What is website developer? How does it work?
In other words, a website developer is a program, or tool, that help you build a website?
In this article, we will take a look at the different types of web applications/site developers, but our focus will mainly be on online website builders. We will also look at how online website builders work.
Types of web app developers
There are two main types of website builders: offline and online
- Offline Website Developers
Offline website builders come as software programs that you download and install on your computer. You will build your website and save your files on your computer, and when your website is ready, all you need to do is upload all your website files to a web host.
One advantage of such website builders is that the software is running on your computer so you can work on your website even if you are offline. But because you will need to upload your files to a web host, you will need to have at least some technical skills or experience. You will also need to purchase a web hosting account in additional to the website builder software.
Example of an offline website builder is Rapidweaver
- Online Website Developers
Online website builders are web-based and run on the provider’s service. Unlike offline website builders, you don’t need to download or install the software on your computer – all you need is a web browser (ie. Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer) and an Internet connection. This allows you to work on your website from anywhere and any device. Another benefit is that the website builder comes with web hosting services so you don’t need to purchase it and/or set it up separately. Many online website builders are designed for people with little or no coding experience.