Need a Website Drag and Drop Builder That Converts to HTML

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I have no clue how to use HTML, but I enjoy using drag and drop website builders. But I like to create websites and sell them, but I rather design it myself because some of my web designers take longer to get the job done on time compared to me getting it done myself.
So I would like to see if there is a drag and drop website builder that converts to HTML so I as soon as I design the website myself, I can send the coding to the person I am selling the website to without waiting on my web designer.

Any thoughts?
#builder #converts #drag #drop #html #website
  • Profile picture of the author OldLodgeSkins
    Hi,

    There are some WYSIWYG editors (What You See Is What You Get) but if you want to do quality work you'll need more than that. You can also look into CMS (Content Management Systems) but here again you'll do much better work if you know at least some basis of HTML and CSS. which isn't that hard to learn, I'm not talking about becoming an expert.
    Anyway, you can have a look at Kompozer (formerly Nvu) or Blue Griffon if you're looking for free WYSIWIG editors.

    Seb.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gonzosan
      Unfortunately a lot of the "drag and drop" editors out there aren't very customizable. If you really want to design your own sites and make it as simple as possible I'd say use Wordpress or even just learn the basics of Dreamweaver. Neither are really drag and drop but they're easier to use than writing everything yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    This is what I use...

    FusionHQ Internet Business Platform

    It has a drag and drop website/sales funnel creator, built in autoresponder, cloud hosting and membership software all in one. It allows for easy export of the created website.

    Cheers,
    Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author neilward
    Not sure why you would want to go into business building websites when you don't know how to build websites? Doesn't make sense to me?
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by neilward View Post

      Not sure why you would want to go into business building websites when you don't know how to build websites? Doesn't make sense to me?
      I don't think your comment will help him in any way

      He said he likes to build websites - shouldn't he do what he likes to do? :p

      Cheers,
      Coby
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      • Profile picture of the author salegurus
        Originally Posted by Coby View Post

        I don't think your comment will help him in any way
        He said he likes to build websites - shouldn't he do what he likes to do? :p
        Cheers,
        Coby
        By the same token shouldn't Neil have his own opinion?
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          By the same token shouldn't Neil have his own opinion?
          I agree, he is adding his understanding and input, just as I have done. Plus he asked specifically "Any Thoughts?".

          Building websites is not easy, that's why there is no such product as he is looking for yet. I believe it' possible to have something like that, but not something that will allow you to design graphically and to code, and to move modules around. If that type of program does get developed, it will take a College Degree just to learn how to use it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Coby
          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          By the same token shouldn't Neil have his own opinion?
          Yep - we should all have our own opinion...

          But the goal of this community is to help each other grow our businesses...

          Sarcastic one-liners don't help the community :p (much like your own comment )

          The comment by "Neil" was implying that the OP doesn't know how to build websites even though the OP clearly stated he has already had success building and selling websites using a drag and drop builder.

          This is just MY opinion. But why waste time typing out a useless negative reply meant to "cut down" the OP rather than trying to help.

          Some folks should take a look around once in a while and realize this is a community dedicated to helping. If you don't want to help then take your opinions elsewhere.

          Cheers,
          Coby
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          • Profile picture of the author salegurus
            Originally Posted by Coby View Post

            Yep - we should all have our own opinion...

            But the goal of this community is to help each other grow our businesses...

            Sarcastic one-liners don't help the community :p (much like your own comment )
            Cheers,
            Coby
            I'm not going to have a back and forth with you, that's what people like you thrive on. Instead if you want PM me and i'll send you my address, next time you are here in Texas we can have a beer and talk about differing opinions
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    • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
      Originally Posted by neilward View Post

      Not sure why you would want to go into business building websites when you don't know how to build websites? Doesn't make sense to me?

      I have done well with drag and drop websites and have made good money out of them, but yes I do not know much HTML, but as long as my customer is a member of a drag and drop website provider, I can build the website for them. But I am doing very well establishing existing businesses my self I would like to build a website and deliver it to the client in HTML form instead of them becoming a member of the drag and drop site builder.
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  • Profile picture of the author greenbay92
    Try using Weebly or Yola. Both have drag-and-drop interfaces for web design and the end result can be exported to HTML. They also have free/paid options for design/hosting/other features and the templates are professional enough to rival Wordpress. I use them both and like them (specially Weebly).
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    I have seen a few drag and drop website builders, one was done by a designer here on the forum, that seemed to be nice. You basically moved modules around etc..

    As far as I know there is NO program that allows you to do both easily as a drag and drop function.

    There are web developers, and designers, the designer designs the skin, the developer takes the skin and turns it into an active website.

    There is a Photoshop third party plugin that will allow you to take a skin design, and if you design it properly with the layers being labeled properly, it will convert the skin into html/css.

    Let me know if you find what your looking for, I am curious to see what you find.

    But honestly, the best way to go is to get a grasp of html/css and even some get a basic understanding of php. I am not saying become an expert, but you really can't be a web designer/developer without that knowledge.

    You could be a skin designer for websites, just designing the psd layouts and hand them off to coders, but that takes great layout design and Photoshop skills.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
      Originally Posted by mikeye View Post

      90 Second Website Builder is pretty good software that I used for HTML site. Very easy to use.
      Looks interesting, but their templates seem to be early 90'ish in style, really outdated.
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      • Profile picture of the author e4job
        take a look at coolpage.com

        totally WYSIWYG and produces html product
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
          Originally Posted by e4job View Post

          take a look at coolpage.com

          totally WYSIWYG and produces html product
          All these builders are waaaay below par in quality regarding output.

