The first ever websites were built way back early 90s, and were manually written in HTML. In the year 1998, Adobe introduced the Dreamweaver, which was designed to create web pages and served as the new revolutionary leader in website building. But as the industry moved towards W3C standards, Dreamweaver and other similar software were criticized for not being compliant with W3C standards. Despite this, a lot of professionals still prefer to write optimized markup manually. This resulted in the creation of open source tools which were initially developed to cater to the W3C standards; requiring fewer exceptions for the once-dominant Internet Explorer’s deviations of standards.
Some people just don’t want to hire a company or a programmer to create a website in their behalf. Some prefer the DIY thing. Site builders have been introduced to various tools that allow the creation of websites without the need to touch a single line of code or any prior knowledge in programming. Some of them are proprietary tools provided by web hosting companies for the purpose of building their personal websites, while some run on a user’s computer and allow them to create pages offline, which can then be published on any host.
In today’s post, we’re going to introduce 5 of the very best website building tools to assist those who lack knowledge in CSS and HTML, as well as those who don’t have any coding skills to create their own websites. Best of all, they’re free! Make sure to check out their full features and see what works for you best.
This professional site builder for graphic designers allows you to create and manage unique HTML websites, without the need to write any code. Bring your design to life with just a simple click of a button. You can even publish an advanced HTML website online quickly and easily. You have complete control over all design components, including the elements’ location, fonts and typography, background, image optimization, guidelines, and more. The drag-and-drop feature allows you to easily upload elements like images, videos, forms, links, etc. All of the codes will be automatically converted into a W3C valid code.
WIX is a free website builder that offers a simple online platform to make Flash-based websites – no programming or downloads needed! Simply use the WIX editor, a web-based, user-friendly, drag-and-drop builder. It comes pre-loaded with designs, media items, effects and animations. On top of these, all WIX-based websites are SEO-friendly, so you can focus on promoting your website.
Recently, WIX has introduced some new features, where you can work on “areas” for easy layout and structure. You can also opt to add scroll bars to the paragraphs. They’ve also added some new skins and colors for the contact form. Lastly, you can now add Twitter feeds to your site. Neat!
This online website builder simplifies the process of building websites that look and work great. It provides thousands of templates, each of which has versions with varying color schemes. On top of standard template, there’s an increasing list of responsive templates being released regularly, which guarantee that your website will work perfectly on different screen sizes, be it desktop computers or mobile devices. What’s more, they’re all categorized per industry; making it easy for you to find the perfect template for your website. You can add any number of pages, and can be customized live. You can also use any type of media such as image, video, audio, etc.
WordPress is no doubt the best website builder around. It’s highly customizable, with more than 100 free themes (and premium ones too) for you to choose from. What makes it so great is its 3GB storage space and the absence of a bandwidth limit. The free themes may not be as flexible and customizable as the ones on WIX, but a lot of these themes look pretty good as is. WordPress also provides you with reliable traffic information which can help you cater your site to your target audience.