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What is the best way to make a website? Beginners Guide

So, what's the best way to make a website?

If you want to make a website you probably want to know what the best way to do it is.

In this video, I’ll to take a look at the popular methods that people use to make websites with.

I’m Tim from Real Website Hints and I’m all about helping you find the best ways to

build websites that are easy, but still powerful and effective.

I’m genuinely interested in helping you get started, save your time and energy and money and

find tools and methods that work and are easy.

Building a website is an important step towards talking yourself, your business or your organization

to the next level.

And My interest is helping people avoid frustration and find high quality easy to use tools for

building great websites.

I’ve tried all of these different methods that I cover in this video and I’ll share

with you what I think of each of them and then help you choose which is the right one

for you to use to build your website with.

The first method that I want to talk about is website building software.

These are programs that you install on your computer and can help you build and code a

website.

Some examples are Adobe’s Dreamweaver, CoffeeCup and Komodo IDE.

The key here is that these tools are designed to help you code your website.

So to be successful at building a website with website building software you need to

be comfortable with code like HTML, CSS and PHP.

Since I focus on helping people find easy ways to make website, I recommend skipping

this method of website building.

And fortunately there are plenty of companies out there who have invented all sorts of tools

that you can use to easily build a website without knowing any code.

So, the next method is using one of the All-in-one website buildilding platforms.

If you have been looking into building your own website I’m sure that you have seen

ads for some of these.

These platforms are specifically designed to make building websites easy.

Examples of these tools are Wix, Squarespace, Jimdo, Weebly and WordPress.com

There are a lot of advantages to these method of building a website.

First off these services are designed to help you get started quickly building a website.

And they take care of everything for you.

Everything that you need for your website is providedby the all-in-one company.

They provide your website hosting.

And built into their system are

website building software that you use to design your web pages with.

And any additional functionality that you need for your website like blogging, selling

online, or your websites’ security and any other functionality that you want. Is provided by that company.

The benefit here is simplicity, everything that you need is provided by one company and

you don’t need to know code to make your own website.

These companies can be a great way to easily build a website.

Especially if it is a smaller website or if you already know that the company you choose

offers all of the functionality that you need for your website.

The downside is that you are also completely dependent on this one company for everything

that you need for your website.

If they don’t offer the functionality that you need or if they choose to change the services

that they offer, you don’t really have any choice but to accept that, and in most cases

you can’t move your website to another service without completely rebuilding it.

So if you are looking for simplicity and you find an all-in-one company that offers

all the functionality that you need this can be great choice.

The final method and the most popular method of building a website is to do it with an

open source CMS or content management system.

Examples of open source CMS are Drupal, Joomla and the most famous of all of them WordPress.

And just to note here there are two different versions of WordPress.

There is the WordPress.com version which I mentioned with the all-in-one website companies.

WordPress.com is a closed all in one system.

It is based off of the opensource wordpress platform but you are limited to the tools

and services that offered by the wordpress.com service.

The open source version of Wordpress you can learn about at wordpress.org.

And this version of WordPress has many more options for adding functionality to your website.

And choosing the tools you will use to design your pages with.

Ok so now let's go back and continue talking about open source software.

So Open source software is generally free for anyone to use.

You can even modify it and expand it to serve your needs.

And that’s what makes open source content management systems so great.

Is Anyone can add additional functionality and there are lots of companies and individuals

who have created great tools for open source website platforms.

There are both free tools available and premium tools for adding functionality to your website.

I’ve tried all of these big open source content management systems and WordPress is

by far the most widely used and the easiest to get started with.

Drupal and Joomla are also great systems but they tend to be used more by people familiar

with code, so there aren’t as many easy to use plug and play solutions available for

Drupal or Joomla.

The benefits of getting started with an open source CMS is that it offers you a lot more

freedom.

You aren’t dependent on one company for all of the services and functionality for

your website.

You also have your very own copy of the website core software.

So is somehow something were to happen to the organization behind the open source software,

which is pretty unlikely, but if it did happen your website would still continue to work, even with out that core organization

because have your own copy of the software installed on your hosting or server.

The downsides to using an open source CMS is that it is more complicated then an all-in-one

website builder to get started with.

With an open source CMS you need to find a hosting company to host your website, you

need to find a theme to give your website a look

and to help you build your pages and you need to find and install the

plugins that you need to add the functionality that you want for your website.

What is my recommendation for the best way to build a website?

Personally I’m a big fan of using WordPress. The open source variety.

The options and flexibility of the platform are really great.

I feel that for many people this flexibility outweighs the additional complexity.

So It is really important that if you want to have a good and easy experience with WordPress

that you use the right hosting and most importantly the right theme to build your website with.

Choosing the right easy to use tools really are the difference between

building a website with WordPress easily and enjoying it or getting very frustrated and confused.

If you are interested in getting started with WordPress check out my guide where I’ll

walk you thru the steps to getting started with WordPress and introduce you to a few

different easy to use hosting companies and themes that really make WordPress almost as

easy to use as an all-in-one website builder.

I’ll link to that guide and other WordPress tutorials that I have created below this video.

If you are looking for maximum simplicity you defiantly want to go with an all-in-one

website service.

These are great for simple websites or if the all-in-one service that you choose offers

the exact website functionality that you need.

In the description below this video I’ll link to my reviews and tutorials on how to

get started with some of the all-in-one-website builders that are available.

The most important step to building a website is to get started.

The sooner you get your website up and running the sooner it can start working for you and

helping you and your business or organization get to the next level.

Take the next step with one of my guides or tutorials and let’s get your website up

and running.