          I guess if your going to cut corners by not learning how to design properly, then it really doesn't matter the outcome, because it seesm that the people using these are looking for easy and cheap and possibly free alternatives compared to high quality website design.
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          • Profile picture of the author edlewis
            Why not take a look at Adobe Muse?

            Create a website without writing code | Adobe Muse

            Honestly can't believe no one has mentioned it...

            A few sites from their Showcase page:

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            Visual Arms | Calgary Graphic Design by Steve Harris

            Home* ::* Green Artisans* ::* Inspiring Garden Envy

            Julie Gratz Art & Design


            There is a learning curve, but it's drag-n-drop. You can get it alone for $15/month if you pay for a full year, or $25/month if you want to pay month-to-month.

            Of course, if you subscribe to the Creative Cloud, it's part of that.
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            • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
              Originally Posted by edlewis View Post

              Why not take a look at Adobe Muse?

              Create a website without writing code | Adobe Muse

              Honestly can't believe no one has mentioned it...

              A few sites from their Showcase page:

              Home

              Visual Arms | Calgary Graphic Design by Steve Harris

              Home* ::* Green Artisans* ::* Inspiring Garden Envy

              Julie Gratz Art & Design


              There is a learning curve, but it's drag-n-drop. You can get it alone for $15/month if you pay for a full year, or $25/month if you want to pay month-to-month.

              Of course, if you subscribe to the Creative Cloud, it's part of that.
              Nice, but still below par, there is really a huge lack of creative freedom building websites this way.

              I do like Adobe products, they do not just randomly pick software that is not good to add to their product line, so you know they like it, and will probably improve on it in the future.
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              • Profile picture of the author edlewis
                Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

                Nice, but still below par, there is really a huge lack of creative freedom building websites this way.

                I do like Adobe products, they do not just randomly pick software that is not good to add to their product line, so you know they like it, and will probably improve on it in the future.
                LOL...

                I completely disagree that somehow the sites made with Adobe Muse are "below par"...and how is their a "lack of creative freedom" to a software like this?

                Is that a JOKE?

                You can literally design sites in Muse in minutes, while the other option would require learning to CODE for a year.

                A software like Muse actually makes it easier for graphic designers to create more "artsy-fartsy" types of sites. That's who the software was built for - designers who don't want to learn how to CODE.

                Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Muse can do the things a top-notch designer and coder can do when working together...but it also won't cost you thousands of dollars either.

                But someone who knows Adobe products like PS can use Muse to create a site that easily stands up to your average designer or someone who just buys premium WordPress themes and changes a few graphics.

                Sure, it won't have the features and the CMS behind it like it would with Wordpress, but not everyone wants that.

                All some businesses and individuals need/want is a 4 or 5 page website that looks professional and doesn't require them to learn how to use a CMS.
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                • Profile picture of the author TinPete
                  I understand that their are certain limitations that you need to deal with for any software you choose, but a little bit of creativity can usually get around a lot of those limitations.

                  There were some neat tools mentioned here that I didn't know about. Thanks dor sharing everyone.
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        • Profile picture of the author serryjw
          Originally Posted by e4job View Post

          take a look at coolpage.com

          totally WYSIWYG and produces html product
          OMG, I have not thought about coolpage in years. I am like the thread poster. I just don't have the time to learn HTML/CSS. It's still good? Have they kept the website/templates current?
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      Originally Posted by mikeye View Post

      90 Second Website Builder is pretty good software that I used for HTML site. Very easy to use.
      I love it..spent 2 hours watching videos. Any idea is there is coupon code any where?
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusyness
    I bought a product called "profits theme' It is drag n drop. Create squeeze pages, websites, sales letters. Check out the demo on their website. It's a word press plugin.

    Profitstheme.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
    I personally use Wordpress. I have been building my own sites for many years. I started with a program called Hotdog and then moved to BlueVoda which was WYSIWYG program. This was a long time ago over 10 years ago, maybe 99-2000. Really old stuff...

    The standard now is Wordpress. It took me awhile to switch over because of the learning curve of wordpress, but when I did switch it has made a huge difference. I love wordpress because it's easier and you have plugins so you can customize a site for whatever the niche is.

    There are also a massive amount of themes to use to make it even easier.

    You can also really dig in and do advanced editing with CSS using wordpress and it is coded in html for you so if you know html you can edit the site.

    Also when you sell the site your client is able to log in and add their own content without you having to always update their sites...

    Have you tried wordpress?
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      Originally Posted by jackzerby View Post

      There's a bunch of these coming out now:

      http://easel.io
      Webflow - Design Responsive Websites Visually
      http://jetstrap.com

      Hope those help

      Jack
      Let me the first to welcome you to our inbreed forum...OK, the newbie question. Once I design on webflow and get the code...WHAT do I do with it????
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      • Profile picture of the author edlewis
        Originally Posted by serryjw View Post

        Let me the first to welcome you to our inbreed forum...OK, the newbie question. Once I design on webflow and get the code...WHAT do I do with it????
        From looking at their site, it looks like you could download everything as a ZIP file and then just unzip and upload to your host - most likely using an FTP program like Filezilla.

        WebFlow does look pretty slick...could be a game-changer for people who don't want to learn to code.
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        • Profile picture of the author serryjw
          Originally Posted by edlewis View Post

          From looking at their site, it looks like you could download everything as a ZIP file and then just unzip and upload to your host - most likely using an FTP program like Filezilla.

          WebFlow does look pretty slick...could be a game-changer for people who don't want to learn to code.
          I just looked closer...It is for Chrome only, no FF
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