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    Question Easiest Web Design

    I could have done a search, but the way all things computer change I doubt that I would have gotten the latest advise.

    What is the easiest to learn and use web design program?

    Mind you that I don't have a 12 year old to help me. Word and Excel are about my limitations, so I need to keep it simple.

    I'd appreciate your input.
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    Macromedia Dreamweaver is very easy. WSYWIG- What you see is what you get.

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    Dreamweaver for sure. It's fast, powerful, WYSWIG...has a site manager...everything. STAY AWAY from stuff like FrontPage. It's very proprietary and tries to push your finished product towards Microsofts own browser. Very bad idea. The web is for everyone.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    do you no longer have the files from your old site?
    it was pretty nice

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    I have all my photos on disc. My camera uses the 3" CD's, I have a stack of them.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    I mean all the html files that make up the website
    whoever built the last website created all those files and then copied them to wherever the website was hosted, but if you can find the original files then the website is built, you just need a place to put it online

    Dave

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    Default Oh,

    No, I don't. When I moved into my current home I lost a lot of files due to some computer problems and all that stuff is gone. Lucky for me it was mostly just pictures. I didn't like how complicated that program was, I had to get out the manual every time I wanted to add or delete something. It was not user friendly.
    Bullseye Bill in The Scenic Flint Hills , KS
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    i have tried a lot of the GUI web design programs out there and i always go back to a simple text editor and keep a HTML web page reference up. I write all my hobby websites by hand. it may take a little longer and one has to understand html to a greater detail but you know whats under the hood and can make fine tuned changes/updates. Another advantage to a manual approach is you can stick with the W3c guidelines (http://www.w3.org/)so your site can be viewed by multiple browsers...some of those WYSIWG programs only work for a specific browser (namely MS IE specific flavors) but in other browsers it looks terrible.

    here are a couple sites i have done in the past couple years,

    http://www.scoobytribute.com
    http://www.fvbaptist.org

    feel free to private message me any web questions.
    Last edited by shughes; 04-07-2007 at 11:02 AM.

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    what was the address of your old website?
    there are "ways" to solve these problems

    Dave

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    Macromedia Dreamweaver -- Where would you recommend purchasing this? Would someone here on this site be willing to be a reference person for me in case I have any questions? I would like to work on setting up a site this spring/summer. Not sure how long it will take either...

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    Jeff, Dreamweaver is an fairly expensive program, I think ($399 from what I can see). I use an open source program called Kompozer. It too is WYSIWYG and fairly easy to use. There's a forum where you can get help, also.
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    macromedia.com
    it's pricey, it's the Cadillac of web development tools
    look around, you can find nice stuff that's free

    Dave

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    Ann and Dave, thanks for the information. I appreciate it. I have been thinking about setting up a web site for for a long time now and just didn't know where to get started. I was thinking of private messaging a few folks in here that have really nice web sites, but hadn't got around to it yet. So, now I have a starting point and read and investigate...Thanks again.

    I am glad someone started this thread...

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    I went here, and it helped me choose a free program called nuv(? not sure thats correct):

    http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmled...a/aa121304.htm

    It walks you through a questionare that helps narrow down what you really need .
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    Has anyone tried MS Expression Web yet? I've played with the trial version a little. Apparently Frontpage is being phased out.

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    I also downloaded the Nvu software. It is great so far...
    A friend built the site and now I'm planning to use Nvu to update it.
    Just a tiny site for now but hopefully I can build it up.

    www.overlandhoney.com

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    NVU is no longer under development. KompoZer is actually a 'bug fix' for NVU. I used NVU for years, KompoZer is exactly the same with bugs removed and a couple of improvements. It's a work in progress (but not from the same developer).

    The guy who wrote NVU is now working on something called Composer2 (I believe) which will be a Mozilla program that'll work well with Firefox (and IE, cuz everything has to work with IE ). No betas out on it yet, from what I can see.
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    I've been using FrontPage for years and undertsand it, as far as my limited knowledge of all of its features goes. My son gave me Dreamweaver and I don't understand it at all. I'm trying to learn, though,because it does neat things like layers more easily. I like Photoshop better than Fireworks, but again, that's what I learned on.
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    If you're willing to learn HTML here's a nice editor:
    http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
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    Default debugging javascript in IE

    this is a bit off bullseye's original topic but,
    how can you debug javascript in IE?
    I use venkman

    http://www.mozilla.org/projects/venkman/

    to get stuff working under firefox then I run it in IE and get errors
    it's a real pain to trace things down without a debugger
    ideas?

    Dave

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