Which Platforms are Good for Web Development?
Author: Ivan Ghirlanda

Which platforms are good for web development? This is a question that almost everyone who has tried to develop a website has asked themselves at least once. The world of web development is intimidating, and at times, confusing to people who are not familiar with the jargon and expectations of a web development platform. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of our web development team’s favourite platforms and share with you a brief overview of what to expect when it comes to web development platforms.

The world of web development has expanded

Website development tools have drastically changed the landscape of web development. As digital marketing became more important and people took it upon themselves to build websites, web development platforms and software drastically expanded. This has given people more choice when it comes to web platforms, website builders and tools.

Before we dive in, let’s first look at the programming languages used in platforms.

3 programming languages used in website platforms

There are more than 3 programming languages available, however, these three are the most popular and what we use at Adcreators. They are also compatible with a number of website platforms.

PHP

This is a scripting language that is embedded into HTML pages. This language is open source, which means that it is free to use. Often, people use this language to create interesting effects and designs that can be used to enhance your site.

ASP.NET

This programming language is a proprietary Microsoft platform designed for developing web applications. This language is not free but has a lot of basic functions and database interactions that make the programmer’s job easier. It does, however, have to be compiled and converted in order to be used on a website.

JSP (Java Server Pages)

This web development platform also needs to be compiled and converted in order to be used.

There are several more programming languages, however, many people are not familiar with some of the less common languages, making it difficult to find people to maintain your site.

4 web development platforms we recommend

WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular website building platforms. Developed in the PHP programming language, it is one of the best web development tools and can be used as a Content Management System to set up a commercial website. It allows co-authoring with multiple users, search engine optimisation (SEO) and more. It’s very user-friendly and can be used by novices to website building.

Macaw

Macaw is excellent for code-savvy people and uses HTML programming language and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Its competitive advantage is that it provides similar flexibility as an image editor and allows for websites with beautiful imagery, responsive web pages and visually stimulating typography. Though there is a learning curve, it is fairly easy to learn. The platform is free.

Weebly

This is one of the easiest web development software available. Along with WordPress, it is one of the most popular platforms used by beginners to web development. Though it is extremely easy to use and well-suited to personal and commercial businesses, only the platform’s basic version is free; premium versions operate on a monthly subscription basis.

One of the most impressive features of Weebly is that you do not need any knowledge of coding languages in order to use it. However, if you do have a coding background, you can choose to edit in HTML/CSS. There are also more than 40 layout designs, including website maps and portfolios.

Mockplus

This all-in-one web prototyping tool can easily be used to create web, mobile and desktop app prototypes with their simple drag-and-drop tool. Mockplus is excellent at keeping the focus on the design rather than on the tool. It is excellent for rapid prototyping as it has a number of ready-made components and icons available. Mockplus also offers a design mode to help quickly reflect design ideas and layout structures for projects.

Overall, this platform is incredibly useful and has a number of valuable features that allow users to better design and develop software has offered a number of incomparable features to make better design and development

At Adcreators, we know how scary the world of web development can be! We are constantly amazed at our web development team’s work every day. From coming up with unique and amazing websites to outshining the user experience of most Australian websites – their work is amazing.

We hope we’ve helped you understand a bit more about web development platforms. If you’d like more information on our web development services, then have a chat with Ava, our friendly assistant. To speak with a member of our team, give us a call on 1300 670 998.

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About the Author

Identifying customer needs and aligning them with business objectives, Ivan brings his sophistication and articulate personality to our development team. Working closely to deliver software solutions to a diverse pool of clients, his years of experience in the media industry (yes, you may recognise the voice from SBS radio) see his UX and Tech specialties in play.

Ivan Ghirlanda
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