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Your Own Website

(OP)
Does anyone else around here run a website/blog/vlog outside of your main job?

educational / hobby / side-hustle / blog / fun-and-games / etc.

I started the url in my signature back in 2015 as a response to constantly seeing similar, yet grossly uninformed, websites trying to tell riders about motorcycle lubrication topics. It was making my actual job harder by constantly having to debunk myths from these other sites and re-educate people. The frustration eventually drove me to the point that I said I might as well do it myself, and I started my site to provide an unbiased and unaffiliated source of information about the topic.

So does anyone else have something similar that they do? Does anyone run a site or YouTube channel as a hobby that you either do for free (or pay to do in my case), or just isn't part of your main source of income?

Andrew H.
www.mototribology.com

RE: Your Own Website

I've had several over the course of the years. Each serving their own purpose. Some, if free to maintain, are still in the aether. Others have long been shut down.

--Scott
www.aerornd.com

RE: Your Own Website

I make no money from my sites so it's probably safe to link to them. They are merely archives of hobby information that I find useful/interesting/worth sharing sometimes:
www.sparweb.ca for some wind turbines that I built
www.rigel.ca for some of my favorite photos (but never finished)

STF

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MotoLuber,

I have a website of my own, and I run websites for a hiking club and a pub trivia league, linked from my site.

--
JHG

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Where does one go to start/create/develope a website? I have a few in mind to start...just not sure where/how to start.

Also: are there tools to develop a forum (like this one)?

The cheaper the better. I wouldn't be making money off of these sites.

______________________________________________________________________________
This is normally the space where people post something insightful.

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controlnovice,

The HTML language is idiot simple. This is especially true if you use the cascading style sheets (CSS) to make it pretty. Beware of books on HTML 5. I do not know how well the new <section> tag is supported by browsers. The style sheets are a bit more work, but they still are not very complicated.

There is lots of stuff like this online.

--
JHG

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(OP)
I use Wordpress for my website. I'm sure it isn't the best, but I never really did any shopping around. I just picked one that was relatively cheap and went with it. I've been happy enough to not bother looking elsewhere so far. It offers a lot of functionality, a lot of free "widgets" and tools, along with pretty professional appearances, which I like.

There are plenty of other ones out there too though. Square Space comes to mind just because I've heard that one referenced a lot.

Andrew H.
www.mototribology.com

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I think Wix and GoDaddy are worth looking into.
Depends on how commercial you want the site to be. There are professional web consultants that can give you a "package". I haven't had good luck with these people because the long-term support isn't there.
Whatever you choose, ask questions like "how does my company do business through the website?" "will I get paid through my website?" "Do my customers want detailed product information from my website?" "Do I need to integrate a bunch of social media to my website?" "Will I loose a sale if my website doesn't do [X]?"

STF

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I'm currently maintaining three sites.
  • A small (half dozen pages) Wordpress based site for a choral society - they paid a chunk of money to someone to build it for them, then got cold feet when he tried to ramp the maintenance (ie looking after security patches etc) cost up by about 1000% halfway through the first year. Now runs on space rented remotely on a shared server.
  • An 11 page site that got thrown together in a hurry for a chamber choir (by the then-chairman) on Google Sites.
  • A 15ish page simple site I built for our church, hand coded in HTML on a text editor (Bluefish), served off a Raspberry Pi that sits under my lad's desk in the study.
Although Wordpress and Google sites are intended to be maintainable by people without explicit coding skills (which is how they got sold to the respective choir committees), I find both a little bit too prone to put their own spin on what I ask them to do. Changing a couple of paragraphs of text here and there is no problem, but when I want to fine-tune the layout the result is, compared to my original intention, inevitably much as the output of the Nutri-Matic Drink Dispenser® is to a nice cup of tea.

Wordpress is an utter resource hog. With layer upon layer of caching, I can get it to serve content to the audience at a reasonable speed. As soon as I log onto the dashboard to do any editing (which bypasses all the caching) the whole thing runs at the speed of a geriatric tortoise on Largactyl. A pretty basic site (half a dozen pages without any video or sound) chews up the better part of 400 MB of server space.

