WHAT PLATFORM SHOULD I USE TO BUILD MY WEBSITE?
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
This is a question I am often asked.
As my main focus is on SMALL BUSINESS, with a real desire to enable small business operators to manage their own online space. We assist them to learn, so my answer, in most cases, "what's best for you to manage, and does what you need and can afford". Having said that, a great online presence these days is critical for EVERY small business.
So let's see why and how fast it has, and still is moving!
Christmas Day 2020 will announce 30 years of the World Wide Web - YES NEXT YEAR IS 30 YEARS!! AND I do remember those early days.
25th December 1990
Berners-Lee wrote what would become known as WorldWideWeb (the first web browser, not to be confused with the World Wide Web) on a NeXT Computer in just 2 months, while working for CERN. Successive builds circulated around CERB among Berners-Lee's colleagues and were released to the public, though Internet newsgroups, in August 1991.
FACT: "WorldWideWeb was the first web browser and editor. The source code was released into the public domain on April 30, 1993".
The first web page went live! Dedicated to information on the World Wide Web project, the first web page, by Tim Berners-Lee, ran on a NeXT computer at the European organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN.
The first web page address,
http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html (image), outlined how to create Web pages, pretty much about hypertext. No screenshots were taken of the site before 1992. Want to know how it all worked and snowballed from there? Check out What The Heck Is The Internet.
The 1st Of Many Website Builders
1991 – Tim Berners-Lee publishes the first web page
1994 – Beverly Hills Internet (BHI), (renamed GeoCities).
Aquired by Yahoo on 28th Jan,1999.
The 38 million page site was shutdown in 2009
1995 – Microsoft FrontPage (My very first design platform in 1996)
1997 – Dreamweaver
2003 – WordPress.org, Squarespace
2005 – WordPress.com
2006 – Wix, Weebly, Shopify
2007 – Jimdo
2009 – BigCommerce
2013 – Webflow
2014 – HTML5
2016 – Wix ADI
2018 – Jimdo, Dolphin
The Ecommerce Party
About 10 years ago, the e-commerce website builders really stated to come into their own, so much so that it now deserves its own section.
Online sales are now topping the trillion dollar space, and you can bet that our website builders are in it for the long haul. Shopify, BigCommerce, and Sellfy are just a handful of the e-commerce platforms that exploded in popularity over the last five years.
2019 - 2020
The real guts of builders to date, have been templates with drag and drop interfaces, we've come a long way from the veritable rabbit warren of the ‘90s. The fifth generation of HTML, HTML5, has given us an amazing array of new possibilities, without the old code clunkers of the 90's and early 2000's.
As website builders and design tools have grown in sophistication, many have become very specific, catering to niche industry markets. From portfolio website builders, to others specific to blog writers, photographers and e-commerce, and that's just the tip of the ice-burg.
As design has flourished, so too has demand for designer-oriented tools. Webflow for example, is a far more technical builder than most of its peers, released in 2013. The platform now boast an array of stunning Free and Paid templates that even the newest users will love. Content has amazing customisation and some great starters for E-Commerce, Portfolios and small business packages.
At the end of the day, use what you feel comfortable with, consider support and the added integrations as well as your own business needs. Don't be railroaded into something you don't feel comfortable with, just because your designer/developer says so.
Complex terminology can be unsuitable for beginners and you may also need a mobile app to run your store on the go, so do your homework!
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