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Dreamweaver vs Kompozer vs WordPress

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Posted 15th June 2014 at 02:15 PM by puedall
Updated 26th June 2014 at 04:15 PM by puedall (Changing the title)



There are so many ways to create a website, that it really boggles the mind

I felt the same way in the beginning. I tried most of the CMS's (content management systems) and almost all of the Html Editors, starting with Dreamweaver.

So.. just really quick note about Dreamweaver: Dreamweaver is (in my experience and personal opinion), to expensive (by most people standards) and has a very steep learning curve. It is the best Html editor Money can buy, but it does take to long, to learn Dreamweaver.

What I concluded from testing most of them is that Kompozer and WordPress are the easiest and fastest to learn. Although they look and feel basic (comparing to Drupal and Dreamweaver), they are packed with features, can create sophisticated web pages and their simplicity is what impresses me the most.

The good news is, you don't need to know any Html code whatsoever, in order to create your website with either one of them. I will try to help you with your decision, by stating the cons and pros for the both Kompozer and WordPress.

What follows is my personal opinion and feedback from my students.

In this overview, we'll take a brief look at what it takes to create your own website with Kompozer or WordPress— in plain English

Kompozer

Kompozer is a free program that we need to install on our computer, in order to be able to create our web pages. (a website is made out of web pages).

Essentially, if you decide to create a website, by yourself with Kompozer, you will need the following:

1. A COMPUTER - This goes without saying, but I've been asked

2. AN INTERNET CONNECTION,

3. BROWSER - A web browser is a program you use to surf the Net — like the one you're using to view this page. e.g., Google Chrome, MozillaFirefox, Netscape etc..

4. WEB HOSTING - This is where our website lives and the whole world can access it using the Internet. Our hosting companies server is basically one giant mighty computer, which can store a great deal of files and folders and is constantly connected to the Internet.

5. A DOMAIN NAME - Your domain name is what your website is called. It's the address of your website on the Internet. It's the bit that people type in the address bar after all the www's to visit your gloriously designed website. e.g., www. yourwebsite. com.

6. FREE HTML EDITOR KOMPOZER

7. AN FTP CLIENT - We need a program to upload the web pages, images and any other files that we created on our home computer to our hosting companies server. Although you could publish (upload) your web pages with Kompozer, this is something I don't recommend.

KOMPOZER - PROS

1. The first thing that comes to my mind about Kompozer, is that you don't need to know any Html code in order to create your web pages. Kompozer creates the code in the background without you ever seeing it. You don't have to be a programmer or web designer to create your own website with Kompozer. It is so called WYSIWYG " What You See Is What You Get " Html Editor.

2. It works with sophisticated templates you obtain on the net without a problem. (a template is a ready made web page, that you can attain for free or buy).

3. It's a lightweight and fast program, while being able to code complex web pages.

4. Kompozer is very intuitive and because of it's simplicity it's very easy program to learn and use.

5. It has a decent interface and a lot's of features you could ever need to create a web page. Does most of what a paid program does

6. Gives you control over your website layout and because it runs on your computer you don't depend on hosting company or anyone else.

7. Using an HTML editor will allow you to set a back up of your website yourself, as it is only copy and paste which anybody can do without being a trained expert.

8. Maybe I should've put this first.. but....It's Free

It can be used on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It has a site manager with FTP, built-in CSS editor and an HTML validator.

KOMPOZER - CONS

1. The program is not getting much active development. That's too bad. It could have beautiful interface and some fancy features.

2. Little to no support for php, JS, HTML5 (you don't need this in the beginning anyway, I don't have use for this after seven years and I have a membership site and protected directories, so don't worry about it),

3. It doesn't have the ability to run search and replace operations across multiple files. (We lived before " run and search " haven't we. I think some people are just plain spoiled.

4. KompoZer doesn't have the accessibility or CSS validator. (Again, this is something you can do online for free and most people don't do it anyway. I don't)

5. It has some bugs that could be annoying. For example: Sometimes when you open your first web page with Kompozer it says: This web page can't be edited for unknown reason. And then opens every other web page normally. It's not a big deal it just can be boring, if it keeps happening on a daily basis.

Kompozer Summary

To be honest, I really don't mind the cons and most likely you won't either. It has a lot of the features you’ll find in commercial editors, like FTP and site management, but they aren’t done very elegantly. If you can't waste any hard cash on a web editor, and you need to create a website, then this is one of the best options you'll find.

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WORDPRESS

WordPress is a free blogging platform that we install directly on our website through CPanel in our hosting account. Many of the themes and plugins for it, are freely available as Open Source. WP currently powers about 20% of the world’s websites(!)

A content management system or "CMS", is a piece of software that you install on your web host's server. Basically, instead of installing the program on your own computer, the way you do an Html editor, you install it directly on your website. You then use your browser to log into your site and use it to add articles, photos and modify it instantly.

