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Friday, April 13, 2012

1220. Tools for building a website

Sue asked about tools for building web sites. She's neither a developer nor a designer. Any suggestions?

There are many local designers that do great work. But if Sue's determined to do this on her own, there are tools online that make it easy.  My favorite is weebly.com: This full-featured website design site lets you choose from a ton of attractive templates, and provides tools for creating a full site including everything from simple text to videos, photo galleries, and blogs.

You can create an account at Weebly.com and you can create all sorts of different kinds of websites using the templates and tools they provide. You don't have to be a designer or developer to take advantage of Weebly.com (although being a web designer or developer allows you to extend the features of the site).

You might also want to investigate Wordpress. Wordpress started life as a blogging engine, but it quickly became popular for displaying any sort of content, including full web sites. Wordpress has a huge developer community, and there are a ton of useful tools, templates, and support available. You don't have to be a designer or developer to use Wordpress, although  it is a little more complicated and a lot more powerful then Weebly.

For the most flexibility and the best looking websites, however, you are probably better off using the services of local web designer and developer.

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