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ONLINE WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOLS: PROS & CONS
Right here, I shared my experience with my first ever website I made and launched online.
I never liked it but was glad all the same that I had an online presence.
“As I progressed, I wanted to explore more capabilities on my website by adding a CMS system.”
But there and then, I got my fingers burnt.
Summarily, my website crashed after beginning to make some impact.
So you see you need some basic knowledge to be able to go around these “auto” tools.
In fact, I had my first online job from this website.
Then it crashed all the same so that’s all history now.
Let’s consider some online web development tools today.
Content Management Systems (CMS):
As the name implies in all clear literal terms, they help you manage your digital content.
But then, let us consider some other online definitions…
From Wikipedia, CMS is…
A computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital content. It supports multiple users working in collaboration.
From another source, to put simply, a content management system (or website building platform) is a user-friendly platform for building websites and managing your own online content, instead of using a bunch of loose HTML pages.
Types of CMS
There are different types of CMS available today like Drupal, Joomla, Magento, etc but the most popular and widely used is WordPress –see illustration.
But wait a minute, there are two categories you need to know of: WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org
Ithemes.Com describes the difference so nicely
The one major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website. With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server.
WordPress.Com is a free platform where you don’t need a host but your website url looks like this yourwebsitename.wordpress.com.
So it’s dependent on WordPress platform and you have limited control on what you can do.
Statistics from W3Techs shows that “53.2% of the websites use none of the content management systems that we monitor.
WordPress is used by 27.4% of all the websites. That is, just a content management system has a market share of 58.6%.”
That’s huge isn’t it?
Again BuildWith shows a clear CMS market share increase for WordPress in total domain installation as seen on the diagram.
So it’s quite clear now why we focus on WordPress.
Websitesetup further gives us reasons why we need WordPress over Website Builders.
Now, let’s consider some website builders as analyzed by Robert Mening, founder, Websitesetup.Org.
- DIY Website Builders: Do-it-yourself website builders abound on the web today. But thanks to Robert for taking the time, resources and commitment doing the extra to analyse some website builders and coming up with his observations, recommendations and
- Custom Built from Scratch: Do people really care about this anymore?
Let’s take a sneak peek at what people are saying on the internet…
Codeinwp.Com clearly points that there are several ways around going about creating your websites. But frowns at the fact that you have to reinvent the wheel…
“Building your own custom theme every single time when you’re working on a client project is an extremely unproductive approach.”
The article further shows that it takes quite a lot of time, effort, resources to come up with, in this instance, a WordPress theme considering all the complexities and compatibilities you may face especially with browsers.
We all know that some clients may not be patient when time turns luxurious.
Marvin Russel submits that custom web design is dying. He gave reasons in his article from design being too important for some clients to understand to stating that users don’t care about custom and ending with a balance that interests me:
“Every rule has its exceptions… here’s this exception. Of course, there are still a few reasons to custom design a website, but not very many. I don’t expect websites like Amazon, Facebook, Bing and other big brands to start picking out themes or templates…yet. Much of what I said above applies to small-medium sized business and most big corporations, who happen to make up 85% of the business in the United States of America.”
Prime Design Solutions presents the fact that your branding will be much stronger when a site is designed to fit you, rather than trying to get a template to fit your brand.
Therefore, the single most important point about a custom-built website is that your site is designed and built, specifically, to support your established brand in a consistent way.
DazzyWeb, a UK-based web design firm points that…
“In this fast changing world of web development I know we need to adapt or die and I now see that templates will have to play a much larger part in my work going forward if I am going to survive and compete with others as building and designing a bespoke design (from scratch) takes much longer than my current potential clients seem willing to pay.”
Before we end this, let me show you an introductory video I did. It shows the tool.
Whether you’re building websites from scratch; using a DIY like Wix; using a framework like Bootstrap; using a CMS like WordPress or whatever means you employ, it all depends on ensuring you meet up with what the client wants –making sure he or she is satisfied by meeting their objectives.
It is contingent on our initiative as website designers and developers to know what works best for whatever scenario we face at any point in time.
Discretionally, you know what to do to achieve whatever you want within whatever stipulated periods you have –ofcourse as agreed by both parties.
Are there other web development tools you know that combines speed, professionalism, gives the developer full control and, above all, makes customers truly happy with what you produce?
Again, what is your favourite web development tool?
Please share below.