Website Design Application Query

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jimbobyorks, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. jimbobyorks macrumors newbie

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    Looking to set up a website, not got any experience of building one so was wondering which is the best software to use, ease of use and how quick to learn etc.

    Any info would be appreciated.

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  2. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

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    What are you running Mac or PC? I use Adobe GoLive, NVU (freeware), MS Visual InterDev (no longer available) and plain text editor. Learn HTML by visiting sites that offer interactive examples. Or, trail and error like I did, just force yourself to learn it. The applications are good, I learned to build a website with an application. Good luck.
     
  3. jimbobyorks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Am running an Ibook 1.33 Ghz

    with 256mb memory though gonna add more if needed on 10.3.9 OS.
     
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  6. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    I use dreamweaver, myself, but for someone looking for a quick learn and cheap, nvu looks like it might be best.
     
  7. jimbobyorks thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Am looking to really get into it

    so the sites could get quite complex over a period of time once I have learnt enough, heard of dreamweaver before but no experience, wondered if there was a package that did the lot. do not want to learn this nvu app if there are limitations. Go live looks interesting as use photoshop, illustrator, acrobat and indesign in the workplace.

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  8. BrianSalts macrumors regular

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    my webdesign duo of apps is photoshop cs and dreamweaver 8.

    i find them both easy to use but that's probably because i've been with them for almost 4 years.

    i dont know what nvu is, but if you want a quick and dirty site, you should just download a free html template (there are loads of them on the net), or if you want a site with a cms, download wordpress and find a nice looking theme that suits your cause, and just replace the banner.

    hope that helps.
     
  9. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Well if you're looking to really get into it on an almost professional level, then I wouldn't waste my time learning nvu. GoLive is a nice program, but I wouldn't waste my time on that, either, because when CS3 comes out sometime next year, Adobe is ditching GoLive and making Dreamweaver their website program (though it'll probably have significant changes in order to make it more Adobe-esque).
     
  10. ddekker macrumors regular

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    web software

    I used dreamweaver for core HTML editing, but I have been using some different CMS softwares to create some sites, I use Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, and SubDreamer... some of them are easy to use, and others require a fair amount of skill... the site I list below is a site done with Wordpress, there are tons of templates and plug-ins available... take a look..

    DD
     
  11. zim macrumors 65816

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    if you are concerned with limitations of an application then just learn to code for yourself otherwise you will always be faced with limitations.
     
  12. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    No kidding. I've been developing web sites for about 8 years now and here's the key: the only software "package" you actually need as far as a development environment goes is a basic text editor. Don't waste your time getting dependent on WYSIWYG editors and wizards and junk like that, because eventually you'll have to untrain yourself from them anyway. Get yourself a decent text editor that maybe has a nice feature like syntax highlighting (which is about the extent of features I need) and then start learning to code. Learn the code, not an application, or you're just wasting your time in the long run.
     
  13. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    The usual 3-way split between html purists, Dreamweaver/Photoshop combo-ists and the freeware/cheapware solutions, whenever this question is asked.
    It all depends on whether your web authoring intentions are short-term, one-off just to produce one site, or whether you want to look ahead long term and maybe start web design seriously.
    I can't disagree with the suggestion of downloading a free html template and filling in the blanks if you just want one small website up and running as quickly as possible.
    I also can't disagree with the html-only approach as I've never properly learnt html. However, it does strike me that it seems a bit weird to go back to a text based solution when everything else we do (especially on a Mac) is wysiwyg. A bit like using WordPerfect v1 instead of MS Office.
    I'm firmly in the DW/PS camp myself, cos it suits me. I can still have a look at the code if I need to (and yes, I do need to fairly often - and I suppose I've picked up a bit of html knowledge by doing that), but above all, a website is a visual thing so it seems to make sense that I use a visual tool to put it together.
    Your final choice may well boil down to money - maybe £500 for the DW/PS route compared with as little as £0 for one of the other solutions. Maybe the html fans have a point after all........
     
  14. zim macrumors 65816

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    Personally I bet if all the energy that is wasted in learning how to manipulate Dreaweaver was spent on a simple xhtml/css reference such as "Creating a Web Page with HTML" by Castro Elizabeth or even a simple Visual Quick Start Guide, then the individual would come out stronger. The truth is that although visual design applications are out, they are not perfect yet. Drewaweaver isn't truly a visual design application... sandvox, iWeb, etc.. are visual design apps because there is no, with some small exceptions, way to work other then seeing visual information. Back in the 90's designers treated the web as a "visual thing" and later paid the price because they learned that their sites were inaccessible to the outside world.

    All that said, I do agree with your first point, deterring your needs is important to your direction. If this is just a one time thing or a casual event then go with a builder like iWeb, I even use iWeb for my own personal photo galleries and love it.. sometimes it is nice to now have to think. If you feel that this is something you are going to get into as a hobby then look at some of the free-less expensive editors. I would only recommend Dreamweaver if you absolutely knew you wanted to stick with it and as far as GoLive.. I would wait because I don't recall GoLive being on the CS3 list yet DW was there. Honestly Sandvox looks like the perfect solution for beginners who want something that can do a bit of management and allow for some code access. The only reason why I use Dreamweaver is because of its built in templet system management and that is only used for clients and situations when I don't need or can't use back in support.
     

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