Using Site Builders on Your Website

As more applications become available, many different web hosting companies are now allowing their customers to build their sites online, instead of through a web design program. Although this is useful for beginners, is it really the best way to build your site?

This answer will depend on what you plan to do with your site. While there are some benefits to site builders, they are not always as powerful when it comes to advanced web design.

How can you decide which is best for your? Here are some quick hints:

1. What do you want your site to do? If you just need a basic presence on the web and do not plan to do much else with your site, a site builder will be able to help you get your site up and running in no time. However, if you want a site that is absolutely cutting edge, your site builder may hold you back.

2. Do you want to run scripts on your site? If you need to run CGI scripts, Java Applets or PHP applications, a site builder will not be effective for you. These builders are notorious for ruining code, which means that your applications will not run correctly.

3. Do you need a professional appearance on your site? While a site builder may be able to design a very nice personal site, they are not usually a good idea for business web sites. It is actually harder to design a professional site with one of these builders than it is to use a WYSIWYG editing program.

4. Do you plan on having a shopping cart? A site builder will not be able to help you design your cart and may hold you back when it comes to customizing it.

5. Do you plan on updating your content frequently? This is actually one area where online site builders have an advantage. Since your content is normally updated “on the fly” it may be quicker to use a site builder than it would be to fix a page and ftp it to your server.

6. Do you need to keep it simple? If you are completely new to designing a website, a site builder can be extremely useful in teaching you the basics. You will be able to quickly build your site and learn as you go. When you are ready, you can begin to look at different types of software that will take you to the next level.

7. What kind of site builder does your host offer? As applications become more numerous, there are several site builders that are actually more fully-featured than their software counterparts. If your host offers a great builder, it can completely outshine your current software. However, if the builder is very basic, you would be better off sticking with your offline design software.

8. What “feels” right to you? If you are comfortable with a site builder, than it is important to stick with what works for you. There is no need to purchase extra software if you are comfortable and your builder is working well for you.

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