When you finally decide to create your web site your first question usually is what program do I use to create this site to end all sites? There are a couple of options you can choose from when it’s time to create your site.
As always there are going to be pros and cons to each of the options available. I will briefly go over the options and then list the good and bad points of each one.
There are basically 3 different choices.
a. Download one of the free web page creator programs available.
b. Purchase a program like Dreamweaver, Expression Web, etc.
c. Use templates or a program on a hosting site.
c. I’ll start from the bottom and work my way up. Many hosting sites offer some type of web site creating program if you sign up for their hosting program. They will usually have some selection of templates to choose from and then a program or editor, (usually called a “c-panel”, editor, or something like that), that allows you to add content and edit to some extent the templates provided. Pros – no charge, quick easy set up. Cons – limited in to what you can actually do to customize your site, sometimes the editor can be confusing to use.
b. There are many good programs like Dreamweaver and Expression Web available. Although if you are on a limited budget they can be on the pricey side. There are lower priced ones available but obviously they won’t have all the bells and whistles like the higher priced programs. Pros – You own the program, customizable to your hearts content, ability to do pretty much whatever you want. Cons – Can have a large learning curve to figure out how the heck to use it, can be pricey.
a. There are a couple of fairly good free programs to download that you can use to create your own site. I can think of three that I know that are pretty good. Of the 3 listed below I think Kompozer is your best choice.
Arachnophilia – http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/
Kompozer – http://kompozer.net/
Pros – Free! good basic program to get you up and running, umm..did I mention they are FREE! Cons – as they are free you get limited support and run the risk of the development stopping for one reason or another,limited bells and whistles.