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Zanshin 10-17-2009 09:08 AM

How to build a Sailing website
I finally got a domain and would like to build up a website around the boat, pictures and future travel plans. The last time I built a website I did it with manually built web pages but see that there are a lot of powerful packages out there (I just downloaded a Dreamweaver trial) and would like to know if there are any free templates for sailing/boat/yacht related out there that anyone could recommend. I would like to start small and slowly but certainly not from scratch :)

lovetosailnow 10-17-2009 12:00 PM

Try they have a few freebies but many really cheap pnes that are very user freindly.

(edit by TDW.....this message had been deleted in error. Sorry for the **** up. The offending moderator has been summarily keelhauled.)

southshoreS24 10-17-2009 12:24 PM

look in to using wordpress or joomla. a wordpress blog like style is fairly easy to put together and make look good.

MazeRat7 10-17-2009 02:19 PM

If your going to go with Dreamweaver, check out Dreamweaver Templates | Reviewed Web Site Template and Design Resources . One of the companies "might" have something sailing specific and if not at least it would be a good starting point for something you end up customizing yourself.

Good luck,


Valiente 10-17-2009 02:34 PM

Don't have an "Off Topic" section.

CalebD 10-17-2009 03:21 PM

While I applaud your idea of creating a website for your boat, travel, plans etc. I wonder why you would not consider using an already existing blog space like: SailBlogs | Sailing Blog Hosting & Social Network
Apparently it is free, you can post text and pics. It already has a lot of bells and whistles built into it.
You would not have to touch a line of code and could spend your time writing and taking photos instead. There is a fellow here named Chris (SV Pelican Fate, part deux | The Big Trip ) who blogged his way down to the Bahamas and back up to NY with his family.
Having said that, I have built a website for my boat using Dreamweaver and while it is not that difficult it does take a bit of time and patience and you have to pay something for the domain name and host server.
Odalisque - Home Page

Good luck however you proceed.

sailingdog 10-17-2009 03:32 PM

WordPress is pretty easy to install and is often offered as a hosting provider "one-click" installation. If you plan on updating the site regularly, the use of a blogging engine, like WordPress, gives you a lot of flexibility in posting to it—including being able to post via e-mail.

There are a lot of CSS-based templates that could easily be modified into Dreamweaver templates, but IMHO, unless you're planning on doing far more than posting about your travels and such, DW is overkill and totally unnecessary.

Zanshin 10-18-2009 08:49 AM

Thanks for all the replies. I don't know if I want to go the blog route, although I have looked at some of the pages on SailBlogs | Sailing Blog Hosting & Social Network and can see how easy it is to post quickly. I did go out and get both a domain and hosting for the site, so all I need to do is fill it with content.
MZr7 - I downloaded one of those Dreamweaver template pages yesterday and am using that as a start, but I had hoped that I could find a set of coherent pages somewhere to use as a template; those nice looking ones all carry a price tag, but I suppose that $70 isn't too much to pay for something worthwhile.
Valiente - No off-topic section planned :)

I am going to check into the other products, having just realized that if I go the Dreamweaver route I am going to have purchase the product in about 3 weeks once the trial version runs out.

Lostmt 10-18-2009 11:26 AM

Hopefully you are not looking for a free design program. If so you'll end up with ads that you might not want on your web pages.

All design programs have a learning curve, some harder than others. Take a look at Web Studio I've used it for years and they have a great forum board. They do have a trial version which is the same as the full version.

I have no connection to them other than using the program for many years as a professional designer.

labatt 10-24-2009 11:08 PM

Zanshin - We use blogger for our blog. It allows us post via the web, or to post via e-mails (including pictures), which is great from places where the Internet is iffy. We can also include pre-made "widgets" which allow us to put the information from our SPOT tracker up easily. We bought a domain - - and use it at the blogging site. We also use FeedBurner ( to allow people to subscribe to our blog via e-mail. There is a lot of additional functionality - RSS feeds, comments, etc. that's all built in. I'm a techie and could easily install my own blogging software (I installed wordpress on one of my personal servers to play with), but I figured that I wanted a highly stable and powerful system, and a platform that someone else managed, for our blogsite while cruising. By the way - no knowledge of HTML or website development is required, but you can modify the templates (like I added a third column to mine) if you do know what you're doing.

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