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Building Your Website – Part 1

Deciding how you will build your site

Before you can start you will need to choose the software you are going to use to build your web site. Depending on your level of experience and aspirations there are three ways for you to build your website:

  • HTML editor
  • Web building software (aka WYSIWYG)
  • Web builder templates

Manually code your site using an HTML editor

Hand coding obviously requires at least a basic knowledge of HTML but benefits from being by far the most flexible option. Although slower to get going than the other two methods, the long term benefits include a greater understanding on how web pages are built and the ability to apply that to your own.

Examples:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft Expression Web
  • Notepad++ (free)

Although you will be faced with a blank page when you first start that doesn’t mean you have to create everything yourself from scratch. There are so many free resources online (templates, images, scripts…) for you to use that the challenge will be going through them all.

Use WYSIWYG software

What You See Is What You Get software uses the same principles as a desk top publisher and allows you to build a website pointing and clicking with no coding required. They work by generating the HTML/ CSS in line with your design on screen with the added benefit of letting you then dip in and manually change the code.

Examples:

  • Serif WebPlus
  • Evrsoft.com

Website builder templates

A lot of web hosts provide these with shared hosting accounts or as standalone products.

They require no coding knowledge (in fact most don’t let you make any manual changes at all). The templates are preset and all you have to do is make some colour/ image selections, add your content and click ‘publish’. Although very quick to start and finish and finish a site, the quality of the results are questionable.

(End of Part 1)

Before you can start you will need to choose the software you are going to use to build your web site. Depending on your level of experience and aspirations there are three ways for you to build your website:
 HTML editor
 Web building software (aka WYSIWYG)
 Web builder templates
Manually code your site using an HTML editor
Hand coding obviously requires at least a basic knowledge of HTML but benefits from being by far the most flexible option. Although slower to get going than the other two methods, the long term benefits include a greater understanding on how web pages are built and the ability to apply that to your own.
Examples:
 Adobe Dreamweaver
 Microsoft Expression Web
 Notepad++ (free)
Although you will be faced with a blank page when you first start that doesn’t mean you have to create everything yourself from scratch. There are so many free resources online (templates, images, scripts…) for you to use that the challenge will be going through them all.
Use WYSIWYG software
What You See Is What You Get software uses the same principles as a desk top publisher and allows you to build a website pointing and clicking with no coding required. They work by generating the HTML/ CSS in line with your design on screen with the added benefit of letting you then dip in and manually change the code.
Examples:
 Serif WebPlus
 Evrsoft.com
Website builder templates
A lot of web hosts provide these with shared hosting accounts or as standalone products.
They require no coding knowledge (in fact most don’t let you make any manual changes at all). The templates are preset and all you have to do is make some colour/ image selections, add your content and click ‘publish’. Although very quick to start and finish and finish a site, the quality of the results are questionable.

One Response to “Building Your Website – Part 1”

  1. David says:

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