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    Site building software

    Someone who can suggest a free site building software. Want something like Dreamweaver
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    NVU ain't bad. Produces some dodgy code, so you will clean it up manually, but a good way to learn.

    My prefferred method now it to download an open source html/css template that closely fits my needs and dit it in PSPad.

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    I advise using Notepad++ and Texter to make snippets of code. You can generate dozens of lines of code in less than a second.

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    You will be hard pressed to find such a thing for free.

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    I would suggest you Eclipse. It is very good open source software with lots of plugins for different languages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonbey View Post
    NVU ain't bad. Produces some dodgy code, so you will clean it up manually, but a good way to learn.

    My prefferred method now it to download an open source html/css template that closely fits my needs and dit it in PSPad.


    brilliant idea! Jonbey can you suggest to a novice developer some open source templates needed for a small - about max 10 pages website I've promised to do for a friend ?
    It's going to be a mixture of text and photos with obviously a strip, logo and menu on the home page.

    think i could just about tweek it in notepad++ or pspad after.

    please email me if you can?
    many thanks!

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    AceHTML do a free package which is basic, but it works well. Nothing like Dreamweaver, though.

    Read all about it here.................

    http://software.visicommedia.com/en/...ehtmlfreeware/

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    This is a good start:
    http://www.webologist.co.uk/2007/10/...-to-start.html

    Also, the templates that come with Wordpress are all open source too, so you can install WP and play with those, which is a good move if you are planning to build a site with WP.

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    brilliant idea! Jonbey can you suggest to a novice developer some open source templates needed for a small - about max 10 pages website I've promised to do for a friend ?
    It's going to be a mixture of text and photos with obviously a strip, logo and menu on the home page.

    think i could just about tweek it in notepad++ or pspad after.

    please email me if you can?
    many thanks!

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    Have someone knock out a html templated system, setup a menu, then leave you blank pages for you to work within -- all wired up. Then you just use Frontpage or any program, go in and write out what you want. Would cost you about $100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vsopman22 View Post
    Someone who can suggest a free site building software. Want something like Dreamweaver
    Notepad++, but why you want another one, for me Dreamweaver is the best one.

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    I'd also suggest Notepad++ found it very handy.

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    I used Notepad++ for many years then I switched to Eclipse. Much better in my opinion.

    Also check out PHPDesigner and Aptana Studio,

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    You can generate HTML pages in MS Word also.

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    Technically you can, but as a rule STAY AWAY from MS word. If you tell potential clients or employees that you build websites in word you will never get hired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PartDigital View Post
    Technically you can, but as a rule STAY AWAY from MS word. If you tell potential clients or employees that you build websites in word you will never get hired.
    If I design in MS Word, will the Clients get to know? I will not tell them.

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    you could but MS word creates very nasty code. for example, I just made a simple page with one word in it. MS word generated 400+ lines to do that.

    Dreamweaver on the other hand only generated 11. And that's at the very least, don't even get me started about how word handles web standards. . basically. . .it doesn't.

    interesting isn't it.

    I'd add the source but I need some more posts before the forum thinks I'm real :/

    so seriously, don't even think about using word.

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    It depends what are you doing with word. If it provide good output and your client accepts, word is also ok.

    Thanks for informing me about the overheads with older versions of MS Word. I also use DW.

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    I used MS word 2007. The latest version.

    Look, I've been doing this for almost 10 years now. NO ONE who considers themselves a professional uses word. Period. End of discussion.

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    Microsoft Front Page is also one of the options to build sites.

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    Front page is a bit better than word. But still not encouraged by web developers/designers. In fact you'll be laughed at.

    Dreaweaver, Eclipse, Notepad++, Aptana Studio, PHPDesigner are all good choices. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses.


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