DIY Website Building: Problems and Solutions

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It can be rather hard to create a website with SEO and usability in mind if you’re always distracted at annoying technicalities and other website creation related issues. Is there a way to bypass all of them? I believe there are many DIY solutions, and some can turn in very handy provided you know what exactly you want to build, how much you are ready to invest and who is going to be in charge of the entire process and future updates. Simply by answering these questions, you’ll be able to choose the optimal web building software for your specific purpose. This article is meant as a cursory guide for those who can’t decide on a website builder.


What Is Your Budget?

Money is always one of the main concerns when it comes to web design and development. If you have plenty, you can simply hire the best web design agency and find the peace of mind. Although this option seems to be most desired, it can’t protect you from misunderstanding (between the client and the contractor), overcharging and dissatisfaction. So, even if you can afford hiring an army of designers, I would encourage you to check out some of the less expensive solutions first.

Problem: My budget is low.

Solution: uCoz SaaS (software as a service) platform. With uCoz you can try your hand free of charge. Their free plan never expires if you update your website on a regular basis. At $0 per month you will get their web building tools, numerous widgets, ability to attach your own domain name (instead of the uCoz subdomain), extended statistics and other advanced features.


What Is Your Coding Experience?

Another major concern is programming knowledge. Many aspiring webmasters have a very rudimental coding knowledge or don’t have it at all. Luckily, there are web services enabling even completely HTML-illiterate users to create highly usable, neat websites without fuss. As a rule, they employ WYSIWYG editing mode and intuitive drag-and-drop tools.

Problem: I have no idea how websites are being made.

Solution: Zoho Sites website builder. It’s incredibly easy-to-use. Building, editing and managing websites built with Zoho Sites is as easy as creating and updating a Facebook account. You can sign up to the platform free of charge, so it’s completely risk-free.


Where Do You Want to Host Your Website?

When deciding on a website builder, you should know that all of them can be grouped into two categories: all-in-one web builders that serve as hosting providers and ‘pure’ website builders that offer tools only (without hosting). Therefore, if you already have a hosting plan and you’re going to use it for your website, select the latter option.

Problem: I’ve already purchased a hosting plan.

Solution: MotoCMS. This Flash/HTML website creator is an independent CMS that doesn’t impose its own hosting. Their policy is very straightforward and simple: you purchase one of their all-in-one templates (they come with an admin panel and multiple widgets) and then you’re free to host it anywhere. No recurring payments.


What Are You Going to Build?

It’s important to visualize the end product prior to purchasing any subscriptions. The scope of functions you’re going to see in your future website decides it all. Speaking about web builders and their feature sets, I’d like to remind you that there are versatile and specialized website builders. The former are suitable for building any kinds of websites (e-shops, forums, portfolios), while the latter are geared towards creating a specific web presence only and can’t be used for multiple purposes.

Problem: I don’t know what I need.

Solution: IMCreator. Although this website builder is mostly used by photographers, designers and other creative folks looking for an easy and affordable way to build an eye-catching portfolio, it can be equally used for blogs, business websites, restaurant websites, real estate sites and more.


Who Is Going to Update the Website When It Is Ready?

Web builders are often used by professional to shortcut some of the stages of the website creation process. Indeed, why should you code websites from scratch when there are so many ready solutions out there? Website builders can be real lifesavers, but what if you need to create different accounts with different permission levels for a single project? In this case you need to opt for a site maker that allows you to add as many contributors as you need.

Problem: I want to add multiple collaborators.

Solution: Webydo. This professional web design suite is intended for professionals, so it offers many business-specific options that you’ll hardly ever find elsewhere. With Webydo you can add multiple collaborators (Designers, Editors); rebrand the entire system and even send payment requests to your clients directly via the Webydo Dashboard.

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Howard Steele earns a living as a full-time blogger. He runs http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/,
a website covering the latest news in the web building industry.

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5 Comments

  1. Avrom says:

    This is a great post Howard! Very cool! :)

    As a web developer I’m very interested to check out some of these applications, and see how they stack up. Always easier than building from scratch…

    Cheers

  2. JohnK says:

    Just one note – - – I use Webydo and it’s an amazing platform for professional designers who build business websites for their clients.

    I wouldn’t recommend Webydo though for people who don’t know how to design, there are better templates solutions such as Wix.

    Webydo is build for designers who know how to work with Photoshop and InDesign and make a living designing websites…

  3. Wow! DIY ways work the best. I would love to code a website and Learn DIY gifting packages.

  4. joe arrigo says:

    I use WordPress, and it has been worked out very well for someone who has no clue as to how to build websites.

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