How to Create a Website without Using WordPress
Many webmasters, who are just starting their career and look for the required information on website creation, mistakenly think that CMS WordPress is the best solution that will provide them with the required experience. The platform seems to be quite simple, offering different options that make it possible to improve a website’s functionality. It also provides minimum amount of settings – what else do you need to make your website creation experience a success?
The problem is that, regardless its simplicity and popularity, WordPress requires specific web design skills. Of course, there is no longer the need to upload the site to the hosting and edit the configuration file by setting up the database on your own – modern CMS hosts like WordPress allow doing that with a few clicks only. However, you will hardly cope with the major tasks, such as text formatting, without the basic HTML coding knowledge. In case you decide to edit a template, you will have to read and look through several CSS and PHP manuals first.
Fortunately, WordPress is not the only available solution. So, you don’t have to worry that the process of creating your first website will be too long because of the necessity to learn programming languages and the basics of CMS functioning. You can choose one of the powerful website builders and get a website, the development of which at WordPress could take much more time.
Website Builders vs WordPress
To make your WordPress website functional, you will need to find a proper template first. You can choose a free offer, but you face the risk of getting a template that has already been used several times or contains a backdoor frauds may use to hack your website. If you need individual design, you are welcome to order it or change it on your own by editing the files. Get ready to use HTML and CSS manuals, again.
WordPress as it is proves to feature a short list of functions. To make a website work well, you will need to install plugins. There is even a minimum set of plugins each website must have. It includes anti-spam protection and SEO-settings. The more plugins the site has, the higher the hosting load proves to be. When it comes to extending WordPress functionality, the following question arises: it is reasonable to increase the server load or learn programming languages to be able to add the required elements to the webpage code on your own?
Website builders don’t have such problems. It is possible to customize the template in the visual editor, creating individual webpage design out of the standard one. You can replace webpage elements without changing the template code. This is often done with a few clicks only.
Website safety protection is another important issue. When you use a website builder, it is the webmaster, who is responsible for the updates and safety protection. Correspondingly, it is a website owner, who bears responsibility for the same aspects, when it comes to websites developed at WordPress. Tech support of the hosting is ready to assist in certain situations, but you will still have to rely upon your own skills.
Website builders offer extensions and applications as well, but you will need them to complete serious tasks only, such as setting up an online store, for example. To make sure, let’s explore the features of two popular website builders, namely Wix and uKit.
Wix provides a rich choice of quality adjustable templates, the design of which can be completely changed to give a website brand new look. The changes are done in the visual editor. The amount of available tools differs with regard to the type of a website you have selected at the first stage. You can edit the website using a free plan and purchase the premium account right before the publication.
Wix visual editor offers much more options as compared to the range of functions available at other website builders or WordPress. On the one hand, this is a benefit, because you can change the design of a website with regard to your needs. On the other hand, though, lack of experience may result in the creation of a drastically showy design instead of an appealing and attention-grabbing website. To avoid such situations and avail nice result, you should devote much time to editing the elements.
Speaking about SEO optimization of web pages and separate posts, Wix offers the required amount of “out of the box” features, which can be applied without the need to set up other applications.
uKit is considered a business website builder because of its adequate prices and clear plan terms. uKit, like Wix, makes it possible to create promo-websites, business websites, small online stores etc. If you need a blog at your website, you can get it by adding the “News” page.
Unlike WordPress, uKit doesn’t imply plugin setup to write SEO-parameters of a separate post or a webpage. There are all the required fields in the SEO-settings, namely address, title, description, keywords etc. By filling out these fields properly, you will be able to promote your website to the upper positions in the search engine results.
You can adjust templates in the visual editor. Just add, edit and delete the required elements with a few clicks only. No knowledge of HTML or coding skills are required here. The templates are responsive and look appealing on smartphones, tablets and computer or laptop screens.
To sum it up, uKit is less functional as compared to WordPress and Wix , but this website builder doesn’t imply the knowledge of HTML basics and makes it possible to launch an appealing website in the shortest time possible.
Wix is a bit more expensive as compared to uKit, but it allows creating different types of websites, be it a blog, a landing page, an online store etc. Wix offers more applications, tools and set up features, which makes it more complicated than uKit. However, you don’t need any HTML coding skills here, which is still required to work with WordPress. The result may even exceed your expectations from the point of view of web design.
If you have made up your mind to create a functional blog, then uKit is not that powerful to do that. It allows publishing posts and placing the informer on the homepage, but these functions are still not enough to manage a blog. You may encounter problems with posting photos and videos in the text and it is not that convenient to switch between text editing and post settings. However, if you need a business website or a small online store, uKit is a nice tool for the start.