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What is a Website Builder, is a CMS system that stands for Content Management System. You will hear it being referred to as a site builder or online website builder as well as CMS. By using an easy to use interface, anyone can create an online presence to have a website that you can enter photos and content for pages/posts or even multimedia like videos and audio in your site.
The website builders of today are set up to keep the back end of the sites design and operation separate from the content placed on the site. This separation allows the user to change out templates for the layout of the website without affecting the content within the pages/posts of the site. Keeping these two functions separate from one another not only makes changing templates easier while still maintaining your content but makes indexing for the search engines better as well.
Website builders – online versus offline
The two main types of website builders are known as an online and offline website builder. The online are a web-based system that you would use from one of the provider’s server such as Weebly, Jimbo, Wix, and Squarespace just to list four. You access them through your browser to create and build your site. The offline software packages such as Morbirise, Ezgenerator, and RapidWeaver to name three are for creating your website on your computer then uploading your web site to a server where it will be hosted. Once the site is set up, you can add and delete content as you see fit. To upload, you can use an FTP software package giving you direct access to the folders within your site.
So what are the Advantages
- No software needs to be loaded into your device.
- No software means you require to do no updates.
- No requirements for software purchases or upgrades.
- No requirements for accessing FTP servers.
- Capable of working on your site from anywhere.
- Hosting package is offered by the same provider as the website builder.
- Most offer some form of a free option package
- More flexibility for hosting packages.
- More options with hosting servers due to FTP server access.
- Less dependent on server providers.
- Work on your website on or offline.
Typical Website Builder versus WordPress
A typical website builder – is a software package that has all your layouts set up as the template for the backend of the site. These templates save you from having to program as you can pick one and then mouse over the different elements that will allow you to edit them. For some when you click on them, they will give you options of inserting things such as links, images or perhaps text. Depending on what part of the site you are hovering over will depend on what you are capable of doing. What you can achieve, is limited to the features and functions of how the template for the software package from the server provider works.
The more flexibility you have for built-in features, the more you are faced with a learning curve. Depending on where you are hosting, the amount of help you can get makes a big difference to the learning curve. Most people can learn what it takes to create websites when there is help available even in situations of a steep learning curve.
With today’s website builders, the old days of programming are gone, and the learning curve has been minimized.
WordPress – is an open source software package for website building that offers a lot more flexibility. WordPress has themes for you to pick out that make up your back end to form the structure and design for your website. From there you only add your content or extra plugins for more features and functions. The difference is you do have the option to incorporate some minor code to greatly enhance your site. This allows beginners to start with a website and keep it simple or become more advanced as time moves on to use the flexibility that WordPress allows.
Just as the typical website builders have some software packages that have a longer learning curve, WordPress also has a learning curve for using the extra features or the real power that WordPress has to offer. Again if you have a good hosting place you can get the help required to get through the learning curve to master the features and technique needed to have a website operate on this platform.
I believe WordPress offers the best of both worlds where you can easily create a website to get started and have the advanced features as you learn as you go to produce an excellent online presence.