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?.