Is Coffee Cup for Me?
I’m trying to decide which platforms to use to upgrade the site and where to host it. The number of possibilities seems endless and confusing to me. Since I used Coffee Cup back in 2005 I thought I would look at it again for the upgrade and hosting. I’m a little overwhelmed by all the choices. What would be a recommended package for me for this modest project? And is Coffee Cup a good choice for me to use for this upgrade?
The HTML Editor is still going strong, and if you are a coder, you will be able to make great websites with it. Coding has changed a bit since 2005, though, so to be able to use it fully, you will have to have kept yourself updated with the newest standards of html5 and css3.
If you don't want to worry too much about code, though, there is the Coffeecup Site Designer. That is a different approach, in that you don't have to code yourself, the program does it for you. But it is very useful to know some code anyway, to better understand the choices you will have to make. The Site Designer (short: SD) has all the updated code built in. There are user manuals and instructional videos to get you started. And there is this forum with many helpers in case you get stuck.
When I migrated to SD myself some years ago, it took me some time to finish my first site built with it. It was, as I said, a different approach. But with a bit of exercise I was able to finish a site much faster than I had been able to do with traditional coding. Therefore I recommend that you do your 'homework' with the manuals and videos first, before you start a real project.
I have all the HTML/CSS from my 2005 project. My plan is to update to the new standards, find a template that looks good, and make some minor edits. Then find a host. Do you think Site Designer is the right tool for this? Since I have started looking for tools I have been inundated with ads (mostly WordPress and their hosting company). I really liked CC when I did my original work so I want to look here first. Thanks again for your help
With SD you cannot import pre-made pages directly. You need to make the structure of the site (or use a template), and then you can copy/paste the contents. You'll find ready-made templates made with SD on the page Templates, see link the top of this page.
As to the templates for SD, nearly all of them are made in some responsive framework. If you think you will need help from other users, then I'd advise you to go for something made with Foundation, as it seems to be the most popular one. I would also advise you to be careful with templates made with CSS grid. Not because they are not good (they are!), but simply because CSS grid is regarded to be advanced, and it seems like not many people are able to give advice. Maybe someone may react to my saying this, but my impression is, that it hasn't really caught on, and people new to SD who start with CSS grid quite often start over again with one of the other solutions.
If you want to stick with the HTML Editor, the templates can be used there too, and from a link within the app you can find more templates. I hope that the course you are taking at Udemy also includes media queries. You will need that in order to make your site responsive.
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