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Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by masonite, Oct 21, 2018.

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  1. masonite

    masonite Thread Starter

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    I'm looking for easy-to-use, free software to create a simple one or two-page website.
    But I don't want to get involved with a software supplier that also wants me to house my site on their server, because I already have a domain name and hosting service.
    Any suggestions?
    BTW: I'll need software that will be compatible with most browsers, and also Android systems, if that's possible.
    Maybe I'm expecting too much from free software?
    Thanks for reading this :)
     
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  2. DaveA

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    Most domain hosting sites provide HTML editors, have you check to see yours has?
     
  3. masonite

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    Thanks, DaveA. My outfit offers Wordpress but I don't want to use that.
     
  4. JiminSA

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    You might take a look at WYSIWYG design tools, such as Kompozer, which also has tutorials showing you how to use it - here's one.
    Regarding mobile responsiveness: take a look at this
     
  5. colinsp

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    Wordpress with a free responsive theme will do this easily for you. Otherwise take a look at responsive html templates there are loads of sites that offer them if you do a search like this one. You can then use something like the free Notepad++ to edit the template to suit your site.
     
  6. masonite

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    JiminSA: Thanks for the links. Actually, from reading Chris Heng's (amazing!) tutorial, it seems that Kompozer is a bit dated. I'm checking out some of his other suggestions.

    colinsp: Thanks, also. I'm not sure what 'free responsive themes are (duh) but I'll check out your links. However, I only want to set up one site, and don't have the time (or mental capacity) to learn HTML, so I definitely need dork-level software.

    BTW: I built a few webpages for computer clients circa 2003, using Web Page Maker, but I think that app is outdated now. Actually, the entire online industry has changed markedly since then. Gawd knows where it'll be in another 15 yearso_O
     
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    Just fire up Wordpress, it should just be a one click install and the default theme that it comes with is responsive then just add your content which is just like typing into a word processor.

    As you have it for free give it a try it is probably the easiest for you given your skill levels at the moment ;)
     
  8. masonite

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    OK, I've been checking out WordPress clips on YouTube and it certainly seems to be a useful piece of kit. The one I'm watching ATM adds Elementor plus the guy's favorite theme. Powerful stuff.
     
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    Why don't you want to use wordpress?
     
  10. masonite

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    Not sure that's relevant. Does it matter?
    But seeing as you've asked, I'll just say it's too complicated for me.
     
  11. digitized

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    I'm just curious, because WordPress.com is one of the easiest systems to use for simple 1-2 page sites. Unless you want to design something yourself. But they have lots of templates.
     
  12. colinsp

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    @digitized He is talking about his own hosted site so using his own install of Wordpress NOT the .com version.
     
  13. thomytom

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    What about a website builder like hPage: https://www.hPage.com? You can create a free website there. The websites are also mobile optimized and is compatible with almost all browsers. You can check it out and see if it suits you.
     
  14. colinsp

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    @thomytom the OP specifically did not want a page on another host he wanted it on his own existing host.
     
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