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hi,

i took a 2 column blogger template and hacked it to three columns. Use google account and google docs for all copies and traveldocs.

i use firefox / scribefire blogeditor to write posts. not perfect, but goog enough.

from my blog i link to my smugmug website to all my photoalbums, i use that to upload all my hi-res originals to.

see www.sanderonasingle.com

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Sander, how did you include the map of where you are in your blog, I've always wanted to do that...
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Hello!

I've been using one.com for a couple of years now and it's great! I have my web site there. They also have blog and a big and secure space to upload photos and documents. And the best thing! It does not cost much. As has been mentioned by Susan and Grant, it's better to pay for storing services then to use the free ones. Because you'll know that it will be there the next time you log on and might need a very important document!

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As has been mentioned by Susan and Grant, it's better to pay for storing services then to use the free ones. Because you'll know that it will be there the next time you log on and might need a very important document!
I question this logic. I know that google will be there next time I log in. Some outfit called One.com? Not so much...

Worst case google starts charging for their services, but at least in the meantime I get the service for free. And actually the trend has been in the opposite direction--google has been expanding, not contracting, the free service (more storage, etc.).

Why is one.com better than google, other than the privilege of paying for the service?
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Do it all for you...

.... excellent suggestions so far... but if you're looking for something that just does it all in one place then for travel there are a couple of options - the best at the moment is called Travel Pod

Travel Blog to Share your Trips - TravelPod

let's you set up a blog, upload photos and videos and automatically creates a map for you so people can see where you are, where you posted from etc.

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+1 for Google's offerings here. Blogger, Google Sites, Google Maps, Picasa should be just fine, if you don't want to host things here with HU.

A lot of people say Wordpress is better, can produce more professional looking sites, and is more flexible, and I think it possibly is if you know what you're doing. But that's the important thing, to get the best out of it you need some web-skills. If you don't have them then it's really no different from what Google can give you.

I really don't see why people pay for this stuff unless they're skilled web-designers, most of the free stuff has huge numbers of templates and add-ins, so your site won't look the same as everyone else's.

And when it comes down to it it's really about what you write and the pictures you post, not the html/css bling you throw in.
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Thanks for your help guys,
I plan to use the HUBB but also a more personal site for my personal view of the trip and communication with family and close friends.
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Online or off?

My better half started using WebX5 since we wanted to be able to write a diary, add and position pics and generally muck about while being somewhere other than paying in an internet cafe, i.e. sitting under a tree, on a beach etc not online. Paying someone else to start it would not really work then since we won't be anywhere near the person who could hopefully fix it!

She's since found that a little too limiting, though if you want something really simple its OK, but we weren't asking a lot!

So we now have Serif WebPlus 10. Either of these programs do not cost much, but X5 is simpler. She had a live usable site 36 hours after opening the X5 box having done nothing like it before.

Both take a lot of learning, they have instructions but often don't have the answers you want, part of the learning process may be redoing everything you've just done cos the font and framesize doesn't suit some pc's for instance, mucking up the whole format with pictures and text overlapping.


The specific problem for us with X5 is for a diary you don't really want one long list of entries, by the time you've added pics it becomes a huge 1st page to download (read). So you introduce layers, eg 1st is The Trip, 2nd is UK, then 2010, then the date, four only allowed. So you could have an unmanageably big list with a years worth of entries scrolling off the bottom of the page, but its not obvious there is more than you can see, and while moving the cursor down its easy to slip off the side meaning you have to start again. Annoying. You can't right click to enlarge a photo, so the nice small pixel size you need for fast page download is all you get. And you can't attach anything, like a manual you've found useful, a fuel price spreadsheet etc etc.

And, no spell check

WebPlus 10 has a good support network if you can get online, a huge helpful manual although still with holes, and a spellcheck and webcheck (advising you of things that might not work when uploaded). You can attach better quality pics on seperate pages so the users initial download speed stays high, although this may make the periodic upload of your updates a lot longer. It has a lot more features, but takes longer to learn. You may discover a fab new way of presenting a page when you've already too late to change it!

With either you then end up with the software on your C drive, the website on that or a seperate hard drive, and just the revisions and updates on a pendrive you then take to the internet cafe for speedy (!?) upload. (WebPlus 10 searches your sites files and picks out all those you've altered saving you having to remember!)

Best advice would be to make a totally fictitious website to learn with. Then after a week of solid graft, when you discover all the things you should have done, you'll only be binning something of no value. Only a couple of days work making a solid start on what you do want will then have more chance of it turning out how you had hoped.

If you can write code then go the whole expensive hog and get Dreamweaver. But whichever you may go with, you end up with a product and skill that may make you some money en route or back home?

You can see the out of date X5 site she did here

Independent overland travel through Africa in a Unimog called Moglet

the updated site with WebPlus10 is still being updated

The stickers with the website address on the side of the truck came from here

DiveSigns.com: Reflective hard wearing vinyl stickers for all your diving needs..., Be Seen When It Counts

made with SOLAS tape backing, which is durable, tough and what gets put on liferafts etc. The black stealth tape is cool but not quite as reflective. You could buy SOLAS tape on Ebay etc, and black lettering from lotsa places I'm sure! I've put a clear protective film over the letters because tree branches were doing a good job of pulling them off, but the tape is stubborn stuff!



Serif update and restructure completed, so hyperlinks, forward/back buttons and an eaier to use site all round!

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RTW web trip report

thanks for all your sugestion.

this one seems good too

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You can build your own, very simple, upload photos & Film and have live chat,get email and mesages etc. I have just put one up for our pending trip, Check it out.
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Sorry to harp on about Blogger and the like, but the post above about X5 reminded me of something.

If you're taking a laptop/netbook with you, you might want to try installing Windows Live Writer. It's free, and will let you compose and format your blog posts offline, so when you're near the web you just connect and it updates for you. It works with the major free blog sites and also has additional features for youtube uploads, tweets with shortened urls, basic photo-editing, and all manner of toys.

So, if you're interested in blogging under the shade of a tree where you want and not in a sweaty paid for internet café it's a good free thing.
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Thanks for the Windows Live Writer tip. This is so cool, exactly what I need.
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Did it work? I just tried to update mine and it comes up with some stupid error about objects, which I can't find a solution to. But if it works for you, I'll go see if there's an update.
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It did work for me. I already had live writer on my system (found out after I tried downloading from your link), so just linked it to update our blog and did a test and it worked fine.
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I can highly reccomend Wordpress. It is free, it is open source, and it is the most advanced system out there. Also, it is the most used system and very easy to use. You buy a domain, and install it on your web hosts servers in five minutes.

Visit my website below and have a look.
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