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Choosing a Site Builder

Week 3


Can I just tell you how amazed I am by all of the options out there for creating a website? It’s mind-blowing! And a little overwhelming.

There’s the drag and drop options like Wix and Weebly. Or if you like having a little more versatility you can try your hand at a Content Management system like WordPress.org or Squarespace.  And then of course with the more tech savvy crew we’ve got the WYSIWYG (aka What you see is what you get)/ html editors like Dreamweaver or KompoZer.

There’s a lot! And that doesn’t even cover hosting. So… where do you begin?

Well, let’s look at the options!

The Drag and Drop:

  • Start with a free version
  • No coding required
  • Simple
  • Usually offers a domain name (www.yoursite.com)
  • A small selection of available templates

The Drag and Drop was made for people who just want to get their site up and running and have no technical experience. There are some great options out there for site builders and you’ll have your site up in no time. However, there’s little room for creativity once your template is in place. Also, these sites seemed to be more focused on smaller businesses or personal websites. Not too great for any major projects.

Content Management System:

  • More of a learning curve
  • Need to find a hosting provider
  • The builder itself is usually free, but host costs a monthly fee
  • More powerful and flexible
  • The middle Ground

The Content Management System takes a little more time to learn and is a little more expensive. However, they provide a lot of versatility in creating your website! They have more template options and there are many great hosts out there who support them. Awesome for those people who have a little web experience and want to get their hands more into the nitty gritty details.

WYSIWYG/html editors:

  • You design your site=complete freedom
  • Need coding experience
  • Steeper learning curve than all other options
  • No little logo at the bottom 🙂

If I knew how to code, I would go for this option. It takes far more time than the other options, but you have so much more freedom in what you want to do with your site. You can think up the themes and colors. The style is yours to do whatever you want with. Your website becomes your baby, and you don’t have to have anyone’s logo on it.

So there are your options! I’ll list some different providers so you’ll have some ideas to start with, but I’d definitely recommend doing some homework and figuring out what works best for you! Good luck!

Drag and Drop:

  • Weebly.com
  • Wix.com
  • Webstarts.com
  • Google Sites
  • Yola
  • Homestead.com

Content Management Systems:

  • WordPress.org
  • Squarespace
  • Joomla
  • Drupal

WYSIWYG/html editors:

  • Trellion Webpage
  • KompoZer
  • Myfreewebsitebuilder
  • Dreamweaver

These are only a few of the many options out there. Have fun and thanks for visiting!


If you’d like to read more about some website builders check out this site.

Here’s an article on About.com that shares some more information about building a website.

 

 

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About Juliet Elizabeth Petersen

I'm a writer who loves to inspire others to recognize their worth and become who they've always wanted to be.

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