Website builders are software programs that typically enable the building of online sites without too much manual code editing, by users who are knowledgeable about web design. They basically fall into two classes: WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and CVS (copy-and-paste style) editors. In case of WYSIWYG, a website builder usually offers a wizard to guide the user through the process of constructing the website from scratch. A CVS editor allows the user to view, edit and manage the contents of the repository, but cannot be used as a building tool in itself. Website builders use WYSIWYG and CVS as a combination to offer more convenience and efficiency when building websites.
There are four basic areas where a website builder can be used successfully: customization, creation of web pages, creation of prototypes and publishing. A common feature of all types of website builders is the capability to create pages, customize them and publish them online with little or no programming necessary. A good way to think of pages as templates is to consider them just as a set of blank sheets of paper. To customize a template is to change the visual aspect of it by including text, images or colors. Creating a website completely changes the look of the template and this is where the expertise of a web designer comes in.
Another important part of a website builder is the ability to create prototypes. The prototype is a simplified version of the final product and is a simplified version of how the final product will appear. This is very useful for testing different ways of presenting the same information to potential customers.
Finally, a freelance web designer can offer a hybrid solution to the problem of creating websites from scratch. Instead of hiring a website builder, a freelance web designer can build your website from a series of templates designed by you or one of your competitors. The templates are generally made available on a per-customer basis. This means that you would pay the web designer a fee for each template based upon the amount of work required to design it.
When you begin looking for a website builder, the first thing you should do is find one that offers a complete set of templates and functions. Next, try to find one that using professional graphics, clean fonts, and high quality software to create your final product. Last, make sure that the website builder provides a system for purchasing pre-designed templates. These pre-designed templates are often available for a small fee, but they provide a look similar to what a custom website would look like. By using these tips and tricks you should be able to find a website builder that meets all your needs.