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Tips for Creating Website for Christmas Lights

How to do it yourself websites
Tacky Light Tour
Tacky Light Tour
Posts: 40
7/21/2011 6:10:00 AM
Many Christmas lighting enthusiasts at Tacky Light Tour list a website as part of their profile. These websites provide information, show pictures and play videos of the Christmas lights. Some enthusiasts are leveraging the services of Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to create a website rather than developing something from scratch.

What is the best way for a Christmas lighting enthusiast to start a new website?


Are services like Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr viable alternatives?


What are the pros and cons?
Lee Alder
Lee Alder
Posts: 9
7/31/2011 1:25:26 PM
Best bet unless your a webmaster, start with something easy. Facebook & MySpace are two great beginner options.

Facebook is great for finding others 'like' you.
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/1/2011 8:58:56 PM
I believe that facebook is the best and first option for people.
I think the next step would be a basic site like tumblr.
As users get more comfortable then setup a major website.

Thing like twitter is basically best for major sites, as you have to constantly update.

Just my opinion.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/2/2011 7:25:15 AM
I started a web site using Yola. Pretty easy to set up. I am not that good with computers. So i figure if i could figure it out anyone can. LOL
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/2/2011 4:57:46 PM
you will have to let us know the address so we can check it out.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/4/2011 7:00:41 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
you will have to let us know the address so we can check it out.

I just started one not even close to being finished. Right now i have my display from last yr. I used Mr. Christmas. This yr i will have alot for led lights and dancing trees with 16 LOR channels. I am a newbie so don't laugh. I think this Christmas my display will look good. I hope :} Here is the web site.spindlerfamilylightshowyall.yolasite.com Let me know if it works. It is not much but it is a start. If you know a better web site that will look better than this one please let me know. I think this one is cheap looking. I wish i had the talent that most of these people have on building a web site.
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/4/2011 7:31:25 PM
The site worked.

We all start out small and humble, from our display to our website. That way we always have something to aim for. After all, if we did it perfect with 3 million LED lights using 500 channels of DMX we would have nothing to work toward.

I don't know if it really matters what site you use, they all add something, but subtract something else. I have a pay site, and am reworking it from the ground up for this season.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/5/2011 1:39:38 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
The site worked.

We all start out small and humble, from our display to our website. That way we always have something to aim for. After all, if we did it perfect with 3 million LED lights using 500 channels of DMX we would have nothing to work toward.

I don't know if it really matters what site you use, they all add something, but subtract something else. I have a pay site, and am reworking it from the ground up for this season.

Who do you go through and since you have to pay for the site will they set it up for you?
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/5/2011 9:19:55 PM
My site is through GoDaddy. I think they do offer some kind of setup, but I honestly don't know anything about that.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/10/2011 9:41:18 AM
GoDaddy? Danika Patrick? LOL I will try it. I would love to have a professional looking site.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/10/2011 9:42:25 AM
By the way your site looks great Kent.
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/11/2011 8:29:46 AM
Which of my sites did you find? I didn't think my main site was up again yet. I have a tumblr site that I have been using in the mean time. It is nice that I can update it from my Droid.
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/11/2011 6:19:34 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
Which of my sites did you find? I didn't think my main site was up again yet. I have a tumblr site that I have been using in the mean time. It is nice that I can update it from my Droid.

I thought this was the site. If this is your tumbler site it looks great http://christmas.bronners.com/2010/house/759.html
Kent Vosburg
Kent Vosburg
Posts: 152
8/11/2011 6:31:48 PM
OH wow, I forgot I had been on that site. I guess I need to go update that site as well.

Thanks for the kind words. I guess I need to go search where all I put stuff at. :D
Erin Spindler
Erin Spindler
Posts: 79
8/11/2011 6:37:50 PM
Kent Vosburg wrote:
OH wow, I forgot I had been on that site. I guess I need to go update that site as well.

Thanks for the kind words. I guess I need to go search where all I put stuff at. :D

LOL That is funny. I can see myself doing that in the future.

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