Say I wanted to build my own website for filmmaking – what software would you recommend?

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    Shaunti Griffin
    This indeed is a loaded question, since there are many options to choose from. Gone are the days when Dreamweaver is the only basic option, but it’s still an option. First things first, you need to decide on a name for your website, (i.e., Filmmakersexample.com) Go to a hosting service like Godaddy.com, Bluehost.com or Hostgator.com and do a name search to make sure you can secure the domain name of your choice. After you select the domain name, select a package that does not include the site builder, this option is very limited and oh so time consuming. There are also many site builders out there, Wix.com, Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, Webs.com, Ning.com or homestead.com to name a few, so be aware of your options when they provide you with the upsell. Select some type of shared hosting plan, and not VPS, Managed Server, or Cloud Server, they are far more advanced and you should be familiar with them before selecting that option. With Godaddy, select any affordable package with the C-Panel and make sure you select a Linux server operating system because its most stable and secure, then most Windows OS believe it or not. Most hosts use an Apache HTTP Server for shared hosting packages. With any other host make sure you can upload any CMS (Content Management System), via FTP (File Transfer Protocol), utilizing a file client like Filezilla. Note: You will also need to go to your local County Registrar and file a DBA (Doing Business As) with the County you live in, this also needs to clear a name search to make sure no one else has the name you have selected. Just keep in mind that you a creating a business and it should be treated as such. Now there are plenty of CMS on the market, and many are free with paid and free plugins, themes and extensions. Most utilize PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) server scripting language. The main ones are WordPress.org, it has a learning curve, but it becomes easier with time and practice, built with a blogger in mind, it can be utilized for any type of website with very minimal coding. Unlike WordPress.com or WordPress Vip, which is a paid service for them to host your content for you, it is an option, but a rather pricey one. Joomla is another CMS, which has an even steeper learning curve, not ideal for blogs, or social networks, just for content rich Corporate sites. Drupal CMS is liked to WordPress but again with a steep learning curve, they boast to have more security built in. Ruby on Rails is a more complex type of software, it’s just all about preference. Now when you have the domain name, hosting package and CMS in place, uploaded via FTP with Filezilla client, make sure you save all the passwords. And contact your host IT department when you need assistance, most good hosts have 24 hour support. Now you’re ready for your theme, which will utilize CSS (Cascading Style… Read more »
    Rafael

    There are actually several different questions here.

    1. How do you build a website for Filmmaking?

    You need to have a clear idea of what the sections are going to be, the organization, the categories, the structure of the site, so a user know what to expect and where to find it. What type of media you are going to use, etc.

    2. How do you build a website…. in general?

    In general, You take some written content, visuals, and interaction, all merged in a document hosted on a server that is delivered using some protocols…. Ok, we are not in a programming forum. So this answer is not useful.

    Then the answer is to use a pre-built platform that has a way to add this text, visuals, on a document that is hosted on a server…

    3. This previous question leads to…. What tool do you recommend?

    The tool, in this case, is not the same as software. The software you will be using is your browser.

    The basic option is to use a blog. You can host your own blog (you need to pay a domain name and a hosting service, or use a free one. (Normally free equals some limitations) In 2017 the most popular option is WordPress, that has the two flavors, hosted by you or hosted free.

    You additionally probably need some other software, programs, like an image editor. A free option is Gimp and some editor that allows you to extract pieces of footage. There are some interesting options out there. Non-linear editors or simply cut editors. But that is probably another different question.

    Cheers!

    Dennis Hartwig

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