Web Site builders are available for FREE installation on our Linux hosting.
Most site builders are very automated and put the web page content into databases, which is a good facility for updating pages. However the output may not always be search engine friendly.
The URLs for pages may look like www.yourname.com/index.php?page_3 whereas a more helpful URL for search engines might look like www.yourname.com/kangaroos.html
Several clients on our Linux hosting are now using the FREE installation of WordPress with great results. See an example website at
www.webdesignDIY.com.au/ built entirely in WordPress. In this site builder there is a facility for changing URLs to search engine friendly ones.
e.g. www.webdesigndiy.com.au/google-ready instead of webdesigndiy.com.au/?Page=123.
Some site builders include a lot of style codes in the web page instead of in separate css files. If a web page has a high ratio of HTML code to text it is less easy for search engine robots to index for key words.
Using a site builder that runs from a remote database gets your website online very quickly.
However, we suggest that web designers work towards building websites on their own hard disk using HTML WYSIWYG editors (like Dreamweaver), then uploading the website files using a standalone FTP program. (= File Transfer Protocol - software to copy your website from your hard disk to the website host using user ID and password).
Some WYSIWYG HTML editing programs have a built-in FTP facility. But this can cause problems for the inexperienced.
We have received a few calls where people have copied their website to a sub-directory of the root directory and then not been able to view it.
On our Linux servers the index file (index.htm / html / php) should be in the folder public_html. On our windows server it should be in the folder httpdocs.
That's why we suggest a stand-alone FTP program be downloaded. You can see where you are copying the files and are more in control. These programs are either FREE or shareware.