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    Smile Please suggest hosting service and site builder

    Hey,

    I would like to create a pretty simple site, and I have very little experience (basic HTML in high school :/).

    The site is for an initiative I am starting in Delhi for filmmakers. It will have 4 pages.

    1. Home / upcoming events page - would like to be able to use as a blog basically and post about the upcoming events at our space

    2. About page - a couple paragraphs about the initiative

    3. Submit page - this will be a form that filmmakers can use to submit their films for our film screenings
    name
    contact info
    title of film
    link to film preview or whole film on youtube/vimeo/etc
    would you like to attend your screening and speak about your film? yes/no

    4. Contact Us page

    I would also like to have a footer to link to Twitter/Facebook/Youtube etc.

    I am looking to figure out how to do this myself. I have googled my way through making a couple basic websites in the past but never with a submission form. Can you please recommend the best/cheapest way to do this? Including hosting (the url will be .in), and perhaps an easy site builder tool?

    Thanks so much for your help .

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    Forget about “site builder” tools. A tool can only be as good and effective as the person using it. Also, these “site builders” are for simple static sites but you have some dynamic things going on there, like a blog, for example.

    What you need is a content management system (CMS) of which there are quite a few. You can compare some of the free ones on http://www.opensourcecms.com/. I’ve made good experience with CMS Made Simple which is pretty modular; you manage pages and there is a blog module or a calendar module you can install and a form builder module that lets you create forms easily to send you e-mails or whatever.

    About web hosting in India you would probably be better off doing an internet search to compare local companies. You need a plan that supports PHP 5.3+ and MySQL (database), and allows htaccess configuration.


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