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WYSIWYG freeware? eg BlueGriffon
WYSIWYG freeware recommendations for developing a basic website

 9:14 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi guys I'm a newbie so go easy ok!

Please excuse the cross-posting - I didn't get any responses in the New To Web Development forum...

I read maddwraph's post 'Programs for developing a new basic website' & while it was interesting it didn't really offer too many software recommendations for developing a basic website.

Nearly 10 years ago I built my (very basic & clunky) business website using DreamWeaver. My site is sooooo out of date it's embarrassing & it's time for me to bring it into the 21st Century, lol!

Now I don't have DW installed on my W7 PC & am wondering if anyone can recommend any WYSIWYG freeware before I go buy the latest DW?

Eg has anybody tried [url]www.bluegriffon.org[/url] ?
Any comments?

In the long term I'm open to learning hand coding but for now I need to do some quick & long overdue updates to my old site while I work on the new one.



 9:58 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Is Nvu still around?


 10:56 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks - do you recommend that?


 11:05 am on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

I haven't really used it as I am a DW user but I remember downloading it about five years ago and being quite impressed by it.


 2:20 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

How about trying to use RAVEN NUKE ?

[ravennuke.com ]
Very Secure !

Hope that helps ...


 3:14 pm on Jun 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Has anybody tried [url]www.bluegriffon.org[/url] ?


 3:32 pm on Jun 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

I just replied in the other thread. As Nvu has come up here as well, its worth repeating that Nvu was succeeded by Komposer, and Blue Griffin is a complete re-write by the same developer.

Personally I hand code as its better in the long run, and a decent editor makes it easy.


 3:03 pm on Jun 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks Graeme - so what are some decent editors?


 12:24 pm on Jun 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

Its a matter of taste.

I currently use Komodo Edit. That is partly because it is very good, partly because I also use it for coding, and partly because it has very good support for Django templates. It can spot syntax errors in HTML and in many languages. It is cross platform. It is reasonable at editing files on remote servers.

vim and gvim are flexible, light and fast, but the learning curve is steep. Macvim if you are on a Mac, Gvim otherwise. Some people live it, some people hate it. Its worth having some familiarity because the console version is available in every Unix type OS so can be useful in emergencies if you have sites hosted on Unix or Linux.

Bluefish is also cross platform, but was never to my taste.

On Linux I like Kate. Together with Konqueror it is the best way of managing and editing files on a remote file system.

Gedit is mostly used on Linux, but is cross-platform.

All of the above are open source, and a number of others are freeware. Look through the forum for other options (especially Mac and Windows ones, because I cannot recommend them myself). Most of them have their advantages: try them out an pick what works for you.

I have gone from Quanta Plus, to Kate, to Komodo Edit, so keep your mind open to trying new editors as your needs change. Some people will disagree with that as they prefer to learn one editor really well, but I use different editors for different purposes (Komodo Edit for code and HTML templates, gvim for HTML marked up content and quick edits)


 1:38 pm on Jun 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks Graeme

My usage would be fairly basic & for now definitely Windows (not Linux or Mac etc). I'll have a look at Komodo & also check the Windows forums.
I appreciate your response.

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