Website builder

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Website builders are tools that typically allow the construction of websites without manual code editing. They fall into two categories:


The first website, manually written in HTML, was created on August 6, 1991.[1][2]

Over time, software was created to help design web pages. For example, Microsoft released FrontPage in November 1995.

By 1998, Dreamweaver had been established as the industry leader; however, some have criticized the quality of the code produced by such software as being overblown and reliant on HTML tables. As the industry moved towards W3C standards, Dreamweaver and others were criticized for not being compliant. Compliance has improved over time, but many professionals still prefer to write optimized markup by hand.

Open source tools were typically developed to the standards and made fewer exceptions for the then-dominant Internet Explorer's deviations from the standards.

The W3C started Amaya in 1996 to showcase Web technologies in a fully featured Web client. This was to provide a framework that integrated many W3C technologies in a single, consistent environment. Amaya started as an HTML and CSS editor and now supports XML, XHTML, MathML, and SVG.[3]

GeoCities was one of the first more modern site builders that didn't require any technical skills. Five years after its launch in 1994 Yahoo! purchased it for $3.6 billion. After becoming obsolescent, it was shut down in April 2009.[4]

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  1. ^ Mark Lawson (August 9, 2005). "Berners-Lee on the read/write web". BBC News. Archived from the original on 5 July 2022.
  2. ^ "A Look Back At The Very First Website Ever Launched, 30 Years Later". Archived from the original on 9 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Amaya Home Page". World Wide Web Consortium. December 9, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "Yahoo! buys GeoCities". January 28, 1999. Retrieved September 18, 2014.