Website hints

Maintaining a website on the move is not necessarily easy so I thought I would write a few notes about how we go about it. I carry a very small Windows 98 laptop computer which I use for work (I do tech support for the company I used to work for) and this is of course very handy for doing the website and downloading photos from our digital camera.

Creating the website

We use Macromedia Dreamweaver to create the website and SuperJPG to crop and resize the photos. The website is very basic, it uses no javascript, applets, front page extensions, etc. I chose to do it this way because I don't have the connection bandwidth to spend a lot of time checking whether a feature works correctly. Also I wanted the website to be accessible to everyone and to be easy to download to a handheld device for reference on-the-road. I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to write the website on a handheld, especially one with a keyboard, if you didn't mind writing it in raw HTML.

I normally either upload just the files I know need updating, or use WS FTP Pro to "synchronise" my local copy of the website to that on the web server. Our copy of Dreamweaver is version 4, and the built in synchonisation facility doesn't seem to work well.

If you didn't want to carry any sort of computer, it is possible to create a website "on-line" in an internet cafe. Internet Explorer 6 has a basic WYSIWYG editor built in, or write raw HTML with a text editor. To get pictures onto the site you will need a USB camera memory card reader, see below.

Our web hosting company is, they seem pretty good, charging $48 a year for a 500Mb site with 20Gb monthly bandwidth allowance. There are nice web stats you can see which pages are the most popular, email control and we've had no problems with them.

Uploading the website

Frequent updates are important to keep your audience's interest and to let the folks back home know how you are getting on. There are five ways to update the site that I have used:

In addition I believe that in cities in the States WiFi wireless networking is an option. Although I used an Iridium satelite phone extensively for email, especially in Siberian Russia where the cell phone coverage is pretty hopeless, I consider it too expensive for updating a website (approx $1/min for a 2400 baud connection).

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