I use many different set-ups, including my climber (lone wolf which i love), ladder stands, and hang-on stands.
In regards to building stands, we have a few permanent stands on my father's property. We take telephone poles, left over when utility companies replace them in the area (most are still more than sound) and we sink four posts (you can even rip these poles if they are larger in size to get two from one). This way we don't rely on any trees for stability or nails in trees which can easily pull-out from wind and other influences.
On this independent base of four posts, we will build about a 3' x 3' enclosed platform. Now we have a shooting rest on all four sides, we have almost all movement blocked, and we extend 2x4's to a height of about 6.5' and make a simple slanted roof with left-over shingles. The overall height varies depending on terrain, cover, etc. but most range from about 15' to our tallest at about 30'.
Some go the extra mile and install windows, etc., but here in southern PA the temps don't really warrant the need for this. The roof eliminates the rain which is pretty much the worst we have to prepare for.
We also go a little further and cut shooting lanes for these stands. We then kill two birds and plant various things in these lanes...clover, brassica, etc.
These are primarily our rifle stands, not really suited for archery, but they work great for this application.