Website building software recommendation

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Found 9th Sep 2010
Hi guys,

I'm trying to get myself into web design and had just bought my first domain name.

Can anyone recommend a good easy to use website building software with templates etc.?

Thanks!

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You should use Dreamweaver and read web design tutorials or at least get a free template and edit it well rather than using website building software as from my experience they are all terrible.

+1 DW is the way forward like, combined with Fireworks, and Photoshop

Original Poster

Thanks guys. Problem is, am an absolute beginner so I think dreamweaver might be a little too complicated to get into right away which is why I was thinking a WYSIWYG type web building software first.

Wordpress is a good starter. There are tutorials online that show how to install it and get started.

I use it for my blog: games247.co.uk/

Nice blog.

The beauty of Wordpress is that there are hundreds of templates and plug-ins, lots of which are free and easy to setup.

you wanting to do it as a hobby or for a job / paid freelancer?

If hobby then just install wordpress, and install themes.

If as a job then you have a hell of a long way to go IMO. You need to learn xhtml, css, browser testing, search engine optimisation and conversions.

First step, learn xhtml & css at w3schools.com then learn the others as you go.

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i also recommend wordpress, It's GREAT

Rapid Weaver on Mac OSX is the best so far

heovang

Rapid Weaver on Mac OSX is the best so far



Prefer Coda

faevilangel

Prefer Coda



Is it better ? As I always use Rapid Weaver all the time..never try Coda, might give it a go..looks decent

Can you integrate Paypal merchant, such as PayLoom on it ? cause I know Payloom only works with Rapid Weaver
Edited by: "heovang" 9th Sep 2010

heovang

Is it better ? As I always use Rapid Weaver all the time..never try Coda, … Is it better ? As I always use Rapid Weaver all the time..never try Coda, might give it a go..looks decentCan you integrate Paypal merchant, such as PayLoom on it ? cause I know Payloom only works with Rapid Weaver



No idea, only used coda like twice (when I had to use a mac)

Try X5, its a doddle to use, sure it has its limitations but is more than enough for most people, you can download a free copy of a magazine cd version here:
personalweb.about.com/od/…htm
link with code is about half way down the page

Original Poster

Thanks guys for the tips

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The problem is with Wordpress is that you’re not going to “learn” anything about web design especially coding. The same applies if you use a WYSIWYG editor.

The best way to learn is to follow some simple guides online about HTML. It really is a frighteningly simple language to learn and you don’t even need Dreamweaver, do it in Notepad like 90% of the nerds that have ever learnt it.

If you want to learn how to design websites, you need to start with the very, very basics and build from there.

If you jump into something like Wordpress, you’re not learning anything other than how to select another template to make your blog look different. Whereas if you learn HTML, then CSS etc you can go inside your Wordpress templates and change them and make them your own.

DJ1

The problem is with Wordpress is that you’re not going to “learn” anyth … The problem is with Wordpress is that you’re not going to “learn” anything about web design especially coding. The same applies if you use a WYSIWYG editor. The best way to learn is to follow some simple guides online about HTML. It really is a frighteningly simple language to learn and you don’t even need Dreamweaver, do it in Notepad like 90% of the nerds that have ever learnt it. If you want to learn how to design websites, you need to start with the very, very basics and build from there. If you jump into something like Wordpress, you’re not learning anything other than how to select another template to make your blog look different. Whereas if you learn HTML, then CSS etc you can go inside your Wordpress templates and change them and make them your own.



You are right, I learned HTML and CSS in notepad++

It depends what you want to achieve.

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email 'developer' on here for some advice, then do the opposite, you shouldn't go far wrong then.

Joomla is the future. Easy to use. Professional looking. Customisable. I've loads of help tutorials and I'm willing to help you out if you like.

+1 for Dreamweaver.

I built a site for a friend of mine who coaches an under 12 football team. Before that he had no experience of anything like Dreamweaver, but after using it a few month he is pretty slick with it now.

Once you realise it is not that different from a word processor app you can just relax and play around a bit. It is not like you can break anything
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