Today in website development market so many software available that allow the great features to create a website. As per the website creation software concern i am preferred with PHP because it is an Open source software.
For e-commerce websites, I won't recommend to buy a website. Hire a professional and affordable company who can built your website. CMS will be a great idea because at later stage you can yourself can do some editing.
While developing a website you can get some applications added too which on buying you can't get.
I`m hoping that you are asking as to what might be included in an "informational site" vs an "e-commerce site".
I`m hoping that you are not thinking of designing your own site.
If thats the case ... may I ask one question ...
Why do you design and build decks? Why not just give folks the designs, sell them the lumber & supplies ... and they can build their own.?
Why? Because you are a professional !! And you know how to build a deck well.
Thats the same reason why you have a design team design, impliment and maintain your web site.
I learned way back when ...
Do what you do best best .... and contract out for everything else.
Now that we`ve settled that. What exactly are you looking do with this "informational site"?
This is really informative and useful conversation about the Website creation/building software. I found that without professional person's help you can't able to build top notch professional looking website. If your budget is lower than you can purchase a custom template and get the help of developers/freelancers which will help you to build a website at good price point.
Here are some of the most popular softwares used for web designing:
1. Adobe Dreamweaver
2. Web Studio
3. Coffee Cup Studio Designer
4. Rapid Weaver
5. Evrsoft First Page 2006
Meylemans Custom Decks
These days there are so many website creation softwares avaialble in the market.
Top Website creation software list:
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