Programs for Webdesign

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by monke, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    What programs do you webmasters use?

    Currently I have Photoshop and Dreamweaver, but I was wonder what everyone else uses.

    I am also looking for some sort of blogging software. Any recommendations?
  2. Benjamin macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Personally I wouldn't use dreamweaver till you have grip on the basic stuff on html and css if you haven't already. Dreamweavers very powerful and pretty nice. I create pages with plain text editors like BBEdit, HyperEdit, subethaedit, or the like, but I don't think that type of style is for everyone. Photoshop is a good program to have for graphics and pretty much I do everything with PS.

    As for blogging software I would probably recommend like many, Wordpress. I have been using pMachine for a while since it came free but they have moved on to another system and pmachine is now i believe out of support. Wordpress is very nice, and a huge community to back it, so finding help is probably no problem. Another one I would consider is mb Text Pattern but i have no experience with it. Something else you could look at depending how adventurous, is Typo which I have started to toy around with. Hope that helps.

    Some good resources:

    Some other threads you should look at:
  3. MacEffects macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2005
    THIS Is great for an Entry Level webmaster... Hope this helps, and good luck!
  4. sebpayne macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2005
    RapidWeaver has to be an excellent piece of software for any level of webmaster. Look at my site at I customised the 'theme' using CSS and I am very happy with it.

    It includes a blog function, WYSIWYG editor and a HTML page where you can enter raw code. It has great intergration with iPhoto (photo galleries - look at the photos on my site), iTunes and iMovie.

    I would recommend anyone to give it a try!

  5. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    Excellent post by Benjamin!

    I'll throw in TextWrangler to the list of recommended tools. From the producers of BBEdit and it's free. Here's a list of some other web tools I use and recommend.

    For blogging software, I highly recommend WordPress. Admittedly it's the only blogging platform I have experience with but I'm very happy with it. And with the imminent release of WordPress 2.0, it's only going to get better. Check out the Theme Viewer for a look at some of the available themes.
  6. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    When I work with php/mysql/xhtml/css ususally just use TextWrangler in combination with Cyberduck (I know TextWrangler has built-in s/ftp support but I like working on my own machine and then upload). Handcoding rules! :D

    But with Dreamweaver you can make very nice templated (x)html pages, eliminating the need for php for making headers, menus and footers (if you don't want to or cannot use php or even if your server doesn't support it). And added bonus is that Macromedia has finally gotten Contribute to work properly with version 3, so when you've made the template with design and maybe a navigation systen and a few main pages, "anyone", regardless of web creation skills, can edit contents (designated areas on the pages) and add new pages. Very handy for situations where several people contribute with contents to a site. ;)
  8. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Dreamweaver is a very good piece of software - and you already have it...
  9. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2004
    I create my layouts using photoshop.

    IE - Photoshop layout

    Then I manually pic apart my images and create the HTML and CSS until I get a website using Dreamweaver 8. If I'm extra frisky I'll use bbedit, but I usually stick to DW8 because I'm very familiar with the process.

    IE - (copy paste please :))

    I have a custom CMS solution for my clients and depending on their budget they may or may not get it.
  10. radiantm3 macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2005
    San Jose, CA

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