There are two prevalent website construction approaches being utilized on the Internet today. The first of these approaches is custom website development where your development environment allows you to be easily exposed to the programming logic of what you create and you can work within the programming logic to create exactly what you want to create. The second of these approaches shields you to a significant extent from the program logic and you construct your website through a series of tools in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment where you utilize a series of templates, tools and plug-ins to get the job done without delving into the code itself.
In the earlier days of coding websites, and I am only going back around 10 years ago, custom website development required you to learn in detail a number of programming languages to get the job done and you pretty much had to pay professional developers to build your websites for you. And this could get quite costly. Even today, to build a website of any higher sophistication level, will require you to have significant programming skills.
You will need to know languages such as HTML and PHP at the website presentation layer level, languages like JQuery, and SQL if you want to interact with databases, database modelling and design to design your databases and database tools themselves to build the databases (such as Access, MYSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, etc.). And if you want to interface with 3rd party systems such as travel, car rental and booking systems as just one example, then you will need to be learning additional languages like XML. Not to mention the development tools you will need to learn such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Visual Studio. This should give you pause if you are just starting out in a business and you are thinking about building a custom website for yourself. It is not easy work.
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