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new website needed. or not???
show user profile  STRAT
hi guys

thinking about the best way to have my wares out there in the public domain. usually a website would suit, which is what i have now, but it took an age to write and is a pain in the ass to update with new content. And it seriously needs some.

But, is a website really needed? are they old hat? I dont want one for business per-se, i dont need one to make a living or survive from, i just want a show case area to point people at and potential clients at once in a while.

So, what's the best solution? the social media route? maybe just a facebook area? or other social media page? or a quick template site (with no ads) i can quickly and easily update and keep on top of?

i'm not too familiar with social media stuff, but will certainly look into it. i'm not the kind of chap to spend my life online and dont have a smart phone. i just want to stay up to date in a graphic way i choose. nice and easy is the key!

whats your ideas and suggestions? i have an domain and web space i can use, but dont want the grief and hassle of manually spending hours updating and writing code. even templates generally piss me off. looking for something sleak and fast and easy and no-thrills to easily let me display my on-going imagery and notes i might want to share.


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9/6/2015 1:10:12 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 1:11:48 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
IMO social media (Facebook, linkedin) are just a way for everyone to post about themselves and no one really cares what anyone else is doing, really, just what they themselves are doing... or that's how I see it. Sure, if you're upper tier linkedin's fine, you'll get upper tier clients (and that would be you), but for the rest of us, I don't see the point. It's just narcissism.

For me a portfolio page is important because if anyone needs to see your worth you can point them there and they can make a quick assessment. So, yeah, I don't see any harm in making a kick-ass page (mine sucks, just carbon made), but who cares if it's fancy and your work is shit. Better to have a simple page that loads in 2 seconds filled with good work.
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9/6/2015 1:21:07 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 1:21:07 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
yeah, thats what im after. something quick and easy to maintain and keep updated on my webspace. any ideas? i dont want to re-write yet another epic. i want a quick easy solution. im happy for my work to do the talking. doesnt even really need navigation buttons/pages. just something clutter free i can keep constantly updated

im not into social media and chatting to be honest, but i will get a personal facebook page set up soon i think, just for the crack.


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9/6/2015 1:26:25 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 1:33:19 PM)
show user profile  joelr
i just made a wordpress portfolio website, with a template that i paid something like 50$ so it wont have any ads in it.
it looks pretty good, and you can set it up in a couple of hours.
updating is also easy, i just added a new page a few days ago, it took me about ten minutes to do it.
and i have no background in html or coding etc, its all pretty simple and straight forward.

good luck,

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9/6/2015 1:44:16 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 1:44:16 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
joel - thats great. simple and too the point and completely in your face. looks like you have numerous options you could use in that template too. was that a 1 off payment forever, or a yearly sub?

trouble is, i dont know WordPress at all or how to implement this into my web space. is it easy and straight forward for a complete novice if i went down this path? as you say, sound like it could be.

(awesome works as usual mate)


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9/6/2015 1:55:36 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 1:55:52 PM)
show user profile  joelr
I bought my theme here;
Its 59$ for one theme with no adds. You get a year of support.
Of course there are meny other WP themes you can choose from, and a lot of themes for free.

I also didnt know shit about WP before starting, but it is very simple.
Have a look at wordpress on how to start your own WP site. After that, i remenber the directions i got from the theme support where pretty good and i had my site finished pretty fast.
By the way, have a look at WIX. They also have a website template you can configure yourself and its very simple. I didnt choose it because you need to keep on paying them every year so you dont have theyre logo on your website (but i did like some of theyre designes)

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9/6/2015 3:59:13 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 3:59:13 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
No such thing as cheap, quick, and high in quality.

Take the time to do a real site, WP is too hack-prone, and looks obvious.

// edit

If you think about it, web presence is the replacement to brick and mortar places.

No one in their right mind would go with a solution that leaves you looking like every other shop in the community... And certainly not one that gets broken into by local criminals on a monthly basis.

Just think about that for a bit.

-Marko Mandaric

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9/6/2015 5:05:18 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 5:11:54 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Bolts, thanks! Absolutely agree, but as i say, it's a presence online im after. Something i can craft with my own work to make look special and stand out. It's not for my living, just for well being to be honest.

But, i really want all to be low maintenance. Dont want to spend the time and effort if can be avoided, considering the use. But is this possible? How much of my own work can speak for me if i have a mediocre site template?

