JREED wrote:This is a big question that includes many things that need to be considered. First, you need to assess your skills with HTML, code (if you plan on having dynamic content), networking and computers in general. Do you want a full blown website or a blog? To answer that, you need to consider the type on content you will ultimately display/provide. Is it just going to be articles, pictures, movies, etc? It sounds like you want a blog, there are plenty of resources and what are called CMS (Content Management System).
The next thing you want to consider is what CMS to use - there are several good choices here that range from: super-easy but little customization to somewhat convoluted but you have massive potential for customization. Or you may just want to go the HTML route if you really want control and have confidence in your ability to not only make a page that works but looks clean, professional and serviceable. There are many blog sites/CMS's out there but here are the big ones:
Wordpress - By far the most popular, well developed and plenty of options for a blog of any size. Pros: Easy/simple and designed for blogging. Cons: Can't do too much behind the code, but this is really only frustrating for advanced developers.
Drupal - This is in most developers' opinions the best but it isn't the easiest, it's worth a little bit of research but many users will likely be turned off by the fact that for somethings you may need to know a little code - or at least find and implement someone else's code.
Joomla - Is kind of in the middle of WP and Drupal as far as difficulty and user friendliness. If WP is too restricting and Drupal is too complex, then Joomla maybe just right. Joomla is the least developed out of the big three CMS, but finding solutions still shouldn't be much of any issue.
Tumblr - Sounds like you might want a level of customization that Tumblr just can't provide, however Tumbr is stupidly easy to use but I don't think that you can develop a Tumblr site without your content going live.
HTML - I only list HTML and no other "programing" languages because it is essential to any webpage and it is not a real programming language, thus easy, but offers little power in the way of dynamic content. Plus you are on your own.
I don't know anything about your skill level so I don't want to be presumptuous, but you need to keep in mind that creating and maintaining a blog requires a lot of background knowledge and research (except for Tumblr and other really simple blogware). If you want to try your hand at the big three I listed above and you want to develop it locally (not commit the changes until you're ready) you'll need:
-To setup a server (test server), wampp and xampp are good easy solutions to get you going.
-To setup the CMS - I've never done this personally but it wont be like installing a program like firefox or something like that. It will come with pages and script files that will be like templates.
-To manage the live site (live server) - this will be what the user actually sees.
wow, that is a lot of info.
I already know I do not want tumblr, as i do want to get a domain name eventually. I see people with tumblrs and i do not see them have much freedom. Neither does wordpress, but I think what I am going to do is just play around with wordpress. I know with them, i can eventually publish with a .com without the wordpress label.
ultimately, i do want to have an expanded site. A site that have many pages that are organized based on the different types of adventures I will be enduring.
I think for now, i am going to keep it small and simple, but eventually, once i have more contributions and more sites that I have visited, I really do want to expand it. I have a vision on how I want it to look, which included numerous series and themes that I have for travel.
Oh, and I do not know squat about code. My brother is real good with working with computer software. He's won competitions sponsered through microsoft and intel. He has told me that dreamweaver is really good. No clue what that is. He's in the military though, so i do not think he will have much time to help me out, thus the reason why I am asking people.
Thanks again JREED.