Web Design Software

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by bdauer, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. bdauer macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    I'm looking to create a professional looking page and am new to mac. I've done a bit of research on some mac web dev software and have come down to a handful of programs.

    Freeway Express

    I've heard iWeb is a bit too basic for what I'm trying to build. I'm leaning toward freeway express pro. I haven't tried using the demo's yet. I'm going to do that tonight and come back with some opinions. Like I said before I'm new to mac so I'm wondering what you mac gurus like to use to dev.

    I've used dreamweaver in the past with some success, I'm looking for something a bit more user friendly that is still a powerful application.

    Thanks in advance

  2. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    You can't really make a professional site with those programs.

    If you really want to make something good and professional, learn to hand code. Once you learn, any text program is good. I personally like Dreamweaver to hand-code sites, but have started using Coda lately, and it seems to be a cleaner interface.
  3. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    There is more to a good site than hand coding HTML and JavaScript. There is the understanding of design and how it relates to a readable and usable site.

    RapidWeaver with the multitude of themes is a solution the OP could use to get started and then look at the code to learn from.

    If more functionality is needed then the OP will need to learn a scripting language (PHP, Perl, Ruby on Rails, etc) or hire someone for that. Most sites I've seen do not require a lot of programming and those that do are using things like shopping carts or interactivity with the user may require deeper solutions.

    But to dismiss some of the tools available could lead someone to think it is not possible unless they can grok proper HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

    There is not a one size fits all and I would not want to steer folks down the wrong path for their needs.
  4. pwhitehead macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2011
    new jersey

    Muse is a great program that has widgets and various features to make your website come alive. Its simple and easy to export too.
  5. bdauer thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    Great, thanks for the help. At the time I'm using wordpress, working with a few different themes to get the right look. This seems to be able to do everything I need it to with all the plugins.
  6. deyb macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2012
    But if you want to have full control use adobe photoshop, fireworks, dreamweaver and other adobe products.
  7. OliviaFesler macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    you can use Fireworks or open source graphical software like GIMP , which i use to design my cms theme/ website and use Dreamweaver or Aptana studio to develop the site. There are many software/ tool available these days as "bill the Builder" mentions
  8. driftless macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2011
    I use Photoshop but given the other software that the OP is looking at PS Elements would be a photo editing choice that is more in keeping with price(s) of his editing software.

    My question is if the OP is interesting in developing a single website or learning how to design multiple websites? If it is a one-of site then I would suggest Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, etc., so that the OP can take advantage of the numerous themes/templates out there. If the goal is learning website design then I agree Dreamweaver/hand coding is the way to go.
  9. NathanCH macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2007
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Hi bdauer,

    Are you interested in getting into web design or do you just want to build this website as a one-time thing? If you want a professional result its unlikely you'll get that yourself (as mean as that sounds).

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