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  1. #1
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    Newbie got the bug...

    I am an information junkie. I like…need to collect, organize, manage and disseminate information. That is why I am very anxious to get started with my own webpages. I am also going to be opening my own non-profit organization in the U.S. aimed at helping the disabled people and orphans get vocational training. I am usually in China for 3 years at a time so I really need to learn how to take advantage of multimedia in website design.

    I need to be able to do the following with my website:

    Post streaming video
    Be able to synchronize my bookmarks on any computer I am working on with a file on the website
    Have my own e-group – I need to send out 400 e-mails every month for a newsletter.
    SSL e-mail service for webmail
    Offer hundreds of e-mails so that people who help me can have a free one
    Host my own chat session
    Host a forum
    Host video conferencing with up to 6 people in total
    Post live video of my aquarium
    Synchronize my address book with Thunderbird
    Screen comments made in my guest book and forward the comments to different e-mail addresses based on key words..
    Will be either using Frontpage or Dreamweaver – not sure which
    Need to publicize my website
    Will do some e-commerce kinds of things with it – receiving donations.
    Display local time - I live in China – and weather conditions

    I will not implement all of these things at one time but probably over 16-18 months.

    I understand that I first have to decide between using a Windows based server or a Linux/Unix based server. My understanding is that Linux/Unix is cheaper that Windows? I am guessing that both Linux and Windows has the software that I need to do the things I have just mentioned.

    Secondly, I have to choose a server. Any reccommendations? Either for a specific host or guidelines?

    What factors are important i.e. bandwidth, etc


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    Senior Coder nikkiH's Avatar
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    Jun 2005
    Near Chicago, IL, USA
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    I would never hand-code this.
    Did you check out the CMS systems already out there?
    I like XOOPS right now...and it will handle much of this for you. You need a server with PHP and SQL.
    I usually have a LAMP setup and it is working great for the site I am playing with it with right now.

    Integrates well with my Dreamweaver, too.

    If this post contains any code, I may or may not have tested it. It's probably just example code, so no getting knickers in a bunch over a typo, OK? If it doesn't have basic error checking in it, such as object detection or checking if objects are null before using them, put that in there. I'm giving examples, not typing up your whole app for you. You run code at your own risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nikkiH
    I usually have a LAMP setup
    Which means Linux/Apache/MySql/PHP btw.

    And yes Linux hosting is cheaper since it doesn't have the expensive software licensing fees and doesn't need quite as beefy hardware to run on.

  • #4
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    Michigan, USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy
    And yes Linux hosting is cheaper since it doesn't have the expensive software licensing fees and doesn't need quite as beefy hardware to run on.
    Only cheaper if you know some one who can upkeep it. Windows will be cheaper in the long run if that is all you have ever worked with.
    Note: I do not test code. I just write it off the top of my head. There might be bugs in it! But if any thing I gave you the overall theory of what you need to accomplish. Also there are plenty of other ways to accomplish this same thing. I just gave one example of it. Other ways might be faster and more efficient.


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