Website Creation Tools and Software

Choosing which website creation tools to use may seem like a overwhelming task because there are so many options. To make it easier, we will discuss the main types of web design tools.

There are basically three different types of web page editors:

  • HTML
  • WYSIWYG software (what you see is what you get)
  • Online website builders

HTML Website Editors

HTML (hypertext markup language) editors are programs such as Notepad, which comes with Windows. There are also more advanced editors such as Note Tab and HomeSite.

With a text editor, you will need to know how to use HTML to code your own site. If you are just starting out, I wouldn't suggest using a text editor to build your website. You can spend countless hours learning how to code everything so that it displays correctly on the internet. After you get everything functioning correctly, you will then have to use FTP (file transfer protocol) software to upload your files onto your website server.

WYSIWYG Website Creation Tools

WYSIWYG stands for "What you see is what you get". WYSIWYG editors allow you to type your content into pre-made templates, and the program inserts the html for you.

Unfortunately, these programs sometimes insert their own markup code, so you need to find out if your website host offers the proper extensions to support your files.

Generally, these programs are easy to use and can help you get your site designed and built very quickly. You will still need to use ftp software to upload the individual pages of your website onto your website server. Some of the more popular WYSIWYG programs are KompoZer, GoLive, and Dreamweaver.

Online Website Creation Tools

Online website builders are the perfect choice for people who don't know how to build a web page and don't have any programming skills. You don't have to buy any software, learn HTML, or FTP your files to use them either.

Designing your website online is probably the easiest way to create your website. All you need to do is add content to each individual page. If you are considering using an online website builder, I would suggest checking out Solo Build It.

When choosing a website page editor, be sure to compare features and consider how much time you want to invest in learning a new program.

Once you choose your website creation tool, you can then move on to building your website pages.

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