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  • 1. So you want a personal website? Myles Braithwaite {xmpp:email}: me@mylesbraithwaite.com twitter: @mylesb
  • 2. What do you want to do with you website?
  • 3. Single Purpose Web Sites
  • 4. • One purpose idea.
  • 5. WhatDayOfTheWeek.com
  • 6. DoWebsitesNeedToLookExactly TheSameInEveryBrowser.com
  • 7. • Basic knowledge of HTML (You could use OpenOffice.org) • Almost any free web host.
  • 8. Journal (or Blog)
  • 9. • Content that is updated on a regular bases
  • 10. kottke.org
  • 11. • WordPress (http://wordpress.org) • Movable Type (http://movabletype.org) • PyBlosxom (http://pyblosxom.sf.net)
  • 12. • Requires support for a dynamic language • Probably a database • Large communities for support and extensions • Well documented
  • 13. But
  • 14. Articles or Documents
  • 15. • Technical documents • White papers • Searching is incredibly important.
  • 16. Wikipedia
  • 17. Design Explorations by 37signals
  • 18. Document
  • 19. Wiki’s • MediaWiki (http://mediawiki.org) • Used by Wikipedia • DokuWiki (http://dokuwiki.org) • Flat files (no dependency on a database)
  • 20. • Plone (http://plone.org) • Alfresco (http://www.alfresco.com)
  • 21. Should I host my website with Home, Shared, etc.
  • 22. Home Server
  • 23. Advantages • You will already have a computer and a broadband internet connection. • Websites with little “media” have minimal bandwidth requirements.
  • 24. Bell Sucks
  • 25. Rogers Sucks
  • 26. ISP in Canada Suck
  • 27. Disadvantages • Bell and Rogers downtime is always an issue • Bell and Rogers don’t allow static IP addresses. • You will have to setup a Dynamic DNS • Or if your on Bell you could use a CNAME
  • 28. Free Dynamic DNS Providers • FreeDNS (http://freedns.afraid.org) • DynDNS (http://dyndns.com)
  • 29. Shared Web Hosting
  • 30. Advantages • Minimal cost • Administration is someone else's job • But do daily/weekly/monthly backups just in case • T1, Data centre, etc.
  • 31. Disadvantages • If the company goes bankrupt how will you get your data? • People on the internet are sketchy.
  • 32. • NearlyFreeSpeech (nearlyfreespeech.net)