Creating a Website

Creating a Website

There are a lot of programms and tools which simplifies the steps in creating Websites. Also free programms are available for this task. Nowadays programming language knowledge like HTML, PHP, Flash, JavaScript  is not necessarily required to be able to create your own Website. Moreover a little knowledge will be of an advantage. The so called site building templates and webeditors have made these steps user friendly.

Site Building templates
Almost all Web hosting providers offers this sort of programm. It’s the best choice if one has no knowledge of HTML. The majority site building templates work with similar principle, with which one can create a website through a step by step process. Although this system allows limited scope of implementing your own ideas, you are still able to generate fast results with it. Demo versions are mostly available on providers site, which you can freely use to test if the programm functions are suitable for your needs.

If you then decides to purchase the product, you will have the register with your provider in order to be able to use the software. On completing the purchase procedure, your login details as well as any other information you will need to be able to use the site building tools will be sent to you (usually per E-mail). These sort of tool requires no software installation since the programm can be started directly on your internet browser. The program assist you step by step through the design process.

If you find the scope of functions in using the site building templates too constraint, you may probably want to use softwares in creating your site. There are paid as well as free softwares which you can install on your computer to enable you create and administer your websites.

With webeditors, also called HTML editors, you have a wider range of design. You can create your sites offline and there after publish it which means the end results could be accessible in the world wide web only when you are statisfied with it. The pages layout is similar to that of a word processing program.

Here are some examples:

  • Kompozer :is a free Web-Editor which makes it possible to develop and manage websites. It is an easy to use What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) web page editor, that means a document during the editing process on the screen looks just the same like the end results.

To install the Kompozer Software: go to Kompozer and download the current version. Click on the download symbol and follow the displayed instruction to complete the installation.

The Kompozer software usually comes by default in English language. If you need a different language, you will have to download this also. Click on the icon 'language packs' and select your language. Unzip both the downloaded kompozer software and your chosen language.

Create a new folder on your desktop and name it  Kompozer. Copy the unzipped files in the new folder including the language files. Start the software afresh by double clicking on the file kompozer.exe. Close the displayed info. window and choose from the menu toolbar 'Tools and Extensions'. Click on install and choose the language file xpi. click then on install now. Start the program new. Your software is now ready to use.

  • Creating your websites with Contentmanagement systems: its worth using contentmanagement systems (CMS) for large websites with lots of subpages. This system allows the creating, editing and managing of  your sites. What makes CMS so special is that contents are not personally edited but entered in a databank. The data is then extracted from these databank and depending on the chosen design depicted on the website. Because of how complicated creating and administering of this system is, it is recommended for only large websites. There are better alternatives for private-, blogwebsites etc.

Examples of well known Content-Management softwares, which can be downloaded for free:

  • Drupal: Drupal is written in PHP and uses Apache, MySQL as Databank system. In order to be able to use Drupal, you will need to install a Webserver e.g. the Wamp-,Xamp-,Mamp-, or Lamp-, servers.
  • Joomla: is one of the famous content management system (CMS) which enables you build your sites with powerful online applications. Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.
  • TYPO3: is an, Open Source CMS (Content Management System), used internationally to build and manage websites of all types, from small sites for non-profits to multilingual enterprise solutions for large corporations.
  • Wordpress: is an open source content management software which you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. It  provides thousands of plugins and themes to make your design apearling
  • Contao: is an open source content management system (CMS) for professional internet presence which can be easily to maintained. The system offers a high security standard and allows the development of search engine friendly websites which are also accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Contrexx: is open source content management system which supports mobile website and apps (multi-channeling), search engine optimization , email marketing, manage documents , customer relationship management , online marketing, applications, e-payment , Multilingual websites, etc.
  • phpBB: is a free forum software solution that can be used to stay in touch with a group of people or can power your entire website.
  • Papaya CMS: is an open source CMS written in PHP and object oriented
  • Bigace:   is a free CMS, which allows you to set up your own Website within minutes. It is written in PHP and uses MySQL database. It uses XSLT as templates and stores data in XML.