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  1. Making a website in current year

    What is the word on website makers this year? I see ads for stuff like Squarespace all the time but I have no idea what is good. I don't want to do anything fancy, just a blog with maybe some book reviews and stuff.

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    Squarespace is pretty big. I've seen so many corporate sites made with Squarespace or Wordpress.

  3. Squarespace and alts like LightCMS are pretty good all-in-one solutions. You can reg a domain, set up hosting, install themes and all sorts of easy shit out of the box. Of course you're paying a bit more for the convenience, but it's worth it in my experience. Wordpress is a bitch. Setting it up is really quite easy, and you can have a simple blog up and running in no time. I've made about 15 Wordpress-based sites for clients and startups and it never 100% does what you want it to do without some dirty asshole code hacking. Who the fuck over 21 has time for that? If you love tinkering maybe it's a good choice. Squarespace is limited to what you can do with the design... but their templates and options are very design-forward and they have a pretty big variety of different website "types" (blog, store, commercial website, restaurant, etc.) that you can go with. I'd give them a try if the price is OK with you.

    If you want to run a store then Shopify is a good bet. I'm currently running a few Toronto/University merch sites and making an easy profit. You can use a plugin with Shopify called Dropship that prints and ships to customers automatically when someone orders. You just set your "profit" margin and they'll mark it up on that $5 or so. So if someone buys a tshirt I know I'm making $10.

    The fucking future is now.
    Last edited by Drewbacca; 08 Nov 2016 at 01:42 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by rezo
    Once, a gang of fat girls threatened to beat me up for not cottoning to their advances. As they explained it to me: "guys can usually beat up girls, but we are all fat, and there are a lot of us."

  4. if you do go the wordpress route, get the hosted one at the very least (and if you run your own install for the love of fucking god keep it updated)

  5. I've used WPEngine before. For high-profile sites this host is garbage. But for a less needy website it seems to offer some good options.
    Quote Originally Posted by rezo
    Once, a gang of fat girls threatened to beat me up for not cottoning to their advances. As they explained it to me: "guys can usually beat up girls, but we are all fat, and there are a lot of us."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewbacca View Post
    Squarespace and alts like LightCMS are pretty good all-in-one solutions. You can reg a domain, set up hosting, install themes and all sorts of easy shit out of the box. Of course you're paying a bit more for the convenience, but it's worth it in my experience. Wordpress is a bitch. Setting it up is really quite easy, and you can have a simple blog up and running in no time. I've made about 15 Wordpress-based sites for clients and startups and it never 100% does what you want it to do without some dirty asshole code hacking. Who the fuck over 21 has time for that? If you love tinkering maybe it's a good choice. Squarespace is limited to what you can do with the design... but their templates and options are very design-forward and they have a pretty big variety of different website "types" (blog, store, commercial website, restaurant, etc.) that you can go with. I'd give them a try if the price is OK with you.

    If you want to run a store then Shopify is a good bet. I'm currently running a few Toronto/University merch sites and making an easy profit. You can use a plugin with Shopify called Dropship that prints and ships to customers automatically when someone orders. You just set your "profit" margin and they'll mark it up on that $5 or so. So if someone buys a tshirt I know I'm making $10.

    The fucking future is now.
    Are you the reason Facebook is full of $25 novelty tshirts?

  7. Squarespace and WordPress (the self-hosted software package) are quite different animals. WP is nearly as versatile as you could want it to be, but as was mentioned, doing some things properly is going to require getting under the hood. With any "website builder" like Squarespace or Wix it's never going to be as open-ended, but it can certainly be simpler to set up your own site that way if you don't mind working within their pre-established parameters.

    The best way to get a site off the ground without hiring someone is probably "know a guy." After that, if you don't want to pay to have the site itself built, it just depends on where you care to fall on the convenience vs. versatility spectrum. Doing it yourself, you're almost always going to sacrifice one for the other.

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