Many people never even think about making their own website. It’s easy to imagine that web development is very difficult, and assume that you’ll need professional help. In fact, making your own website can be simple and affordable. It can even be fun!
In this article, we’ll look at the 3 best ways to build a website. We’ll cover using a website builder, coding a website from scratch and using pre-built WordPress themes. We’ll also look at the pros and cons of each method and clearly show which approach is best for you. Let’s get started!
Using a Website Builder
The easiest way of making your own website is by using a website builder. Many web hosting companies offer website builder plans. These usually come with web hosting and other features included.
How Does it Work?
Website builders are online tools that you can access via your web browser. The best website builders are WYSIWYG builders (What You See Is What You Get). That means the layout you see while you’re designing is the same layout visitors will see. That makes it very easy for beginners to create a stylish website, just by dragging and dropping features into place.
What are the Pros and Cons of Website Builders?
Website builders are easy to use. Developing a website using a website builder is fast and simple – even for beginners. Everything you need is often included in the price of a plan.
Website builders aren’t suitable for every type of website. If you need to make a website with very complex features, then a website builder may not be right for you.
If you’re not a tech expert then you’ll love the simplicity of a website builder. Using a website builder is the best way to make your own website quickly, with the minimum fuss.
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Coding a Website from Scratch
Feel like a project? It could be time to try coding a website from scratch! You’ll need to invest a lot of time and effort in the development. But if you’re interested in learning how websites really work, then this could be a great hobby-project!
How Do I Do It?
HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) is the language used to hand-code websites. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) add style to the HTML. You can code a website using a plain-text editor – like Notepad. Or you can use a more advanced HTML editor – like Adobe’s Dreamweaver.
What are the Pros and Cons of Coding a Website?
Complete control – when you write your own code, you have total control over how your website works. If you’re a talented developer you may be able to create a leaner website by focusing on the exact features you need.
Coding a website isn’t easy! It can take months to learn HTML and CSS. Even the basics can be difficult to master. Coding websites is becoming less popular, as most developers prefer easier alternatives like website builders and WordPress.
If you’re interested in learning a new skill, then coding your own website will teach you a lot. But it may take months before you’re ready to complete your project.
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Finding a Pre-Made WordPress Theme
WordPress is a popular CMS (Content Management System). It’s used by millions of people to develop and maintain their websites. There are thousands of pre-made WordPress themes available that make it easier to build an appealing website.
What are WordPress Themes?
A WordPress theme is a template you can style your website around. Without using themes, all WordPress sites would look basically the same. The content would be different but the style would be identical (and very basic). Themes allow developers to add a consistent and attractive style to all the pages on their websites.
The Pros and Cons of WordPress
Developing a WordPress website is much easier than coding a website from scratch. WordPress also supports some very powerful features and can be more flexible than a website builder.
WordPress development can still take some time to learn. Some of the best WordPress themes aren’t free, so you might need to pay to get the look you want.
If you’re making a complex website, and a website builder doesn’t support the features you need, then WordPress is the best option. You’ll need to spend a little time learning how the system works, but the end result could be better than if you code your own website.
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