Building up a website starts with getting the right tool for the task at hand. There are more than a few website building programs, and sites themselves, which can aid you in the task, most of which offer a mix between the visual design and coding design ideas that we discuss. Some even include the templates as well, which is good news if you have no idea exactly where to start with your own concept.
- If you’re more of a visual builder, the good news is that the internet’s been catering to your needs for quite some time. Initially, Microsoft’s own web building tools began to lean more toward the visual editing aspects of creating websites, with companies like Adobe following suit. Popular programs like Dreamweaver, and eventually WordPress as a platform, all follow along the lines of putting more power into the hands of people who are inclined to think of their site space visually, rather than in code. With many modern visual editors, you get a “preview” format that will let you see how the site looks once it’s finished, as well as tools to make quick drag and drop tasks just as simple as the name implies.
- If you’re a coder, and you prefer the crunchier aspects of creating websites, there’s also no lack of options. This sort of in depth creation is more time intensive in many cases, and a lot more open to the trial and error process, but the end result can be something quite extraordinary. Even a simple task like exercising control over CSS style sheets can yield a more cohesive web design that can be the envy of others. Chances are also high that if you want to play around with experimental or trending design ideas, you need to know the coded internals to make sure that they aren’t conflicting with other aspects of the site.
- If you’re short on time, then the answer is probably going to be a template that you can customize yourself. Beware, however; relying purely on a template without taking the time to personalize it could be a big mistake if you want to stand out at all. Templates are quickly becoming recognizable by the general browsing public, just as much as stock photography has become something of an “in joke” on popular forums for discussion. Your template site doesn’t need to be cookie cutter, of course; by combining the concept with either the above mentioned approaches, you can get something that is more uniquely your own. Templates are a great way to save time, of course. Just don’t lean on them too heavily.
Whichever you choose, is sure to pick an editor that has a lot of room for add-ons and plugins as well. If your site is lacking in something as simple as an event calender, these add-ons usually make the task of adding one incredibly simple for you.