How websites are created
Similarly, most websites will use a programming language like PHP to add additional features like backend search. Almost all modern websites contain content in a database and web programming languages search the database to determine the content of the page.
In most cases, a content management system (CMS) like WordPress is used that provides basic functionality. The website is configured instead of programmed and the design is layered on top of the CMS using HTML and CSS.
Confused? This is a technical process but understanding these key elements will help you navigate things more easily.
What kind of site do you want?
A seemingly simple question but still an important question. If you are happy that your site does not need to be updated then perhaps a static website is a valid, if dated, method. Of course, when done correctly it can eliminate the need for any monitoring or maintenance and associated costs.
In most cases, and if you want your site to reflect what is happening in your business, you need the ability to add and edit content. You’ll want to update the site to show what you’re doing, add relevant news and information to your clients and marketplace, and add new products and services if necessary.
When you need any complex web design knowledge and without the need you want the ability to make all these changes yourself. For this, you will need a web content management system.
There are a variety of website builder systems out there and more popular are Squarespace, Weeble and Wicks. These systems have their advantages as they do not require technical knowledge, but they provide very narrow parameters of what can be achieved and in most cases are not flexible enough.
WordPress also offers a simple cloud-based version and while not as flexible as self-hosted WordPress, it offers a simple starting point and upgrade path to the self-hosted version.