by derek gedney
I do not necessarily consider myself a fully fledged web designer at all... but I do specialize in creating small scale media rich display websites for music, videos, photo slide shows, simple shopping carts, guestbooks, chatrooms, educational & tribute websites, etc... Although I have worked with a few companies that fall outside the "entertainment" realm and are considered to be very professional businesses (CrossIslandFlooring.com for example), my goal is to help the individual.
What I'm here to do when it comes to webdesign, is help those who would like to learn how to eventually maintain their own website... through giving them the basic set up so they can learn for themselves. My purpose would be to show you the "tricks of the trade" so to speak and fill you in on the shortcuts that most webdesigners would never want you to know (that's why they charge tons of money).
I will be honest with you... it doesn't cost tons of money to create and maintain your own personal website. You can literally do it for free if you're not picky about domain names and footer ads. If you do want your own domain name and a site without ads... that will basically cost you close to a few hundred dollars for a 1 year service (depending on the domain service package you choose).
As you can see with this website, I'm not picky about the domain name/link. A sub-domain name like this one (crp.makesnoise.com) you will be able to find for free. But again, there will be an ad at the bottom of your website (unless you upgrade your host account to premium [like I have here] which is a lot cheaper than buying a domain name/service).
For me, webdesign is a fun, free, creative way to express myself... without having to conform to other websites looks and templates. When you create your own website, you control all your own content. You decide how it will look and feel. And if you change... your website can change right along with you, without the help of anyone else. No extra fee's, no contacting the John Doe who created your site for you. We all know the saying... "If you want it done right... you gotta do it yourself!" So, if you're interested, let me show you how! My work is based on principle... not personal monetary gain, so if you're looking to build a "cash cow" website, you've come to wrong place.