What are the best website platforms for dummies to develop a simple site?
Which popular platforms would you recommend creating a website on? Share the pros and cons of each platform.
OK so where to begin?!
I'm going to assume that you're serious about development and tell you what I use and why.
Firstly, I use Wordpress (WP) which accounts for some +30% of all websites as the basic platform. It's superbly supported and updated and it's free. There are thousands and thousands of free software plugins to go with it. You could build a good solid professional site on WP and not pay a cent for the software.
BUT you must think of WP as a skeleton - it needs flesh and that flesh is provided by themes, which used to be known as 'skins'. Themes provide a host of appearence options and technical facilities on top of WP. Many are free, but even thr specialized ones for real-estate sites etc are a very reasonable price - around $675 max and usually less.
Do you need code for this? No - but I'll tell you what - knowing a little CSS to get around some finicky parts of any theme can save you a lot of time and heartache. So learn some css - take your time and do it gradually as you build your sites.
Next, you need other WP plugins for payments processors, and a host of othr functions - mostly free.
Finally and very importantly, you need a good editor that dorsn't produce bloated code. the Wp editor is basic - even the new one. A good visual editor will work together with your theme to make beautiful pages that load fast without writing code. Again though, a little CS capability can save your life!
I recommend Thrive Architect and Elmentor as editors. you will have a learning curve but nothing like wiring code!
Sites buut ith these technologies can be easily maintained by their owners.
Finally and formest! If you're going to do this, you need to learn about the back-end at the host - CPanel usually. this is where you install WP, set up emails check problems. This si where you actally begin.
You asked about alternatives. I am aware of Wix but the sites i've seen so far have not impressed me. there are probably others. usuallly they claim to be free, but as soon as you need to do serious things, charged-addons become needed.
Good luck and hope tgat helps you a bit.
I have used a few but probably the market leader, WordPress. There are so many videos and so much help available. Plus you can purchase themes like Divi which make editing very easy. WYSIWYG style - click in page, and a whole library of ready-made layouts.
Sorry - that 675 is a typo - it should read 50-70! Apologies.
I have set up three websites on Wordpress, which I think is the most flexible and easier to do activities to rank better in search. However, if your timeline for learning is shorter, I managed to learn SquareSpace and set up a new website on it for an accountant in the space of a month (1 short day a week). Because it came self-hosted (also great value) there was no hassles with setting up a hosting solution. The con of SquareSpace as I saw it, was sometimes it seemed nigh on impossible to get the gaps and photo galleries how you like it. If you don't drop the photo in the exact right place, it also goes to hell in a handbasket. Video tutorials and speedy support got me out of the pickle.