WSYWIG with a Side of Coding

WSYWIG with a Side of Coding

The second category of tools is becoming increasingly more popular. The goal of these tools is to create the Microsoft Office of web development: allowing you the benefits of WSYWIG while also giving you access to customized code and more advanced plugins and themes. As we quickly approach what may be the golden age of web development, such tools are becoming increasingly powerful, increasingly popular, and increasingly easy to use.

WordPress is perhaps the herald of the golden age of web development. WordPress began its life as a blogging platform and has grown well beyond that. It is now considered by many as a full-blown CMS. Although it doesn't have quite the same openness of Joomla, even advanced users will be able to do much the same with both thanks to the open source nature of WordPress and the ability to develop your own themes for it.

There are three ways you can create a WordPress site:

  1. You can download the current installation of WordPress from WordPress.org and install it on whatever web server you use.
  2. Most web host services will have a simplescript for WordPress. When you sign up for a web hosting service, you can go to your control panel and click to install WordPress on your site--much like installing software on your computer.
  3. WordPress.com offers both free and paid WordPress hosting services. You can have your site up and running in under a minute.

To learn more about WordPress and how to set up a web portfolio using it, stay tuned for Wednesday's article.

Like the more structured WSYWIG category, there are also computer installable tools in this category. Rapidweaver and Flux (Mac only) and Adobe Muse (Windows and Mac) are powerful examples of this. Both allow you to combine the power of WSYWIG and Code to create a site that is easy to update and maintain while still having the flexibility to add powerful features and custom design.

The blog you are reading right now has a WordPress backend to manage the content, and is linked through a plugin to the rest of my portfolio site which was built using RapidWeaver. The WordPress framework was installed using a simplescript from my webhost, and the rest of the site is uploaded through an FTP tool built into RapidWeaver. There are some complex design traits of my current site that I'm not quite sure how I would accomplish in WordPress at the moment, so RapidWeaver remains a better tool for me.

Last modified: Thursday, 16 April 2015, 4:53 AM