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Pengyou
09-09-2005, 11:22 PM
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

Thanks

nikkiH
09-09-2005, 11:53 PM
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.

oracleguy
09-10-2005, 12:05 AM
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.

SpirtOfGrandeur
09-10-2005, 12:27 AM
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.



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