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    what to learn and use - raw HTML? a CMS? templates?

    Hi.

    I'm working on a project website which uses a few java apps, database driven, with user accounts.

    The HTML / PHP side of it doesn't have to be too complex but I don't want it to look too crummy.

    Do people still build sites just by direct coding of the HTML?
    Is it still a viable approach to building a presentable site without taking too long - in comparison to the other CMSs and site building applications and templates around the place?

    I'm really asking whether I should focus on learning HTML better and building my site(s) that way, or if I'm better off to just learn Joomla or Dreamweaver to build site pages quicker?.

    cheers,

    Adam.

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    i think for the better use and for customization of any template or CMS you better learn and hand on experience on HTML so that you should know what you are using and what you do for any specific effect although its always a better approach to use a CMS but before using any CMS you should have grip on HTML

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    I'm really asking whether I should focus on learning HTML better and building my site(s) that way, or if I'm better off to just learn Joomla or Dreamweaver to build site pages quicker?.
    Depends on what you're looking for in the future. If you just want a single site for your own personal/business use, and not interested in coding others sites either for a hobby or for pay later on down the road, then yes a CMS would work fine for your needs. You should know though, that some CMS's, especially Joomla and Drupal has quite a learning code sometimes. I guess that also depends on how deep you want to go in customizing your chosen template.
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    ok,
    so it sounds like it would not be a waste of time to code my html pages by just using a txt editor.

    And even if I was going to use dreamweaver or Joomla, id still have a learning curve there, and it may not be THAT much quicker.

    So as I understand it, in general, even nowadays, a person could still be building websites efficiently by just using raw html programming - without using any other site building apps.

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    You keep referring to dreamweaver and joomla as if they were the same kind of software. They arent really. Dreamweaver is at its core, a text editor, but has added tools and wizards for ppl that dont know how to hand code a web document. Yes it can be used as a CMS of some sorts, but nothing to the extent of wordpress or joomla or the like.

    Most professional web designer/developers know how to hand code a site from scratch using a text editor. Even if they are setting up a CMS like joomla for a client, many times the need arises where they need to modify some bit of code, therefore still need to know basic html/css at least and the server side language the CMS software is built upon.
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