Starting your own website

  • February 10, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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At the risk of getting technical, some people have expressed interest in starting (or continuing) their own website.
At this meetup I will discuss the purpose of your site. Is it a blog, an online store, a portfolio, or something else?
Should you use one of the many existing sites or start your own?
How to go about choosing a domain name.
How to maintain high search rankings.
and much more ...
(let me know any questions in the comments below)

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  • Alan

    This talk went in a slightly different direction than I was anticipating, but we seem to have covered a lot of ground.
    The conclusion seemed to be to create a Wordpress site. I will start a Website discussion in the forums so we can learn from each other as we go.

    2 · February 10, 2014

    • Alison B.

      I also offer web consulting. People can contact me directly. I can help with hosting and wordpress installations. Http://www.martinbatchel­orgallery.ca

      1 · February 11, 2014

    • Alison B.

      Alan sorry it didn't work out for me to come along. Family obligations. Did you contact Viatec?

      February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Geez, I'm sorry, I thought this event was tonight! Sorry I missed it.

    February 11, 2014

    • Alan

      Sorry about the last minute change. Part of the reason was that I was going to be an extra in Gracepoint. And then I was rescheduled to work tomorrow instead....

      February 11, 2014

    • Les

      Gracepoint, thats that show they're filming? Now, that would've been cool and a wee bit of cash. Let me know if they need more too Alan! Cheers, Les

      February 11, 2014

  • Les

    It was good because I felt there is a lot to learn before putting your website together. The environment was friendly and easy talking.

    February 11, 2014

  • Judy

    Picked up lots of info on where to start.

    February 11, 2014

  • Terri H.

    Thanks for the gathering tonight Alan. I'll havelots to learn undoubtedly :)

    February 11, 2014

  • Terri H.

    I was on a wait list but now it says 'yes' on my rsvp. Does that mean I'm in?

    February 10, 2014

  • Di

    About how late will this meeting run?

    February 10, 2014

    • Di

      Unfortunately I think I'm too ill to make it this time :(

      February 10, 2014

    • Alan

      Sorry to hear that. As for your first question, I expect to be done by 7 or so...

      February 10, 2014

  • Inge H.

    Hi guys: Sorry I am going to have to cancel. Don't particularly like driving out that far in the gloom. Was hoping the weather would clear up. Will try to make it next time. Perhaps something closer to downtown could be arranged. Thanks.

    February 10, 2014

  • Liz C

    Sorry..am sick and have to drop out.

    February 10, 2014

  • Tracy

    sounds great. Thank you for your work.

    February 8, 2014

  • Alan

    Time and venue has changed. I appologize for the confusion for this meetup.
    the venue is free, but I would suggest a donation of $5.00 or so for the Disabled Sailing Association for the use of the venue.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Alan

    It looks like my venue has fallen through. Unless anyone has any leads, I suggest we postpone the meetup for one week.

    February 2, 2014

    • Tracy

      address?

      1 · February 4, 2014

    • Alan

      I am looking a a couple of venues. I will let you know as soon as I can confirm.

      2 · February 4, 2014

  • Judy

    The library rents out a room and if it is for education/training purposes it is cheaper. The one in Sidney is a good one, and has nice tables, etc. The one by UpTown is smaller, I don't know what the Nellie McClung one is like corner of McKenzie and Cedar Hill.

    February 3, 2014

  • Rachel

    Thanks for letting us know Alan. However I will not be able to attend if it is the following week, due to work commitments. I would be very grateful for feedback from the meeting, if someone can give a synopsis...

    February 2, 2014

  • rebecca van s.

    I don't have a laptop, my computer is a desk top mac snow leopard, is that a problem because I can't bring in my computer. I do have a friend who will teach me at home, so i may not come after all

    January 30, 2014

    • Alan

      A computer is not needed for this initial talk. We will be discussing strategies and tools more than creating a website. If your friend can help you, that is great. I could also be convinced to give personal lessons.

      January 30, 2014

  • Alan

    This meetup will be a round table type discussion. We will talk about the basics on getting on-line, and when to decide to move to the next level of net presence. A few people have joined who have a fair bit of experience, so we should be able to pick their brains.

    The location is still not confirmed, and if I cannot get confirmation by Saturday I may have to postpone the meetup.

    January 30, 2014

  • Alison B.

    Hi. I have built web sites. Check out this one I did for http://www.MartinBatchelorGallery.ca

    January 30, 2014

    • Alison B.

      I'll come along and also answer any questions I can. I see we haven't yet got a venue. I can probably help with that, also. I'll send my phone number to the group organizers, see if they can use my help.

      January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      they look good :)

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have web development experience (certificate program) I can help you too :)

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • rebecca van s.

    sounds very interesting, i need serious help building a web site. I'm not that good on the computer

    January 30, 2014

  • Wendy Y.

    Let me know where and when.... look forward to meeting you all.

    January 22, 2014

  • Alan

    I have put a limit of 20 people for this meetup. If we get more than 10 or so, we may have to charge for a venue...

    January 22, 2014

  • Joanne B.

    Sorry I missed tonight's meeting. Family emergency. Looking forward to catching up on the discussions from today.

    January 21, 2014

  • Alan

    This meetup location is subject to the number of people who sign up.

    January 21, 2014

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