[General] Appeal for design help

Discussion in 'Web Design & Coding' started by Mainframeguy, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    OK folks - please bear with me and keep in mind although I am a coder I am no PHP nor XHTML whizz ATM.

    I am really sort of hoping folks at the forum will do a little handholding if I do this but of site design from scratch, or maybe recommend something like googlepages as appropriate. I have a friend who introduced me to a good friend of hers with MS, that is the background. I am aiming to help her in some fundraising - see below:-

    and thus far I have simply replied with the following....

    I wondered what input folks here may have? I'm especially interested in pay links and the simplest ways to set them up - having often seen them on various pages for charitable purposes.

    Who knows, maybe OSNN could design a really nice page for her with all the info and linkage needed and pimp it a little and put out logo and a link in a corner for some good Karma? But I do realise co-operative design has it's limitations. I'm no designer - you can see the level I am at when you check my homepage :eek: :rolleyes: :s
     
  2. LordOfLA

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    can host stuff whe/if people come up with stuff
     
  3. Mainframeguy

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    Bumpage.... honestly thought there may have been other posts on this one. Or are some people suspect as to the veracity of this? I've been here in read mode since XPerience days and can vouch personally this is a genuine situation.
     
  4. madmatt

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    I, too, can offer hosting but I have no time available to help design it. I will pass the word onto some guys that I outsource to.
     
  5. kcnychief

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    MFG -

    I could help with the design. And since it's for a good cause I wouldn't charge you anything. However, I'm not sure that I can commit to any type of strict timetable....
     
  6. Jewelzz

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    My brother in law has MS and would love to help out but I'm very VERY new to site coding and stumble along. If there's anything else I can help you with let me know.
     
  7. Mainframeguy

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    Anita calld me last night - good to find a couple of posts here too :)

    The only deadine we have ATM is that the sooner she has the funds the sooner she can try the treatment and anything I can do to help that is better than nothing (so nothing to lose and all to gain).

    Her son is meant to be getting in email contact and she was checking out what to ask other places with web presence abotu linking to them - any comments on that here? They have been looking at domain registration (I think her son is helping) but have not taken one yet so far as I know. Until they do we have kinda "free time" in this....

    Any comments on the linking question? Is there any normal protocol for that? Anyne aware of any MS "rings"? And of course this is not MS in the way we usually say M$!
     
  8. Mainframeguy

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    We have a domain registered and hosted - I just slapped up a quick bit of the stuff I had been given to put something there.... Have also sent out some enquireies at charitable places fishing for any linkage....

    www.agnetamills.net is the domain - no need to be linking or building to it yet since it is just a sketch draft at the moment - I have been given the admin access for ftp, SQL, PHP etc and set up an email for enquiries. That's about it for now - any input welcome to improve from here.... I've asked Agneta to look into merhcant services and hopefully getting a good deal from the likes of WorldPay and NoChex etc...

    One of the first things I'll want to do is maybe add some sort of guest book, maybe an appeal indicator that shows what has been raised and the target.... right now I just wanted to put something up there before I call her and try to explain or check out if she is going to be able to handle POP3 configuration for the account I set up.
     
  9. kcnychief

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    Not a bad start MFG, you should check out Bravenet for lots of free stuff. Guestbooks, mailing lists and lots of other goodies. It should help you spice it up a bit. I have used their stuff before, pretty easy to implement and use. :)

    http://www.bravenet.com/
     
  10. Mainframeguy

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    Thanks Derek - I added a guestbook and Agneta is going ahead through paypal validation now I have set up sales and enquiries emails.....

    I know one thing I am going to want to have is an illustration of funds raised versus target - and I know some places have the option for folks to post their donations or somesuch.... so that they ar enot anonymous - not sure how that works - must be outside paypal, which seems to be the option Agneta feels most comfortable with ATM.

    But before all that I'd really like to get this to look a little less ancient and first generation - think I'll be wanting to find my own way a bit and I know I have already got links to some resources - but any pointers in a design sense appreciated.

