As we all know web development is a broad term for the work concerned in developing a web site for the internet (World Wide web) or an intranet (a personal network). Web development will vary from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the foremost complicated web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, and social network services.


Among internet professionals, “web development” typically refers to the main non-design aspects of building web sites: writing markup and coding.


Most recently web development has return to mean the creation of content management systems or CMS. These CMS are often made up of scratch, proprietary or open source. In broad terms the CMS acts as middleware between the database and the user through the browser. A principle advantage of a CMS is that it permits non-technical individuals to form changes to their web site without having technical knowledge.

Following are some commonly used CMSs that one can use to develop their websites easily

Best Common Website Development Platforms

1. Google Sites

Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the G Suite productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.

The main features of the Google sites are:

  • Custom Domain Name Mapping – Owners of both personal Google accounts and Google Apps for Business accounts are allowed to map their Google Site to a custom domain name. One must own the domain and have access to change the CNAME records.
  • Multi-tier Permissions and Accessibility – There are three levels of permissions within Google Sites: Owner, Editor and Viewer. Owners have full permissions to modify design and content of the entire Google Site, whereas editors cannot change the design of the site. Viewers can only view the site and are not permitted to make any changes to text or otherwise.

Limitations of the Google sites are:

  • 100 MB of storage (for free account) and 10 GB of storage for Google Apps users
  • Max attachment size for normal user: 20MB
  • No open use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or JavaScript. JavaScript can be used within the confines of an embedded gadget or the HTML box. Inline CSS can be used within the webpage content area.
  • Limited e-store capabilities, have to use the Google i-store gadget to add a shopping cart, iframe a third-party e-store provider such as Amazon, or use a Google Buy Now button.
  • Limited use of HTML coding.
  • Sites that are hosted in Google Sites are not available to residents of countries where Google Services are blocked.

2. Medium

 

Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and launched in August 2012. It is legally owned by A Medium Corporation. The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium and is regularly regarded as a blog host.

Medium also has its own publications, including the online music magazine Cuepoint, edited by Jonathan Shecter; NewCo Shift, led by entrepreneur, author, and journalist John Battelle; and the technology publication

3. WordPress

 

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.WordPress is installed on a web server that is either part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right. The first case may be a service like WordPress.com, for example, and the second case could be a computer running the software package WordPress.org.

Features include a plugin architecture and a template system.

WordPress was used by more than 27.5% of the top 10 million websites as of February 2017. WordPress is reportedly the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the Web, supporting more than 60 million websites.

4. Wix

Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that was first developed and popularized by the Israeli company also called Wix. It allows users to create HTML5 web sites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools.

Users may add functionality such as social plug-ins, e-commerce, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and community forums to their web sites using a variety of Wix-developed and third-party applications.

 

5. Magento

Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP. The software was originally developed by Varien Inc., a US private company headquartered in Culver City, California, with assistance from volunteers.

Magento is the provider of three distinct platforms, Magento Community Edition, Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition. There were also two former platforms, Magento Professional Edition and Magento Go.