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Chapter 10. how web sites work (a primer) > 3 ways to build a web site

3 ways to build a web site

Depending on your staff, your budget, and the complexity of your site, there are three approaches you can take.

 1. use a template2. use an html editor3. use a text editor
how it worksMany web-hosting services offer simple template-based systems for creating a site. You just choose one of several designs and add your own words and images. You don’t have to learn HTML; it’s all done for you.HTML editors, like Macromedia Dreamweaver, let you create web pages in a visual environment. You can push text and images around, specifying how the pages should look. The program invisibly creates the needed HTML (which you can tweak).With a plain text editor, like SimpleText or Microsoft Word, you can “hand-code” an HTML page by entering all the HTML tags yourself.
who should use itSmall businesses or individuals who want a web site, but don’t have a lot of time or money.Most organizations investing in a custom web site, who want control over its appearance.Individuals who want to learn HTML and are creating a small, simple site.

Speed. If you’re throwing up a web site, nothing is faster than this. It combines the creation and posting of the web site all in one.

Cost. You don’t have to hire a consultant or train yourself to use HTML software.

Ease of use. This is a very simple approach to web-site creation.

Control. You can customize exactly what your page looks like. And the better programs let you customize the HTML as well.

Efficiency. Most HTML editors let you create your own templates, which you can re-use throughout your site. They also eliminate a lot of tedious typing.

Accuracy. It’s easy to make mistakes when you hand-code pages—and hard to figure out where they are .HTML editors automate a lot of steps to avoid errors and help you identify problems when they arise.

Control. You can—and indeed you must—very precisely control every single element on every single page. Training by doing everything on your own, you really, really learn how web sites work.

Cost. You can use the text editor that came on your computer. No need to buy software.

Street Cred. You get to say that you “hand-coded” your site. Which, admittedly, is pretty cool.

disadvantagesVery little control over appearance or functionality.Takes time and effort to learn the intricacies of web production. It can be—and for many people, it is—a full-time job.Outrageously time-consuming for all but the smallest sites.
  • BigStep

  • Yahoo Stores

  • Most web hosts

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver

  • Microsoft FrontPage

  • Adobe GoLive

  • Notepad (Windows)

  • SimpleText (Macintosh)

  • Microsoft Word



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