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“There is no better insurance than the knowledge of how to do something the right way. There is no greater peace of mind than knowing you did it the right way.” ― Jerry G. West

Are DIY websites any good?

The answer is Yes and No depending on your skill set and your time availability.

This website is now controlled partly by a web page builder plugin for WordPress called Elementor which allows a degree of control until you want to go outside of the square.
The interface resembles Weebly but greater flexibility.

I have found Elementor great until there is something I want to do where my PHP skills come into play.

Right now I'm sitting by the fire using a small tablet for this article.
So easy and nice to use.

Before I could get to this stage I had to build the structure

What are my concerns?

 DIY builders are promoted on ease of use and no HTML required.
If you have to think what is HTML then further down the track you may encounter issues.
From my dealings with people will fall into two categories.

  • Those who have the skill set and time
  • Those who don't have the time or the skill set.

The more you can empower people the better. For myself, I have nothing against site builders.
My only gripe is not the site builders but the fact so many site builders do not handle emails.
One of the largest support factors for any hosting firm are emails.

Why do I like WordPress?

WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and is used by nearly 75 million websites. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world's websites....Forbes website

For me personally, WordPress has a huge resource of themes and plugins.
Outside of the plugins, WordPress caters for my own skills and that's the ability to make customised changes using PHP.
The tooltips is one example where I took a plugin and modified it to how I wanted it.


 September 15th, 2017