Websites are becoming more and more important in today’s world. Every business from local cafes to nationwide retailers has one. It has even become commonplace to see an individual use a website as a convenient way to showcase his work for potential clients. On a more casual level, websites are often made to celebrate TV shows or movies. We’re coming close to a day, if we aren’t already there, where almost everyone you know will have their own website devoted to their professional or personal lives.
The History of Website Construction
In the early days of the internet, websites were a pain to create. The biggest bar to entry was html, which is a coding language often used to create sites. If you didn’t know a decent amount of it or at least have the money to hire someone who did, you weren’t going to have a web property. Back in those days, websites looked horrendous, and they were a pain to update. Everything was done manually, and even some of the slightest changes would take hours to enact. If you spend enough time surfing around the internet, you can still find some of these old relics of a lost age sitting around.
Free Site Builders
If you fast forward a couple of decades, you’re here in the age of easy website creation. Those old days of clunky, time-consuming web designing are gone. Nowadays, we have tools that do all streamline the whole process for you.
Content Management Systems, also known as CMS, are one of those simple tools, and WordPress is the most well-known of one. It’s a convenient system that doesn’t take much to understand. It handles all of the code for you and allows you to install plugins and themes help you modify your site further. WordPress is useful, but it’s rather limited and simple. You won’t be able to do a lot with it, unless you want to shell out money for premium plugins and themes.
There are other free website builders out there other than Content Management Systems. These kinds of site creation tools allow for more freedom and advanced features. In some cases, you can even luck out and get a free 30 day trial to a premium site builder.
What About the Tech Newbies?
Some might still think that this all sounds a bit too complex for them. Between all the plugins, themes, and so on, it seems a little beyond the skills of the technological layman. However, that’s not the case. It’s not much more difficult than using an email service. If you can manage that, you can certainly learn how to build your own website.
These tools were designed for people just like you. It’s rather simple once you get used to it, and there are plenty of tutorials out there to help you along the way. You can look through them at your own pace, and if you have additional questions, there are several forums out there with more experienced users who would love to help out. Chances are, you won’t ever need their help though.
So don’t let your lack of technological expertise slow you down. You don’t have any excuses anymore. Creating a site is so simple that you can do it, even if you don’t usually fare well with technology. Get out there and build a website to increase your business’s exposure or make a site for a less professional reason. Whatever your passion, go and let the world hear about it from the loud clacking of your keyboard going a mile a minute.
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