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I work in IT, mainly support so whilst my troubleshotting skills are strong, my knowledge of website design and creation is minimal.
At this point in time I don't have any great ideas or any particular direction with regards to making money online through a website. Instead, I want to focus on learning how to create a website from scratch. What tools I need, how much it would cost me and what options I have available. I have a few HTML books somewhere but have always struggled to get past the few few pages - purely due to boredom
I have a great interest in the sport of Squash. I play and coach it on a part time basis whilst reselling acessories such as grips and protective eye wear. I'd like to create a simple static website dedicated to my hobby and perhaps advertise my coaching and racquet stringing services whilst sharing tips and drills for the sport. Any money earn't will be purely a bonus. I just want to learn how to actually create it. Then hopefully a eureka moment will come along in the future and I'll be able to knock up another site quickly.
Forums and more complicated stuff can come along later - for now I'm after a basic website.
1. Can anyone recommend some user friendly cheap/free software to build a website? If not, what should I consider using and what are the costs? I've heard of dream weaver but am told it's expensive and hard to use?! I don't think I'm up for creating a website using raw HTML!
2. Where is the best place to buy a domain from? What does it cost?
3. Hosting. I suppose hosting a website on a seperate computer on your home broadband is not a good idea or not even possible? What options are there for hosting and what does it cost?
4. Anything other tips or advice!
Thank you for reading my novice questions and I look forward to your replies!