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Three Different Ways to Create Your Website

Ryan Wiseman

 

 

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When it comes to building a website, there are many different ways to get it done. So, I want to spend a few minutes sharing three of those different ways. These three ways are the most popular.


HTML

It used to be that the only way to build a website was from scratch, directly using the HTML coding language. What does HTML stand for? Hypertext Markup Language. One of the best ways to write your code from scratch probably shouldn't be called "from scratch" at all. These days, if you like the way some website looks, you can right-click your cursor, and on the little menu that shows up, click on "view page source." A new tab should open up on your browser with all the HTML code that is used for that website. These days there are so many websites that you can go to in order to find coding scripts that you can then tweak and change little by little until you get what you want for your own website. Or, you can copy-and-paste different sections of code from different websites, put them all together, and tweak that coding until you get what you want.

CSS and JavaScript - It used to be that when people created their webpages from scratch using HTML, the code for how the website looked visually was also written within the HTML coding for each individual page within the website. I'm talking about background colors, how big or small each division within each page was, how images appeared on the page and what location they would be in, how buttons looked on the page, as well as a host of other visual elements. These days, though, each page within a website, within its HTML coding, references a different file that holds all the coding for the visual elements of the website. By having each page reference this same file, it allows each page of a website to have a smaller coding and file size, which allows each page to load faster on your web browser, and because each page references the same visualization file, allows other pages to load faster because that file has already been downloaded by the browser. This visualization code file is called a Cascading Style Sheet, or CSS for short. And the same goes for JavaScript files - they are kept in a different file so that all pages on your website can load the same scripts.

Anyways, creating from scratch by directly fiddling with HTML code is the oldest way to create a website, and this method is still used by people that like to do things this way. The next two ways are for people that don't care much for the coding itself, but just want to develop their own website. These two methods are much easier than using the "from scratch" method.

 


 

 


 

Website Builders and Templates

Another way to create a website, and a way that is much easier than building a website from scratch, is to use a website builder with templates. Anyways, how does a website builder work? First, you choose a template design, then you fill in the blanks based on what you want to say in each section of the webpages. Then, you upload the images you want to appear in the appropriate sections based on the design you chose. After you do that, then you tweak the different sections of the website design – widen this section, narrow this other section, make the picture smaller or larger, etc. Once you get done with all that, you can easily publish that design, with your words and images, to the web, so that all people, across the internet, can see your website. And, because you used a website builder and a good-quality template, your website looks very professional.

Using this approach is easy and quick, but the design options can be somewhat limited. That’s OK though. I think that this approach works best for a small business that just wants to have a website out there on the internet to allow potential customers to find them, find their contact information, and eventually call them. If you are a small business, you might even set up your website to allow people to send a message with contact information – if you have your cell phone set up to receive those messages, you can be well on your way to getting more customers and business.

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WordPress

This previous approach, that is, using a website builder with templates, works in many cases, but in might actually be better to use WordPress, because of its better ability to allow you to create more posts and articles about your field of expertise that can potentially bring a lot more people to your website, bring you more customers, and gives you the ability to add applications to your code that can improve your ability to interact with your customers or website visitors. WordPress definitely works better when you want to have a blog about a particular subject.

What is WordPress? It is a website platform architecture that is more popular than any other website platform architecture out there, and because of that, has a great number of different template themes, and add-ons from which you can choose – some are free and some are available for purchase.

Depending on the purpose of your website, you can choose WordPress-based template themes that are best design for that purpose. You can choose from blogging themes, themes for having your own online store, themes for some type of marketing campaign, or themes to better market your small business. StudioPress is probably the best WordPress theme-builder out there - it costs a little money, but it is worth it.

The same goes for add-ons. There are a multitude of add-ons that each provide some form of functionality to your website. There are add-ons that allow membership programs, email sign-up, getting affiliates to sell your products for you, put ads on your site, create better-looking pop-ups, get statistics about visitors to your website, and thousands of other things as well. If you already have a website domain, and you’d like to know how to install WordPress, the truth of the matter is it's rather easy - just go to your cPanel and click on "WordPress - 1 Click Installation" and follow the steps, and you should be up and running in no time.

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