What software do i need to create a website?

  wyatt earp 19:55 21 Jan 2003
  wyatt earp 19:55 21 Jan 2003

My son, James (11 yrs) has been making a website with MS Home publishing and it is rather good i think!
I think it's now time to move on to better things and i am looking for recommendations on software to build a more professional site.
We use Ntl as our isp.
Perhaps someone can point me to some free software or trial versions also.
Look forward to any of your help.

  Belatucadrus 20:01 21 Jan 2003

Without wishing to irritate the good folks at PCA the March issue of PCPro has a copy of "NetObjects Fusion 4" on the cover disk, could be worth a look.

  Elrond 20:08 21 Jan 2003

If you pick up a copy of the latest PC Advisor there is a trial version of Dreamweaver MX.

  Elrond 20:09 21 Jan 2003

Also got to click here and you'll probably find some different editors there

  Belatucadrus 20:45 21 Jan 2003

Or you could click here= for Serif Webplus 6, a free download.

  wyatt earp 20:57 21 Jan 2003

Belatucadrus, Seems ok - But some mixed reviews and some not good.
Will hang on for other rec's.

wyatt earp

When I started building websites there wasn't much software around - most sites i built were made with notepad and then uploaded via FTP through MS-DOS. Good thing that we've progressed!

However, by manually constructing pages (which will take more time to put pages together), you do get a better understanding of HTML - some of the limitations and minor formatting problems with mthe language.

You can manually code with tools like Dreamweaver MX which is a great program to use. However, make sure that any application you use does not 'clean up' your code (when you switch from HTML code to WYSIWYG modes) as this will make changes to what you have coded, sometimes not the way you want it.

As you progress onto dynamic sites - with pages accessing templates for standard formatting or databases for live content (like the forums), I haven't found that the additional tools in the design packages easier to build web applications.

Good luck!


  Gaz 25 22:36 21 Jan 2003

I made my first HTML site a year ago and it was really easy to learn and got good results.

Amyway if you do want a free good builder and can use Microsoft work your are sorted.

Go into view in MS Word and Click as a webpage and change the background and text and add links then just save as a webpage and upload to your webspace. You can also add images but make sure the files that are accosiated with the website are also uploaded in a folder named the same. Eg if you save your site as: myfirstpage.html the folder will be: myfirstpage_files which contains all the images and sounds if you add any.

You may have a quick look at mine (I did use some of my own HTML though) click here

Hope this is of some help,#
Gaz 25

  Gaz 25 22:39 21 Jan 2003

Again without any offence to PC advisor I spotted a Web building app free with Personal Computer World,

Be quick though.

  Forum Editor 23:06 21 Jan 2003

to gain a grounding in HTML - it isn't especially difficult to understand, and as Olly has said - it will enable your son to spot any little anomalies that might be introduced by WYSIWYG applications.

That said, I believe that the future of web design is very much with the best WYSIWYG applications - they free up designers and enable them to concentrate on the concept, the look, the navigation of a site. Specialist skills - like asp - can easily be outsourced, and my advice to any young designer would be to learn the basics of HTML, but to concentrate very much on getting to grips with the best of the WYSIWYG applications - like Dreamweaver MX. It's a fairly steep learning curve, but as Olly said, it's a great program to use.

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