Searching for the most SEO friendly web design software

Hi, can you suggest which program is the best for developing websites and at the same time is SEO friendly,with neat HTML?


Lawlz, seconded.

If the question meant, is there some tool that tells you when your code has something “bad” for search engines, I don’t know of one. There are guidelines around the web for how to keep your code/design SE-friendly, but it’s something humans do, not programs.

Whether you code garbage or meaningful code depends on you rather than on the software. The software is just a tool.

Yes, it is usually “liveware”, i.e. the human that should determine how the code is written to begin with. Basically you are asking about ‘HTML Editors’ that have plugins to help check the validity of your markup. HTML-Kit helps to do that but there is very large choice and it depends upon exactly what code language you are using.

I suspect you are just basically wanting to write simple static HTML and CSS pages on a small scale.

Yes, I want to do a normal, simple HTML and CSS page, but a lot of webpage programs makes most of the content+navigation as a pictures, and I want it to be a text…the problem is that I wanted to make it as simple as I could and do not have to go back into HTML and manuali fix almoast 70% of the inportant things (if it is possible)…

but a lot of webpage programs makes most of the content+navigation as a pictures, and I want it to be a text

Those are likely the WYSIWYGs. If you use a real text editor like Vi/vim, mentioned above, you won’t have any program adding anything you don’t explicitly type yourself.

If Vim is too much for you to get a handle on, know that many people get started in Notepad (for Windows) or gEdit or one of the simple text editors that come with the OS. Don’t use a word-processing program. Use a simple text editor (or an awesome one like vim or emacs).

I always get confused over the dividing line betwixt text editors and ftp programs. Because I’m used to both in one, I’m surprised that the web pages of most text editors are slow to make mention of ftp–whether they include it or not. That’s always the first question I have when looking at editors.

Looks like VIM doesn’t come with one. So what do you folks tend to use for uploading files that you’ve created in VIM? Wouldn’t you prefer to have both in one?

I don’t use VIM but know how to though… For FTP I’d usually use FileZilla (usually the Portable Apps edition). I think Tommy uses FileZilla sometimes? Depending upon policies in the past I’ve had to use inbuilt FTP within Windows Explorer or MS-DOS or a Linux CLI Equivalent. I have used other FTP Clients too but I am happy with FileZilla.

To answer the question; I like to keep FTP Clients separate generally. I think VIM has plug-ins that will allow FTP but I haven’t used VIM that much.

Editing is a separate process from uploading for me, so I don’t feel the need to have it integrated. There’s a plug-in for vim that allows you to read and write remote files via FTP, HTTP and other protocols.

Yes, on the Virus Windows XP system at the office.
At home I use gftp on Fedora, but that doesn’t appeat to be available for Redmond game consoles. :stuck_out_tongue:

Hmm, fair enough. It sounds more complicated to me, but I’ll give FileZilla a try anyhow. (I did try it once, when I was having modem problems, so I think I’ve unfairly associated it with that.)

It has a little bit of a strange layout compared to some FTP Clients but overall I like it, good luck.

Different strokes for different folks. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you, and vice versa. That’s why there are alternatives. :slight_smile:

I just have a shortcut on my desktop that connects to my server. I bring up the files. I open them either in gEdit or Gvim. I make changes. When I save, I’m actually saving my local copy of the file to the server (so, FTP). But in the terminal it’s really little different from $: ftp name/of/server etc

had a client recently who wanted his site re-designed. He did his own initial design, using MS Publisher :x.
12000 odd lines of code for his home page later…:lol:, he could not understand why his site took so long to open!
Anyway, point I want to make is: DON’T use wysiwyg if you’re serious about designing webs. Start with bare-bones basic coding in (my personal faves) notepad+ and topstyle.

Search engines dig lean clean code, and good relevant text. No software will give you that, unless a brain is software…

Heh, Publisher.

This site was made in Publisher. As they are a business we link to on our sites, I made an HTML/CSS version for them… but their web guy, whoever he was, had vanished and the manager there was too scared to try to put my code on their server (even though they are now aware how their site looks in non-IE browsers… look at it in anything not IE!). I don’t blame him, I don’t know how to set up servers etc either, but it’s a shame that someone started out in Publisher, which is for Desktop applications, not web sites.

The code is really really long and all in VML. Gawd!

I love all that green code under View Source. Man, I want code like that! I’m switching to Publisher… :lol:

What do you think about Web Studio 5? Anybody tried?

heya SP. tried to go there, but hang, it don’t wanna open for me.


btw, I use firefox…

As much as you probably don’t want to hear this, the best way to develop a website (and to most developers including myself, the only real way) is to write out the code manually - that means learning HTML and CSS.

As far as I’m aware, the only way a WYSIWYG site could possibly out-SEO a hand-coded website is with great content.