I'm pleasantly surprised by how well the bargain-basement solution for the church site works. It took me a few days' planning, and a long day's coding to come up with a CSS file and a collection of template pages to give me the behaviour I wanted but after that, maintenance is a real doddle. It's easy to forget how much HTML can be generated through simple copy and paste. The files are small (the whole site takes up just 2MB on the server), so the pages load fast even though they're served off a toy server down a home broadband link. Most of the pages are effectively complete inside 200 ms. If I accept that I'm already running the Pi full time and paying for a DynDNS account for other purposes, the annual costs are a little bit of my time and about a tenner for the domain name registration. Although this approach commits me to keeping the server fully patched, that only takes me about two minutes maybe twice a week.

A.

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Nutri-Matic.. NOOOOoooOOoOOOOOOoooo!

Nice topic Moto. I was just casting about, as my site badly needs a refresh. When I moved it to Godaddy half the links died. Now I'm getting really annoyed with Godaddy's constant price creep. And that's not even their scammy first year (set-the-hook) discounts running out.

I was looking at WordPress; "FREE FREE OPEN-SOURCE FREE OPEN-SOURCE FREE" then landing on their (get out your wallet) site.
Plus it seems every server place that can support it charges a monthly adder fee. I'm a bit relieved to hear I can get there other ways.

I like your thinking with the Pi Zeus.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

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Be wary of GoDaddy,
If you forget to pay their bill they will shut you down instantly and freeze your information.
B.E.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

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I maintain two.. one for my personal stuff (kind of obsolete, written strictly in HTML) but with frequently updated pages for home automation/security (lots of tricky javascript, but HTML based, hidden password protected pages) and another WordPress based website for my amateur radio club. I use 1and1 hosting and have found it to be reasonably priced, secure and all the functionality I need.

Personal web site

Amateur Radio Club site

The club site started using WordPress back in the early days when it was known to be just a free somewhat cheesey package. It has grown into a very powerful system with its well managed and vetted plug-in architecture now used for around 60 million sites world wide, many of them corporate/commercial versions which by paying (who knows how much) has all WordPress references removed.

Big Names using WordPress Mercedes Benz, BBC America, Sony, The New Yorker, just to name a few.

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Sparweb, I had no idea you were into photography, do you still use that Canon AE-1 pictured on your site?

Film photography is also a hobby of mine. I used to have my own website, I wrote the HTML in text files and hosted them publicly using dropbox. Unfortunately dropbox discontinued this function, so now I use Squarespace. It is a pretty basic site where I put some of my favorite photos.

Keep em' Flying
//Fight Corrosion!

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Hi LD,
Thanks for looking
All the film stuff you did, I did too, including posting them online. If only I'd known that I could have turned it into a 100-billion dollar company...

My film photography days are probably over. I do appreciate the work done by people who still enjoy using film, but I'm a digital kid.
It is satisfying to flip the new Canon 6D into manual, look at the scene, set it up, and get a well exposed fully saturated shot first try. When it works, I credit my start in film photography.
I still have the AE-1. It's still in working condition but shows its age. Compared to the 6D the optical quality isn't there any more. But I could capture a "film style" if I ever wanted to do that. My photos are more "documentary" than "stylish". I also still have stacks and stacks of photo albums and proofs that I don't often look at any more...

STF

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I had two Konica Auto Reflex camera bodies with a normal lense, a wide angle and a 80-200 zoom.
When my step father died I inherited another Auto Reflex and a couple more lenses.
I haven't used any of them for years now.
Kind of sadly nostalgic.
Now I point and shoot with a smart phone.
Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

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My big disappointment came the day I tried to take a very quick shot with my old (and nth-hand) Rolleiflex K4 and realised I'd forgotten which way to turn it to get the picture in the viewfinder straight.

A.

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I do my best to keep a few websites afloat. My personal page (with nothing on it,) my family demolition derby team page (which is a direct link to Facebook because reworking that is way down on the priority list,) a site dedicated to homebrewing with my spouse, and one for our travels and adventures.
Our current method works well: we have everything hosted and registered through namecheap.com. The hosting package is attached to the main account, and all the other domains are added on, with no further hosting required. Wordpress has been the easiest for me to maintain, once I got over the customization learning curve. My host deals with keeping the server up to date for WP, so that's hassle off my plate.

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Blogging on your linkedin page can bring a lot of attention. Even just reposting stuff.

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If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.

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zeusfaber,
You mean you don't have one of those super-fancy eye-level pentaprism attachments!? I don't either...I have a couple medium format cameras - a mamiya RB67 ProS and a Mamiya C330 which is a TLR just like your Rollei. The ground glass finder is odd at first in three axes, but you get back used to it quickly. You should try again!

Keep em' Flying
//Fight Corrosion!

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