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hello friends,

i have been a computer programmer since i was 8 years old and have been doing web work for years.


anyway, i threw this together tonight in about an hour. i am hosting it on my own computer. it's all basic html, no frills, no gimmicks, so it should run pretty fast. let me know what you think! let me know how responsive it is, too, please.



http://www.weekendwarriorlawn.tk/
If I wanted to build a simple web site, and host it myself,what sort of "stuff" would I need,and where would I get this stuff?
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first and foremost, you need to make sure your ISP has ports open for you to host. port 80 is what webservers operate on, however you can reconfigure them if your port 80 is blocked or closed.


to find out if your ports are open, go to http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2 test your ports by clicking "all service ports" most internet providers leave ports open these days. comcast in my area does, as does ATT DSL.


if your ports are open and not stealth or closed, you are good to continue.



windows actually has support for hosting ASP/HTML built in.

i run apache web server (php/html) on a windows XP machine. next however i am setting up my old junkjer computer and installing a freebsd server or linux server with no GUI (no windows, just a dos like mode) this will reserve more ram and cpu usage for hosting the website making it more responsive when i get intomore advanced drupal sites and stuff agian.




websites are hosted via software components called servers. you can download all in one apache server installer packs. look for things called XAMMP or LAMMP on google.


setup your server software. you may have to look through youtube tutorials or google forum tutorials for help getting it up and going. be prepared, it culd take a day or so if you are not technically inclined. it is possible though, i taught myself everything i know, years ago. just stick with it if you decide to get into it.




once you have your server setup, you will have to install your website script or start writing html by hand or using dreamweaver or another web site builder.


once you have a site setup, you need to start getting your server "live" on the internet. this isnb't too hard, and there are plenty of youtube tutorials about it, i can also help when you get that far down the road.


you can setup a free domain name at dot tk (.tk) like i use until you decide you are stable enough to go with a dot com, net, ws, etc.


get started and when you need some help i can offer assistance.
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first and foremost, you need to make sure your ISP has ports open for you to host. port 80 is what webservers operate on, however you can reconfigure them if your port 80 is blocked or closed.


to find out if your ports are open, go to http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2 test your ports by clicking "all service ports" most internet providers leave ports open these days. comcast in my area does, as does ATT DSL.


if your ports are open and not stealth or closed, you are good to continue.



windows actually has support for hosting ASP/HTML built in.

i run apache web server (php/html) on a windows XP machine. next however i am setting up my old junkjer computer and installing a freebsd server or linux server with no GUI (no windows, just a dos like mode) this will reserve more ram and cpu usage for hosting the website making it more responsive when i get intomore advanced drupal sites and stuff agian.




websites are hosted via software components called servers. you can download all in one apache server installer packs. look for things called XAMMP or LAMMP on google.


setup your server software. you may have to look through youtube tutorials or google forum tutorials for help getting it up and going. be prepared, it culd take a day or so if you are not technically inclined. it is possible though, i taught myself everything i know, years ago. just stick with it if you decide to get into it.




once you have your server setup, you will have to install your website script or start writing html by hand or using dreamweaver or another web site builder.


once you have a site setup, you need to start getting your server "live" on the internet. this isnb't too hard, and there are plenty of youtube tutorials about it, i can also help when you get that far down the road.


you can setup a free domain name at dot tk (.tk) like i use until you decide you are stable enough to go with a dot com, net, ws, etc.


get started and when you need some help i can offer assistance.
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it's not backwards. i use the trimmer for edging. the guard was facing upwards to protect my face from flying debris.

you'll figure it out sometime.


thom, feel free to PM me here for help on your website work. i will send you my email addy from there.
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it's not backwards. i use the trimmer for edging. the guard was facing upwards to protect my face from flying debris.

you'll figure it out sometime.


thom, feel free to PM me here for help on your website work. i will send you my email addy from there.
Sounds good, I'll git to it when I have time.
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it's not backwards. i use the trimmer for edging. the guard was facing upwards to protect my face from flying debris.

you'll figure it out sometime.


thom, feel free to PM me here for help on your website work. i will send you my email addy from there.
he does bring up a point as to how your customers will view the picture. Most of them will not think of that but some might notice that it does not look correct. Just something to think about.
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do you guys know how to edge with a weedwhacker?
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as the old saying goes " if you don't have anything good to say, don't say nothing at all " holds true to web sites and business propaganda.

whenever you put anything together and release it to the general population it should always convey nothing but the utmost professional image and if you do things all willy nilly and just slap something together because you don't have the time or just don't feel like doing anymore you are better off not having anything at all until you can take the time to do it right.

for someone who wants a private forum so people ( clients ) can not see some of the things you write why would you just slap up a web site that will be permanent record till the end of time?

you can edit it all you like and change it a million times and even start a new web site, but every version you put out there will be available and all i need to do is google weekend warrior to find it if that were your webs name.

i am not knocking you or making judgement i am only offering a personal critique to better aid you and there were some things you did nice but in the end of the day the only thing that will stand out and be rememberd and inspire that individual to take it to the next level with you is the image you convey.
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are you referring to the beer money part of the site? do you not feel it's realistic to say that people willing to say they do it all for 20.00 aren't looking only for beer money, and that a client should expect poor work from such individuals?


the reasoning behind a private forum area is to be able to discuss private matters, like quoting, contracting, etc. in my mind. nothing more. if people find me here talking about beer money beggars or communism thats fine.
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There's a "rule" in advertising.

If it isn't helping your ad, it's hurting it.

If something (any element of the ad) doesn't have a very good reason for being there, get rid of it.

Focus on the positives. Just mentioning the word "beer" AT ALL is an incredibly "negative" thing in a so-called "professional" ad. (unless you're selling beer, of course)
There are better ways of saying that you are a professional than mentioning the hacks. Leave the hacks out of it - focus on YOU.



And replace the main photo when possible because it conflicts with your statements of being "professional" and having a "uniformed crew" - you aren't wearing a uniform.
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