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Why You Should Not Use the Online Site Builder If You Can

Postby oddman » Mon Apr 06, 2009 9:30 am

In spite of the above, when visitors ask this question, Website Design CA normally recommend that they forgo the online web builder and learn to use an offline, standalone web editor. In the short term, this may seem like it increases the hurdle of getting your site onto the Internet, but there are far-reaching long term benefits.

Building your website using a site builder only seems easy on the surface, since it provides the illusion you don't need to dream up the visual appearance of your website. You can simply use their provided templates.
But despite what newcomers think, designing a website is more than creating an pleasing visual look. There are far more important aspects to web design, including usability and search engine friendliness.

As you learn more about these things, you will want to modify your website so that it is more usable and search engine friendly. When you limit yourself to a site builder, you are surrendering flexibility and total control in exchange for initial ease-of-use.

Now, of course it's possible that some site builders provide you with facilities to modify every aspect of your web pages. To do that, you will probably have to spend time learning the interface and working with it (or even around it) to accomplish your task. Why bother? All the skills you acquire in working with the site builder are not transferable. The moment you leave that web host, you have to re-learn everything again. You might as well have spent the time learning a standalone web editor. Your skills will then be usable no matter which web host you use, even if they don't provide a site builder.

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Postby mellymom3 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:29 am

some people are not technically inclined but can't afford to pay a webmaster to put up their site. I think the site builders allow them to learn enough to create a presence online and have a landing base for their promoting.

I can agree with you for some things, but I still think they are good starting spots.
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Postby terrapin719 » Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:41 am

I agree with mellymom, site builders are good starting systems for people that are just getting started. Not everyone has the knowledge or the budget to start off with all the bells and whistles, so you make the best of what you have when you have it.
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Postby Outre » Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:12 am

I agree with the ladies.

If using the Sitebuilder gets them online and feeling more confident after overcoming any feelings of "I can't" then it's time well spent.

When their confidence has risen enough they can then get a standalone editor, download the site code, and start playing with it to see what happens.

That's how I learned html in the first place, AFTER I cleared the hurdle of what a tag was. Believe it or not I watched a video and somehow connected html tags with the old way of telling printers how you wanted the text printed, e.g. bold, italic, etc., using curly brackets. :lol:

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Postby kristy19 » Fri Jun 26, 2009 1:17 am


Thank you for sharing great information
i am agree with your views.

nice one posting here

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