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tom mclain
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Would like to start my own DIY boardgame website in the theme of BGG or Gamerdad. I have limited web-design kmowledge and an income to match, but don't want to stoop to MYSPACE standards either.. could anyone more experienced give some advice on where to turn for economical but decent looking options to host a new site for noobs?
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I came across these two the other day. Basically they allow you to create and host a website entirely online with practically no HTML or CSS knowledge. I doubt you'll have much control over the structure of the site but they both seem pretty slick.

http://www.weebly.com/
http://www.jimdo.com/

Personally I use Typepad ( http://www.typepad.com ) and I see they have just added 'pages'. Typepad is a blogging system par excellence, and the addition of pages (basically blog entries without dates, which don't get added to the chronological archives) mean you can really create proper websites with it.

Typepad isn't that cheap (if you want to customise it) although if you are happy with one of the default themes it's a good choice for those on a budget. It's fairly simple to set up, although a general knowledge of blogging will help you get going.
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tom mclain
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Thanks Glum, i'll check into all three.
 
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Hey Glum-
As i've indicated i'm a complete noob at this. Could you explain the difference between a webpage and a "blog" page? Would the most basic typepad option cover my needs you think? thanks!
 
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A 'blog' is a kind of web page that is generally used as a diary. A typical blog might be someone's holiday snaps, or a cooking site with new recipes added daily, or whatever. The idea is that you accumulate information rather than revising it -- old info never goes out of date.

A non-blog is, I guess, more general purpose, and doesn't automatically save old information. The advantage of a blog is that you get syndication built in, so that people can subscribe to your website (e.g. get an email when you add new info). The advantage of a non-blog is that you have more control over the design, features etc (if you're happy to write code).
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ahh...
and can blogs be found in typical search engines just as websites can? for instance if I call my blog "worthramblings@typlist could it be found by anyone? If not then how do you promote hits to the site?
 
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Yes, blogs can be found on search engines. It may take a while for the search engines to include your blog in their listings, though. (That's true for non-blogs as well).
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tom mclain
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Thanks again so much..
I think i'll give typepad a shot again since i just found out a professional webdesigner can start at four grand-ouchgoo
 
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Let me know if you get stuck with Typepad. Good luck.
 
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