It used to be that people guided themselves by the materialistic mantra that ‘time is money’. Most of us have grown from that and realise that time is indeed important – but it’s not just from a materialistic perspective. We need time to invest in ourselves and our well-being and each and every tool out there that can help us save time should be taken into account and used to its full potential.
When it comes to web design, most will squirm away from the idea of taking such an endeavour in their own hands. And that’s because traditional web design involves knowing not only the code that goes inside such a job but also has an eye for how things should look and what captivates audiences and retains perspective clients to a specific online resource. However, we have technology on our side, and in recent years, more and more code-free web design tools have emerged which allow even the novice webmaster to build their own websites from the ground up using little to no technical know-how.
These code-free web design tools are mainly centred on a visual approach to web design. To that end, they employ templates and visual elements that can be rearranged and fully customised and edited to suit specific needs. The code is still there, but it’s hidden in the background and made to work with the designs a webmaster chooses for their websites. To complement these design templates and patterns, there’s a plethora of plugins and third-party tools that compensate for what some of these code free web design tools lack inherently.
Again, time is the main issue with having to start from scratch in designing and creating your own website. Most people who look towards running online businesses come from entirely different areas of expertise and having to learn a completely new trade, especially later on in one’s life, can be significantly challenging.
Platforms such as Webflow, Squarespace and Weebly offer full functionality in terms of web design for coding illiterate people. They achieve this by employing drag and drop technology which allows a user to find and literally drag and drop specific design elements to a web page. Through these tools, people can create e-commerce websites, blogs and other online resources without using a single line of code. Sure, when and if they decide to delve deeper into web design and HTML, they can further customise their websites – but until then, they can create fully functional, responsive dynamic and/or static sites with just a few clicks.
The benefits of using such platforms or dedicated software solutions such as Adobe Muse is that they offer a straightforward, no-headaches approach to website creation for people who just want to start their own business online or want to express themselves through a personal blog that’s not hosted through conventional CMSs (content management systems) like WordPress. And that’s because most CMSs are very limited in what they can offer webmasters and the additional functionality usually comes at a price.
Part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe Muse is another website builder application that can help you create your own static website and then immediately host it with your favourite providers. Like most other code-free web design tools out there, once you pick and choose your templates and design elements and customise them through a visual interface to your own liking, the application will allow you to export static HTML files. These can be tested on your personal computer before sending them out to an actual live server, making a great tool to conduct practice runs on before actually going live on the website. As mentioned beforehand, the application benefits from added third-party plugins to increase functionality and open new doors in terms of what sites can be used: anything ranging from personal blogging platforms to e-commerce solutions.
It’s pretty clear by now how such code-free tools can benefit the layman in the process of creating their own website for various purposes. But let’s have a look at how experts can also gain from using such tools and why they actually are starting to employ them more frequently.
Professional web designers do indeed have the know-how needed to build a website from the ground up. But again, that takes time and effort. It’s the general purpose of technology and innovation to lessen our work and automate as much of it as possible. It then stands to reason that for creating bulk online resources for clients, a web designer might resort to some of these dedicated applications or web-based code-free design tools instead. There’s no compromise in terms of customizability, as an experienced design not only will employ all the functionality of a code-free tool but can also add their own code in the process to increase further what’s potentially lacking in the base program.
Furthermore, professionals can also use these tools to present their vision in a straightforward manner that does not require huge amounts of time invested for what’s necessarily just a rough draft of what they have in mind. Using such tools is beneficial in making sure a potential client knows what to expect from a finished design – professional web designers can use them to create attractive and easy to customise portfolios.
To sum up, it’s only normal that as time goes by, more and more aspects of the inner workings of websites will be made available to the general public, without us having to invest all that time and effort into the meticulous coding that would otherwise be required to make everything work smoothly. We’re already well on our way, and for what’s left, we can always count on our dedicated web designers out there to handle the more delicate aspects that require an expert’s input.