How to be your own web master by club56

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									     HOW
     to be
      your
     OWN
WEBMASTER
 Andrew Mallis CFC Media Lab
Why do I need a
                  • who is my audience?
website?
                  • what is my purpose?

                  • what can a website do for
                  me that other media
                  cannot?

                  • Do I really have time for
                  this?
What do I need from   • storage

a hosting company?    • bandwidth

                      • performace

                      • price

                      • service

                      • specific technologies?
                           – PHP, ASP, MySQL

                      • number of databases?

                      • one-click installs?

                      • media streaming

                      • shell/ VPS / WebDAV
TYPES of HOSTING PLANS

            • Shared hosting

            • VPS - virtual private server

            • Managed services
               – Dedicated server
               – Co-location

            • BEWARE the reseller!



                                    More information
What Software do I need?
             •   FTP client
             •   RAW Text editor
                  – Textmate, TextWrangler, Notepad


             •   Firefox with extensions
                  –   Developer toolbar
                  –   Firebug
                  –   Colorzilla
                  –   Measure it


             •   Apache distribution for your
                 testing environment
                  – MAMP or XAMP


             •   Image Editor
                  – Photoshop, Graphic Convertor
How Do I Register my Domain name?
                 1.       Check to see if someone owns
                          your domain. Maybe choose
                          another?
                      •      Do a WHOIS Lookup:
                             •        dnsstuff.com
                             •        Networksolutions.com


                 2.       BUY IT: register your domain
                          name with a registrar
                      •      .com = godaddy $6.99 USD
                      •      .ca = reg.ca $14.95


                 3.     Point your registrars’ name servers
                        to your hosts’ DNS server (with a
                        CNAME record)
                      •     WAIT: Once you've told one particular DNS
                             server about your new domain, it will have to transfer
                             that information to all the other servers on the
                             internet, which could take a couple of days. So be
                             aware that your new domain won't necessarily be
                             working instantly.
                         Security Certificates
In order to conduct secure transactions, you will need to purchase a security certificate. This is basically an
algorithm that authenticates and encrypts data between a user's browser and your server. The algorithm is
encoded and decoded with a key. Users are increasingly demanding security from recognized certificate
brands. Current industry leaders are Thawte, Geotrust, and Verisign.



                                                       You need a certificate if you want to:

                                                       •       Host an anonymous FTP site
                                                       •       Conduct e-commerce
                                                       •       Encrypt email from your domain
                                                       •       Secure the submission of users’
                                                               personal information
                                                              –     names, dates of birth, drivers license
                                                                    #, addresses, etc.
    Why open source software packages
•    Open source is great and FREE

•    Instead of coding, you’ll be
     configuring

•    Help is always close at hand online
     in forums and documention

•    opensourcecms.com – test all
     packages before you install !!!
                                                                                     joomla.org


  Joomla!              CMS and community web platform


                                                        FEATURES
                                                        • WYSIWYG web-based editor
                                                        • Templates and extensions (not
                                                          all are free)
                                                        • Polls
                                                        • Blog


                                                        TYPICAL USES
                                                        • Small business websites
                                                        • Non-profit and organizational
                                                          websites
                                                        • Corporate intranets and
                                                          extranets


example sites: SamuelLJackson.com, girlscantwhat.com, imperium.ph
                                                                                                     drupal.org


  Drupal            CMS and community web platform               Is Drupal right for you?   More about drupal


                                                      FEATURES
                                                      •  Advanced user managent and permission
                                                         based feature access
                                                      •  Node based flat architecture
                                                      •  News (RSS) Aggregator
                                                      •  Polls
                                                      •  Multi-lingual
                                                      •  Collaborative book
                                                      •  Searching
                                                      •  Extensive online help
                                                      •  Web-based administration
                                                      •  Themes and templates
                                                      •  100s of modules

                                                      TYPICAL USES
                                                      •  Content Management
                                                      •  Blog
                                                      •  Discussion-based community
                                                      •  Collaborative environments




example sites: The onion, Terminus1525, Spread Firefox, Project Opus, BBC The World, 43folders, more…
                                                                            phpBB.com


  phpBB              bulletin board/forum                           More about phpBB


                                            FEATURES
                                            • Private messages with attachments
                                            • Advanced moderation
                                            • Private forums or topics
                                            • Search
                                            • Advanced user management
                                            • Registration options
                                            • Custom profiles
                                            • themes




                                            TYPICAL USES
                                            • Interest-based communities
                                            • Support forums
                                            • Development



example sites: mozillazine.com,area51
                                                                                                wordpress.org


  Wordpress                     blogging software                      More features   More about Wordpress


                                                        FEATURES
                                                        • Multi-paged posts
                                                        • File/picture support
                                                        • Auto-saved drafts
                                                        • User management
                                                        • Configurable sidebar
                                                        • Lots of great themes
                                                        • Many extensions
                                                              –   Easily set up a podcast
                                                        •    Dynamic page generation
                                                        •    Web-based admin
                                                              –   Edit themes in browser


                                                        TYPICAL USES
                                                        • Blogs
                                                        • Podcast sites
                                                        • Personal homepages


example sites: icanhascheezburger, lifehack, CNN Political Ticker, andrewmallis.com
                                                                                                 gallery2.org


  Gallery            photosharing web application                                            More features


                                                    FEATURES
                                                    •  Supports unlimited galleries and albums
                                                    •  Slideshows, printing,
                                                    •  Rating & comments
                                                    •  E-commerce
                                                    •  Many themes (not many beautiful)
                                                    •  Manipulate, rotate, resize images online
                                                    •  Set size and quality defaults
                                                    •  Auto-watermarking
                                                    •  IPTC aware
                                                    •  Multilingual (over 30 language translations)
                                                    •  Multiple upload methods
                                                          –   iPhoto plugin
                                                          –   Stand-alone Gallery Remote application
                                                    •   Easily embedded into other CMS like Drupal,
                                                        Wordpress, phpBB, Joomla
                                                    •   Supports movies too!

                                                    TYPICAL USES
                                                    •  Portfolio site
                                                    •  Personal photo gallery


example sites: andrewmallis.com
                                                                                      rubyonrails.org


  Ruby on Rails                    web application framework                 Video demos   tutorials


                                                   FEATURES
                                                   •  Rapid prototyping
                                                   •  Simple programming language
                                                   •  Easy AJAX
                                                   •  Customizable applications
                                                   •  NOT for the beginner

                                                   TYPICAL USES
                                                   •  Web applications
                                                   •  Collaborative environments
                                                   •  E-commerce




example sites: basecamp, shopify
QUESTIONS?
THANK
 YOU!

								
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