If you have been thinking about building your own website, it’s possible you may have been confused by some of the terms relating to this activity for example the difference, if any between website builder tools and website development tools so this article explains the differences between the two types of tools and the advantages and disadvantages of each over the other.
Website Builders are special website building services or software tools designed to make it possible for you as a non-designer, programmer or website developer to build your own website without having to get specialist training in web design, programming and graphics design.
Know The Required Tasks
What they do is to anticipate all the tasks required to build a site and hide these behind simple wizards so all you have to do is click a button and input the data for what you want done and the website creator does if for you e.g. if you want a table you might input the number or rows and columns, width, height, colors etc. and you get just what you ask for.
In comparison however, these tools are more limited in terms of the degree to which you can create your own designs. Usually they come with pre-built templates or designs that you can change to a certain degree, but you won’t have the absolute control over your creation you could get with a development tool.
Website builders are however much easier to use and becoming sophisticated to the degree that even developers are starting to use them especially open source (collaboration built) website creators.
Website development tools such as Adobe’s Dreamweaver are much more complex and powerful they may also have wizards to help create elements of your design, but also allow you full access to the underlying code which is quite useful if you are a developer.
However, to use them you need to have at least basic skills in web design, programming php, understanding html (hypertext mark-up language) the language of the web.
Advantages Associate With Web Design Tools
One of the advantages I’ve found of using full web design tools is that unlike website builder which often add bloated code to the design that can make a website to load slowly in a web browser, website designers can ensure that the code produces and published is as compact as possible.
So basically, if you have a fair amount of web building skill and want full control over the design of your website you should use a web development tool, while if you want to rapidly design and output your website with the minimum of fuss or have just basic computer editing skills then you should use a web site builder to create and publish your web site.