Why Web Designers Avoid WYSIWYG Programs Most professional designers and developers prefer not to work with “WYSIWYG” programs – software that is intended for do-it-yourself website building. These types of software programs may have dragand-drop capabilities and features that equip you with templates or design “objects” to pick from with the click of a mouse. As attractive as this kind of control and ease may seem to an average user, it can introduce other headaches for web development and even marketing. Preserving the Integrity of the Design
If you hired a web designer, you requested the professional service and expertise of that designer. The designer provided mock up designs and consult related to the most effective web design principals. They took care to select fonts and consistent colors for a consistent theme. Eventually, they created a beautiful design that represents your business accurately. Imagine that later, you decide to start changing fonts and colors in some of the content. Next, you decide you want to update one of the theme graphics in the header of the site to a completely different image. Then a few more change ideas follow which effect the color scheme and elements of the original design. Soon, you would find yourself with a website that no longer followed the professional concept you hired the expert to create. Sometimes website owners do get frustrated, because they do not understand why they do not have complete control over a detail from the design theme, such as the style of the header graphics next to their logo. In fact this element may be accessible somewhere in the website files, but for consistency and integrity of the design it is probably part of the theme programming. WYSIWYG programs might offer the ability to update features like this header graphic, but they also have significant limitations. They are usually confined to template options that are exactly like the same template options everyone else who purchased that program has. In this case, there is not a true custom web design being implemented. Making the Site More Search Engine Friendly Very visual, drag-and-drop style programs require a lot of complex code to work. They are custom developed to work in a particular way, with the admin’s user experience in mind but not necessarily with search engine marketing mind. The intention of WYSIWYG software is to provide a simplified do-
Published on Apr 22, 2014
Most professional designers and developers prefer not to work with “WYSIWYG” programs – software that is intended for do-it-yourself website...