Hello and welcome to this thread. Today I will be trying, to the best of my ability, to assist you in the creation of your website. I will be covering various areas within this thread and I hope that they will come in handy and be of use to all of you.
Areas that we will cover
- Free Hosting
- Paid Hosting
- Domain Registration
- Website Templates
Free Web Hosting
Alright, so a lot of people who plan on building a website want to do it at the cheapest rate possible, often on free webhosting.
The real issue with this is that many of these are running on standard shared hosting and usually have really low disk space, which might not be as useful for people that are trying to run a company or a forum.
List of Free Web Hosts
Paid Web Hosting
Paid hosting, unlike free hosting, is much more beneficial for many reasons. The main reason being is that you get more options for your money.
In addition to having more for your money, you also get better support when you really need it which is always good.
List of Paid Web Hosts
Ok, so I'm sure we all know what a domain is, but let me explain the difference here for you between a Domain and a Sub-Domain.
A full length domain such as HackForums.net
Falls under the domain such as test.HackForums.net
You can get free and paid domains but here is a list of both, usually websites with paid .com/.net etc domains do better than free ones.
Free Domain Hosts
Paid Domain Hosts
Website Templates (HTML)
A vast majority of websites that you see are created with HTML and CSS. Although each website you come across is different than the next they all usually have 2 or more columns.
Columns are basically blocks on a webpage where you store content at. The most common ways of adding columns to your website is by using the <div> or <table> tags.
A div defines a block-level section on a webpage.
Example of a div,
<p>You can put whatever you want here.</p>
A table defines an inline section on a webpage.
Example of a table,
<td>Row 1 Column 1</td>
<td>Row 1 Column 2</td>
<td>Row 2 Column 1</td>
<td>Row 2 Column 2</td>
Example of a one page webpage with columns using divs,
<div id="container" style="width:500px">
<div id="header" style="background-color:#FFA500;">
<h1 style="margin-bottom:0;">Main Title of Web Page</h1></div>
<div id="menu" style="background-color:#FFD700;height:200px;width:100px;float:left;">
<div id="content" style="background-color:#EEEEEE;height:200px;width:400px;float:left;">
Content goes here</div>
<div id="footer" style="background-color:#FFA500;clear:both;text-align:center;">
Copyright © W3Schools.com</div>
Example of a one page website with columns using tables,
The code for the 2 sections above was taken from http://www.w3schools.com. It is just an example and I would not suggest using their site for information.
List of free Website Templates
<table style="width:500px;" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0">
<td colspan="2" style="background-color:#FFA500;">
<h1 style="margin:0;padding:0;">Main Title of Web Page</h1>
Content goes here</td>
<td colspan="2" style="background-color:#FFA500;text-align:center;">
Copyright © W3Schools.com</td>
Scripts are very common on a lot of Websites, by Scripts I mean website software such as MyBB which HackForums is running on.
I have compiled a list of quite a few scripts below based on their category. I hope these help some people out when making a website!
Word Search Puzzle
Polls and Surveys
Simple PHP Poll
Open Web Messenger
Live Helper Chat
Code IgniterZend Framework
Feed on Feeds
Tiny Tiny RSS