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Best web design tool

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What is the best web designer tool (Dreamweaver/Go Live etc.) in your opinion?

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Notepad or equivelent. Funny IDE's that make your website based on burried template code is the reason the internet is the mess it is today.

Plain and simple, learn what you are doing, and youll leave these tools behind.

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Post by Vista Ultimate R2 »

I made my small website in MS FrontPage 2003 - I know it doesn't generate "pure code" or whatever you might call it, but it is:

>> Extremely easy to use (HTML coding isn't really an option for me - I'd like to be able to program but can't, so the HTML code looks baffling and it would be very difficult for a non-experienced coder to make much more than a text website with one or two pictures using HTML coding alone),
>> Displays fine in both IE and Firefox (as long as you check how it displays in both and adjust the position of things, because some things are in slightly different places in each browser so you need to make sure there's not 2 things overlapping in either) (and you must avoid all of the tools on the Drawing toolbar eg lines, Text Boxes, as Firefox hates them),
>> Produces a nice-looking website that you would not know was FrontPage unless you looked at the source code (as long as you avoid the built-in templates and do your own design from scratch).

I haven't tried Dreamweaver but people seem to say that it's quite good - it's more "professional" than FrontPage I think so is more powerful, but probably not quite as easy to use.

FrontPage is now called SharePoint Designer by the way, if you're looking for the latest (2007) version – I’m trying to find a copy but it seems very elusive at the moment. Or if you don't mind getting FP2003, you can get a free legit (not trial) version by sending off for the Small Business Server 2003 evaluation pack from Microsoft, if you're in the UK that is (they charge shipping costs for these packs if you're elsewhere).
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Post by Andy »

For the best website hand coding is always a winner above WYSIWYG editors. I coded this site (not the forum) myself hand coded and all of my other sites as well.

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i use Dreamweaver because thats what we used in my webdesign class this year (but we had to learn Coldfusion ), I can use notepad but I like the little extra things in Dreamweaver like the spell checker thing

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How can anyone forget WebWeaver?

Once youve got the hang of that, the web is your oyster!

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Post by ddrmaxromance »

My website is actually undergoing construction. All of it was saved in FrontPage for organization purposes, but it's all strict HTML. However, I dislike the way Frontpage handles a lot of things to a website. I suggest Notepad.

If you own a Mac, and want a blog with RSS support, I suggest using RapidWeaver since it makes website creation and RSS so much easier.

Lastly, for iCandy, I use Paint Shop Pro, Macromedia Flash 8, and Paint. =P
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I am a fan of FrontPage but I use it inconjunction with Dreamweaver...

I like FrontPage because I don't have to spend time with the anoying details and when I want to I hit the "Split" button and see both code and graphic editor.

It all really matters what you want... For some people Droople is enough
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I would say Notepad as things such as Dreamweaver add a lot of junk to my pages. For example, Dreamweaver adds attributes to tags despite the presence of a style sheet.

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i always delete the extra stuff it adds

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Thats what is called "counterproductive"
___ wrote:i always delete the extra stuff it adds

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it isn't like the sites i make are that complex anyway

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I use Dreamweaver, mainly for the cross-application support.

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Post by stealth »

as a web designer / developer i mainly hard code my sites in notepad then check errors for various programs. i would recommend the following for skill level:

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Notepad
Microsoft Frontpage (i hate it to death though)
Macromedia Dreamweaver

Advance:
MS Expression Web Designer
Adobe GO Live

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Post by Grisa »

I prefer WYSIWYN (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Need) editors. The best for me is Bluefish (get a win32 build here), it's open-source and has a rather good interface. (Note: you must get GTK to run it, so grab the latest win32 binary from http://gladewin32.sourceforge.net/)

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I prefer Microsoft Expression Web. It is similar to FrontPage, and features updated standards support.

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