It’s not always about what’s best, since “best” is open to personal opinion. What you need to decide is what best fits your needs for your particular project. Are you wanting to write all of your web pages from scratch with a plain text editor, or would you prefer to use a program designed for building sites? What do you need from your web host? Do you expect a high-volume site or low to moderate volume? Here we will take a look at some of the choices available to you. Since there are many come-and-go companies out there, we’ve included services and products only companies we know to be stable and reliable.
Where your site is hosted is one of the most important decisions you will make. No matter how good the content or how jazzy the design, it all rests on the servers that host you. We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of the most popular hosts out there to help you get around the fly-by-nights.
HTML or WYSIWYG
Don’t think that using a design program somehow makes you “untrue to the art” of web design. The truth is that the vast majority of professional designers use some sort of program to do basic HTML layout. A design program lets you design your layout as the end-user will see and transforms it to HTML for you.