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Hi, I am interested in starting a classified website. Initially at least it would be a 'free ads' site. I would need several search/filter fields and the capability of being able to charge for advertising eventually if it takes off. I also want a few pages for information and articles. I have no knowledge of coding etc. I do have access to Photoshop if needed for design (though I still have to learn how to use it!) but what would be a good piece of software for a beginner to build this sort of website? I have not purchased a domain or hosting yet and know that some hosting companies provide a free website building package so I would also be interested to know if any of these packages are worth going for. Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Thanks for the feedback, I've looked at 123 reg and yes they do seem to offer a good package. I'm thinking I'll start with shared hosting and IF it takes off upgrade to a reseller package.
Thanks also Fourm member, I have just ordered a couple of books on building a site (yes, I can hear you laughing!!)one on Mysql one on Dreamweaver which I also have access to, though to be honest the whole programme looks a little daunting at the mo & I was wondering whether to bother trying to master it at all! I do pick up anything PC related very quickly, so fingers crossed, if I don't give it a bash I'll never know.
After your recommendation I shall also try and order something specifically on PHP, I have seen a few available. Any you can recommend?
Taking the comments from forum member to heart would be a very good idea. You are considering a fairly complex undertaking which is far from ideal without site building experience.
Also bear in mind that major search engines have for a while been dumping sites of that type and the process is speeding up. Without search engine support the site will fail and to have a chance in that area, you will need a great deal of unique added value beyond the ads.
If you are determined, there are specialist ready made options e.g.
Or plugins for free software such as:
In a sense they are the best option as you have more flexibility with the site in general and there is a fair amount of online support. Just bear in mind that the idea Wordpress or particularly Joomla are easy "no skill needed" options is not true. To run a site well requires a good amount of knowledge.
If you want to give this a go then have fun, there really is only one way to learn. Just do so from that perspective, without expecting commercial success for a long time.
Nothing like being on time:)
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