Building a website can be fun and easy if you choose the right software. I have two favorite pieces of software I use to develop websites: NVU and Joomla. Both are free.
NVU is a complete website developing software package. It is opensource and available for Windows and Linux computers in a variety of languages. The reason that I like NVU is that I can still code the pages using HTML. Being able to use HTML means I have complete control over the layout, look, and feel of the website. This is helpful when trying to get just the right size font, color, and spacing.
Conversely, if I don’t feel like using HTML, NVU has point and click features for quickly implementing tables, adding images, forms and hyperlinking. Not to mention, it has one click publishing so I don’t have to login to my website and copy and paste the code. I can publish directly from NVU.
I love Joomla for the exact opposite reason I like NVU. Joomla is a complete content management system. Joomla runs off the website account which makes it very portable if I have to work off a shared computer such as at a college computer lab, the library, or a friend’s house. porque aprender joomla uses databases, and sorts the website information according to section and category. This makes moving a piece of content very easy. All I have to do is change the section or category or both and the content is moved with very little effort.
Joomla also has several addons that can be uploaded using the Joomla uploader. My favorite addons for Joomla are Blocklist for blocking IPs, Chronos Forms for quickly and easily adding forms, Fireboard for adding a forum, and QuickFaq for adding a FAQs page. I can also download numerous free templates to ensure that my website has the exact color scheme and layout I want.
The only drawback to Joomla is that it has a fairly steep learning curve. It took me two weeks to be able to use it with confidence and six months to fully learn. However, the databases, and ability to quickly move content is well worth the time it takes to learn the program.
These are the only two website building programs I use, and I use them interchangeably depending on the type of website I am designing. I currently have two websites running Joomla, and one website I hand coded using NVU. All three are easy to use, easy to read, and intuitive for their visitors.