It stinks when you don’t have programming knowledge…

I have 2 site ideas that I would really like to do, but my lack of programming knowledge is holding me back. :(

Stinks.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

about 15 years ago

I have great faith in your ideas considering how far you've come. Share them with me if you're willing to :)

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Patrick

about 15 years ago

Hey,

I really appreciate the sentiment. I'll keep that in mind.

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Keith

about 15 years ago

I'm kind of in the same boat Patrick. You're already a member of some great resouceful communities. Use them to your advantage and try and learn PHP :)

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Patrick

about 15 years ago

Can't. No time. I have tried, but it just hasn't stuck. Maybe because I have too much on my mind.

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Keith

about 15 years ago

If you ever need a helping hand just let me know, altough you know I'm still learning PHP myself :p

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Patrick

about 15 years ago

I appreciate that, Keith.

Unfortunately, I couldn't know enough to program a script as good as I would want. :)

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JohnMcK

about 15 years ago

Sounds like the key would be finding someone who does have the necessary skills. This way, each of you brings something to the table.

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Patrick

about 15 years ago

Hey,

Yeah, that is an idea, of course. But, one issue is that I am not looking to transfer the slightest bit of ownership of any site I create to another person, so partnering in that way wouldn't work. So, it comes down to compensation.

I can pay a little bit, but far far less what I need is worth. I can also offer some ad space and a free domain, etc. It would be rare that someone I am comfortable with would be willing to work with that.

So, it comes down to a good friend taking pity on me and helping me, basically. ;)

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JohnMcK

about 15 years ago

Hmm, I certainly understand that business model, and sympathize with the desire to maintain it.

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Patrick

about 15 years ago

Yeah.

At the same time, I hope that one day I am big enough where I can pay a good programmer a good salary. That time just isn't now.

On the flip side, I can offer some stuff... I mean, a little money, some solid ad space (help in the search engine rankings) and the maybe referrals from other people I know who do have the money... you never know.

Anyway, that's life. Its the classic problem. Idea people. Web designers. Programmers. Tough to be all three and have a heck of a lot going. :)

Thanks for stopping by, too, John.

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