Alternative Dreamweaver?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by coday182, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. coday182 macrumors regular

    coday182

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    #1
    Ok I run the website at my school and the computer I use has Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I am very interested in Web Design and I know HTML, Photoshop, and various other skills needed for web design very well. THe only problem is my teacher won' t let me install the software on my computer for my personal use. I would like to get some software because I am looking in to doing some light web design projects on the side for money.

    First of all I gotta get photoshop but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now I want to find a cheap alternative to Dreamweaver 8 as it is damn expensive.

    I don't just want an HTML editor. I need the features like templates (so I can change the menu bar on the basic page and have it change on all the other ones and other stuff like that), site management, css editors, and all the other goodies. Any advice?

    p.s. iWeb sucks lol
     
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  3. Butters macrumors 6502

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    Why not just hand code?

    you can do anything dreamweaver can do with something like Textmate or skEdit as long as you know how.
     
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  5. cookie1105 macrumors 6502

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    I am not trying to be a coding snob, but I seriously reccomend that you teach yourself how to handcode using a text editor. Yes you can do it with TextEdit, but that is pretty hardcore as there is no added functionality e.g code hinting and syntax highlighting.

    Have a look at some of the suggestions for html editors already mentioned. Some of them are very powerful and once you have learnt to code you will never go back. I use SKedit. You will find that if you start with the basics you will very quickly appreciate the level of control that you have over your design. Ultimately, with your expertise you will be able to demand higher prices for your service.

    I honestly don't think that you should be charging for making a website if you are just banging it together in Dreamweaver. If you're charging for something then you are a professional and as such you should really have a deeper understanding of your field than that of a wysiwyg editor.
     

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