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yebw in Virginia is doing 42 things including…

create a website

8 cheers


yebw has written 9 entries about this goal

It's up, but like I said, its a rough draft

I’ll have to fix it later, also the .mov files aren’t working, but it’s up,

It's basically done

Granted it’s a first draft, but it’ll do. Now I need to figure out where I want to host it, and bandwidth requirements and that sort of thing.

I bought iLife 06'

I’m combining pages from iLife and rapid weaver to create my website. The apple pages don’t allow tags, and the rapidweaver pages don’t seem as flexible unless you understand html. I’m combining the two elements in Adobe CS2.

I bought rapidweaver, and started plotting out my website

It’s very easy to create a working site, but not as easy to customize to the full extent of customizing. Hell, even changing the color took me a while to figure out. Still it beats the puss out of actually coding in css or HTML, hopefully this next paycheck I’ll be able to pay for hosting and start building it up. Thinking of a comedy podcast too.

Rapidweaver 3.2 or sandvox?

So in various reviews of iWeb, I’ve heard it compared to these two pieces of software unfavorably. I’ve downloaded the demo of each, and still I cannot decide. I think I might like I life 06’ for the slickness of its movie scoring-but these products sound more capable of easy/flexible web pages. Also they’re cheaper. Rapidweaver is like 35 dollars and I’ve got a coupon, and I’ve got the beta of Sandvox-which cost nothing (yet).

I was initially really tempted to get

I life 06’ as it has iWeb which would let me do a pretty slick site without having to bone up in Dreamweaver or h tml. I don’t mind learning those things, but everytime i want to do a simple project it takes 10 years to get it done because there are so many things that I have to learn to get it done. Anyway, iLife 06’ allows you to create pretty slick looking websites simply. But then of course there is always a downside. Reviews on the web say that it doesn’t support metatags. Also, it was not clear that it would be as useful without a dot mac account. I don’t really like dot mac. It seems really overpriced. Anyway in all the criticisms it compares iWeb to a program called RapidWeaver. Which is a simplified Web creation tool that was used to make some pretty slick sites. I’m not sure how to bring flash into it, but I I’m definitely going to investigate. It’s only 30 bucks and unlike the other software I’ve fooled with. A few minutes of jerking around has yielded okay looking sites.

hmmm, I'm beginning to think this could take longer

than I thought. The basic problem being that I don’t know anything about dreamweaver. I’m pretty handy with flash, but I’ve been told that using too much flash, makes it hard to search for your site. I don’t know anything about that. Also, all the templates seem to be for very serious sites, and I’m a comic primarily, and that’s the sort of site I was looking to create. Not so many templates for that sort of thing. I’m very found of Eddie Izzard, Steve Martin and Chris Rock’s sites, but they’re not easy to emulate.

I don't know what's taken me so long

I bought dreamweaver a while back as part of the MX studio I got when I was taking a class in Flash. I had thought it would be more difficult, but having played with it for a bit this afternoon, I don’t think it will take me very long to create at least a working website. Though a moment more to actually do the things that I want to do with it. The software seems very intuitive, though I haven’t actually created the website so this is all speculation.

Payday is coming

I am thinking of “Go Daddy” or whatever company that is that sells the “Code Monster”. I don’t need much at first, but eventually I’ll need to stream video and sell stuff, so I’m not sure how much I need to get right now. Sigh.

yebw has gotten 8 cheers on this goal.


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