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Plethora

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Plethora    687

I'm just kinda wondering how to go about starting a "website" for my fledgling game/company.

 

I use the quotes because at this time I'm not really looking to create an entire website from scratch.  Mostly I'd just like to have something I can use to put up news about my progress, post screenshots, that sort of thing.  I know there are many options out there for this sort of thing... I've kind of been thinking about wordpress, but I'm really pretty clueless about the pros and cons are for one site or another.

 

So, community, should I just stop stressing about it and make a wordpress page, or should I be considering other options?

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I would go with the wordpress page. You can also use Facebook or any other blogging web site.Most of them are registered with major search engines so people can find you. No need to really stress about it smile.png.

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PKLoki    1492

Wordpress - even the freebie one - has quite a good set of tools for tracking stats for page reads, unique visitors etc, which is a handy tool for gauging your visibility. Maybe when you're getting a lot of interest you could consider setting up a "proper" site.

 

One downside of the free Wordpress stuff is that it can take nearly as much time to make it look unique as it would to create a site from scratch. The free themes are nice enough, but they're pretty generic and most of them don't allow a huge amount of customisation.

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demonkoryu    980

Another option is the Drupal CMS. It's easy enough to get going quickly. It can also be expanded later into any imaginable type of website (not only blog/community style like Wordpress).

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Shay Yizhak    200

I'd also recommend WIX. It's the easiest way I know to create website in literally minutes, and the free version only means you'll have a slightly longer URL.

 

Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr and Posterous are all good options if all you want is a blog.

 

Use the free version of the platform you choose, until you reach the point you decide to get serious. Then you'll upgrade.

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My website(s) - which are broken in some browsers merely because I'm not a web programmer - use WordPress, and are more than just blogs.

It's true that WordPress was designed for blogs, but you can use it for more than just blogs. Check it out (preferably in Google Chrome), and see what a complete beginner did in 45 days or so (I was learning PHP at the same time).

 

Before I did that, I just used an "out of the box" WordPress theme for my friend's daughter's webcomic - that took about a week, but is a much more bloggy type of site. It depends on your WordPress theme how the layout of the site appears.

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jwezorek    2663

Another vote for WordPress but I would argue against going with any of the free hosting places unless you are really really cash strapped. Paying for a domain and hosting of a small wordpress-based website will be less than the cost of a pizza a month and is a more versatile solution that will make you look more professional. And definitely customize your wordpress theme -- I don't know how much HTML + CSS you know, but it is easy to pick up enough to make a unique looking site if you have any visual design skill.

 

My blog, linked to in my sig, is WordPress + custom theme.

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