Website Building - Upload/Download Utility

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  1. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Hello people.

    Let us suppose that:

    Someone wants to create a website, basically just a page with a logo, background image, maybe some contact details. Nothing fancy. BUT they then wanted to have an upload/download facility.

    eg Files can be uploaded (presumably by an administrator) and then they can be hosted/linked to and downloaded by clients. Password protection would be a nice touch but not entirely necessary.

    Is this incredibly complicated? Do you NEED to hire a company to do it for you for £800/$1500+? I was looking at this software:

    SiteStudio - Positive Software Corporation

    Which seems like it would do the job although even that is £75. But if that would get the job done, that would be great.

    Even better - is there another way? Does someone have a step by step guide/code they could give me? :biggrin1:

    I can do the basic stuff like the background and logo etc. Its just this upload/download utility. Advise me, SVP.

    Thanks :smile:
     
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    Designing a website is a pretty simple thing to do. Look on Free Software Downloads and Software Reviews - Download.com for some fairly good free software to build your site.

    You can setup password protected directories fairly simply and just give the password to your clients when necessary.

    If you are building a truly simple site with just an index page, you might try using Microsoft Word/Works. I belive they have fairly simple html editing built in.

    EDIT: Dunno how I forgot, but there is an excellent resource site thesitewizard.com: Website design, promotion, CGI, PHP, JavaScript scripting, and revenue earning. which I think will provide many answers for you.
     
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    Thanks Patric. I'll look into it.
     
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    Upload tools are server side so your chosen utility will depend on the server architecture. There are plenty of free and very cheap utils around, which control the whole sign up/sign in/access controls issues.

    Have a look at Web Based File Manager - iDC File Manager for an example but many other such tools are available. It starts at less than $30 and they also do a hosted package.
     
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    Thanks Dong, that looks good. But when linking to a file wouldn't the address be an ip address/folder/file as opposed to sitename/reports/041 or something.

    I just think IP addresses in links look a bit...rudimentary :redface:

    Although it does look good...I'll have to read more into it.
     
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    Okay so everything is sorted now. Pricing things up...I have worked out a total of £84 to have a website with upload and download/login facilities.

    Which is almost ten times cheaper than £800.

    My only issue is: the server. Dedicated servers are expensive! But this would only be a small site that would be lucky to have 1GB traffic in a month. Therefore I was thinking of something like this:

    1&1 Internet Ltd. -  WebHosting  - MS Hosting

    (The first one that works out at £63 a year). Would that be sufficient? I'm such a noob :tongue:
     
  7. dong20

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    Glad you got it sorted.

    On 1&1 - they may have improved but they had a bad rep, and they messed me around something rotten. There's a blog or something about their poor service, but as I say they may be better now. They're certainly cheap, question is...why?
     
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    What I usually do is get a webhost that has FTP access then use Window's built-in FTP client. You don't need CuteFTP or WSFTP or any of that stuff. On XP you just go to Start > My Network Places > Add Network Place. Then just enter the FTP address. Windows will treat the remote site just like a local hard drive.

    I use clickhost.net for my websites. I have never had any problems with them. PM me if you want help.
     
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    Thanks peeps.

    The thing is, the site wants to be branded and linked to the company; not really Yahoo or Yousendit, etc.

    But I will look into Yahoo.

    That's a good question dong (about the prices at 1and1).

    I thought about FTP too but there should be a site I think, some kind of branding. I'll look for some reviews of 1 and 1 and explore other avenues.
     
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