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Topic: Slightly OT - Web Building software

  1. #1
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    Wilton, NH

    Slightly OT - Web Building software

    Back in the old days, when men were men and web page designers used vi, I created quite a few web pages by hand. I'm a little lazier now and want some tools to help me do the job....

    My web page was created in a weekend back in 2001 (actually years after my professional web design days) and updated a couple of times. The last update was 2004... it was last changed when I first began to take music composition a little more seriously.

    I want to create a new web site that is devoted more to my music. I want it to look up to date and use up to date tools to create it.

    Any suggestions on a good package to use?


    (In case you are morbidly curious, here is my web page - I use mostly to store music I post here these days - Trent's World)
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    Adobe Dreamweaver is a great product. It's a bit pricey, but you can Google earlier versions for a good price.

    Check it out: http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/

    Or if you just want something free, I did a quick Google search and got this -- it actually looks promising: http://netobjects.com/html/essentials.html
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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    Although I don't have a website of my own yet, I started building one with Joomla!

    It's not a traditional website building software and your host needs to support it for it to work. When I get around to launching a site I'm going to use it.

    Steve Winkler

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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    >>Adobe Dreamweaver is a great product. It's a bit pricey, but you can G
    Google earlier versions for a good price.<<

    I am still using Dreamweaver Studio 8 Version that is fine (pre-Adobe takover). If that is going cheap somewhere it would be an excellent option. Only problem for Dreamweaver is that the design view cannot render the most up-to-date CSS designs that use multiple <div>s as wrappers to control sophisticated layouts. But you can view your work anytime in a browser by hitting F12, so no sweat. If you are not into advanced CSS layouts, then no problem.
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    NW Illinois

    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    I use Freeway, which is a Mac only program. It's a DTP approach to websites, where the html code is all handled by the software, and the user can just worry about being creative.


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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    I've used NetObjects before, and actually have a "low-fi" site using a few pages built with it. It works quite well for basic projects. You can see the site here: http://bit.ly/BcGHv. The main page and the "Low" pages were created with NetObjects. Hope you like it.

    On a similar note, I used Wix.com for my "hi-fi" pages on the same website. It's very easy to use and you can work on it anywhere there's Internet. There is a Wix.com link on the page created, but I think the advertising is minimal and well-worth it considering how good the program is. It's completely free, and creates an almost-professional-looking Flash website without any programming. (My website is not a particularly good demo, however. Because of the multimedia elements, it's kind of slow, but you can still get a good idea from it.) To put it on your domain, you just have to embed it in a blank page using very basic HTML.

    Flash websites can look amazing, but I'm now discovering how difficult they are to program. If you actually have cash to spend, I'd go with DreamWeaver.
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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    On PC, you might also consider Microsoft Expression Web. Many people are considering it superior to Dreamweaver.

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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    Dreamweaver is cool, but too pricey, at least for me. Homesite was a great product for a great solution at an affordable price, but I just found out it was discontinued by Adobe and users are being shuttled to Dreamweaver.

    I think before making a recommendation I would want to know what needs you have. XML? CSS? Or just basic HTML? There are so many products and price levels it would be helpful to know.

    On the Mac, I would not hesitate to recommend Rapid Weaver. It is the coolest Web development product around. They have over 400 add ons that various 3rd party vendors produce for it. It is easy to use and can create some really cool sites. http://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/

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    Wilton, NH

    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    Hi everyone! Thanks for tips and suggestions to all.

    To be a bit more specific – I will be developing on a PC. My old page made extensive use of CSS, but beyond that was basic HTML. For the most part most of my web programming experience has been in Perl, but I’ve done very little in the last 7 or 8 years.

    I am not sure what I am going to use with the new page. I want a consistent, “modern” look throughout (my old page is very dated). I want some sort of embedded app to play the music – I don’t want a link that will either change the current page to a new page or open another window/tab.

    Dream Weaver is an option, but pricy. There is a new version of the MS program, Expression, coming out in a couple of weeks – it is a lot cheaper than DW (less than half the price). There are a few other programs out there, such as Site Spinner 2 and WebPlus X2 Website Maker. The reviews of these range from ecstatic to “stay away!” and I am not sure if either of them can handle music in the way I want, or enable me to create something that can (the second one seems to rely very heavily on templates).

    If anyone has any experience working with music with any web program, any feedback would be much appreciated.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Slightly OT - Web Building software

    My new site is done with Wordpress. Main reason: it's free!
    Dan Powers

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