September 15, 2014 at 6:13PM

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Hello, I want to be able to create my own website from scratch... I have the creative suite from Adobe and my question is what can I use to create my site???

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I personally use wordpress for all my stuff, I buy templates usually from theme forest then alter them to meet my needs, that way it makes it very each to change to a new look, very simple to update all the time, everything is keep neat and tidy inside the CMS and its all done without needing any software unless you want to create some graphics or something in photoshop. I use to hand code and build my own sites but the out of the box solution is now so simple and so good there is no need unless you really need something complex and extraordinary. If you want to do it by hand photoshop and dreamweaver are your easiest options.

September 16, 2014 at 12:24PM

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Chase Axton
Cinematographer
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I agree about using WordPress. It is open source, which is important to me. And is the most popular CMS platform in the world, which means it has very wide support and lots of options.

David Peterson

September 17, 2014 at 5:26AM

Wix is a popular simple site tool:
http://www.wix.com/

If it's a website for a movie, check out Assemble.me:
http://assemble.me/

If you're creating a portfolio, Behance is part of the Creative Cloud services:
https://www.behance.net/

And Wordpress is great too (the first several years of NFS were powered by Wordpress). Other options include Vimeo Pro (for video portfolios), Squarespace, Weebly, Tumblr...

September 17, 2014 at 4:27PM, Edited September 17, 4:27PM

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Ryan Koo
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Writer/Director

What about Adobe Muse?

Hafid Davila

September 18, 2014 at 3:20PM

I have been paid three times to code a website for someone... that said, I would never code my own website. It's too much work. I would use WordPress or Weebly. They are both very nice website builders. My website is www.highstandardsart.com and I made it with Weebly if you want to see what you can do with a website builder. Plus both of them will let you embed a Viejo video, so you can have the best of both worlds :)

September 18, 2014 at 12:51AM

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Beau Wright
Filmmaker
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Also there are other good drag and drops like wix.com Weebly and WordPress are just the ones I liked.

September 18, 2014 at 12:53AM

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Beau Wright
Filmmaker
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What about Adobe Muse?

Hafid Davila

September 18, 2014 at 3:20PM

Squarespace.com has some great portfolio options. But otherwise I agree with the other options.
Small thing to note though, squarespace doesnt host email, which is a bit ridiculous in my opinion but the templates are very worth it, and its SUPER simple to use..

September 18, 2014 at 4:07AM, Edited September 18, 4:07AM

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Riaan Myburgh
DP / COLORIST
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Hi Hafid

I used themeforest to find a template for my photography website http://heriphotography.com

It took me a total of 7 days to customize it to my liking but it get compliments and good comments from other fellow people in the industry

September 18, 2014 at 11:04AM

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Heri Rakotomalala
DP/Camera, Studio owner, Associate Producer
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I recommend WordPress just to get something up and running. It's really easy to work with. I've tried a bunch and settled on WordPress. The restrictions are few and the templates are many, give it a try.

September 18, 2014 at 4:52PM

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Enrique Olivieri
Film Maker/Writer/Actor
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You've asked about Muse a couple of times. I gave it a shot, and it works, but at the end of the day I just went a different direction, because there is just so much I could screw up in building a website, even using a program like Muse.

Since I was paying for it as part of Creative Cloud, I ended up going with a Behance Prosite. Not the most dynamic option out there, but it's "free". And it's not like anyone is going to hire me based on how fancy my website is. As long as my portfolio site is clean, modern, and successfully presents my work, style, and personality, it's good enough.

Alternatively, I do also recommend Weebly.

September 19, 2014 at 2:09PM

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David S.
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Ok cool! It seems to me that would be for personal use and I will definitely use that for my own personal portfolio but what about a small video company site? From what I saw in the Behance Prosite witch is a great tool I may add, I am not quite sure that can help. Or can it?

Hafid Davila

September 19, 2014 at 3:32PM

Yes pro sites are nice! they are designed for our type of people.
even for a small video company a pro site is worth looking at. (i can't reply to a reply??)
anyway! this is a great option

Connor Norvell

September 21, 2014 at 5:12PM

I am a web developer,
not that that means much with all of the "web developers" out there but here is my 2 cents.

Quick and Dirty:
wix and weebly help people create really crappy looking drag and drop sites, unless you are really good at using them.
and even then they lack many options you will want further on.

for ease of use: squarespace
Its well made, the designs are great, and you can get your site up/also sell items when need be in a matter of minutes.

For a larger website:
as everyone else is saying, wordpress is an option, and probably the most well documented one.
also there is Joomla, which is similar to wordpress.
and Drupal.

You'll find all 3 of those options somewhat daunting, wordpress is the most documented as i mentioned so i would head that route if you want a full blown CMS.

Higher Level: Adobe Muse
Which it sounds like you own with CC.
I love muse! though it has a learning curve. many web developers consider it "the easy route" and "not really web development" and i agree, hand coding is something everyone should learn.
However, if you have an eye for design but don't want to learn hand coding then muse is brilliant.

Really high level: Adobe Dreamweaver/A code editing application
If you know how to hand code i doubt you would've asked this question, but hand coding is the highest option, and takes the longest to learn

As a web developer i would tell you to go for Squarespace, because you can easily edit the site, have beautiful pages, and be running quickly.
As someone else said it doesn't support a custom email, but you can set that up through google.
if you want to really get your hands dirty and handle a larger website, along with dealing with a web host, go for wordpress.

if you have any other questions you can ask me: @toggle_norvell

September 21, 2014 at 5:08PM

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Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director
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Weebly actually is a good option. but i would just recommend other options higher than that

Connor Norvell

September 21, 2014 at 5:16PM

Squarespace is very user-friendly, and I've been using it for almost 8 months now. As you grow, you can do custom css/html/javascript.

September 22, 2014 at 2:05AM

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For my portfolio, I like Squarespace. Really simple, nice designs. A lot of Squarespace websites look pretty similar, but that doesn't bother me for my purposes.

www.kennethcmerrill.com

November 8, 2015 at 6:58PM

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Kenneth Merrill
Director
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I know HTML and JavaScript, but rarely use them, really. I personally built my first website using a wix theme . It didn't require any technical knowledge at all. Btw, this website was incredibly useful: http://www.beautifullife.info/web-design/top-10-best-website-builders-cr... . Always be creative! Remember, there is no limit on how creative your website design can be:)

October 9, 2016 at 8:43AM

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Hi guys, I think Wix actually got much better for filmmakers. Have you seen this? http://www.wix.com/blog/2017/01/and-action-introducing-wix-video-the-bes...

February 8, 2017 at 4:09AM, Edited February 8, 4:09AM

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In my opinion you need a portfolio website. Squarespace offers some great opportunities to set up a portfolio website. Or you may want to consider other portfolo builders here http://www.beautifullife.info/web-design/top-10-best-website-builders-cr... . Good luck!

October 26, 2017 at 9:45AM

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Agree with those who casted their votes for WordPress. Especially I'm in love with wordpress themes design by TemplateMonster ( https://www.templatemonster.com/category/design-photography-wordpress-th... ) . Their themes are cool and easily customizable.

December 23, 2017 at 5:31AM

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I agree that Wordpress is a good choice. Also it is possible to use one of the website builders. But all this can help to create only template web design. In case you want to build a unique website, I recommend to check the latest projects that suggest a new approach in website building like https://snowfox.tech . I think they are worth trying.

June 18, 2018 at 6:51PM

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