WordPress as a Free Blogging platform is a subset of CMS software. It is mostly like the CMS, except it has fewer features since it's designed primarily for people who just want to blog (write short articles).

If you decide to create a website using WordPress, you will need the following:

1. A COMPUTER

2. AN INTERNET CONNECTION,

3. BROWSER

4. WEB HOSTING

5. A DOMAIN NAME


WORDPRESS - PROS

1. Great choice of professional themes available for free. ( This wasn't the case just few years ago).

2. Plug-ins are made for almost everything you could think of and could be installed right from within the dashboard without needing to download anything. .
(Plug-in is, as the word suggest, piece of script you install on WordPress to add some functionality to your website. For example: you could add a contact form, slide show or image galleries etc... There are literally tens of thousands plug-ins (31, 035) you could choose from and they could be free or come with a price).

3. Capable of complex web design.

4. WordPress is also very intuitive and easy platform to learn and use.

5. Out of all the Content Management Systems and Blogging platforms out there, WordPress have the biggest community.

6. WordPress is famous for it’s easy installation process. That’s not even advertised anymore. It is simple and it is also quick. WordPress is known for 5- minute’s installation time.

7. Since WordPress is installed on your website itself, there is no need for any special software on the computer you're using to add new pages or make changes to existing pages. All you need is a web browser, and you can log into your site from any computer.

8. Free, open source software - WordPress is developed, tested and supported continually. No other web CMS has anywhere near the number of man-hours invested in it .And Yes, it's Free.

If you think WordPress is only for blogs, you need an upgrade in your understanding. WordPress can handle multiple authors, specialised content types, and pretty much anything a user would expect from a CMS. It has a sweet user interface. If your needs are straightforward, WordPress could easily be your best choice.

WORDPRESS - CONS

1. Security Flaws & Attacks. PHP apps have a reputation for security flaws, and WordPress is no exception. Since it is open source software, it is also easy for hackers to find security holes. In recent times it has become a lot more secure, but there are still gaping big holes found from time to time. (Just update your WP website and plug-ins regularly and don't install plug-ins that aren't updated for a long time).

2. Poor WYSIWYG text editor, doesn't have the ability to format text beautifully and easily. Even with the tinymice plugin I still have to create my posts in Kompozer if I want my posts to look decent (imagine that).

3. The basic system is not particularly SEO friendly, but a number of plugins can be installed to make up for it. It is relatively easy to find and apply those plugins to achieve better SEO results.

4. The core WordPress program needs to be updated fairly frequently, (so do the plugins). These core updates can often break your existing plugins, and thus your site. And this could be really annoying. (Make sure you have a safe back up system).

5. One single mistake can cause you to lose your whole WordPress website. If you want to back up your WordPress website, you will have to have an extensive knowledge of Php and MySQL. (What ever you do, don't ever change your WordPress address Url or a Title in the General settings on your WP dashboard. Your WP website will brake, contrary to what you might have heard from the "experts")

6. Designing a custom appearance for WordPress, is still much harder than just designing a website directly with a web editor. You may not be able to completely control the appearance of your website.

7. Cpu usage is a delicate resource on a shared hosting account. Whether a web page is static, (Html web page created with Kompozer) or dynamically constructed (by a script, like WordPress), the web server's CPU is used to obtain and deliver the web page to your visitors. If any one website excessively uses the CPU, the other sites on that computer (hosting company server) will not have an opportunity to deliver their pages in a timely fashion, and will appear either to be sluggish or non-responsive. As such, web hosts usually monitor the amount of CPU your site uses on shared web hosting plans. The web host will typically ask the owner to upgrade to a more expensive plan or get a dedicated server, where the site is the only one on that machine..

And this is our problem with WordPress, it could use to many resources. This could happen with some of the plugins and the problem with them is that, no one can tell you which plugin is causing the difficulty. You would have to switch your plugins of, one by one, until you find the one causing the trouble. This could potentially lead to your hosting account termination, if you don't deal with the Problem Cpu usage in a timely fashion.

What this means for you and me: We can't just install all the plugins we can think of. Recommended number of plugins is just 5. I know..It's not much. So you have to think long and hard before you install them. Do I really need one more contact form and image gallery on my website?. .

WordPress Summary

No one platform is perfect, but WordPress has so much to offer and the advantages outweigh disadvantages in my opinion.

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To Recap

I am very much pro-Wordpress and pro-Kompozer, but I have tried to balance the arguments each way. However, it’s important that you understand the limitations of using an open-source platform for your business.

How Easy Is It To Learn Kompozer or WordPress?

No one method is easier than the other. I'm sure that some of you are looking for a method that makes website creation easier than the other. it just seems overwhelming in the beginning, because everything is new and there is so much information to take in.

It takes about the same time to learn how to use Kompozer, as it takes to learn, how to use WordPress. Also if your choice is WordPress, you would still have to buy hosting and domain name. All of this is not set in stone of-course , so you can always change your mind and use something different down the road.

What do you think? Did I leave something out? Have any other questions?

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