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    So...I'm looking to start a website for a business, but I have very limited knowledge on how to do that. I don't know HTML yet. I'd love to learn, though.

    So Here's What I'm Looking For:
    1. Tips on Getting Started
    2. Books to Read
    3. Software to Use
    4. Domain Sites to Purchase A Site From
    5. Anything Else You Think of That Would Be Helpful

    Thanks guys!
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    1a. Don't look for the easy way out. Not saying you are, but there are many times where you will be tempted to do so. Don't give in. Learn everything thoroughly and you will be glad you did.

    1b. When I first started out, I used tables to organize everything. It's a good way to start because it teaches you how you can use width, height, and position attributes to make things look the way you want them to. But later on, you'll need to learn CSS and how to use them with divs and spans.

    1c. W3Schools Online Web Tutorials

    2. Google. Srsly. You can find out anything you want using this as your launchpad. Even Google everything you think you know. You'll learn more.

    3. I use Notepad++. It's free, open-source n' stuff. Has my favorite syntax markup (colors the attributes to make it easier for the developer to read). Works well for coding HTML/XHTML, CSS, PHP, and Javascript if you want to get into that. (Browse Notepad++ Files on SourceForge.net)

    4. GoDaddy is a popular one. Some hosting plans (MochaHost :: cPanel Hosting | JSP Hosting | Linux/Windows Hosting | PHP MySQL Hosting | ASP.NET Hosting | MS SQL Hosting | Frontpage Hosting, Affordable Web Hosting at Lunarpages) will help you get a domain name when you buy a hosting plan for them. Remember you need to buy a domain name (the www[dawt]whatever[dawt]com) and also figure out a way to host the web site files for the world to access. Paying a company in return for guaranteed uptime and service is the de facto standard, but you can host from your home if you really want to.

    5. Click here and begin: HTML Tutorial

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    I agree with the OP!

    Also, sometimes you find great workshops here for free.

    CreativeTechs Classes

    Oh yeah, and my domain site is in some scandinavian country so I don't have to worry about americans deciding they don't like what I store on my site and deleting stuff. It's pretty much as cheap as godaddy (last time I looked) but you can't hide your whois info. (I just don't put the right info for my public site) One.com Web hosting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    Oh yeah, and my domain site is in some scandinavian country so I don't have to worry about americans deciding they don't like what I store on my site and deleting stuff.
    And, how often does that happen?

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    I know people it happened to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    I know people it happened to!
    I'd be interested to hear about this. What kind of files were they hosting?

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    I sent him a PM (different place) asking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzcrossed View Post
    4. Domain Sites to Purchase A Site From
    I have purchased multiple domains from Namecheap.com and have had pretty good experiences with them. You can usually find coupon codes if you do a Google search.

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    For actual designing you can try to paint a website in photoshop or any other respective painting program and then slice the page in different images that you then try to align with html code on a webpage.

    You wont need much html knowledge to do that and that way you will pretty fast have a first design to be proud of .

    There are programs that do the slicing for you too, but I am a bit out of the loop, back in my days the program was called Dreamweaver I think.

    Good luck tho with your idea, best way to learn is to rengineer written code you find on the internet, like for example a readymade forum. That in combination with a PHP starter guide you can learn, how code works.

    All of my bookmarks on the topic are in german, maybe this site is good for you: (PHP Tutorial), any other respective site with a php/html starter guide will do tho too.

    Just never buy books, they are far too expensive, too much to read and boring
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