Tim-Berners Lee, a British engineer and computer programmer, is credited with doing something really special that most of us tech-savvy folks can really appreciate. Yes, with the help of a bunch of computer scientists who wanted to explore communication through computer networks in the early 80s at a European high energy physics research facility, he not only invented the World Wide Web but the first website as well.
The objective of the setup designed by Tim-Berners Lee was two-fold: to create the ability to link academic papers electronically as well as create a platform where these scientists at CERN could communicate with ease and quickly with other experts at other labs around the world.
Tim worked on the standard hypertext language protocol (HTML) and the first web browser that converted the information into screen-based text. And only two decades later, it has literally exploded and revolutionized how we view technology as well as how we live our lives, in a world where the Internet is no longer considered a ‘want’ but, a need.
When it comes to web design aspects, the earliest web sites were developed with basic HTML (classified as a markup language later with versions such as XHTML and XML) but has evolved rapidly while also incorporating Style Sheet languages, Client-side and server-side scripting, database and multimedia technologies in today’s world.
With the growing awareness of the power that the Internet offers its users, web design has changed to a profession that requires not just an understanding of programming but as a complete skill set that is involved in presenting content deftly through the medium of the World Wide Web.
What do HTML, PHP, ColdFusion, Java Server Pages and Active Server Pages have in common?
They are languages that are used to design websites, and in most cases, are languages that a lot of tech-savvy people do not know how to use in order to build a website. So, what does one do if he does not have the time or the money to build a website nor does he have the know-how (read: languages) to do so.
The answer is really very simple. He or she uses a website builder.
So what is a website builder? A website builder is an application provided by web hosting companies to providers who can use it to build their own website in a few minutes.
Does this sound too good to be true?
No, as several websites on the internet today have been built using website builders and without the help of a website developer. And so, here are the top three website builders:
1) Yahoo Site Solution
Built to cater to small business owners, the Yahoo Site Solution is a website builder that has easy templates and is priced competitively.
Easy-to-use while also providing reliable hosting, Web.com provides its users with decent templates and the drag-and-drop functionality so that one can build a good website.
3) Homestead Quick Sites
Offering a free trial period during which one has access to 2000 templates, 250,000 pictures and customization of the website at every level, making a website using Homestead Quick Sites can be completed with a few clicks.
When it comes to building a website, there are some aspects that are universal no matter whether you use text or multimedia to convey your message.
After all, success (in terms of everything else in life) is determined by how well you combine style and substance, and in the case of a website, its overall appearance makes a big difference over websites that are either too dull or way too flashy. One way by which one can find this balance is by understanding the psychology of colors that has been used to great effect so far.
2. Purpose and Objectives of the Site
One must be very clear about the message that the site should convey along with clearly providing the information that the website intends to convey. Substance, in this case, goes hand in hand with the aforementioned style, and a degree of brevity and clarity is imperative to the success of its design.
3. Ease of use
What is the point if one cannot navigate through the site even if the above two points are well taken care of. Just ensure that a visitor does not have to click more than four times to get to a page as they will most likely look for another website that contains the same information, and just move on. Life is complicated as it is, so simplify and simplify!
Remember that the final objective of any website is to generate traffic, so these three aspect will either determine whether you achieve that or not.