You can setup a local host environment on PC or Mac using “MAMP” a free source with a light weight Apache version and MySQL database software, Once this is setup you can learn all about PHP as well as setup your own WordPress website locally. To code and test PHP you can use the IDE called “Eclipse for PHP Developers”. Eclipse is another free source software used for development.
Some Java development resources
- Eclipse development IDE – this is a great tool with lots of plugins to support your development
- Oracle’s Netbeans – another great environment for Java development
The following are a list of five free open source website builder software applications.
Search Engines like Google are now prioritizing mobile site design known as “Responsive Design”.
Some of the statistics that support this are:
- 81% of mobile users prefer sites to apps.
- 57% of mobile users do not recommend businesses that do not have responsive designs.
- Half of the US own a mobile smart phone.
- April of 2015 Google announced the ranking of a site would be affected depending on how mobile friendly the site was.
There are public domain sites with images that have been released from their owners for free use on web sites.
Here is a link to on such site.
WordPress uses what’s called a “plugin” to enhance or add capability to your web site. These plugins are contributed by developers some for free and some requiring a fee to use. Plugins I have found useful for my site are listed below.
Child Theme Configurator – Creates Child Themes
Yoast SEO – Search Engine Optimization
UpdraftPlus-Backup and Restore
Software used for creating websites can be just strict HTML or “content management system” software like WordPress. The advantage of using WordPress is the thousands of themes and plugins created that are free to use. The time to create a website is extremely fast when using WordPress as opposed to strict HTML. The other advantage of a WordPress is keeping your site up to date is very easy.
Web Site Resources
Building a web site for business or personal use for be challenging and fun at the same time. There are many different tools available for free and for a fee depending on the degree of complexity required.
Some Available sources
W3 Schools is a site with tutorials and lots of reference material. http://www.w3schools.com/
Google web development. https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/?hl=en