Topic: Advice for complete newbie - Website development
Hi everyone. I would like to build a website that would function
similarly to youtube. I see that a tutorial is posted on this site that may help me a bit, but the thing is, I have absolutely no experience with computer
programming at all.
Basically, I'm trying to get an idea of my options at this point. I'm
leaning toward hiring a developer (since I would like to be up and
running in about 6 months). I am also looking at doing some of the
programming myself. So, I have a few questions and any help or advice
would be greatly appreciated.
In terms of a DYI:
1. How difficult is it to learn Ruby on Rails from the absolute
beginning and progress to where I could build and maintain and further
develop a website similar to youtube with my own custom tweaks?
2. How long would the above take starting from no experience at all?
3. Where should I start? Any good books or tutorials for the absolute beginner?
In terms of hiring a web developer:
1. How much (ballpark) would it cost to develop and maintain such a
2. How long would such a website take to build?
3. Do you have any recommendations in terms of developers and/or
companies I should work with or contact for help?
1. What are the steps involved in building a website?
2. What is actually programmed when you build a website and how is this
process different from the artistic design of a website? Are they two
different stages and two different processes or do you program the
artistic design as well? I'm not sure how to draw the distinction. An
example would help.
Any info would help me greatly, and thanks for your time.