I'm fairy comfortable building websites strictly through html and have done that since I started, but I'm not going to be working on a content based site with someone who has always used Geocities pagebuilder to build his sites.
I need a list of programs that are close substitutes, or even better then that program. He doesn't want to get into coding html because he finds that it loses the fun of building a drag and drop website like with pagebuilder.
Frontpage was a good starting point for me to move up from the online page publishing programs, but I quickly got tired of the bloated code and find Dreamweaver to be an excellent WYSIWYG program that produces about as clean a code as you can get.
If you're getting into a content based site, have you looked into any CMS that might fit the bill and make it easy for you to post articles and update content?
CMS stands for Content Management System, and is basically a system to automatically update the content of your website. There are hundreds of different versions, and it's pretty easy to create your own. Sitepoint even sells a book on how to do it.
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if youre not up for developing a CMS, you should check out macromedias contribute. it is the best thing ive ever seen for updating websites. its the kind of software secretaries can use to update their company's website without the developer having to worry about any of the code getting messed up.
as for actually developing the sites, my vote is dreamweaver. actually, just get the whole mx suite.