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    Question Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    My name is Dawn and Im a designer who is keen to set up an online portfoilio/website. One day I would like to launch the site and have my own business. I am keen to start working on it now.

    I have bought my domain name from dreamhost.co.uk and have purchased the .com as well as the .co.uk.

    Thats as far as Ive got and now I don't know what to do. I purchased the domain name at work and now all these things keep popping up in what I'm reading and its scared me to say the least!

    Could someone please help me with what to do next? I don't know what webspace is or a usp??? or somehting like that. I just don't know I'm completely new to all this and feel like a fish out of water.

    Thanks and I hope someone out there will help me.

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    You have the domain, all you need is a webhost and a website. When searching for a webhost ignore the silly sales claims of huge disc space and bandwith. Come here with your choices and I will let you know how your research was.
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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Hi, Thanks but what is a webhost and where is best to get one from?

    I'm sorry for being such an idiot but I'm starting right at the basics.

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    The webhost is where you store your website and where others connect to it.
    http://www.ahfb2000.com/hostindex.php
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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    I've been looking at all the fancy flash templates that I could use but can't help thinking that I'm jumping a little too far ahead of myself.

    I would like to have a unique website all of my own as well as it having the quality look of a flash website.

    I guess thats going to come to me when I cross that bridge.

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Hello again,

    I've had a look thanks for the link. I can't seem to figure it out though. I don't know how much space I need or what a transfer is.

    Platform as well, I wouldn't have a clue?

    The price I get but its in US dollers...

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    Smile Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    This looks a lot more tricky than I thought.

    I have no idea of how much space I will need. What band width or anything. Do you have any advice. It would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Chances are you will need very little of both until you get busy. An inexpensive unix plan should fit your immediate needs but may not depending on what your site does.

    If you tell us more of what type of site and the anticipated functions of the site then I can be a little more specific with my help.
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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Hi, OK well, I want to set up a website for my future business in graphic/branding design/packaging/marketing etc.

    I want to have an online portfolio to show the clients as well as a service that allows them to contact me with jobs and detail.

    The website will have the usual about pages and contact pages as well as various other info pages.

    I want to be able to update it reguarly and have the capacity to hold large images.

    Its really just an online portfolio that comes across as a large business even though I am only starting out alone at first.

    Please see this website which is what I am going to achieve in the near future.

    www.room58.com

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    Well

    I say achieve in the near future that may be an over statement! :-)

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    If it is a business you want to eliminate any and all budget hosts and only look into business class hosting.

    A hosting setup like this one at futurequest http://www.ahfb2000.com/webhosting/Pioneer.php should be about right for you (the page says 400 megs of space but it has been upgraded to 600). It would also be very simple to upgrade to a bigger package when the time comes. This site AHFB2000 is hosted at Futurequest, I have had to upgrade a couple of times and never missed a beat.
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    Smile Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Hi, Thanks for that thats great!

    I've had a look through the list of things it includes and its all complete jargon to me???

    Is there anything that I woud need to look out for. I see it has an ftp provided with it and thats all I understand.

    Would you be able to break down what each means for me? If you ever need any help with design I'd be happy to help :-)

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    I think this page breaks it all down better than I ever could
    http://www.futurequest.net/Services/...es/Pioneer.php
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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    Hi,

    I've had a look thanks for that. Do you think that I should go with a web host thats in the UK?

    When I have a host whats the next step? How will I go about adding in pages or even connecting it to my domain name?

    What is an IP as well ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! :-)

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    Re: Please help me someone I know nothing...I hope to learn if someone would be kind

    For search engines you are better hosting your site where ever your target clients are located. If primarily you are going after a US market (or global) US hosting would be helpful along with a .com domain. If UK, then UK hosting with the proper domain extension.

    Of course you need to protect yourself from the thousands of webhosts which are either outright bogus or are run by somebody that has no business being in business. You get some level of protection, however small it may be, by purchasing from your own country.

    The host should give you the information needed to upload your files as well as connecting your domain name properly.

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