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best website for RTW trip

I am planning my next RTW and since friends and family want to get updated on my journey I am interested in buying a site that can let me upload pict and video , maps and also a blog .

any recommendation ....

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That was a very usefull reply (not) , I will use this site for sure I like the fact to have a personal one too.
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I use google, which offers blogger (for blog, duh) and picasso for pix. I can't say it is a perfect solution, but it is more or less functional, which beats some alternatives. would be interested in other, better solutions.
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The "SPOT" locator has a photo and blog site the "SPOT Adventure"
SPOT Adventures

The Spot can also track you.
I have the SPOT I and it has worked great for over a year.
They have come out with a SPOT II and there is a recall on it.

I would not get the SPOT II until they have it fixed but you can still get the SPOT I for not very much.
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It doesn't cost much to get yourself a 'real' website set up rather than using a free service - at least then you know you can upload photos/videos and not have to worry they will be deleted/disappear/site closes down etc..

I bought my own domain name, hosting and webspace, mailboxes etc from Fasthosts which probably cost about £30 all in for the year and comes with a template web site designer which lets you build a decent looking website.
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That was a very usefull reply (not) , I will use this site for sure I like the fact to have a personal one too.
Well that put me in my place for what I thought was a sensible reply! An offer of free web space for your own web page which can be updated from any internet cafe including photographs and I assume (perhaps wrongly) links to free video hosting on youtube. Seems good enough for a number of people judging by the number of active pages on the site.
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That was a very usefull reply (not) , I will use this site for sure I like the fact to have a personal one too.
I think they meant to use this site as your blogging/photo site. The guys at HU will set you up one if you ask nicely.

On the left side with all the other links, under Blog, there is a "Create Your Own" button. Well, that's on the HU main page, it's a little different on the forums. Anyway, the page is at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/
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Web site for personal use

Try "'get jealous"' its free can upload pics and a diary. Its basic but works good. Its used a lot with backpackers.
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Blogs etc

A while ago I wrote a brief piece on free tools for overland websites...

Click here for the list - Part of the Overland Live Blog

Personally, I would recommend creating a Google account (email etc) and using Google's services:

Blogger - easy to configure and setup + gets indexed quickly by Google
Picasa - Free photo service plus integrates neatly into Blogger & has a Windows / Linux application
YouTube - we all know this one

Plus, I would then add a Twitter account.

All the above items can then be automatically updated to Twitter plus you can send txt messages. It's a great way to keep everyone updated.
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Setting up a website

Hi Hendi,

we're in a similar position and have been doing plenty of research into the pro's and cons of different offerings for creating a website.

We were looking to be able to write a diary, load photos, embed a map and video etc, as well as having a couple of pages to house info on planning etc for hubbers looking to do future trips.

we've also been speaking with several friends who work as web designers and the general consensus has been that the simplest way to set up a website that will look like a 'real' bespoke site (but without the cost and knowledge of programming code), be cheap and allow us as non-experts to be able to adapt/edit it was to use Wordpress

We've only just set up the account so I can't show any work in progress but would suggest you have a look.

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I used Web Hosting : Professional Web Hosting from Just Host i'm no techie and found it easy to use, a couple of bucks a week cost wise.

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Wordpress.com or blogger.com (a Google service) are the most popular and easiest ways to create a blog online.

If you want something nice-looking yet easy to use, have a look at squarespace.com. It's not free but they have very pretty templates and a great user interface that even my grandma could master.

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If you want to see a basic Blogger blog, you can check out mine:

motoreiter

I use my own domain, but google provide the hosting for pix and blog, blog template, tools, etc. Pretty easy, I'm sure you could do a lot more with it if you know what you're doing. plus, I don't think google is going anywhere.

i've heard good things about wordpress too, but don't know how/if its different from blogger.
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.. plus, I don't think google is going anywhere.
Good point moto .. that's a serious consideration.



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