Now that you’ve read how to prototype your website, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to the real work of building something. It can be daunting if you’ve never done it before, but it’s nothing to worry about. There are plenty of tools out there for newbie web designers, so let’s take a look at your options.
You have several choices at FatCow when it comes to the software you’ll use to build your site, so be sure to have a look at all of them and make an informed decision about which one fits your comfort and skill level.
Here’s a hint: if you open it up and whisper “what the…?” to yourself, try another one. The more comfortable you are with your tools, the more you can focus on what you’re here to do: build a delightful, useful website that will keep people coming back.
- SiteDelux: SiteDelux is a simple, visual way to build your website and it saves a ton of time by letting you build your site with a “what you see is what you get” interface. There’s no code to learn, and no additional software to configure. Check out this quick introductory video to get a sense of what SiteDelux can do.
- Microsoft FrontPage: If you haven’t used it in the past, there’s no need to start now. FatCow will let you upload sites designed in FrontPage, but the company encourages users to find something a bit…less old…for their first web development project.
- Website Creator by CM4All: Website Creator, like SiteDelux, is a browser-based way to make your blog or website. Check out more details in our knowledge base or visit the CM4All website to learn more.
- Text Editor / FTP: Geek alert! Just kidding. Well, not really. Geeks are great. It’s just that using a text editor to make your blog or website is as close to The Matrix as you’ll ever get without plugging your neck into a server in some dystopian wasteland. But seriously, if code is your thing, go for it! Writing your own code is the most flexible way to build a website. But because it also requires the most skills – and is time-intensive, it’s the road less traveled.
Clear my what?
Whatever software you decide to use, you’ll have to visit the Set Site Editor page to, well, set your site editor. It may not be the most creative title. But sometimes, the most obvious name is the best.
You also have to remember to clear your browser cache after every change you make. Otherwise you may not see the updates even though other people will. And you won’t be able to confirm everything is fine and dandy.
Don’t know what the heck “clear your browser cache” means? Don’t worry. It’s not an insult. Here’s a handy article explaining what it means and how to do it.
Content is King!
The web isn’t nearly as confusing as Game of Thrones: there is only one king, and that’s content. Your website had better look good and be easy to navigate. But the most important part of a blog is what you write. Your creative copy should be informative, engaging, and relevant to your audience. And don’t forget the importance of high-quality images. Here are some great places to find photos for your site. Just remember to give credit where it’s due:
Free, with credit:
Paid stock photos: