  But we will be mentioning some of our favorite resources  - such as platforms and folks who can help out if you don't want to tackle it yourself.


 - Cherie

Cherie and Chris / Technomads / www.technomadia.com
1961 GM 4106 - Vintage Bus
On the road since 2006 

Apr 30 2014, 3:16 pm - Replied by: taketimeforlife

I use Weebly for my personal site as well as for clients I design sites for. It's very user friendly and affordable.
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May 19 2014, 4:41 pm - Replied by: taketimeforlife

I do website design...if I can help, please let me know.


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