Sunday, February 28, 2010

How to Create a Custom Website

If you're living in Columbus, and have decided to start your web design journey then you firstly need to make a website of some kind. This can be done easily even if you have no previous experience in HTML (the coding used to build websites), there are many pieces of software available in Columbus that you can use to create a basic website using a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get), this is where you can drag and drop tables, text and images to create your website. Programs such as Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver has these capabilities but can create certain problems in the coding itself by adding tags that are not needed, if you create your website using these editors you can guarantee that the coding will be messed up and need cleaning to get the full potential from your Columbus Website.

If you have basic HTML knowledge you will be able to identify the coding that can be removed without having any effect on the website's appearance or the way it works. If you feel capable of building a website from scratch using HTML code then it will be beneficial in the long run as you know how everything is set out and if you see any errors you will be able to identify them much easier. There are websites that can aid you in learning HTML easy enough so by reading through the basics you begin to see patterns which make the rest easy to understand. Knowing HTML will not only give you the benefit of being able to write the coding itself but it will allow you to edit web design templates or pre-made websites as you will understand what each section will do.

Once you have mastered HTML you can being to learn the other languages used in making websites, the common two are PHP and JavaScript. Both of these will allow you integrate advanced functions making your Columbus Website stand out from the rest of its competition. You don’t necessarily need to learn these languages as the plugins or modifications are often available to download and come with an installation guide making it easy to get up and running if you have no prior knowledge.

As technology has moved on in this industry there has been applications created to make your life a whole lot easier. Content management systems (CMS for short) are pieces of software where you can maintain, create and edit content of your website with great ease. All you have to do is to upload the application to your server and follow the on screen instructions to get it up and running. These are great if you don’t know any coding languages as you can download a free web design template and install using your browser so you don’t even have to look at the coding of the website unless you want to edit it or add different sections.

If you feel confident you can grab a free web design template and open it up in software like Dreamweaver to edit it to make it custom and unique to your website, it will also give you the benefit of being able to add different modifications to make your website better than the rest. Just be sure to keep the original web design files in case you make any changes that you can’t undo or make changes that cause the web design template to not work anymore. If this happens you can just upload the old files and get it back to how it was originally.

Building your own custom website from scratch can be cumbersome, but for the adventurous and those with a bit of time on their hands, it can beat paying a Columbus Web Design company thousands of dollars for a professional website. But in web design, like anything in life, you get what you pay for.