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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:15 pm    Post subject: A website for a community garden? Reply with quote

I'm involved in the creation of a community garden for vulnerable members of the community. The project needs a website! I know some members of this forum host websites (your moment to shine Inishindie!), so how do we do it? Is it difficult/expensive? Are there ongoing costs involved? Can it be maintained on a home computer, by someone with no knowledge of programming? Any advice would be helpful!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know too much about websites but if it is written in Wordpress you can update it yourself at home rather easily and there is a company in Carlow that does web hosting called Blacknight they would i am sure be able to supply a list of web designers for your budget.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
its no big deal but if you want info on community gardens check out here http://www.greensideup.ie/p/community-gardening.html, all good ideas have been thought of on the net....... nothing left to discover
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OOOH GOODY.....!! I always like to hear of a new gardening website springing up.

If you want to maintain it yourself you will need a content management system (backend)...Here's my website to point you in the right direction for FAQ...I enjoyed doing my own site so much I set up a small business! .......

http://inishowenwebbuilders.com/

I'll be happy to help you set up cPanel and hosting - there are local ones you could use if needed, this will give you the facility to be in control of your site.

I use http://www.register365.com/

locally but also use

http://www.webbuildersni.com/hosting

who work out a bit cheaper when you buy a few years worth of hosting...

Have you checked your domain is free?

this is good fun.... http://instantdomainsearch.com/

Greenside up is using Blogger, which is pretty easy to navigate and as it's Google it gets good ranking on the search engines...Everything is free and built in too so no need for a domain name etc straight away

http://tiny.cc/blogger12

Another free website option is Weebly.. http://www.weebly.com/ 10 million subscribers.. They offer a drag and drop web builder. It's worth spending a bit of time playing with the features to see what you can do. There are paid options too.

A few things to consider are on the article on the frontpage of the IWB site. Who is your audience, does the site need to be interactive with forums etc? are you going on Facebook/Youtube...are you selling anything and need to go down the ecommerce route?
Other important things are layout, content,wording for search engines as well as a good template....The menus are a key part too.. Spend some time thinking how to lay out sections and sub sections in a logical way, maybe use other similar types of websites as an idea...

You could have the site up and running for about 60 euro then it'll be about that a year to keep the hosting and domain yourself (more if you use a third party). The updating can be done at home at your leisure...

I'll happily get you started....It can be very rewarding! and frustrating....

Ian



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you might be interested in this web site its wordpress.
Other contributors here might also be interested in the blog Impossible gardening at 60 degrees north. http://www.leagardens.co.uk


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
Hi,
its no big deal but if you want info on community gardens check out here http://www.greensideup.ie/p/community-gardening.html, all good ideas have been thought of on the net....... nothing left to discover


the link above works when you take the comma off the end Smile

Just as a matter if interest Greengage, what did you mean about the comment "all good ideas have been thought of on the net....... nothing left to discover"

I'm intrigued....

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