Organizing my site

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A bit of background

I am new to Yola after trying ModX, Drupal, Wordpress and a few others. All I want is a service that will allow me to create my web site the way I want to. I think I have finally found it in Yola. My current web site (www.mcran.com) was done using Rapidweaver on the Mac. My hosting provider is Hostmonster. I have around 250GB worth of content on their site. I host a radio show. All of my shows both current and archived are on my current web site.

I would like to do the same thing with Yola. The reason I am leaving Rapidweaver is because I need to update/manage my site from any computer.

These are the pages I would need for my Yola site:

HOME
RADIO ARCHIVES
-In Transition Archives (a sub page)
-Bennett Archives(a sub page)
RADIO SHOWS
-2010-2005
-2004-2000
-1999-1989
INTERVIEWS
FAVORITE SITES (This could be a page or maybe a list of favorite sites in a sidebar?)

This is basically it. My current site (rmcellig.yolasite.com) has most of the structure in place. I just need some help organizing it. Maybe there are better ways than how I have it now?

Look forward to suggestions.

If I want to use my domain name (www.mcran.com) instead of rmcellig.yolasite.com.

What is involved?

Would I have to cancel my Hostmonster account?

Is so, what would I do with all the content I have up there? I am paying only $6/month for their service.

Right now I am in the early stages with Yola and it is my hope that if all goes well, Yola will be my main service.

Note: Because you are in San Francisco, has Yola made any provisions for earthquake possibilities and related contingency plans regarding Yola customer sites?

I know this is a long post but I am sure that I will receive much valued advice from this forum.

Kind regards,

Randy
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Posted 9 years ago

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Hi Randy

I am glad you are excited about using Yola for your site. Let me see if I can work through your questions one at a time:

1) The first issue we need to cover is how much storage you need for your site. You mention that you currently have 250GB with Hostmonster. The maximum storage allowed per site on a Yola Pro account is 5GB. So you might need to keep your current hosting package for the purpose of storage and simply link to many of your files from your Yola site.

2) You seem to have a clear structure for your site. The biggest challenge is creating subpages. I believe Sanja has shared some information on how to do this. If her suggestions don't give you exactly what you need, get back to us and we will try to research some alternatives. I know there are a number of creative users on this forum who have built some great custom menus, so perhaps they will chime in with some suggestions ;)

3) You can point the domain you already own to your Yola site and still host it with us for free. Here is a tutorial that will take you through the process: http://www.yola.com/customer-support/...

4) I suggest keeping your Hostmonster account to host your existing files and any new ones you may need to upload if you exceed your storage limit on Yola. You can easily link to these files from your Yola site.

5) Although our head office is in San Francisco, our platform team is based in Cape Town, where we have another office. So they are far away from potential SF earthquakes :) Also, our hosting servers are not in San Francisco.

Great to have you around. I hope we can help you get the site you are after!
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Hey,

Have you ever looked at using the internet archive (http://www.archive.org) to store all your shows? I think there may be a requirement to liberally license the work, but, have a look at their terms on http://www.archive.org/about/terms.php

It is a free service (as far as I know), and is akin to putting your digital media into the smithsonian. You probably have copyrighted works not under your control, so it might not be a viable option, but if it is, I would urge you to consider it as an option.
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Thank you thank you!! Monique I love the answer you gave. It is clear, consise and gives me hope that I am making the right decision.

Regarding #2. Do you mean that I don't have to use the built in navbar on my Yola template and I can use a custom horizonal menu that can support two or three levels of sub pages? Now that sounds really good!!

Would you know regarding point #3 if I point my domain to my Yola site does that mean that can no longer use Hostmonster? I'm just a bit unclear on this. Actually come to think of it, I would think that as long as my files are being used in a web site and not as a storage location, Hostmonster should not have any issues. Make sense?

Many musicians have my real link (www.mcran.com) hanging off their pages, so I want to keep that link active.

Regarding point #4, that's exactly what I want to be able to do.

#5. Cape Town South Africa? Cool.

I am almost there regarding my site. The only issue is the sub pages and menus. Sanja was a great help in giving me ideas. I know you have a Yola code site and I would love to grab the code from that site to test on a test site.
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Randy,

Ideally you would store all your data on hostmonster on a subdomain, like media.mcran.com (you would have to contact hostmonster/read their documentation to find out how to add new records and point them at your existing data), and configure the DNS for www.mcran.com and mcran.com to point at Yola (see http://www.yola.com/tutorials/publish... ).

I would only be speculating on the exact steps you need to take to achieve that set up using hostmonsters infrastructure, but, in principal, it should be straightforward to do.
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Thanks Bradley,

These are my own radio shows, playlists and interviews, so I will look into that site.
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I forgot to mention that I initially created my domain with GoDaddy. Does that make a difference? Do I just have to follow your instructions and go to GoDaddy to make the changes there?
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Yes, the tutorial has instructions specifically for GoDaddy, so you should be fine. Once the domain is pointed to our servers, you will be able to assign it to your Yola site.
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Bradley,

I just received this from Hostmonster tech support. What exactly do I have to do for the Yola host? What do I put there?
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Sorry this is the text chat:

Mark [2:55:09 PM]: You can create a simple redirect in cpanel under "domains -->redirects" to point the domain to another host,