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Probably not the right thread but does anyone know where I can get a fairly simple website built without spending a fortune?

 

Decky[/member] you could whip a good one up in no time.

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Probably not the right thread but does anyone know where I can get a fairly simple website built without spending a fortune?

 

Decky[/member] you could whip a good one up in no time.

 

Be awesome if anyone could 👏🏻 just need one a new business, pretty simple, no bells and whistles, just nice and clean that’s all

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Probably not the right thread but does anyone know where I can get a fairly simple website built without spending a fortune?

 

Honestly, the best thing you could do is sign up for a Wordpress site and install a theme like Astra, there’s loads of really good step by step guides on YouTube and you’ll learn loads in a very short space of time. You’ll have the whole lot up and running within a few hours.

 

There’s also quite a few decent free resource sites for things like images to enhance the content on your site

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If you go the Wordpress route make sure you get a good theme because some of them are horrific. OceanWP is pretty good as WP themes go.

 

From what I can see Wix sounds like the easiest to get up and running (drag and drop), but I haven't used it because I usually build custom sites and if I go for a CMS it's either WordPress or Craft CMS.

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Cheers lads, absolutely never touched a website in my life, what is a theme and how do you get one? Haha

 

You know the way you can install a different launcher on an android phone? It’s not that different. Wordpress is essentially the foundations, plumbing and frame of a house, the theme is how the house looks to people passing by.

 

Follow this and you’ll have something decent in no time

 

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Cheers lads, absolutely never touched a website in my life, what is a theme and how do you get one? Haha

Essentially by default the skin/theme/look of your website using any CMS (Wordpress, Squarespace) will be very basic, and the majority of people who want a website for their business will want something modern/easier on the eye and more importantly have a look and feel which suits their business.

 

So at that point you have a few options:

 

A) Before building the website, pay a web developer/designer to create a design/mockup from scratch which you provide feedback on until you're happy. You can then get them to build the site from scratch based on the designs you've agreed upon

 

Pros

 

1. Gives you more control on what the site will look like

2. You know what the end website will look like before starting

3. Custom is typically better from a development point of view also, cleaner code (Providing you hire a good developer) and a less bloated site

 

Cons

1. Will cost a lot more for the designs and build

2. Will take longer to finish

 

B) Buy a theme for £30-100 and pay a developer to install the theme and use the theme features to flesh out the pages you'd like

 

Pros

1. Less expensive than custom

2. Quicker to finish than custom

 

Cons

1. Themes are hit and miss

2. They add a lot of features you won't ever use (more features means the site will be slower, harder to maintain, less customisable)

 

C) Buy a theme, do the install yourself and flesh out the pages yourself using the theme

 

Pros

1. Save cost on hiring a developer

2. Learn how to buy, install and use a theme which is skills you can use in the future

 

Cons

 

1. The learning time for a novice will probably be frustrating

2. If it's your first ever site you may make some basic mistakes

Conclusion

 

That's a basic overview. In my opinion I'd go with B in your position, buy a theme and hire a developer at a cheaper rate than a custom website. If you have intentions in learning tech in some way for the future than by all means do it yourself following YT/online tutorials as mentioned earlier.

 

Here are some good Wordpress themes:

 

https://oceanwp.org/demos/

 

For other Wordpress themes people usually recommend:

 

https://themeforest.net/

 

But I'm not a fan, you find a lot of shitty themes on this site.

 

If you have any other questions let me know :)

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Probably not the right thread but does anyone know where I can get a fairly simple website built without spending a fortune?

 

The squarespace route will at least mean you get something live quickly that looks pro.

 

Wordpress route requires a bit more learning, some more steps in terms of buying domain/hosting through separate companies and connecting it all up. Then there's building, which is not always as intuitive as the likes of Squarespace. This can cause you to hit a wall and never actually get anything live. OceanWP theme plus Elementor plugin will give you everything you need to build a professional looking website without needing any coding knowledge, lots of templates and pre-built sections available which you can use and fully customise.

 

I personally used to use Wordpress with OceanWP, however once I wanted to set up ecommerce I decided to switch to Squarespace for the more concise dashboard and the superb themes they had added around the time were offering more than I was I was capable of implementing (or could be bothered to learn) with Wordpress. I wanted something that was actually going to work and require the least maintenance time.

 

In short, if you want something to actually go live, have everything in one place, shortest time spent, simplicity of use and editing, go the Squarespace route. Willing to learn a bit and spend some more time, Wordpress + Elementor + YouTube tutorials.

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I would not recommend Wordpress to someone who doesn’t plan on learning more about it or paying someone else to maintain their site, otherwise say hello to a site full of cialis ads.

 

This is the kind of project squarespace et al were made for, Wordpress would over complicate things.

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If it's a simple straightforward website you're better using one of those sites that build it for you. It'll look the part, be pretty easy to sort out and you won't have to pay a web developer which could be expensive. It'd also help you know your way around it so you can update it yourself as well. Squarespace and Wix look decent but tbh a lot of web hosts will do it for you as well.

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Anyone au fait with load testing? Done some before for a rails upgrade and gathering the requirements for that was pretty straight forward. But we're moving our sites from a huge EC2 instance across to ECS. We have a few live sites on ECS as tests already. Newer sites that we decided just to put straight on to ECS, and the incidents we have from them scare me if we're ending up migrating 30+ sites from a stable, if expensive infrastructure to a cheaper, less stable infrastructure.  I do think if we get ECS bang on it'll be infinitely better. But it's just getting to that state.

Anyone familiar with switches like this and how to go about load testing our ECS infrastructure to weed out any problems prior to the migration? Currently get a decent amount of lockups on our ECS instances and scaling doesnt seem to work fantastically. Had a weird request to a site recently that absolutely tanked the containers and we lost 3 of the 4 available. Issues like this just dont occur on EC2 since it's well established. I need to try and work out how we are launch ready with this but don't know where to start with the testing.

 

 

Edited by Super Duper Branko Strupar

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Good luck managing kubernetes clusters is all I can say.

In terms of load testing you need to be mocking external services where possible I would say.  What APM are you using to monitor your services?

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