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I'm aged 61. I've been a computer programmer (BIG computers) for many years.?

What causes me to be flummoxed is the new technology. I would enjoy starting my own wedsite/url, but I'm lost. Is there anywhere on

the Internet that offers a step-by-step walk through for doing this?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Join the club! I am 60+ too, and I worked on main frames as well!

    You must have some serious experience in programming, so learning a new language should not be a problem.

    I would assume that you have at least some knowledge of C. (Cobol is a bit out of date!) This will give you a good start for Php and mySQL.

    Don't bother with free web hosts: you'll be more frustrated than happy.

    By a domain, rent a LAMP server (less than 100$/year: you can afford that, even on your pension).

    Then, you have two options:

    - You use a WYSIWYG software, like Dreamweaver or Frontpage, and design a small website (Warning: this will inevitably lead to a dead end when you will want to do something clever)

    - You use a classic Notepad++ (free download) to write your codes: the world is your oyster!

    You need two serious helpers: and

    Start with w3s: a lot of examples there, and good guidance. Go for "learning HTML" first. Experiment.

    Add javascript. Experiment

    Soon, you will be ready for more!

    Good luck and remember: a lot of us here are here to help.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would recommend a hands-on approach. Get you an older (but not too old) computer and install Ubuntu Linux on it. Web pages are like using a file server on a network.


    setting up a ubuntu server

    If you are admin on your own home server, it won't be long at all before you can connect the server to an ISP to be a web page server. If you can, another Linux box networked to your home server.

    Ubuntu has a user forum of worldwide, friendly advisors.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are a number of good websites with simple tutorials. I would start at for $25 per month and unlimited access to all HTML, CSS, and other web-based programming language video tutorials. Also, another great site is they have some free templates to get you started and a great forum with tons of tutorials by the experts. JR

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