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The Best Options to Build a website in 2024

Sergejs Ivcenko Sergejs Ivcenko
6 min read 28 Mar 2023
A computer on a desk
Domenico Loia (2017)

Before we talk about the best options or tools to create a website and compare them, let's first explain why we need a website. Websites play an essential role in our lives. We visit websites every day. If we want to buy a goods, we visit some e-commerce website like Amazon, book holidays or buy flight tickets through a travel company or airline company like RyanAir. Personal websites we create for portfolios to highlight projects, or blogs to write about some topic. The most significant role websites play are for businesses. Companies with a website have more customer trust and look more professional. Through websites, companies sell their products and display reviews and testimonials.

The top 5 most popular websites in the world in February 2023 are:

  1. Google.com
  2. Youtube.com
  3. Facebook.com
  4. Twitter.com
  5. Instagram.com

Similarweb LTD (2023)

To create a website, we can use various options and tools. It can be Website builders, Traditional hand Coding, Component-based Website, or frameworks. Let’s see all of them, compare and find the best option for your needs.

Website builders

A close up of a phone
Souvik Banerjee (2021)

A Website builder is a tool that allows you to build a website without writing any code. You can just simply drag-and-drop ready-made components or templates on your workspace. Website builders exist online and offline. Online website builders have used web applications, so here is no need to download any software. Website builders can be useful to build a personal website for people who do not know how to write code. For small businesses like bloggers, photographers, writers, or a small shop, this can be a good choice to create a website using a website builder.

The most popular Website builders are:

  1. Wix
  2. Squarespace
  3. Shopify

Lucy Carney, Writer and Natasha Willet, Research (2023).

Advantages of website builders:

  • Intelligent website design
  • eCommerce integration
  • Social media integration
  • Cost-effective
  • Time saver

Bhujwala, A. (2022)

Disadvantages of using website builders:

  • Constant updates
  • Extra charges for specific needs
  • Bad search engine optimisation
  • Slow loading times
  • Lack of personalisation

Mendez, P. (2021)

Traditional Hand Coding

A person using a computer
Daniel Igdery (2018)

Hand coding is the most traditional method of building websites. This option is more complex than website builders. Hand coding requires a lot of knowledge. However, it can be a great option for those with basic knowledge of coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Hand coding will give more personality to a website. This option allows you to create a unique website and have more control over it. For businesses is a great option for creating their unique company website.

Advantages of hand-coding:

  • Full control over your website
  • Self-coded website is more efficient
  • More secure
  • Improve loading speed
  • Easy to maintain

Clark, G., May, S. and Bragin, R. (2017)

Disadvantages of hand-coding:

  • More time-consuming
  • More skills - difficult for beginners

Component-Based Websites

A computer on a desk, website builder
Tranmautritam (2017)

A Component-based website is an option where you can build a website with ready-made components or blocks. Components are like Lego bricks, which you can assemble in various ways to build your pages. Components are ready-made elements. They are reusable and not tied to a specific page or section.  It means you can use them throughout your website. If you need a new page or a new section on your website you use ready-made components just change text, image, or colour. With this option, you can easily and quickly create a website by using a library of readymade components, without writing any code.

The most popular components-based website builders:

Advantages of using component-based websites:

  • Easy to use
  • Not require web development knowledge
  • Easy to modify
  • Minimising the cost
  • Time-saver

Miarka, P. (2020)

Disadvantages of using component-based websites:

  • Limited Design Options
  • Bad search engine optimisation
  • Can be slow

Frameworks

A computer screen with text and images
Lautaro Andreani's (2021)

Frameworks allow us to simplify the web development process and make it easier to build a website. Frameworks are pre-built tools for web development. All websites have a similar structure and repetitive blocks. Frameworks provide us with a common structure. That means we do not need to create everything from scratch. Frameworks allow create reusable code and use it through all websites.  Websites built with a framework are faster and better optimized.

The most popular front-end frameworks are:

Jamal Osman (2022)

All front-end frameworks are built with JavaScript and to build a website using any of these frameworks you need some knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  For beginners, Angular can be found to be hard to learn. React and Vue are simpler. But for people with coding knowledge, all of them are great options to build a website.

Advantages of using frameworks:

  • Reusability of code
  • Faster execution time
  • Improved Functionality
  • Better Website Optimisation
  • Easy and quick to get started

Disadvantages of frameworks:

  • Complex development ecosystem
  • Updates can introduce issues
  • Difficult for beginners

RGB Web Tech (2023)

Summary

In 2023 there is room for all on the modern website build options. Which to use depends on the website purpose, knowledge of coding and the budget. For people, without coding knowledge website builders and components-based can be great options. For experienced coders, hand coding can be great to build one, or several pages websites. For more complex websites and more advanced coders can be used frameworks.

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