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Need Advise On Website Design Software


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#1 SFB

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:09 PM

OK, I'm going to open Pandora's box by asking this question. What is the best web design software upgrade for my particular need?

1- I am well versed in using FP 2000 to work several church websites that are currently published online. I am computer and software literate. But in a self taught environment I do not wish to spend the time to learn a complicated program without a manual or a detailed help menu. That is because Church = Non-profit = Mostly volunteering.
2- It is important that new software isn't so complicate that I can't teach an "assistant WM" to do what I would do with it.
3- I've ruled out website builder programs in favor of website creation programs. The former category is easy to use and easy to teach, but they limit one's creativity in doing a web page. It's "do it my way or else."
4- WordPress looks to be easy to use, but it appears to be more for Blog site use than doing "real" websites. I have also researched WebEasy Pro. The advertising looks good, but I don't believe everything I read until someone else verifies it. I have looked into Expression software, but it appears that I could just go with FP 2003 so as to have an easier learning curve.
5- Cost is an issue. Somewhere on the south side of $500. The farther south the better, but one gets what they pay for.
6- The program needs to be WYSIWYG. I can do HTML, but the aforementioned 'assistances' won't be able to do that.

So to sum this all up: I need a step up from FP 2000, that I can learn fairly easily, and then train someone else to use.

I appreciate any advise.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:10 AM

There are quite a few similar topics in this section already. Have you looked at any of those? There are quite a few free apps that are adequate.

No matter the software, there is going to be a learning curve. That said, I have heard good things about Web Matrix, although I have never used it.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:43 PM

There are quite a few similar topics in this section already. Have you looked at any of those? There are quite a few free apps that are adequate.

No matter the software, there is going to be a learning curve. That said, I have heard good things about Web Matrix, although I have never used it.


Yes sir, I did. Most of the posts I read thru are at least 2-3 years old. The ones that are more current are about Template based websites and that won't help me. If you have a suggestion on where I can go inside the site to find something current, it would be helpful. In the mean time, I'll check out Web Matrix. Thanks

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 11:15 AM

Wordpress is good but if you want more proffesional something and if you know html well you can use Dreamweaver which is the pioneer at this area(Web design).


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:12 PM

Geany.  Cross platform and simple to use.






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