THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH USING WYSIWYG EDITORS, IF YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW TO WRITE HTMLWritten by Regina Stevens
This article is not to persuade anyone to change their existing methods of producing websites, nor is it my intention to offend anyone. I wrote this article to defend people who like to use WYSIWYG editors.
There really is nothing wrong with using a WYSIWYG editor - especially if you already know how to write HTML and scripts. When you know how to write your code, you can better understand what is going on with code. Actually, if you don't know how to write HTML, a WYSIWYG editor can be a good learning tool.
If you are designing websites for profit and you do not know HTML very well, then reaching project goals will be difficult and you may have some unhappy clients, which is never good. I would start out designing small websites or build websites that do not have a deadline.
For those of you who can write HTML from scratch, can clean up code that WYSIWYG editors throw at you, but prefer to use a WYSIWYG editor I say "GOOD FOR YOU"! WYSIWYG editors will decrease time spent on hand-coding, which will result in pleasing your clients, reaching your project goals faster, and increasing your profits faster. Who will complain? Your client will be happy that he/she did not have to wait a long period of time AND they have a functional website to meet their online business goals. The goal for all website designers/developers should be to satisfy your clients as quickly as possible without sacrificing website quality. Why would anyone think a WYSIWYG editor is a barrier to reaching these goals?
Quite a few people seem to feel that if a designer/developer uses a WYSIWYG editor, then this person is not capable of writing HTML from scratch. This may be true in some cases, but I prefer to look at it a different way: If someone uses a WYSIWYG editor and can fully accomplish and deliver a functional website in a fraction of time it takes to write all of code from scratch - what could possibly be problem? To me, this is just good business sense. Quickly and accurately satisfying your clients is your main goal. Why take 6 months to deliver a website when you can deliver product in 2 - 3 months with same exact functionality?
Good Web Design – What is it?Written by Ryan Fyfe
There is unlimited possibilities when it comes to designing a website. Flash, Database, content management, Client Login, etc,etc. A question to ask yourself when deciding how to do your website is:
How can I most effectively present my information to my visitors
Of course there are several things to consider like budget but I feel that when talking strictly design it is important to put your visitors as first priority as they are reason you are building website.
Flash - Flash I find is normally over done. It can do wonders to a site if used right, but it can also make a site look awful if not used correctly. To simply put it: If you have multimedia content on your website consider flash, if you don’t: stay away from it altogether. Flash is more time consuming to develop, and it can take away a lot of important aspects from your sites like Search Engine Optimization. Database - Adding a database back end to your site can be very useful if you are going to be storing a lot of data, or if you are going to be changing information often. If you are just simply putting a page with your contacts online, I wouldn’t recommend using a database backend, again for time that it costs to develop and especially for minor benefit that you will see. On other hand if you are storing all of your products online and you need ability to update/add/delete products often I wouldn’t recommend not using a database and some type of content management. Content Management - Content management is most likely used with a database back end in which you will have a control panel that you can use to “Manage Content”. Content that can be managed is anything and everything. Sample uses for Content Management are: