It is very common that someone wants to find a tool that allows them to easily create the most amazing Web site you’ve ever seen. Of course they also want a tool that can be learned on the fly. Even better if the user already owns software that can do it for them.
In today’s mailbag, I’m going to give a more in-depth answer to a question I received via Twitter. You’ll see the original question below.
The question came in response to a review I wrote entitled Corel Website Creator Poor Choice for Web Sites. Before anyone even asks, CorelDRAW is not a tool for creating Web pages or sites. It is graphics software and is great for creating graphics for use on Web pages and sites.
For users that want something fairly inexpensive that works more like graphics software, Xara Web Designer 10 Premium for Creating New Supersites might be the tool for you. I’ll have a more detailed review on it in the near future. Like any software, it has a learning curve. It might give you a quick way to create a Web site, but an awesome site will require time.
I personally love WeBuilder and wrote about it in WeBuilder 2014 Provides Excellent Code Builder for Web Pages. It works with raw code so you’ll need to learn HTML and CSS if you really want to take advantage of its power.
After I wrote my initial response, I got a follow-up question.
Could the two tools I’ve mentioned allow for what this user is requesting? I’m sure they could. Yet there is no magic button that simply inserts the feature. It would take time and effort to add such a feature. Another tool that might make it easier for adding that type of functionality is WordPress.
WordPress can make it easier to add advanced functionality, but there is also a learning curve. My experience is that WordPress makes some things easier and other things more difficult. It is the right answer for some Web sites and the wrong answer for others.
If you aren’t willing to invest the time and learning into building a Web site, then you need to find someone who can do it for you. I always hear how someone’s friend or relative is willing to do it all for some insanely low price. If you’ve got such a friend or relative, go for it. Just like purchasing expertise in any field, good work has a cost.