Eric Lucas on 28 Aug 2015 19:05:10 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How to Design a Great Web Site

Since you're familiar with html and static pages I'd recommend a theme of some sort to "wrap" your pages in.  If you're going to do more than 5 or 10 pages, or if you're going to be changing them frequently, then yes, wordpress.  It even updates itself.

I don't know where these themes are but google is your friend (or at least a knowledgeable associate.)  About 10 years ago I used the Aura theme from Leorex pty. and was happy with the result. Sadly, those urls are now "not found".


On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
I've been tasked with quickly designing and deploying a web site for my local
political group.   I run my own web servers, so I don't have to pay for

I'm reasonably proficient at creating static web sites, but this one has to
look more elaborate and "modern" than I am able to do without lots of grunting
and cursing (wow! css is confusing and aggravating!).

If I were to buy web hosting services for $50/month, I could simply do a pull-
down design from the hosting company and get something that looked
professional pretty fast.   However, I am too stubborn and too cheap to use
somebody else's web hosting when I've got all these megacycles sitting idle in
my basement <grin>.

I've played around with a few HTML programs like Kompozer, but they don't seem
very nice.  I'd like to use Drupal, but I found it too confusing to master

Ideally, I'd like to find an on-line design tool that will generate the html
and css files and let me download them to run on my server.

Anybody got any suggestions?   If I can't figure this out by this weekend,
I'll probably go the expensive route.


Casey Bralla

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