What are the best ways to build a website?
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There are several possibilities to create a homepage:
Word processing program
Graphical WYSIWYG editor
HTML & CSS
Each of these possibilities has its advantages and disadvantages. Maybe not everyone fits your needs. Therefore, I will present it to you in detail and show you which of the possibilities to create a homepage could be interesting for you.
Create the home page with a word processor
Sounds funny at first sight, but you can also create your own homepage with a word processor such as Microsoft Word. Word offers the option to save the text as a web page.
Just try it out. Write a text in Word and add a few pictures. If you are so satisfied, click on Save as and select the website as the file type. If you have installed a table of contents in the document, you can even jump to the individual section headings.
The homepage is created quickly and easily
You do not need any programming skills
Generates tons of unnecessary source code
Source code is not straight search engines friendly
Overall, the possibilities here are very limited. You can not create more than one website (an HTML document). You can only create a fast and simple homepage.
The graphical WYSIWYG editor
WYSIWYG is a not too complicated abbreviation, as you might suspect at the first moment. It stands for What You See Is What You Get and means that the content is displayed in the WYSIWIG editor as you would later on your homepage.
Using a WYSIWYG editor, you can easily create your homepage without the knowledge of a programming language. With many editors of this kind, you can choose from a wealth of homepage templates the right one for your website. All you need to do is enter your content into the editor and make the desired formatting, similar to Microsoft Word, over offered buttons. The WYSIWYG editor then creates the source code for you. All you have to do is transfer to a web server and your own homepage is ready.
No programming skills required
You'll immediately see what your homepage will look like later
Anyone who is familiar with a word processing program is also clear with a WYSIWYG editor.
Suitable for beginners
Homepage templates are usually included
A small web presence is created super fast
Finished homepage usually does not look professionally
Editors create unnecessary source code (not very beneficial for search engines)
Source code is often not valid and looks different in various browsers
The second of the ways to create a home page is best suited for beginners, who want to create a homepage with few pages without great programming skills. The fact that you can enter and organize your content like a word processor makes this path very easy. For larger projects, however, a CMS is much better.
Another way to your own homepage, is the use of a template or often called HTML theme. There are templates for your own homepage, which you only have to fill with your own content. Often, you do not need any programming skills, as you can edit the templates using a WYSIWYG editor.
There are many free templates on the Internet for a wide range of applications. If you have decided for one, you do not need to worry about the layout anymore. This is already specified by the template.
Suitable for beginners
Design of the homepage is given
Many free templates / homepage templates available on the Internet
The scope of the website is limited by the template, if one can not extend it with the help of a programming language.
This is the same as the graphical WYSIWYG editor.
Create the homepage with a website builder
Website builder is the best entry for beginners. From the pure creation of the homepage, the website builder resembles the graphic WYSIWYG editor. Here too, some design templates are available and the content can be placed quickly and easily on the homepage.
The biggest advantage over the WYSIWYG editor is that the created pages no longer have to be transferred to a web server. With a website builder, the homepage is created online and the supplier of such online tools, also provides the web space at the same time.
Most of the time, however, you quickly reach the limits of possibilities. Sure, you'll be dissatisfied with the design possibilities offered by the website builder quite quickly.
Web space is included
Website is editable online
Integration of guest books, contact forms, etc.
Little effort when creating the homepage
Websites are very similar
Frequent compulsory commercials
Limited design possibilities
The fourth of the seven ways to create a home page is best suited for beginners who want to take care of the content and live with a simple homepage. With a website builder you can quickly click on a small homepage and put it online.
CMS: The best way to create a home page
A CMS, also referred to as a content management system, combines the most advantages of the previously presented possibilities to create a homepage. It is suitable for both beginners and advanced users, and the creation of a homepage is almost as easy as using a graphical WYSIWYG editor or a homepage building block. Here you have only a lot more options and can build very complex websites.
If you use one of the many ready-made layouts in a CMS, you only have to worry about the content creation and the basic setting of the CMS. In addition, most content management systems can be extended as desired via so-called plugins.
You can very easily integrate contact form, guest books, picture gallery and even whole shop systems. And all without having to write a single line of source code.
Creation of small, but also very large websites possible.
No previous knowledge required
Professional appearance via free templates
Also suitable for beginners
Easily extensible via plugins
Training can be very time-intensive
Often, a web hosting with at least one database and support for PHP is required (but most packages are standard)
Depends on the developer of the system
CMS is the best and easiest way to build your own website.
From my experience, I can say that you can create a homepage, even without programming knowledge, with the help of WordPress, which also looks very professional. This is also possible with other content management systems.
The use of a CMS is already worthwhile for small web sites. However, larger internet sites have also been implemented.
HTML and CSS
But even if the path through a CMS is now the better solution to your own homepage, it brings many advantages when you work in the languages HTML and CSS.
Almost all ideas can be implemented
High time required for learning
High time required to create the homepage
You are responsible for the design and everything else
Content management system is a better choice to create a website. You do not need to program your internet pages anymore, and if you have large internet sites, this would be quite expensive.
The last of the possibilities to create a website is a web designer. There are countless experts who are only waiting for you with an order for the implementation of a home page. The so-called web designers. They are familiar with HTML, CSS and other web technologies and can help you create your own homepage.
If you let a web designer do the work, you usually have a three-digit amount for a small presence on the Internet. But the result will also look professional and unique.
You're saving your time
You do not need to learn anything or get involved in any system
Professional support from the planning of your homepage
Changes to the homepage must be ordered
The coordination with the web designer is not always easy.