What is a website builder?
There are many website builders out there today that can help you build a medical website in simple, easy to use steps. The market is flooded and finding the right one is difficult.
But what exactly is a website builder?
Well Wikipedia defines a website builder as:
“Website builders are tools that allow the construction of websites without manual code editing.”
So, in simple terms a free website builder is a program that helps a user to create a website without the need to understand coding or know how a website works under the hood.
There are two main types of website builders, offline and online. Offline website builders generally come as packaged software that you buy or download and install on your computer. Websites created this way are saved to your PC for uploading to a web host when you are happy with what you have created. They can be difficult to use but incredibly powerful.
Online website builders, on the other hand, are web-based solutions that run on the provider’s servers. With online website builders, there’s no need to download and install software and all files are saved in the cloud. To create a website with online software all you need is a web browser and an Internet connection.
What are the advantages of using an online website builder?
8b Website Builder: One of the best
One of our favourite website builders currently on the market is 8b Website Builder. 8b is a relatively new free to use browser-based website builder that boasts a great feature set suitable to all types of websites, including medical based ones. Like most free online website software, it uses pre-designed templates to create websites quick and easily. 8b excels in its selection of templates and, for most people, will be powerful enough for all their needs.
The reason that 8b is so easy to use is that it uses Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages framework. AMP is an open source HTML framework aimed at creating easy to use, fast, and responsive web pages that look great on all devices.
What are the benefits of using 8b Website Builder?
On top of this, websites created with 8b are mobile responsive and customisable as the software ensures web pages look great on all devices, including smartphones and tablets.
Once you’ve created a website, 8b makes hosting the website easy too by allowing you to add your own domain or use one of 8b’s own. You even get a free SSL certificate, essential if your medical website captures sensitive data. But if you already have your own domain, don’t worry this can be used with the software too. You can even use the free SSL certificate for your own domain if you want, saving the additional costs required to purchase one.
How do I use 8b to create a medical website?
Creating a medical website with 8b is a simple process and starts with visiting the 8b website and using your Google or Facebook account to log in. If you don’t have either of these then you can sign up the old-fashioned way using an email address. From there you need to select the create new website option, give your website a name and start designing.
With any type of website it is important to plan ahead. This is doubly the case with a medical website where the look and function is important to user experience.
The next decision you’ll need to make with 8b is what template you want to use. This is step one form our title above. 8b includes an impressive selection of templates and using one is as easy as choosing it from the menu. Each template is customizable and feature risk so take the time to see what you can edit and change before plumping for a specific one.
Once you’ve chosen a template you can start editing your website directly from your browser. This is step two. Things like pages can be added with a simple click of a button, and page elements can be added, adjusted, edited and amended with ease.
Once you’re happy with how your website looks and works, it’s time to get it out there on the Internet and this is where step 3 comes in. Publishing websites with 8b is just as easy as creating them. Websites can be published to either a free domain registered with 8b, or your own domain. If you choose the 8b option, then the website will follow the 8b.io branded naming structure in a similar way to how other free website builders work. If you choose your own, it will have the name and web address you specify.
Medical websites are a niche market that need to be not only attractively designed but have a full set of features and functions suitable to the websites needs. In this regards 8b has you covered. It is surprisingly well featured for a free website builder and is ahead of the browser-based competition in terms of the number of templates it provides and ease of use.