A good WYSIWYG design software?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by pw1981, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. pw1981 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Tampa Bay
    I need a web design tool to use for ametur web design. I willbe making personal web sites... basic stuff, but nice menus and all would be nice. Mostly family news and similar publishing. Maybe the ability to embed a photo gallery.

    I am looking for something like FrontPage was back in the day. Make it, save it, upload it, and it works. I know nothing about hand coding, php, sql, etc.

    I am running a MBP 2.6 Penryn, so I can run anything; but simple is good.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

  2. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Have you tried iWeb? You should have it on your Mac. That will do everything you have asked for.
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  5. Cepe Indicum macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2006
    Hi Phil

    Surprised that you don't seem to have heard of iWeb! But anyway, as it seems like you haven't - and as everyone else seems to be suggesting it! - thought you might appreciate a link to Apple's web-page on it. There's a good video describing what it can do.

    Good luck.
  6. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Read through the stickies in this forum for suggestions that others have made.
  7. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
  8. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore
    a vote for RapidWeaver...

    Hi, I have used GoLive & DreamWeaver (hated DW) professionally, and have used iWeb quite a bit for some personal stuff, and even used IW to post some client proofs. IW is a nice option as chances are you already have installed (it is part of the iLife suite). IW integrates easily with iPhoto, and all those other "i's". IW is pretty much WYSIWYG.

    However I recently made a switch to RapidWeaver, and so far absolutely love it. RW provides the simplicity of iWeb, and like IW has a template driven approach. However RW has an almost open-source community of developers, theme designers, utilities & applications behind it. The community (on the RealMac forums) is incredible... post a question or problem, and often within minutes you have scores of folks giving suggestions, snippets of code (or even looking at your site to offer advice and solutions). Furthermore, I have had direct contact with many developers in my short period of use, also offering advice and solutions. A lot of pros are switching over to RW, for the speed and ease of use.

    The program is deceptively simple (which is good if you have no desire to be a code jockey). However it is also incredibly powerful, and you also have the ability to get into the websites CSS, alter or add javascripts, easily create forms that work through PHP, add slick lightbox effects (greybox, slimbox, shadowbox, etc...) that you see everywhere right now, including on Apple's own site... where if you click on an image the background dims way down, and a new larger image pop-up in a floating layer.

    The program itself is cheap ($59 I think), and there is a huge array of themes you can buy. Most themes go for 12-18.00 each, and are extremely flexible (to the point that you can easily customize them and make them your own look and feel). You can rack up some bucks with the ala carte approach, but overall it is WAY cheaper than DW.

    There is a thread on the subject here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=5836766#post5836766

    Basically I took the line that RW was a tool powerful enough for professionals (yet still easy enough for most folks to learn & use quickly). Head over to RealMacSoftware and download a demo version which will allow you to create test sites with 3 pages. Some theme developers also have free themes or demo versions of their paid versions.

    Technically RW is not a true WYSIWYG approach, as you do toggle between the content (or code) part & the preview. But keeping the content separate from the design actually makes sense, in that you can easily and quickly make HUGE changes in the overall look and feel with the click of a few buttons (RW makes extensive use of CSS, but don't be scared it makes it very EASY). Trust me, I have no desire to be a code-jockey either... I am a designer. RW has actually made me enjoy web work again, after years of avoiding it like the plague.

    Check it out, it might work for you as well.


    PS: lurk around the forums here for a few minutes and you will see what I am talking about. The user support is simply unparalleled, I often wonder if these folks have "lives"... but I am thankful they are so passionate and helpful with their time:
  9. roamy macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    If you want a simple program that will do more than just websites the go to www.stone.com and check out create. You can demo all their apps wHich I have used for years and find them excellent. I do all my simple websites with this because it is soooooooo easy.

    I am looking for a wysiwyg tool to replace webobjects and to date I can find nothing. Man we were screwed big time by apple on this deal.
  10. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
  11. noakail macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Rapidweaver is not a WYSIWYG program. If you are willing to learn how to use it and read the forums on the site it would be a great program for you. Other than RW I have no coding experience. Later

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