    [EDIT] If you use bravenet you shoulda made that a referal link and claimed your dollar!, ah well - too late now since I signed up ;)

    oh and I know I said pointers in a design sense - but if anyone just wants to send me code or post it I am happy to go with that also - I do not feel any driving need to do this all myself and I am technically competent enough to follow high level instructions without much (if any) handholding...[/EDIT]
     
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  11. Mainframeguy

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    if he has a site we should interlink them, no doubt... and maybe share more across the pond linkage? Feel free to pass site details along to him, there's contact stuff there now..... and guestbook (sorry it's ad-bloated though)
     
  12. Mainframeguy

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    depending on their reaction, because I truely do understand about folks being busy, you may or may not judge it worth passing the link to the site in it's present primitive state to them - esp. in context of my earlier post - if they can just take tiny amount of time and send code fragment with overview of what it is aiming to do design wise I can do my best to take that and run with it to do the donkety work....
     
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    I thought about providing a referral link, but I could have sworn I read somewhere posting links like that is against forum TOS. No big deal either way, just hope it helps you :)
     
  14. Mainframeguy

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    Getting close to receiving a paypal link.....

    Came across www.charge.com for credit card process, very unsure how they operate or where they take their cut and how - anyone got any input for me?

    Although many aspects of site may evolve and that is just the way it wil need to be it is getting close to where we'll make a first "push" on getting some traffic for the site. So if anyone really still did want to make any input whatsoever then please be in touch soon - input wil be apprreciated at any time, but is more valuable now
     
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    I would go with paypal if at all possible. IMO, they are the best out there, have un-matchable support and protection for your funds and against fraud, and is the most used currency site in the world, I think.
     
  16. Mainframeguy

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    PS to earlier post - I have just realised we really should ahve a logo for anyone wanting to put in a link to our site - if anyone with some graphc design skills cared to knock up something quickly , anything cheap and cheerful might be better than I can do with my pitiful graphics skills....
     
  17. kcnychief

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    MFG - You've got PM
     
  18. Mainframeguy

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    I'm just going to say that certain noticeable exceptions to one side I am kinda disappointed on this thread.... maybe I left it too open and should just have started a host of threads for each issue as I met it, but that did not seem right to me.... I had hoped for a little participation. Guess everyone is kinda busy with their own thing.... seems sad to me though.
     
  19. kcnychief

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    :(

    I'm sorry you feel that way. Can you make a rough list of things you still want accomplished? I'll try to help out if I can
     
  20. Mainframeguy

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    My feeling that way has nothing to do with you - it's just I kinda had high hopes of the forum pulling together on this one, I'm not sure if I have been impatient or what. Also you have been helpful and thanks to bravenet there's a guestbook. And I am still hopeful your intro via PM will make a big difference. It is quite possible I have just misjidged the site membership and there are not that many skilled web builders who are OSNN members. Maybe I should be over at DevShed more.

    Anyway, back to your question - you know I need a progress tracker, since I made another thread for that knowing it should involve some PHP and SQL the way I envision it.

    Apart from that the main things I was hoping for are a little graphic design input and general web design. I've tried to tidy up within raw HTML and my initial abilities, but I suspect stylesheets would be the next thing. I am not even getting posts telling me what to learn about you see man!

    So I have asked Agneta to try to come up with some raw source images for a logo and a wallpaper kinda things - I believe her partner Ray is an artist so I hope something may come, he'll likely work off computer then I'll get a picture I guess. I'm hoping this will give some raw material for the OSNN member you introduced me too (keeping them anonymous until they decide if they want to post on thread).

    List is about four long then:-

    1. Contributions/progress tracking (see here)
    2. Home/Link to us Logo
    3. Wallpaper/Design theme
    4. General site critique and overhaul to unify it and give it professional/genuine/trustworthy look and feel.

    If there is any more or people see holes I am missing (EG the security angles) then by all means tell me needs I have missed - but that is where I feel I have got to. It is kinda frustrating 'cause it feels like so close and yet that last bit makes all the difference.