Anyone researching how to make a website will soon discover a myriad of options. It can be done line by coded line, with templates, or with powerful what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editors like Dreamweaver or Kompzer. Like everything else in this world it all depends on what an individual think they want and need.
But the days of having to spend big bucks to open a website have fortunately passed into history. Hosting itself has become such a competitive field that a great deal of space and bandwidth can be purchased for less than three dollars a month. Many individuals actually host their own sites, but that requires considerable expense in terms of equipment and maintenance and is not recommended for those without a technical background.
Coded-line-by-coded-line, as mentioned above, is easily the most expensive method. The average site owner has neither the education or the time. While some argue that this is the best method, its proponents are generally coders paid by the hour. Less expensive is the use of WYSIWYG editors like the above mentioned Dreamweaver and Kompozer. Dreamweaver, produced by Adobe, is the most powerful and by far the most expensive. Although Kompozer is free, it is still a very competent editor. Working with either of these programs is much like uploading and arranging text and pictures to a social networking site like Facebook–a gross simplification as anyone working with them is aware!
Free like Kompozer, but with a shorter learning curve, are content management systems like Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. All of them have active on-line cultures producing increasingly interesting plug-ins and support forums. Some website developers might argue that the CMS’s limit creativity, but they also allow for a much more complicated site completed in a lot less time.
The question of how to build a website can be answered even easier and more inexpensively with templates. Templates, of course, are pre-built websites that literally go together as simply as a Facebook page. Pictures and video are uploaded, text typed right onto the page. Web purist’s hate them because they are sold like clothes off-the-rack; different sizes and colors but little else. They have a point, but unlike off-the-rack clothing, they can be manipulated almost infinitely; the original developer would hardly recognize them after they have been personalized.
There are a number of ways to come by templates. One of the easiest and the cheapest is using a “Google Blogspot” template. The template is free, the hosting is free. If the owner wants he can use his own domain name. Another method requires the user to buy a domain from one of the companies that provide a free template with the domain. You will probably have to host an ad for that company on your website to get it free, but you can upload videos, pictures and even use PayPal, all for the price of a domain. If you do not want the add, you can get the template ad-free for little more than the price of monthly hosting. Templates can also be purchased by themselves and installed on a hosting account. Prices, of course vary from expensive to nominal.
Building a website need be neither difficult nor expensive. There are a number of ways of doing it, including coding, WYSIWYG editors and templates. A template is probably the cheapest method of building a site as they can be purchased for as little as nothing and hosted for free.