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    Curious, what do you think is the best web authoring program?

    What do you think makes it the best?


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    I'm assuming by "web authoring" you simply mean HTML editor or some other similar program.

    If you want to save time and need the site up quickly and the raw code isn't of much concern to you (or you just need it for quick layout creation), use MS FrontPage 2000.

    If you want to play a highly active role in the raw HTML but need some help here and there, use 1stPage 2000.

    If you're somewhere in the middle, Dreamweaver 3 from Macromedia is likely the away to go.

    1stPage is free from http://www.evrsoft.com and Dreamweaver 3 is available for trial from http://www.macromedia.com



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    I think Dreamweaver is the best, but Frontpage is probably the best for newbies as long as they don't use all the themes, bots, and extensions which mess everything up.



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    I think that overall FrontPage 2000 is the best choice. It doesn't do some of the nice things that Dreamweaver and some others can do, but it's a whole lot easier to use, and keeps track of your work very well. As long as you don't use themes or anything, it doesn't play with your HTML too much, either. It's been a tremendous timesaver for me.

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    Dreamweaver, hands down! As log as you aren't using PHP, ASP, etc pages, the site management capabilities will run circles around any MS product all day. Now that there is Dreamweaver UltraDev (which will build database driven sites), Macromedia has the advantage in this field!

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    Glad I could convince so many people here It seems you are more open for MS FrontPage 2000...

    The best WebAuthoring programs are FrontPage and DreamWeaver. You can check out the topic 'Rumour: Crappy code with FP2000?' to make out which is best to you. My favour goes to FrontPage 2000.

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    Oh well Aidan... I didn't mean you should try every single one, but at least you should have tried the biggest ones like DW3, FP2000, HS, HD, NP and Adobe Go!Live

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    freesources: let's just wait what the results are of the DW vs FP2k competition. Before then don't be too eager to announce that your so beloved FP2000 is the best editor, I think that everyone can make that decission perfectly on his/her own.

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    Elledan: You seem to be the only person who still tries to resist the powerful FP2000.

    Well stick to your DreamWeaver, but you're being unprofessional than, cuz you should try EVERY editor.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote/font><HR>Originally posted by freesources:
    Well stick to your DreamWeaver, but you're being unprofessional than, cuz you should try EVERY editor.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    There are tons of editors on the market and the truth is that you shouldn't bother with most of them. Trying every editor is just about impossible - you'd have to spend a fortune. FrontPage is better at some things, and Dreamweaver is better at others.

    There is no true "best editor" just what is best for you. People have different needs.

    As I have said a million times: FrontPage is great for newbies and people who know MS Office and are comfortable working with it. Dreamweaver is more powerful, so if you consider yourself advanced you would be better off using that.

    That's just WYSIWYG editors, there are plenty more (Homesite, HotDog, 1stPage 2000, AceEdit, WebEdit, TextPad, NotePad, and the list goes forever).


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    FrontPage sucks. Period.

    DreamWeaver is nice for WYSIWYG editor, but that's it.

    1stPage is better then both, but it's too clunky for me.

    NotePad rocks, and so does EditPlus. Those are what I use.

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    Homesite Homesite Homesite Homesite Homesite

    You actually look and manipulate the code but you dont need to type it or memorize each HTML tag. It's all a right mouseclick away and multiple page changes are a breeze.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote/font><HR>Originally posted by Justin S:
    FrontPage sucks. Period.
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    A highly biased opinion I'm sure, and one that I find somewhat ignorant.

    FrontPage is very useful to people looking to create sites quickly...just because you code by hand doesn't mean that anyone who doesn't do so is doing something wrong. Quality sites can be created with WYSIWYG programs..."period."

    I don't like Notepad...I think coding totally by hand is tedious and a waste of time to some degree...but do I totally discourage it or say it "sucks"? No, because I'm not so naive to think that there is one "correct" way to create websites.

    You develop you're way, I'll develop mine, and everyone else will develop their way. I'm not trying to come down on you here, but I think your statement was a bit out of line.


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