I am a very novice web developer and have recently designed a site with the layout and navigation that I am pretty sure will stand for awhile now. My intent is to get the site fully functional for my immediate family so they can log in and manage certain properties without any design knowledge or know how at all. Everything so far has been trial and error on my part but in the process I have learned a get deal. More so of what I do not know at all and found some very intimidating coding. I did however end up going with an application to run and manage my photos on the site but unless I am willing to pay to strip the branding I am stuck with their name all over the place. I had a grand time altering their code to form with my page as well. Still some minor bugs but I am sure my drive will allow me to work them out.
The tools I am working with to build and design are all Microsoft Expression but I can expand. I have hosting with a mess of server features available but again still learning what is what and what does what.
What I am scouting for is either knowledge, templates, or suggestions on how to make my site/sites functional on my own. I wold prefer to stay away from common web layouts and continue to put my spin/blend on what is mine as I mature with this. I know this is not free so I am posting here to see what hits come. Remember my family is clueless and relies on what the free web allows to do so I want to meet their needs with this.
Thanks in advance.
Oh ya, look my site over if you like. [url removed, login to view] is the main family page and [url removed, login to view] is my root (simple site for now). There are links that are very basic or nonexistent for now but that will all change in time.