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brucewagner
April 26th, 2008, 06:10 PM
If I want to create a website very similar in format to The Huffington Post ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com ) -- blog, columns, articles, etc. Being a total web design novice, would it be EASIER, and get a better result, for me to use:

(1) a Wordpress.com blog / theme

(2) a Joomla template (with what plug-ins?)

(3) Other What?

Nano Geek
April 26th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Wordpress isn't too hard to set up, it's easy to maintain, and there are many good looking themes on their site.

tamoneya
April 26th, 2008, 06:25 PM
By looking at the bottom of that site it seems as if they are using moveable type. http://movabletype.com/download/personal-use.html. If you are just doing this for personal uses it is free. Otherwise you have to buy a license.

suprfish
April 26th, 2008, 06:27 PM
Get a Wordpress theme that is sorta similar and edit it until you get it right (after which you can rewrite it a couple times till you get the hang of it). You shouldn't need an image editor for such a design, it looks to be mostly CSS.

WestAussieUbu
April 26th, 2008, 06:33 PM
A joomla/mambo template with a custom theme?

hessiess
April 26th, 2008, 06:39 PM
learn HTML and CSS. then code it yourself with GEdit.It rilley isn't that hard :)

Acglaphotis
April 26th, 2008, 08:13 PM
I support wordpress on this. My website is in wordpress, so im kindof biased.

keykero
April 27th, 2008, 02:30 AM
Use Wordpress and a magazine theme (http://www.epicwebstrategies.com/11-free-magazine-style-wordpress-themes/). If you just want to publish online, there's really no point in doing anything else.

ShadowGray
April 27th, 2008, 04:35 AM
Wordpress is the best out there, but if that's still a little too technical, you could use blogger... which is a lot simpler to set up and maintain.

Jammin80503
April 27th, 2008, 06:19 AM
use e3schools.com's (http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp) HTML lessons and hand code it. HTML is a very easy language to learn, and hand-coding gets rid of a few rendering issues thats WYSIWYGs make.

Thundera
April 27th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Text Pad....and this site:
funky-chickens.com
If it does not work google: Funky Chickens HTML site

Also download a simple template and fool around with it.

keykero
April 29th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Please don't listen to the clueless people advising you to learn HTML and "hand code" your site. You want a publishing site, right? Hand coding it would be quite silly. Your static HTML "hand-coded" site will not end up favorably in search engine results or be as easy to update as a Wordpress site, especially if you are publishing multiple articles in a day and would like comments to your articles from users, like most modern news sites have. Wordpress, as suggested many times here, solves such issues.

duckgoesoink
April 29th, 2008, 10:52 PM
Yeah, I think Wordpress is the way to go - it sounds like you're looking at focusing on publishing, not web designing... Just find a good theme (modify it slightly if you need to) and start publishing. :-)