Hey, folks, welcome to module #2
In this module our expert will be covering the various Website design tools and platforms out there.
So get ready to take some notes and let’s jump right in. All right, so the first tool or platform we’re gonna look at is WordPress.
Now WordPress bills itself as an easy front and Web builder, and it’s really not.
It’s the most popular Web design and development platform out there.
However, that’s largely because of marketing.
The fact is, WordPress is kind of a pain.
WordPress requires a whole lot of back and stuff.
There’s not really a whole lot of front end designing that you can do, and its overall just not the easiest website builder out there.
However, it is the one that most people use for whatever reason.
It’s the one that you will most likely use if you’re working as an agency, making websites for clients or making websites for yourself.
And the reason most people end up going with WordPress is because they find other WordPress related things that they want to use, namely themes and plug ins, and that is in fact, a very good benefit of WordPress.
There are a ton of free and paid themes and plug ins that you can utilize to do all sorts of great stuff on your website.
The most popular place to come for WordPress themes is probably in Votto Marketplaces theme forest dot net.
Now this is an incredibly large library of themes, all sorts of good stuff, e commerce themes, blawg themes, restaurant themes, local businesses and services themes.
There’s a ton of amazing stuff here, and typically what people do is they find themes like this.
When there researching about building a website, they find one That’s nice.
They find out that’s for WordPress.
And so they go the WordPress route, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But I just want you to understand that WordPress still is not the most easy thing out.
But that’s basically how this works.
You pick a theme like this one, for example.
This is for photography businesses, and the theme comes with pre built templates for all the pages and stuff, and you stick those in the WordPress and you activate them, and then you can use it.
Now there’s also builders, okay.
Builders and WordPress are typically plug ins and the most popular one out there is thrive.
Architect, thrive architect now thrive Architect is a pretty neat plug in a neat website builder for WordPress because it takes WordPress is back end.
Designing it totally puts it on the back burner so you don’t have to worry about it, and you just build on the front end.
It’s very neat a lot.
People are starting to use this one.
There are some other dragon drop front end Web design plug ins out there.
Kind of like Thrive are architect five.
Architect is probably the smoothest, the easiest.
It bills itself as the fastest because it’s very optimized.
Speed lies and let’s have a look at an example of editing a thrive page really quick here.
This is one of thrive architect sor thrive.
Themes included templates that you can use with thrive architect.
And as you can see, it’s actual dragon drop column based Dragon Drop.
So there’s debate around whether or not, you know, column basis should be considered Dragon drop, technically speaking, but when you edit text, you’re doing so on the front end.
What you see is what you get.
There’s a thing.
Acronym with the wig was applied to the old WordPress builder.
But it’s not really busy week.
This really is with the week right here.
What you see literally is what you get.
You can actually see what’s happening as you’re creating and moving things around.
You can change the size off columns between items and so on and so forth, so it’s a pretty user friendly builder.
Now you still have to worry about all the other WordPress stuff.
You still have to go into the WordPress back end to set up your navigations in your menus, and you know your your photo hosting in your you know all the other good stuff.
However, the actual building and design process is much easier with a plug in like thrive architect.
So that sums up the WordPress side of things.
Let’s look at some non WordPress Web design options that are out.
First up is weebly that we believe is pretty well known, we believe, been around since at least about 8 4000 and nine.
They started much more simple.
Obviously, they were well known for being an easy drag and drop builder, though a theme or template based drag and drop builder Weebly is a great option for people who are just starting out.
They’re not interested in messing with a bunch of back end development stuff.
They literally just want an easy front and a drag and drop Builders.
Let’s have a look at another example site here.
Um, just to give you an idea.
It’s very similar to that other plug in we looked at called Thrive Architect.
Okay, it’s Dragon Drop its column based, so you can change the size of columns that width and stuff.
That’s the different elements or would make up the page.
There’s text elements, headline elements, image elements.
You can resize images right there on the page.
It’s very, very easy to use for pretty much anyone.
This is the ultimate ultimate grandmas who have designed studio, if you will, on everything’s accessible right here.
These are all the elements that you can utilize and again, it being template based.
It’s very simple to use.
Just grab a temple and then replace everything with your own stuff.
So that’s Weebly.
Definitely an excellent option.
Now let’s have a look at UIC now.
Wicks is an incredible builder because Wicks is actual true dragon drop.
It started off way back in the old days.
It’s a flash based builder in that switch to each came out five, but it used HTML five and such an advanced away that retained the true dragon drop.
And what true dragon drop means is this not column based, no columns, no rose, no blocks, its actual drag and drop.
Now that might be a little bit intimidating to some people if they’re new to Web design, Some people actually find comfort in knowing that everything’s already symmetrically lined out in columns.
And thats fine.
However, you feel like a little bit more in the way of artistic freedom than Wicks is arguably the best option out there.
It’s very, very easy to create things inside of weeks.
It’s really dragon drop.
There’s no adjusting columns, and with you just adjust the size of elements and put them literally exactly where you want them.
So that’s the three main tools for building websites.
You’ve got WordPress, which is based on themes and plug ins, and you import a theme that you like, and you change things inside of it, and you still do have to worry about a little bit of back end development type stuff, but it’s not the end of the world.
If you want to avoid all that, you’ve got Weebly, which is a front and dragon drop but column and block based builder, which is still quite easy to use.
Lots of templates to choose from.
And then you got weeks, which is very similar.
However, it’s again riel.
Drag and drop actual real position, fluid, liquid drag and drop.
And that sums up our overview of common Web design tools and platforms for this lesson.
Now we’re going to get into actually designing a page, step by step, and we’re gonna be utilizing Wicks to do that in the next module.