Maybe a clever idea just to create maybe 3 splash pages. No faffing. Think clever. Outside the box. Non convention. Almost like a teaser. Or as i mentioned above, dump the website and use more 'modern' online presence methods?

Thanks again chaps. Keeps the ideas coming.

And yes, i will certainly think about it.


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9/6/2015 8:38:10 PM (last edit: 9/6/2015 8:38:44 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon

My recommendation would be to build a simple and automatic system that meets the visual needs you have.

I'm a big fan of the auto-scale background look with a bit of info in text. Keep it simple, and make it work with PHP so that you just drop images into a folder and they just random show on the main page itself.

I can hand over a simple working page that does the trick if you want.

Just need to know if it's hosted on Linux or Windows...

-Marko Mandaric

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9/8/2015 7:33:02 PM (last edit: 9/8/2015 7:33:02 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
Bolts, thank you indeed my friend.

I've decided to treat myself to a new ipadpro/pencil/keyboard in november. I'll then take that opportunity to revitalise my site and the way i'm present on the web via social media. So yes, i might be knocking on your door in a month or 3, depending on the direction i go.

Thanks again.


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9/13/2015 7:23:13 PM (last edit: 9/13/2015 7:23:13 PM)
show user profile  gogodr
This is what I tell to every single client I have that wants a presentation website.
Just having a website doesn't mean that people will look at it.
Getting people into your website doesn't mean they will stay and read whats in it.

Take my development team website as an example:
I even forgot to renew the domain, but all we have in there is a GIF of ponies bouncing on the bottom of the page and a text that changes colors saying "Proximamente" or Coming Soon.
Yet, we are drowning on work. I receive way more project than what my team can handle, because all the marketing and networking I do, I do in person. (we don't bother to build our own presentation website, because we don't want more work to queue)


One would think that a Web Dev Team / Mobile Apps Dev Team would be the ones who need a presentation website the most. But I think my team is proof that it doesnt matter if you have a website as long as you have a network of contacts.

Of course if we had one, then we could use it so that my contacts can reefer me with their other contacts through the website easily, but it is just like a presentation card. You also need to work in order to get your presentation card to the right hands. And to do that is not an easy task.

1) A Bad looking website is worse than no website at all. (Sounds like bonkers, but bear with me)
If you present your products in a non eye pleasing manner, then the potential client will be thrown off and wont even judge what's in the website. He will just close it and dismiss you. If there is no website at all, then the potential client won't know where to start to look, but if you get in contact with him you will still be able to show your work personally.

2) You get what you pay for. (Or even worse, I have had many clients that think that they can make their own website using Dreamweaver or other "tool")
Making a good website involves a Designer, a Front End Developer and if you need any kind of service integrated in the website a Back End Developer. Of course you can cut corners but the more you do, the more it will look amateurish. Also for Marketing purposes you might need a SEO specialist (and those are not cheap)

3) Omg, but all that will cost me an eye and it is not really worth it for what I want. True, true, for a portfolio you don't really want a "good website", you just need something good enough that your potential clients stay in the website and see your real content. For that, the best way to go is with wordpress and buy a good theme. There is a stigma with wordpress because people usually go for the free stuff, that lets face it. It all looks amateurish because no professional will put out his best work for free.
Get wordpress, and spend around 50~60$ in a good theme that matches what you want to present.
And Wordpress is SEO ready, do less to spend in marketing.

Hello there

beautiful ;3

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9/13/2015 9:39:15 PM (last edit: 9/13/2015 9:39:15 PM)
show user profile  jpedleham
I would go with wordpress. It kicks ass, you can post via email and its incredibly easy to maintain. There are hundreds of portfolio themes on Its so simple i do quite alot of work with wordpress and there isnt anything that rivals its simplicity really. Its secure enough, the backend is really simple to understand and if you get a good theme theres usually a portfolio section where you just upload images and it builds the gallery up for you.

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9/14/2015 3:45:09 PM (last edit: 9/14/2015 3:46:17 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
^ Just make sure you turn the comments off, or every post will fill up with advertising.

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9/14/2015 3:49:44 PM (last edit: 9/14/2015 3:49:44 PM)
show user profile  Dave
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9/14/2015 3:55:25 PM (last edit: 9/14/2015 3:55:25 PM)
show user profile  Jock
My wordpress site was hacked a month or so ago, and by the time i deleted all the files i had to, there was nothing left.

Ended up losing the lot, god knows if i'll get another up and running.
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9/14/2015 4:07:03 PM (last edit: 9/14/2015 4:07:03 PM)
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