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Old 08-23-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Oh yeah, I'd forgotten the part about offering to set it up! Should I go ahead and do that, or should I continue to write and put whatever ads and links I want to put in there, first? I haven't really decided on how I want to put the thing together, yet.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: WV
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Get it set up. Learn to use it. If you don't like it, you can always uninstall.

Wordpress is easy enough for the beginner but robust enough to be customized by the more experienced webmasters.
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Old 08-26-2008, 07:34 AM
 
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You can avoid the side scrollbar on your site by using a fluid layout or a fixed width layout that accommodates most monitors. I've found 970 to work well on both my desktops and laptops.

Word wrap really has nothing to do with laying out a web page.

Also, after you download Wordpress you can't just install it on your home computer. You'll have to install it on your webserver. (I run a local copy of WP for testing but you'd have to install some other stuff to make it work.)

I think you should consider Swagger's very generous offer to set up WP on your web server for free. I think you'll be pleased with it.
This looks good to me -- see how there is a defined area that stays centered? And, when I change the the size by hitting Ctrl and moving the scroll wheel on the mouse to make the text larger or smaller, and there is no scroll bar. I love it. I was just wondering if I could do that with HTML or do I need to switch to XHTML? Heck, I just realized that's the way this forum works.

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Old 08-29-2008, 05:54 PM
 
Location: WV
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That's specified in the CSS (style sheet). It's a fluid layout. There is some disagreement among web site designers regarding fixed v. fluid layout. I guess in the end, it's all a matter of opinion. Here's some reading on it if you want to see why others choose as they do.

fixed or fluid web layout - Google Search
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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There is some interesting stuff, there.

BTW, I've been reading some comments -- Here's one exchange:
  1. James responds:
    Posted: August 13th, 2007 at 2:38 pm
    Is there any easy way of doing column layouts?
  2. Mike Cherim responds:
    Posted: August 13th, 2007 at 3:03 pm
    @James: I typically use floats to make columns. Float one left, float the other right, display both inline. It’s a pretty stable method.
Do you know what Mike is talking about? I've been pondering the idea of having one or two sidebars (left side, right side) for links, gadgets, or whatever.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Yes, I do understand floats. It's part of CSS (cascading style sheets) which is how pages are laid out.

CSS Float Property (http://www.w3schools.com/css/pr_class_float.asp - broken link)

I'd suggest you learn as much as possible about CSS. If you decide to go with Wordpress there are many sites offering free templates so you really don't need to worry about the layout. It's all done for you.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:47 PM
 
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Do I need a certificate? I'm not going to be taking credit cards.
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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Do I need a certificate? I'm not going to be taking credit cards.
I just came across this little tidbit:
Also, to anyone dealing with SSL certificates, it's important to note that a certificate is issued on a domain name basis. This means that practicalecommerce.com and Resources for Online Business Owners | Practical eCommerce are different. Make sure to be consistent between the domain name that you are using for secure transactions and the domain name that the SSL is issued to. In other words, if your certificate is for examplesite.com, don't have your secure form showing as www.examplesite.com. This can be easily controlled via mod_rewrite.
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