Website builders are basically software applications designed for creating and publishing web pages. This software is designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge at all when it comes to web programming. This is because website builders will not even require you to touch the source codes of a webpage.
First, you select a template that matches the theme of your website. Website builders have hundreds of pre-made templates/themes you can choose from. Then you add elements on the web page like buttons, pictures, tables, and textboxes. You can do this by simply dragging the element from the design panel and dropping them where you want them to be placed. Hence, they were given the “drag & drop” title.
Weebly actually exists as a free web hosting provider, just like iPage. However, its powerful drag and drop website builder was made proprietary thereby allowing it to “rent” out its site building capabilities to other web hosts, such as iPage. It boasts itself as the one of the best site builder applications on the market and even displays samples of professionally-looking websites designed with Weebly on their homepage. They want to show the world how easy it is to create websites using Weebly.
People often wondered whether the templates on Weebly are different from those found on the iPageWeebly site builder tool. Again, let me emphasize that there is none since iPage uses exactly the same application offered by Weebly. So there is no need to worry about not having access to some of the templates displayed on the Weebly website.
To create your first webpage using Weebly Drag & Drop Site Builder, you can use the following step-by-step instructions:
Enter your Site Title–The site title is the first thing your site visitors will see so make sure it is catchy and is appropriate for your site. Along with your site title, you also must select your type of site and the category to which your web page belongs. This can help in improving your ranking in search engines.
Enter your Domain Name–the domain name is used to identify your site and is keyed in the address bar. If you already have a Domain on iPage, you can simply use it.
Start Building–On your Weebly panel, you will find four different menus namely, Elements, Design, Pages and Settings. In creating your site, you need to play with the first two menus and experiment on their results. Elements refer to the contents of your site, such as text, images, videos, and others. You simply drag them to the place where you want them to be and they are automatically added to your webpage.
The Design menu, on the other hand, lets you select from any of the available themes or templates from Weebly. Changing your site’s theme will not affect the elements contained in your site. Web designing is just a matter of trial and error, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different themes, fonts and elements.