So you’re building your own website, but you may find that you don’t know much about the internet beyond surfing and clicking. The simple fact is that companies design websites so that they can be as easy-to-use as possible and therefore expose the public to very little of what goes into making the website function.
However, if you use a website builder program, you can set up your own website, design it so that it looks and functions to your liking, and have it ready to use in a time and cost efficient manner. Website builders are programs that can translate the complicated HTML and other programming language into simple laymen’s terms for your ease of use, and then take your input and write the proper scripts for you.
Why can’t I just design the website myself without the use of a website builder?
In truth, you can design your own website, and if you feel entirely comfortable with using scripting and programming languages like PHP, Perl, ASP, or any of the others–plus have experience using HTML code cues for formatting–you can probably create your own web pages just fine. On the other hand, if you don’t what those terms mean, let alone how to employ them, you will be much happier with the quality and promptness of the end result if you use a website builder.
Remember a website builder is not a program which controls and limits you; website builders are constantly growing and making available more templates and formatting options, and are designed to give you as much freedom as possible. You will likely find that you have more room for variation and exploration with a reliable web builder’s arsenal of tools than you would on your own. Keep in mind that the people designing these highly competitive programs have stay up-to-date and educated on the latest web design trends and needs.
What kinds of costs go into making a website?
This is a difficult question to answer as it can range from free to literally thousands of dollars annually. The cost in both time and money of the website depends on what you want from the website. If you’re really looking to build a website for free, try out a blog or a social media account first.
Often the use of a website builder, its templates, and hosting is a small initial cost, but bear in mind that hosting sites can ask for additional monthly payments to keep your site up and running.
You can also reduce costs by hiring freelance website designers.