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Web Page Design
for the inexperienced

 11:37 am on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I need to build a web page with primarily a catalogue of photographs displayed. I've never done this before, and wonder if Dreamweaver is the best way to go, although I am an MS Office user and accustomed to excel, Word, etc...
Is there something else out there that is simple to learn ( I've never coded anything but a macro in excel)?



 11:58 am on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi cybertiiger,
Welcome to WebmasterWorld.

Any WYSIWYG editor has a learning curve. A lot of people use Dreamweaver and like it. A lot of people use Frontpage / Frontpage Express.

You really need to try a few out to see what works best for you.

There are two free editors you might want to try. NVU and Html-kit. NVU is more like dreamweaver, but Html-kit has a lot more features, but is lacking on documentation.

Corey Bryant

 4:25 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

You might check out FrontPage since you are already accustomed to the MS products. It might be a less of a learning curve for you



 5:46 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Or you might consider learning html (then CSS), which I found far easier than Dreamweaver or any other WYSIWYG editor I have found........
Then you can create clean code when and as you really want it.


 5:52 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

learning html

yup - Right on the money. I leant HTML using Dreamweaver - you can see what effect your HTML is having on your page layout.

It's tricky to grasp at first - I should know, I learnt using it, but once you have a good idea of the basics the rest starts to get easier. It allows a nice mix of WYSIWYG and in-code editing.


 10:35 pm on Feb 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree - Dreamweaver seems generally far superior to Frontpage, and tends to make far leaner (tidier code + smaller file-size) pages.
But yes, the learning curve is definitely steeper. There are lots of fantastic tutorials online (many use interactive flash), so I recommend taking the harder but more rewarding route and doing the Dreamweaver thang :)


 7:11 pm on Feb 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yeah, Frontpage is a little bit easier for MS users. Try that.


 7:23 pm on Feb 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

go to [webmonkey.com...] they have great tutorials for beginners.

[edited by: Woz at 4:31 am (utc) on Feb. 12, 2005]
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