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Re: Reunion websites
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I also suggest designing it yourself if you have the ability. When I first started ours in 1999, I had it hosted on Geocities, and then in 2001, we switched the site over to the main domain name that we still have. Our costs for the domain and for the hosting are only $80 a year with Catalog.Com. If you don't require a lot of server space and aren't doing a whole lot, it can actually function very well.
Prior to designing our website, I had my own personal webpage when I started college in 1997. That's where I learned the basics of HTML. There really wasn't a FrontPage or Dreamweaver back then; you had to hand code everything. Now I use Dreamweaver, which is a little more of an advanced version of FrontPage. I suggest that a beginner start off using FrontPage.
Over the years, as I have gained skills, I have added programs like Flash (which is the program I used for the navigation animation and the photo albums in the Archive), Fireworks (to create the animated gif files on the History and Reunions pages), Adobe Acrobat (to upload scanned copies of documents), Microsoft Movie Maker and Adobe Premiere (to edit the video compilations). I use Quark Express to create the Newsletter but use Adobe Acrobat to create a PDF of it.
If you have any other questions, please let me know! Our website is listed in the link below.