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Which website building software to use

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Which website building software to use

2008-09-11 10:53:05

Inevitably as an affiliate you'll end up having to create a website. In this lesson we'll look at what software is available, to help you decide Which Website Building Software to Use.


Chris has done a review of Artisteer that you may want to check out.

Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is the most comprehensive and powerful web authoring software on the market, and it has been for some time now. It's a WYSIWYG editor (“what you see is what you get”) with the capacity for hand-tooling your HTML in a separate editor window.

Learning Dreamweaver can take some time, as it is a very complex piece of software. It's well worth taking the time to go through the tutorials in the 'help' section, or finding some tutorials online.

Dreamweaver can also be very pricey, depending on where you're purchasing from. Be aware that you can frequently purchase older versions of Dreamweaver for drastically reduced prices from places like eBay which will work just fine. You can also download a free 30-day trial from Adobe.com, and this should be enough to give you a taste for the software.


If you're very new to web design, you might not need the full functionality of Dreamweaver right away. Derived from Linspire's NVU, KompoZer is a free open-source web editor that is somewhat like a trimmed-down version of Dreamweaver, and it's useful for having a dabble until you're ready to make the investment in Dreamweaver. 

Unfortunately Kompozer has inherited Nvu's issues when it comes to layout – it only seems able to create table based layouts and seems to offer very limited support for divs – but since most newbie web designers invariably start out creating table-based layouts anyway, worrying about this is putting the cart before the horse. (and if terms like “table” and “div” fly right over your head... that's probably a good sign that you're a newbie!)

Microsoft Expression Web

The spiritual successor to Microsoft Frontpage, Microsoft Expression Web (part of the Microsoft Expression Studio suite) is a slick new way for designing modern web pages.

Unfortunately the tool has been revamped to aim more at professionals, but it does include features such as a basic SEO analysis tool; it's also cheaper than a new version of Dreamweaver. Microsoft has a 60-day trial available so you can decide whether you want to. 

Hand Coding

Surprisingly you don't actually need any specialist software to create webpages; in fact our developers here at Affilorama, along with many professional web developers, do their development in plain old text-editors, writing the sites directly in HTML and CSS.

If you've got the time and inclination, HTML is a relatively easy thing to learn, and there are thousands of tutorials available on the internet. If, however, you just want to dive in and get a website up on the internet as soon as possible, you might be better using a WYSIWYG editor and then learning a bit of HTML as you go along.

Unfortunately you're probably not going to get very far as an affiliate without knowing the very basics of HTML - things like how to write a hyperlink and insert your affiliate code into it, how to add "nofollow" tags to links and how to insert images into your website will require this knowledge - but don't worry, these are all pretty simple things to learn, and if you can do it, you'll save yourself a whole heap of trouble later on.

A basic search for "HTML tutorial" will turn up a mountain of websites. You'll have no difficulty whatsoever finding free lessons. One site I highly recommend for being educational, correct and entertaining to boot is www.yourhtmlsource.com. Otherwise you can go with www.w3.org/html/, and www.blooberry.com/indexdot/ for a comprehensive HTML reference.

Lesson Summary

In this lesson we've looked at several programs you can use to develop your affiliate sites:

  • Artisteer
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft Expression Web
  • or you can code by hand


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Reply Darren 1809 days ago
Can not believe the most common website created is not mentioned .... Wordpress
Melissa Johnson1808 days ago
Hi, Darren --

WordPress isn't quite the same as Dreamweaver and other website builders. WordPress gives you templates to work off, and while you can tweak the pages using CSS, the majority of the work is already done. With the software we've covered here you could create an entirely custom site if you were so inclined.
Reply Fiona 1542 days ago
So, is Wordpress recommended for building website?
Gina Broom1541 days ago
Hi Fiona,

Yes it is! Wordpress is great, especially if you're new. This post will be updated to include it in the future. :)

If you want a step-by-step course on setting up a website in WordPress (not to mention one that will return a profit), I'd suggest checking out AffiloBlueprint: http://www.affilorama.com/affiloblueprint

Hope that helps. :)
- Gina
Lennox Yap1442 days ago
It's been more than 3 months and this post has still not been updated to include WordPress? Unbelievable!
Reply sally 1536 days ago
Sorry Gina, where are you directing us to with this link please? It takes us to a general page ... what we need (presumably I am missing it shomewhere/somehow within Affiloblueprint), is the step-by-step 'how to' set up a marketing, sales page with Affilotheme ... ??

Reply Ahaz Smith1037 days ago
Can I just create a blog with Word Press than creating a website using those programs? What's the difference between the two? Thank you
Justin Golschneider1014 days ago
Hi Ahaz! You can create a completely customized site with these tools. WordPress has more limitations but is definitely easier to use. As I'm no computer wiz myself, I always use WordPress.
Reply Jordan Mortimer993 days ago
Can you please provide a link to Wordpress? Also, how much does Wordpress cost?
Justin Golschneider988 days ago
Hi Jordan! WordPress is totally free. You can find it here: https://wordpress.org/
Reply Angus 839 days ago
I am complete newbie, i just signed up for go Daddy to create my site now i find out wordpress is free!! did i do the right thing? came here looking how to build my site Hmm, should i try youtube maybe Hmm?
Justin Golschneider838 days ago
Hi Angus! At least the last time I checked, Go Daddy was for hosting, while WordPress was primarily a website builder. I believe WordPress offers a free hosting option, but with a lot of drawbacks, so by paying for Go Daddy you should now be able to use WordPress with no limitations.

In other words, you haven't wasted any money. Just connect WordPress to the domain you bought with Go Daddy and you'll be able to start building your site. :-)
Reply Sun Thames686 days ago
I downloaded a theme from wordpress and all I see was many folders with nothing to open up for the theme. Am I missing something here?
cecille.l686 days ago
I suggest you check with the theme's creators or developers. There's usually a main folder where the actual theme is installed, and which is what you need to upload to your website's public folder.

All the best!
Reply Philip PITTEN589 days ago
Hi can I develop an affiliate web site using Adobe Muze or Xara web design Premium.. Please assist me here also Will SEO work easily with these Application
Reply Thangjam Kishorchand371 days ago
@Darren If you are using WordPress, Just search For "Page builder" and test the plugin on your Local Development Site and implement it on your live site.Just how i did on my site :-)

Hope it helps

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