I've been out of web site development for the past 2 years and would like to get back into it. I now need to re-evaluate what tools would be good for developing web sites. I am not a beginner and have extensive knowledge at almost all levels of development from the internal obscure to the GUI. I basically need some info to bring me up-to-date.
* At the basic level, I need to design a web site based on templates so that I can easily change the look and feel when necessary with little or no pain.
* Should be a good WYSIWYG.
* Would be nice if it integrated well with Microsoft .NET technologies (ASP.NET web pages, SQL Server database access, etc.)
* No need for Flash support. If I need Flash, I'll use the tools from Macromedia.
Out of all the development environments I'm guessing this is going to be your best bet for what you are looking for. The most recent version is more capable, with decent markup for different server languages & good hand code options - more so than a text editor like:
HTMLkit and Notepad++ - are my other favourites but not the complete environment you seek -
DW templates are quite handy - especially if you combine them with static (library) and server side includes.
Looks like it's going to be tied intoo closely with .net, asp.net, etc. for me, but should be right up your alley. It's based on Frontpage 2003 so has a really good coding environment and css support and standards are supposed to be beefed up even more in the new version.