Tools for Building Websites

February 16 2017
Tools for Building Websites

It’s early 2017 and yet again, I’ve rebuilt my web­site. Here’s a run­down of the dif­fer­ent tools I’ve used over the years. 

Kirby

At the time of writ­ing, this web­site is built in Kirby. It com­bines the speed of a static-site gen­er­a­tor and has an option of a web-based GUI for edit­ing con­tent. I’m con­vert­ing all my per­sonal web­sites to using Kirby. High­est rec­om­men­da­tion on this list.

Pros

Cons

Jekyll

I went bonkers over Jekyll for a while, since it was my gate­way into static-site gen­er­a­tors. #NoDB

Pros

Cons

Mid­dle­man

Mid­dle­man is sim­i­lar to Jekyll in that it’s a static-site gen­er­a­tor. Unlike Jekyll, it’s nat­ural capa­bil­i­ties extend far beyond blog­ging. It’s meant to build full web­sites.

Pros

Cons

Word­press

We’ve all used Word­press, and it’s here to stay. Dep­site my love/​hate rela­tion­ship with it, Word­press is always my go-to when I need to build a site quickly and cheaply.

Pros

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Tumblr

Can you define love? is built on top of Tumblr, and I love the plat­form.

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Hub­spot

My most recent learn­ing expe­ri­ence was build­ing the Broad­cat web­site on top of the Hub­spot plat­form.

Pros

Cons

Rec­om­men­da­tions

For most web­sites, I rec­om­mend Kirby. You can build a vari­ety of web­sites, avoid data­base headache, work locally with no prob­lem, use a Git work­flow to commit and push your work, and add con­tent using their web-based GUI (what Kirby calls its Panel”).

If you really want to invest in your busi­ness, I rec­om­mend Hub­spot. In addi­tion to being a pow­er­ful web­site builder, their mar­ket­ing tools are top notch. Also, they use a sim­i­lar tech­nique to Brad Frost’s Atomic Design to create mod­ules, groups, and pages.

Have you used any tools from this list? Let me know your favorite!