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    Senior Member no motor?'s Avatar
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    Good web design software?

    I designed our website years ago mainly using Front Page Extensions, and due to some fantastic Microsoft upgrades, can't use them anymore. We've got the latest and greatest Microsoft Expressions Web 4 software, but that seems to be designed for web designers only. Most of the user forums contain answers like "you're beyond help because you're too stupid to know how to use this". I'd like to avoid yet another Microsoft learning curve (but am not even close to being ready to joining pcaddy and use that other brand of computers) to fix the parts of the website that have been removed due to the new and improved software, what's a better software package designed for the layman?

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    Adobe Dreamweaver is the best. Expensive though. Best way would be to learn HTML which is the code level programing and you will never have to go through a web development software learning cure again. It's not really that hard. I taught myself HTML and CSS by using online tutorials. You can find a community college program to speed up the curve.

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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    Around here, most everyone that doesn't use a web-based CMS (Drupal, mostly) uses DreamWeaver.
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    I always hated Front Page. I would write nice code in Notepad, and for grins bring it into Front Page and save a copy without making any changes. The copied file would be 1 1/2 times the size of the original.

    I use Word or Dreamweaver when I am feeling lazy. But nothing makes cleaner code than Notepad. I've also used Textpad.
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    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
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    I prefer vim to notepad, but same diff... plain text editor all the way.

    When I am working on the department's Drupal site, I usually open up the panel I am editing and go straight to the Source view.
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    I really like Dreamweaver. Saves a tonne of time in producing web-sites relative to other tools. Also compliant with HTML-5 so your investment in software and time in developing sites will last longer into the future.

    For more complex sites requiring DB back-end, I really like Cold Fusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I always hated Front Page. I would write nice code in Notepad, and for grins bring it into Front Page and save a copy without making any changes. The copied file would be 1 1/2 times the size of the original.

    I use Word or Dreamweaver when I am feeling lazy. But nothing makes cleaner code than Notepad. I've also used Textpad.
    I think you missed the part about layman.

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