So You Want A Personal Website?

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So You Want A Personal Website?

  1. 1. So you want a personal website? Myles Braithwaite {xmpp:email}: me@mylesbraithwaite.com twitter: @mylesb
  2. 2. What do you want to do with you website?
  3. 3. Single Purpose Web Sites
  4. 4. • One purpose idea.
  5. 5. WhatDayOfTheWeek.com
  6. 6. DoWebsitesNeedToLookExactly TheSameInEveryBrowser.com
  7. 7. • Basic knowledge of HTML (You could use OpenOffice.org) • Almost any free web host.
  8. 8. Journal (or Blog)
  9. 9. • Content that is updated on a regular bases
  10. 10. kottke.org
  11. 11. • WordPress (http://wordpress.org) • Movable Type (http://movabletype.org) • PyBlosxom (http://pyblosxom.sf.net)
  12. 12. • Requires support for a dynamic language • Probably a database • Large communities for support and extensions • Well documented
  13. 13. But
  14. 14. Articles or Documents
  15. 15. • Technical documents • White papers • Searching is incredibly important.
  16. 16. Wikipedia
  17. 17. Design Explorations by 37signals
  18. 18. Document
  19. 19. Wiki’s • MediaWiki (http://mediawiki.org) • Used by Wikipedia • DokuWiki (http://dokuwiki.org) • Flat files (no dependency on a database)
  20. 20. • Plone (http://plone.org) • Alfresco (http://www.alfresco.com)
  21. 21. Should I host my website with Home, Shared, etc.
  22. 22. Home Server
  23. 23. Advantages • You will already have a computer and a broadband internet connection. • Websites with little “media” have minimal bandwidth requirements.
  24. 24. Bell Sucks
  25. 25. Rogers Sucks
  26. 26. ISP in Canada Suck
  27. 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. 28. Free Dynamic DNS Providers • FreeDNS (http://freedns.afraid.org) • DynDNS (http://dyndns.com)
  29. 29. Shared Web Hosting
  30. 30. Advantages • Minimal cost • Administration is someone else's job • But do daily/weekly/monthly backups just in case • T1, Data centre, etc.
  31. 31. Disadvantages • If the company goes bankrupt how will you get your data? • People on the internet are sketchy.
  32. 32. • NearlyFreeSpeech (nearlyfreespeech.net)

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