How do I build my web site / web pages / web content?
Back in the early days of the web, you would have used a piece of software called an HTML editor to hand craft your website. Popular software options were Microsoft FrontPage, Macromedia DreamWeaver, Adobe GoLive, etc… You may also have used image editors like Adobe Photoshop or Macromedia Fireworks to prepare graphics for your website.
Professional web designers still use these tools today. The most popular are Photoshop and Dreamweaver (which has been acquired by Adobe). However, if you are not a web designer yourself, you don?t need to worry about this kind of software. You have three easier and faster options to go with…
3 easy options to start with :: You could do either one of these:
Option 1: Hire a web designer
If you are building a professional web site and have a budget, hiring a professional designer is probably the best option to go with, as long as you choose your web designer carefully.
Option 2: Use a free online website building tool
Most web hosting companies will provide you with a free online tool like Click Be! , RVSiteBuilder etc to design & build your first website just by selecting a template, selecting colors, selecting graphics and entering some text. They make the process very easy for you and you can literally get your first website out in a matter of minutes. You can then gradually refine it and add pages over time.
Option 3: Use a Content Management System
A Content Management System – also known as CMS – is a system that runs on your web server, not on your computer.
Your web hosting company will provide you with easy installation of the CMS of your choice so you don?t really have to worry about it. Getting started with a CMS will be almost as easy as using an online site building tool.A CMS will power your site with more than just information pages. A CMS can typically add interactive features such as:
• A blog with the ability for visitors to comment
• A forum with the ability for users to register and start conversations
• A photo album with the ability for you to easily add photos at any time
The CMS will also provide you with statistics on your visits and other additional features you may like.
For example, for blogs, popular CMS choices include WordPress and Joomla etc. Again, your web host will provide easy installation for you.