What is a good drag-n-drop website app?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by iMacZealot, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. iMacZealot macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    I'm going to the Apple Store tomorrow and I have been designing a website for my sister. We purchased a great service package from PowWeb that came with its own drag-n-drop software, but it only lets us build five pages. Is there something simple that I can buy that doesn't require some sort of computer jargon to use? thanks!
  2. Peyton macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
  3. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
  4. steveedge macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2005
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Yes & No

    Most hosting providers do provide site builder tools now (as you described) that will allow you to build a site within the templates they provide without knowing any code, however, if you want something more, you will need to know at leaset some HTML or you will need to use a CMS (Content management system) which is an application that allows you to build a site without any HTML knowledge. Many hosting providers provide CMS scripts as part of your web hosting package. There are also free CMS applications available. try doing a Goggle search for "free cms"
    Choose one (if you go that route) that is easy to install and configure. Some of them are a nightmare.
    So, yes there are some HTML applications that allow drag and drop of certain elements of a site, but if you are using an HTML editor of any kind you will need to know at least some "jargon".
    Good Luck. :)
  5. iMacZealot thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    The web builder that I've been using has allowed me to design my own template. Templates are provided, although after fooling around a while, I was able to make my own template that was nothing like the others. My sister is an artist and I was able to create a banner that had one of her paintings on it with her name on every page without having to manually make it for each page.

    There are some limits with it, though. I can only design five pages, and she wants more than that.

    Although I do have iWeb, I do not want to use that because she wants to keep the same theme. Artists are very specific with color, and the color scheme on her website (maroon titles with navy text and bars on a creme yellow background) is nothing like the iWeb templates.

    I need something that I can easily design a page that looks very similar, if not the same, to the ones I have already designed. I don't want something like iWeb that has a media editor and puts things in specific rows, etc. I want no music, Flash, or video. All that's on the website is text and a lot of photos of paintings. I am also tinkering around with the idea of having a form with the submit button that lets the viewer sign up for the mailing list.

    I have been sampling Microsoft Word (on a Mac, of course) and creating HTML documents on that. The thing i hate, though, is that the banner photo starts at the way top left of the page, and MS Word allways wants to leave some space at the top left.

    I don't mind learning a little code, but I don't want to learn a new language. I probably will never design another website except for maybe my .mac one.
  6. mac.FINN macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2006
    I picked up Adobe GoLive really quickly. Though it seems very daunting, if you've done any web design in the past it's pretty intuitive. I would suggest getting a book or dvd to learn with though. Also, you're gonna have to drop a pretty penny to pick it up too. I've no idea what it costs alone, but it comes in the CS package $$

  7. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    I was a Pagemill user for the longest time but dropped it after I upgraded to OS 10.3 and didn't bother reinstalling OS 9 on my computer. I loved how easy that was to use, even if it is a bit dated now. I haven't found anything comparable to it yet.

    I tried Shutterbug and Rapidweaver and neither seem to be able to import any of my old .HTML files or an easy way to convert the dozens of web pages I have. The template idea kinda bugs me for some reason, but they are at least pretty easy to figure out and use.

    Dreamweaver and GoLive and not the simpliest but for now that seems to be the only other alternative for drag/drop type web page layout.
  8. serralves macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2005

    Sandvox is ace for simple drag and drop websites... only available in beta at the moment but it beats iWeb into a cocked hat.

  9. Island Dog macrumors 6502a

    Island Dog

    Sep 11, 2005
    St. Cloud, FL.
    I also have to recommend Rapidweaver. Not exactly drag and drop, but just as effective.
  10. PBGPowerbook macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2004
    i use nvu (nvu.com) open-source, free and simple
  11. Zab the Fab macrumors member

    Zab the Fab

    Nov 26, 2003
    PLEASE do yourself a HUGE favor and check out FREEWAY from www.softpress.com before you choose !

    I didn't get Golive or Dreamweaver at ALL, I'm sorry to admit. Freeway on the other hand I learned in 20 min. !!! I wouldn't use another web-program even if I was paid, but that's just me.

    Zab the Fab
  12. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    After trying everyones suggestions I find the best is NVU for a simple web layout program, very similar to the old Pagemill 3.0.

    Thanks for the link PBGPowerbook. :)
  13. dylan macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    Blocks is a RapidWeaver Plugin that adds drag and drop functionality. Try it out!

    EDIT: forgot to add the link. Columns and collage are cool too.
  14. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Word is an awful web editor, it creates this code:
    <html xmlns:o="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
    <meta name=Title content=Hello>
    <meta name=Keywords content="">
    <meta http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=macintosh">
    <meta name=ProgId content=Word.Document>
    <meta name=Generator content="Microsoft Word 11">
    <meta name=Originator content="Microsoft Word 11">
    <link rel=File-List href="Hello_files/filelist.xml">
    <title>Hello World!</title>
    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
      <o:LastAuthor>Matthew Hutton</o:LastAuthor>
    </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml>
     /* Font Definitions */
    	{font-family:"Times New Roman";
    	panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3;
    	mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;}
     /* Style Definitions */
    p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal
    	font-family:"Times New Roman";
    	font-family:"Times New Roman";}
    @page Section1
    	{size:595.0pt 842.0pt;
    	margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt;
    <body bgcolor=white lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'>
    <div class=Section1>
    <p class=MsoNormal>Hello World!</p>
    Which can be simply expressed as this code:
        <title>Hello, world!</title>
        <p>Hello, world!</p>
  15. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    :eek: LOL ...

  16. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Yes, definetely NEVER used ANY Microsoft-branded product for WYSIWYG web page creation, unless you enjoy the suspense of trying to guess just how differently your page will be handled by various browsers.

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