Having to know HTML has been for many years the one thing that has prevented people from building their own website. There was an unspoken belief that ordinary, i. e. non-technical, people would need to consult experts if they wanted an internet presence. Modern software marketers claim that anyone with a computer and internet connection, can easily build websites without the need to learn HTML.
With some new web software programs, the emphasis has moved away from “coding” to more of a step-by-step user friendly approach. Simply typing your website information onto pages just as you would using a word processor can result in pages being generated automatically into web pages. Many programs use wysiwyg web builder. This stands for “what you see is what you get”. Most modern editors format the entire HTML in the background. If you can use Microsoft Word then you can utilize these applications the same way. Just type. Some purists would argue that WYSIWYG programs make messy or bloated HTML code and the web pages may not be fully compliant in order to international standards. Some webpages may display slightly differently in different browsers.
In the end, having a website live on the web is better than not having it up there. The making of a website even if HTML is unknown. Even though the HTML code may not be “perfect” the resultant webpages are still normal looking to the user. When looking for designs, you can easily import your own graphics and designs into most modern website building programs. There are many templates (or skins) you can buy or even download for free. The booming market of first time marketers has created a whole industry of easy to use web site programs and the vendors have shown a great understanding of the needs associated with novice web site builders by producing comprehensive manuals as well as tutorials that lay out each step.
The tutorials are so user-friendly, with a common sense approach, that even beginners should be able to complete a simple site in just an hour. With a domain name registered and a hosting company enlisted, their first website can be ‘live’ in minutes. In addition to the tutorial, beginners will find a wealth of information on related forums of internet software providers. The training and supporting forum has a broad knowledge spread. There is always someone to answer a novice’s questions, either the actual creator or a team member or a fellow user via the particular forums.