How do you create your website?
Do you use a WYSIWYG program such as Adobe Dreamweaver, openElement, Froala Editor or CoffeeCup HTML Editor, or do you use a HTML text editors such as Atom Text Editor, Quill or even the possibly overlooked Notepad ?
All the above programs have a learning curve and there are ways of achieving the same results and perhaps even better results by using one of a range of Website Builders.
Even in the "pioneer days" of Geocities and other free website providers drag-and-drop "Site builders" were an option when you did not wish to learn HTML (and css) or make use of a WYSIWYG HTML editor. Things though have progressed a long way since then and Website Builders offer a way of creating slick professional looking websites without having to learn HTML and are available at a budget cost or even free.
Website Builders offer the following benefits:
- Easy to use
- Wide range of design templates that can be customised to your requirements
- Include hosting and subdomain/address * so that you do not need to purchase domain names and hosting elsewhere
Website Builders you should consider:
8b Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
PageXL One page website - Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
Carrd One page website - Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
Wix Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
Weebly Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
Jimdo Free, Paid versions (Freemium model)
Website builders include a subdomain address with their free accounts. These are not always the most user-friendly addresses because some of the website-builder websites would like you to upgrade to a paid premium account including a custom domain name
These are the subdomain address formats for the website builders reviewed above:
8m.com - yourname.8b.io
PageXL - yourname.pagexl.com
Carrd - yourname.carrd.co
Wix - username.wixsite.com/siteaddress
Weebly - yourname.weebly.com
Jimdo - yourname.jimdofree.com
Handcoding vs Site Builders
Other articles by Michael Fowler:
Choosing a Webhosting company - Michael Fowler
What to consider when deciding on a webhosting company, recommendation that you consider uk based webshosting company Just Host Me.
Free Domain names - Michael Fowler
Discussion of the Pros and Cons of Free domains, popular free domains available and their suitability for different websites.
Free E-Mail - Michael Fowler
Discussion of the inadequacies of isp e-mail addresses and the free e-mail alternatives available.
Hosting Reviews - Michael Fowler
A listing of leading website hosting companies with links to Review centre and Trust Pilot reviews
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