What's the best website design software for beginners?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by mikejames, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. mikejames macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    I'm new to all of this so apologies for my inexperience.

    I'm looking to start my own website and have already bought my domain name.

    I use Fetch as my FTP and iWeb as my design tool.

    The problem I'm finding is that iWeb is quite basic and I need Website design software that does more. Can anyone suggest/recommend alternatives?

    I have a Mac Mini 1.42 Ghz with 1 GB Ram.

    Bear in mind I'm just starting to learn about all this. I can successfully put a site online and add content/pages but can't add Polls/Forums etc into the existing pages.

    Please help! Thanks in advance.
     
  2. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Polls/Forums is quite advanced functionality.

    They generally require a back-end database and some server side code.

    It is not something every web host/server can or will run.

    It's also not something you can just do with HTML alone.

    Unfortunately it's not just a case of clicking a few buttons to get a forum or poll.

    You can include other peoples script to include forms/polls and many are available.

    First check your web hosting company runs php/MySQL / Asp/MsAccess or some kind of dynamic database/server side scripting.
     
  3. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Some webhosts allow you to pretty easily create forums and such by punching a few buttons and entering some info. Dreamhost and (I think) ASO both do this.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    might want to consider running some kind of CMS. i've done sites in mambo and drupal and they both support poll and forum s/w of one kind or another. or many kinds of another, actually.

    with some effort, it's possible to use DW and GoLive for design, but i just do the stuff by hand.

    i recommend a host running linux and apache for such efforts. fwiw, i use hostagor.com.
     
  5. Some_Big_Spoon macrumors 6502a

    Some_Big_Spoon

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    I use iWeb for layout, then export to a folder and continue work in DreamWeaver. Other than the large files iWeb creates, it's a good workflow. From Dreamweaver I can make changes to the HTML, CSS, and add anything else I like. I can also add templates, like for forums, or do whatever else I like.

    Using tools from a hosting company like DreamHost is a good idea. You can create a design in iWeb, clean it up in DW, and add the code/hooks from DreamHost.

    It's easier than you think if you don't get fancy, but be prepared for slow load times.


     

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