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Old 03-30-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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What is the best program for web design? My dad is starting a new business and I used to know HTML back in the day, so I promised to help set up a website for him. But back in the day (late 90's, early 2000s) I just used HTML. Websites created these days look so much better and are much more intricate because they are often created using hi-tech programs with fancy gizmos. Just wondering if any of you knew what these programs were? I've heard of Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Frontpage so far, but can't tell which is better.

Any thoughts?
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:20 PM
 
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I prefer Dreamweaver but I also use PSPad for hand coding.

You can also try these shareware editors that are really good:

Arachnophilia Editor
* Arachnophilia

CoffeeCup HTML Editor
The HTML Editor - Your best Web design friend | CoffeeCup Software


Stay away from MS Frontpage - no serious professional designer uses it.
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Yes, Dreamweaver is really a much more professional tool than Frontpage, with loads of extensions and add-ons available, plus it works seamlessly with the other Adobe tools like Photoshop and Flash. And even though they both use a WYSIWYG interface, Dreamweaver code is still true "360 code", meaning it only generates what you put in.

Unlike Frontpage, which seems to automatically add little things (like <span> tags) to the underlying html code, to the point that you actually start to get spelling mistakes when you're re-working pages!
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Old 03-31-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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yea a couple of guys i know who program for a living recommend dreamweaver too. they say its tough to learn right off the bat, but that the tutorials are pretty good. i have to make sure this website looks as professional as possible once it launches in May/June. Feel pretty good about going with Dreamweaver. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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The fact of the matter is, basic HTML will still build a great looking site provided the we designer knows how to put it together and can use Photoshop. Dreamweaver is probably still the best all-around app though.
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