posted on Jul, 31 2008 @ 02:46 AM
Before you get too freaked about the fees, there are plenty of web hosts that offer shared web space (which means you are sharing a server with as
many people as it will physically support) for less than $100 per year, including registering your domain. Most of these offer a control panel that
lets you control every aspect of how the site works, along with tutorials to learn how everything works. I am sure you can also query friends and
people on this site as you get confused.
When it comes to setting up the site, if you are only worried about displaying your pictures to the world, then just set up a simple gallery site
(which you can download for free). Search: free web gallery
If you want to do more, get a CMS (content management system; also the search criteria). I am sure you have heard of Mambo, Joomla, PHP-Nuke and
more, as examples. Some are simple, some require more knowledge. With a CMS, you will want to know some PHP (what the majority are written in)
programming, or find someone that does to make changes to the core.
All of the information in this thread can come across confusing. Trust me, your first site is going to be just that...very confusing. It is a
learning curve just like everything else you are good at and it takes time.
Since money seems to be a concern, I wouldnt suggest getting someone to set it up for you, because even though most of the stuff that will run on your
site can be d/l for free, a designer will charge you hundreds to just set up the basic site before you put a single image there. From registration to
"ready for images", a CMS or Gallery site will run you at least $300-500 USD (its late, I cant convert right now) up to the cream of the crop full
blown flash sites that can run as high as $12000-30000 USD.
It is great to want to share your art with the world. I wish you luck and hope you will link it here when you get something working.