Simplest tool to create a website???

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Hello fellow warriors,

I have very weak technical skills and I struggle to make websites, especially make them look good.

I'm wondering what is the simplest tools to use to make a website? I do have dreamweaver but I find it hard to start from scratch.

Is there a plug-in for wordpress that makes it easy to work with ready-made templates? Or something I can use for dreaweaver?

Thanks,
Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author surffab
    Wordpress has tons of themes you can install and help you design your site....

    and easy one would be weebly.com to create a page.
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    • Profile picture of the author Natino
      You could also try Wix? I'm pretty sure it has a number of themes, although not sure how good they are :/

      The alternative would be to hire a freelancer on freelancer.com if you're happy enough to part with some cash?
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    • Profile picture of the author kendido
      Originally Posted by surffab View Post

      Wordpress has tons of themes you can install and help you design your site....

      and easy one would be weebly.com to create a page.
      I quite agree, WordPress is the way to go. It is simple and straight forward, there are tons of themes and hundreds of free tutorials to help you, both through Google or You tube.
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo90
    Unless you are a designer, then why are you trying to build sites from scratch?

    There is no need! Google 'Wordpress themes' and you will see thousands of themes already built, and if you need modifications, get someone on Elance to do it for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Outsourcing would be your best option if you don't know that tech stuff. I am in the same boat so I can relate.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertosio
    Wordpress all the way! I have been in the game 10 years now but pretty much use wordpress for all my sites now bar some of my forums etc
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    WordPress and Dreamweaver are as easy as it gets.

    Dreamweaver as you know is a development tool / also a wyswyg editor.

    Wordpress is actually a content management system and is exponentially easier in my opinion.

    With WordPress, your ability to create dashing content will be determined by the theme you select.

    I recommend StudioPress / Genesis framework.

    I'm not familiar with any ready made templates.. Instead I would recommend learning WordPress; it's truly the easiest method to generate a decent website with minimal skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alast
    It all depends on what you're needing to use the website for. For example, if you need advanced functions with specific needs, then WordPress may not offer that. I'd look around before purchasing any theme, particularly if your website must contain certain scripts.

    Also note that if you create your own website, or get someone to make you a website, then you will be able to modify anything to suit the purpose of the websites. That being said, given your lack of understanding in terms of technology, I'd suggest you work with WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bish
    Really depends on what you require. As mentioned there are hundreds of great WP themes to choose from. If you prefer a minisite (HTML sales page) there are a huge number of fantastic providers right here on WF. Check out Warriors for hire, you can't go wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevendbrady
    The simplest way to make OK looking websites is with a program called Artisteer. It's a Windows program that you can change the design and colors of your site and save it to WordPress theme. I'm saying OK because you can definitely do some great designs, but not being a designer you're limited to what the program itself will do without the help of all custom graphics. That being said, our graphic designer started with Artisteer and loved it until she hit a wall and found it somewhat limiting.

    Artisteer - web design software and joomla template maker

    She then moved on to Headway and loves it. It's a drag and drop WordPress theme builder. It's definitely a lot more advanced than Artisteer, but you really need to be good with Photoshop or similar to make visually appealing sites.

    http://headwaythemes.com/

    I know some Warriors here released theme packs generated with Artisteer in the past, so there are some that use it, but there are others that haven't had the best experiences with it. I say download their demo and give it a whirl before committing to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JessZ07
    I had a client that came to me and had signed up with GoDaddy -- bought InstaBuilder.. she found it to be too simplistic (agreed!!).

    100% I would go with Wordpress and download a Wordpress theme- Genesis is my favourite
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  • Profile picture of the author jumpman233345
    i read that xsitepro is a good one
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    • Profile picture of the author Bish
      Originally Posted by jumpman233345 View Post

      i read that xsitepro is a good one
      Yep. I've built some cracking websites with XsitePro. Could do with a bit of an update though, perhaps making it responsive. More and more people are viewing with tablets and phones today so it makes sense to factor that into the equation.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Download Kompozer. It is free and easy. Also, a joy to use. Best news is your cost is zero. Most good programs are expensive. However, not this one. Please do enjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Greenville
    I used Dreamweaver since many years. I learned it by myself following the tutorials available in the "Help" menu (versions from Macromedia) and searching on Google to find answers when I was stuck.

    Today, I work with both, DW and WordPress and I agree with many that WordPress is the easiest solution for a newbie or someone with less techie knowledge.

    A freelancer is also a good solution for you at this time, you can even find some good ones on Fiverr.
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  • Profile picture of the author Story
    Easiest way is to find a wordpress theme and have it installed.

    To modify the page, you can use "What You See Is What You Get" types of software like Kompozer.

    To do that, you need to download the whole page. Use Httrack(you can find it via google, it'a a webpage download tool).

    Then open the downloaded page and edit it with Kompozer.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author mtihani
    Unless you already know HTML, then just stick to installing Wordpress themes.

    Or if you want something even simpler, then weebly is your choice. Simple drag and drop website creation. Super easy!
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    I started building my websites using Joomla, that`s until I found out how easy it is to create websites using wordpress.. Try it, you`ll have a great time building your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarcelCobs
      I agree Dreamweaver is not the ideal tool for internet marketers and affiliate sites, since it is too time-consuming, too much distracting and too complicated to build sites with it.

      To make money on the internet, you need a FAST solution (indepent from if you know HTML coding or if you are a 100% newbie).

      I'd go with XSitePro, for HTML based sites (the content will be physically stored on your server, which has certain advantages). You do not need to know HTML with xSitePro, the software does it all for you.

      Option Wordpress Blog (go Wordpress.org, NOT Wordpress.com), for content managed sites in a database. If you go with wordpress I would recommend to enable mod-rewrite, so it simulates physical URLs of your pages, which is better for SEO.

      Personally I use both, XSitePro for "real" Websites and Wordpress for my blogs.
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        I would also consider Weebly. I have just started a site on that platform and am really pleased with the results so far

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Mark, it really depends on what kinds of websites you want to build and what you're going to use them for.

    For my basic websites I use both Coffeecup HTML Editor and the WYSIWYG Visual Site Designer:

    The HTML Editor - Your best Web design friend | CoffeeCup Software (not an affiliate link)

    Visual Site Designer - True WYSIWYG web design software | CoffeeCup Software (not an affiliate link)

    For more complicated websites I hire a web designer since I'm also low on the technical stuff. I know basic HTML and CSS and know how the elements work together, but if you start getting into graphics, scripts, or even creating a database, forget it, I outsource that stuff.

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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Wordpress is the simplest tool. You don't even need a plugin. Wordpress is good out of the box.
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfe655
    I have built sites from scratch with DW but have moved on to Wordpress. About 4 or 5 years ago I was working on a WP site in DW but do not remember how. It can be done. Try Googling it
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
      I have used many other tools but the best of all is WordPress
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfe655
    I have to agree but building them with a program like Dreamweaver you learn a lot about HTML. You can use a template or create your own design from scratch. You have a lot of freedom. I was about to do a site from scratch but changed my mind.WP is 2 easy to get up and running quickly!
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