My web series/web site



  • So I have my Awkward Gamer videos and I decided to buy myself a domain (theawkwardgamer.com) and start up a website for the series. That way I can have blogs and the such to accompany my review videos and when YouTube gets wonky and subscriptions aren't working (which happens often) people can still see my stuff. However, I know nothing about web design or web hosting.

    I'm gonna pay for hosting, because it's much cheaper than getting my own server and paying for business-class internet. So, do any of you have any suggestions/recommendations for who is a good web hosting service? I was gonna go with host gator because I heard they were good, but even though they advertise their monthly prices, they charge you in bulk and while I could easily afford $5 or $6 a month, I don't have an extra $180 to pay for the next 3 years up front.

    Also, does anyone know of a good web site builder? Preferably something drag and drop with some basic stuff built into it like Blogs or a comments section or shop components?

    Oh, and for anyone interested who missed all the spamming of it I did over at SW, here's the Facebook page and YouTube channel for my show. Check it out if you have some free time because I could use the extra views.
    https://www.facebook.com/TheRealAwkwardGamer
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLq__5Ay-32t0YjJkElhzVg



  • Hit up @aaron-studer about hosting.

    Use Wordpress. Makes your life much easier. Avoid any "site building" tools.



  • @Awkward-Gamer Yeah, hit me up 🙂 I would be happy to help!



  • I highly suggest WordPress, heck it's good enough for The Huffington Post and The New York Times. If you need assistance, contact me.



  • @technobabble said:

    I highly suggest WordPress, heck it's good enough for The Huffington Post and The New York Times. If you need assistance, contact me.

    Yup, WordPress for sure. We've been running on that for about a decade. It's very easy to use and extremely flexible. Tons of themes already available or you can make your own, of course, but honestly that is a waste, just buy one or use a free one. It is backed by MySQL and can scale like crazy. And it is very easy to front it with a CDN like CloudFlare to make things even faster and safer.

    And deployment guide available that makes it super simple: https://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install

    Run it on a LAMP stack for best results, IMHO. CentOS 6.5 is my recommendation. Everything you need is available via YUM (except WP itself, of course, although I hope that they include that in the future) and works together immediately.


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