Building a website can be as simple or as complex as you need, and it’s relative to so many factors that the possibilities of doing it are quite diverse. There is software and a multitude of hosting and website building applications that you can use to create a website, but you also have the possibility to build it from scratch.
We will look into the main ways of building a website, and how to do it without using another website or platform.
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Methods of Making a Website
As we said before, you have several different approaches to build a website, depending on your knowledge, budget, needs, and so on.
Website builders are what beginners can use to build basic, small websites. The main pros and cons of this method have to do with ease of use, versus functionality and design. Site builders can be used by anyone and they help you design your site with easy dragging and dropping, selecting color schemes, and so on.
By simply signing up with an email address, you get hosting, a website, and basic maintenance via live chat, support tickets, etc. It’s understandable why many people choose this method.
These builders are meant to be used by any person who wants to have a website and do a little more branding and promoting than just being on social media. Having a website built by using a template and hosted by a third party platform is how many successful entrepreneurs have started their business.
But, as your brand grows, it’s time to go with something more complex.
CMS (Content Management System)
The best known CMS is WordPress, and it might give you a better idea of what a CMS is if you’re a beginner. WordPress.com and other content management systems are a great option for a small business or an individual who wants to have some control over how the website looks and functions, without getting too far into the technical side.
But CMSs do allow you to improve your website as you learn more, or as your needs change. WordPress offers web hosting, but it also gives you more control over your website and lets you have your custom domain on WordPress.org.
CMSs like this are fantastic for starting out, they are user-friendly and offer free plans which allow you to build your business website for free. As your business grows, you can advance to a premium plan, for which you will sometimes find free trials, and explore more of this world, such as experimenting with complex search engine optimisation features.
DIY From Scratch
To get to the point: how can you build your website without website builders or other methods? Well, you will have to gain a lot of technical skills that can take weeks and even months to master. You would have to design, host and maintain your website yourself, which takes WAMP knowledge (Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP).
You will have to set up your own domain and hosting and use specialized software to build your website, such as DreamWeaver, Expression Studio, or Thesis. Maintaining and designing your website are as complex as they can get, so here is another option.
Need a Performant Website Built from Scratch?
If you aren’t ready to invest a significant amount of time to learn the coding, design, and website building technicalities needed to build a website or online store from scratch, but you want it to be done without using third-party applications or websites, your best option is to hire experts to do it for you.
We at Australian Internet Advertising have years of experience with programming, web design, web building, and coding. Our team works closely together in order to deliver highly performant websites that won’t crash, will look amazing, and will fit your brand’s persona and your marketing strategy. Contact us to find out more!