How to Create Your Own Website

How to Create Your Own Website

Since everyone has profile pages and blogs these days, you may want to create your very own. Did you know that a Content Management System could make your life easy helping you in building a good website design. It’s much better than uploading and updating files to the server manually.

What Can a CMS Do For You?

Website Content Management SystemWeb developers initially developed a website by designing their websites on their local computers, and used an FTP program to transfer those files to their web server, and then all those files were available on as pages on their website. If any changes were needed in website design they would begin the process anew by going through the entire process again. Some tried to simply this process by using Server Side Includes (SSI), that cut number of pages that needed to be updated, since an include that had the site menu could be easily updated and used throughout the website without any additional changes being required.

The real problem began when any website went beyond the simple “brochure-ware” design and delved into fresh material, dynamic content and live communities. These websites needed to be updated daily with hundreds or even thousands of people adding content, along with some content that is updated automatically though RSS feeds. Content Management System (CMS) has become an important weapon in developer’s toolbox. Today there are different types of Content Management Systems and each comes with a varied set of features that cater to personal or business websites. Let’s have a close look at some of the most promising ones that can deliver great results.

Open Source CMS

Although there are different types of CMSes available, we will focus some of the most popular ones that use PHP and MYSQL database. The benefits of using such a CMS includes support, portability, and a huge developer base with frequent updates and improvements.

WordPress – This open source CMS is mostly used for blog publishing, and is a good blog software in use today.

Joomla – This CMS system is used to publish content as a Model-view-controller (MVC) web application network.

Drupal – This CMS is written in PHP and is distributed under the GNU (general public license).

PHPNuke – It is a web-based automated content management and news publishing system based on MySQL and PHP.

WordPress

It is the most popular CMS in use today. With millions of WordPress sites alive today, this software is supported by a large developer community – so you can easily find all questions about WordPress answered.

WordPress DashboardFeatures of WordPress

  • WordPress Pages
  • WordPress Themes
  • WordPress Links
  • Cross-blog communication tools
  • Spam protection
  • Comments
  • Full user registration
  • Easy installation and upgrades
  • Password Protected Posts
  • Easy Importing
  • Workflow
  • XML-RPC interface
  • Typographical niceties
  • Multiple authors
  • Intelligent text formatting
  •  Bookmarklets

The first and most important step in using the CMS is to download the software. You can also signup with WordPress to host your CMS and can use their servers and resources to host your blog/site. You’ll have to create a new MYSQL database, edit the wp-confit.php, WordPress configuration file and add your database details from the database you’ve just created. Once that’s done, you can quickly upload that file and other WordPress files to web server and use web browser for the rest of the installation process to get your desired website design.

Joomla

joomla dashboard

Joomla enables developers to build complex online applications and websites. It is built upon MySQL and PHP, and can be used to create:

  • Data reporting tools
  • Inventory control systems
  • Application bridges
  • Integrated e-commerce systems
  • Custom product catalogs
  • Complex business directories
  • Communication tools
  • Reservation systems

The Joomla has a huge developer base, and some of its core features include:

  • Media Manager
  • User Management
  • Language Manager
  • Contact Management
  • Banner Management
  • Polls
  • Web Link Management
  • Search
  • Content Management
  • Menu Manager
  • Web Services
  • Template Management
  • Syndication and Newsfeed Management
  • Integrated Help System
  • Extensibility

You need to create a MySQL database, upload your Joomla package files to web server, point your browser to installation file and follow all on-screen instructions. Then, you can customize your installation, work on chosen theme, and post your content.

Drupal

Drupal DashboardDrupal’s built-in functionally, plus availability of thousands of add-on modules, provide you with much-needed features including:

  • Blogs
  • Electronic commerce
  • Collaborative authoring environments
  • Peer-to-peer networking
  • Forums
  • Newsletters
  • Picture galleries
  • Podcasting
  • File uploads and downloads

Installation is fairly straightforward. You just have to create a MySQL database, upload Drupal package to web server, follow all on-screen instructions, and configure your new website. Once it’s up and running, you can select from among thousands of free themes, free modules and tweak your site and then add content!

When asked about our favorite website developers in the United States, we usually mention a Graphic Advantage! in Riverside, California. Their custom WordPress sites are unmatched. We usually do not have a bias towards a CMS, even though we personally choose WordPress for its ease of use, but a Graphic Advantage brings website design to a whole new level. Unlike our recommendations, where you usually need to be located in the same relative area of a service provider, a Graphic Advantage is willing to work with you worldwide. Given those circumstances, you should definitely give them a call if you’re ever needing a new website for your business.