Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Web portfolio

So yeah I suck at this blogging unless Bryan wouldn't remind us about it. I also figured I should write something before randomly passing out for the evening. So here's the deal. I'm not to good with dreamweaver...actually we really don't like each other at time nor does photoshop. So the real change right now is to figure what I want my website to look like and make dreamweaver do it. Which will hopefully help when I get the book that I ordered about dreamweaver, so yeah. I have my template done for the mail website but I would still like this amazing opening page that links to the main site. I also haven't figured out what to do with the "home" page. I finally found some web portfolios but they were rather lame to say the least. I figured if I need to do an online portfolio why not show my skills even more and make this something that I'm proud of and people look at it and be like wow that's awesome instead of oh yeah another one to get information from. Also I need to wow my prof's in England so that I can get into my classes. Speaking of which they really suck at returning email..even worse then I though bc I haven't gotten any feedback on suggestions about what I should include. I have like an about me page and basically the same thing that I use to apply to ASTP but this time around it looks a lot better. I thought about making the main page some type of artwork. maybe using photoshop or illustrator and combine some things and then I still need to figure out what to do with flash. I want the flash animation to be the main "first" page you get to...I suppose it would be considered the index and then another "main" page once you entered that with links linking to different pages. So if anybody has cool suggestions to do in dreamweaver or even something for flash let me know. I was thinking about making the flash thing about 10-30 secs long (10 seems to short and 30 seems to long) but i want it to be a tease of some sort and to move fast. So if that helps at all I would appreciate any suggestions anybody has. Mostly the next few days I'm going to be working on creating the website itself and linking stuff and writing some stuff. I also need to look into getting a domain or webspace. I would like a domain so if anybody has any info that they would like to share that would be great. I was talking to my bro about it the other day but he sorta lacks at the returning phone calls bc he said he would look into some things. Well thats about where I am now. All suggestions welcome


Blogger Alex Wales said...

Depending on what you need, GoDaddy might be able to register and host your site. They're fairly cheap about such things, and, while I'm sure there are other people out there who offer more or different things, I've never felt limited by GoDaddy.

...and PHP/MySQL comes supported, for whatever that's worth.

10:05 AM  
Blogger JLR said...


As far as dreamweaver, I mostly just use the code editor to get things looking the way I want them to and occasionally checking the visual results by switching over to the wysiwyg editor. Although I have found that dreamweaver has a built in code translator that sometimes renders the page a different way than what it will look like in Firefox or IE... so my best suggestion is to become familiar with your "Preview in Browser" shortcuts and set one up for IE and one for Firefox.

As far as domains and web hosting, I've done some research on that these past few years since I now have a 8/account shared server hosting with about 5 domains on it. Keep in mind, some hosting companies that sell hosting accounts for like $3-$5 per month actually put about 100-200 accounts on one server. When researching for web hosting, also take note what version of PHP their running. I know one web hosting company that has not upgraded in two years, rendering some of the scripts that I run not to work. I've been with the same web hosting company since they started, it's been about three years, so they might be considered small compared to some of the big guys, but they respond to my tech support within hours and install/upgrade any software that I request.

If you're interested in the web hosting company that I use, let me know, there's a special referral deal going where we both could benefit from. As far as domains, most of mine are registered through dotster.com, but their considered expensive nowadays. GoDaddy.com has cheap registration and a lot of people have recommended them. I have one domain hosted by them and one with namecheap.com. Soon I'll probably move them all over to godaddy or namecheap.

Hope this helps.

10:06 AM  
Blogger saratoga said...

I have my webhosting with registerfly.com and I kinda like it. The only thing I don't like is that they don't tell me when my bill is due until it is late. But I've never experienced any downtime and it works great with dreamweaver.

10:07 AM  
Blogger saratoga said...

ps. Jorge, this is emilee's blog, not mine.

10:08 AM  
Blogger JLR said...

I just realized that,

my bad... that's what I get for opening all of them at once and switching between tabs.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Bryan Alexander said...

Tabs can be addictive, as well as dangerous. Of course, I'm typing this from a 10-tab Firefox, with around 70 tabs open in the other four copies I have running...

Good advice from other folks.

PS: for the English profs, you should look into txting.

1:31 PM  

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