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kendalcottages



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
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Location: Kendal, between the Lake District and the Dales

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:00 am    Post subject: Creating a new website Reply with quote

My website is long overdue a re-haul. To be honest, I never really finished (I was over-ambitious with all the different sections I was going to have). I would like to create something much simpler - probably less than 10 pages, with the emphasis on photos, etc.

I'm proficient with basic HTML having designed websites in the very early days, but I haven't designed a new site for probably more than a decade!

I know there are so many options out there nowadays that make the task easier. Any suggestions on what's best to use?

Wordpress? 1 and 1? Squarespace? Wix? etc.

I'm looking to put together something that's clean and smart (probably from an existing template), mobile friendly, easy to update and inexpensive to host.

Would welcome suggestions on the best options out there nowadays.

Thanks

Paul
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Drax



Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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Location: Yorkshire Dales

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Promote My Place and am pleased with it.
Take a look at my web-site as an example.
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zebedee



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another vote for PMP!
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CSE



Joined: 06 Nov 2006
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Location: Galicia

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you change hosting without any issues?
What does your present server able to host?
If not then try a drag and drop website builder like Mobirise or websitex5. WIX is online but I think you can download the code after.
Getbootstrap maybe be a bit more complicated to use, but it is free.
There are others which may not be free but still give you good VFM.
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newtimber



Joined: 24 Nov 2012
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Location: Brighton

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you already have a website and a hosting package, it is probably not worthwhile paying Promote My Place and you'd be paying for the hosting twice.

If you have the time, you might as well use the open source website builders like WordPress.
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newtimber



Joined: 24 Nov 2012
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Location: Brighton

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drax wrote:
I use Promote My Place and am pleased with it.
Take a look at my web-site as an example.


I've had a look and there are a few problems with it.

1) The website generates warnings that it is not secure.
2) At the end of the Privacy Notice there are the highlights of the cottage instead of the name and address of the Data Controller.
3) Cookies are automatically enabled without express permission and there is no way to opt out for your website only.

Are these PMP problems?
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bornintheuk



Joined: 12 Jun 2011
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Location: Southern Charente

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you know a little of HTML coding I would look at Bluegriffon, its free for the basic edition which has everything you need apart from sylesheet compiling. I think it works on all OS'es but I run a Linux system and it works fine.
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Joanna



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
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Location: Chester, North West England & Sidmouth, East Devon

PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd recommend WordPress. It sounds like you have enough essential knowledge to get what you want out of it. It's very widely used so widely supported with plenty of ready made templates available. There are masses of plugins that expand on the basic features. Lots of forums and Facebook groups so if you get stuck you'll find plenty of help. I use a theme from Elegant Themes called Divi which has lots of great templates and is very customisable, especially if you know any CSS. Most hosts allow WordPress installations although you can get hosts that specialise in WordPress. As you can tell, I'm a fan!
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LotBoy47



Joined: 31 Jan 2019
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Location: SW France

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squarespace is far, far more configurable and user friendly that Sitebuilder according to my youngest who’s our HTML guru.
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Drax



Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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Location: Yorkshire Dales

PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

newtimber wrote:
Drax wrote:
I use Promote My Place and am pleased with it.
Take a look at my web-site as an example.


I've had a look and there are a few problems with it.

1) The website generates warnings that it is not secure.
2) At the end of the Privacy Notice there are the highlights of the cottage instead of the name and address of the Data Controller.
3) Cookies are automatically enabled without express permission and there is no way to opt out for your website only.

Are these PMP problems?


Hi Newtimber.
Thanks for this, I will 'look' into your observations.
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Martha



Joined: 16 Apr 2006
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Location: Chamonix

PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're comfortable with basic HTML I'd go for Wordpress, it's flexible, powerful, mature, adaptable and has endless templates available.
(You don't need any HTML to use it but I'm taking that as a yardstick to say that you're reasonably comfortable with technology)

Wix is very good but I find it a touch limiting.

Squarespace is really more for portfolios, I can see it working well for holiday lets but to me, again, it would be a bit limiting.
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