There is no denying that it is now easier than ever to build your own website. For one, you can choose your platform based on your skills and budget.
Second, there are website builders that allow you to create almost any type of website that you want. It can be a business website, an online portfolio, an online forum, or an online store.
However, the advancements of technology have also made choosing our methods a bit complicated. Moreso now that there are various ways on how you can build your own website.
That said, we have listed down four different ways to start a website so you can pick which method is more suitable for you.
Content Management System
Content Management System or CMS is an intuitive online application that lets you publish and manage online content with ease. It is like having Microsoft Word and then publishing your content on the web.
Some of the popular CMS are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. In fact, these three are used for 39.9% of websites in total all over the world!
But what makes CMS popular among people who would like to have a website? It’s because a CMS is usually an all-in-one solution for those who would like to have a website and manage their content.
Aside from blogging, you can also use a CMS for virtually any type of web project you want. This includes tutorial websites, portfolios, and news sites. You can even use this kind of platform to build your online store, forum, or membership website provided that you have the right tools and plugins.
It is just that a CMS is ideal for content creation and sharing.
Regardless of the web project that you would like to tackle, it is important that your preferred CMS has the following features:
- Powerful content editor
- Content taxonomy options
- Page editing functionality
- Tons of customization options
- Active and strong community
Compared to a CMS, a website builder is an online platform that has drag-and-drop features, letting you build your own website without using a single line of code. Not to mention that this kind of platform lies between manually coding your website and hiring a professional web developer to do it for you.
Some of the popular website builders are Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly with a total of 151 million registered users as of this writing.
What makes website builders popular among users is the fact that it shortens the learning curve needed in creating an online website. Compare it from before when you have to manually write lines after lines of code in order for your website to function.
Who has the time to learn how to code a website these days, anyway?
Nowadays, all you need to do is search for website builder tutorials. For instance, you have decided to use Wix, you can simply type in “how to use Wix” on Google and you will get a laundry list of resources.
In addition to having a large collection of available resources, though, it is important to pick a website builder based on its ease of use, cost, available templates, and customization options.
Despite the website building options we have mentioned earlier, there are still web projects that are so complicated, you will need to code it.
Have you ever wondered how Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Harvard students were able to build Facebook? Definitely not by using CMS nor a website builder.
They created it from scratch using manual coding. And as of 2017, the social network giant runs on 62 million lines of code, and we are not even counting the backend code yet!
Want to add an animated unicorn that follows your site visitor’s mouse wherever it hovers? That requires programming.
That said, you might want to consider learning how to code if you want to create a very distinct website. Do not worry about the cost, though, as Larry Kim has listed down the seven places where you can learn to code for free.
Professional Web Developers
Your last option, if you want to have your own website, is to hire a web developer. This is ideal if you want a unique website but do not have the luxury to learn how to code.
All you just need to do is communicate your goals for your website, approve a proposed design, and then wait for it to materialize. However, the downside of hiring a web dev is that it can be expensive and time-consuming.
So, which website building option would you choose? Let us know in the comments!