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Need feedback for design software

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Msg#: 3828615 posted 9:30 pm on Jan 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

I know there has been questions for design software earlier, but I take the chance to ask again as it seems to be some time since last time.

I'm an amateur using html today, but I need to make it easier to update.
But my main goal is not to make update easy but to keep my ranking as high as possible and have a clean W3C code(even that I know something will happend when I download my new pages, but this is probably another problem I have to deal with when I'm ready).
My second goal is easynes (Wyswyg ?) and my third goal is flexibility.

For this reason I have to ask you that is professional in this game.
I have slightly been looking into
PHP Designer,
Rapid PHP Editor,
But as said earlier I have no knowledge of this and need your opinion, also for other alternatives.



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Msg#: 3828615 posted 11:42 pm on Jan 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

There are lots of different editors out there and to an extent the choice of software depends greatly on your web development experience. Another factor will be the language you intend to develop in.

Is your current website built entirely in html and if so do you use css either inline or as an external css file.

Do you use a scripting language such as asp, php or perl within your site. This will limit the choices available to you.

What experience level are you at as a developer. The reason I ask this is to work out how much help you will need from the editor. For people with little or no experience it is oftem far easier to use a wysiwyg (what you see is what you get). But this has its drawbacks. You are very much limited by what the software can do, not what you, the designer want it to do.

For experienced users a plain text editor is sometimes a better solution. This allows the designer to have total control over the layout and not be restricted to what his/her editor can do.

There are exceptions to this rule though.. Many modern editors allow you to use the software as a wysiwyg tool or as a code editor. With such software you are able to work on layout in design view, then swap over to code view to make fine adjustments or to correct or optimise the code.

What I suggest you do is download some trial versions such as expressions and adobe and see what works for you. But remember notepad can be just as good. it all comes down to you.


Edited for typos (bad moderator lol)

[edited by: mack at 1:16 am (utc) on Jan. 22, 2009]


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Msg#: 3828615 posted 1:15 am on Jan 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I agree with Mack. Depending on the level of experience you have and what you are trying to achieve will have a direct outcome on choosing what software is right for you.

If you are new to the game, I would suggest a WYSIWYG program. A great example of this is Adobe Dreamweaver CS4. It has the coder option where you can enter code to design your site; wysiwyg option so you can see exactly what you are creating; and split view so you can see the design or code as you are creating it.

It is what I use and it has been a great learning tool. There are several other similar programs on the market today that will allow a free trial download so you can mess around with and eventually choose which one is right for you.


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Msg#: 3828615 posted 11:57 pm on Jan 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot for your feedback. It's very helpful to have experienced user with this knowledge.

My experience is solely based om HTML with CSS, and using Wysiwyg (different packages). Through this I learned the code that was created by software.
After 5 years with HTML I want to go one step further.

I agree that I need to go for a wysiwyg software again as long as my knowledge is on the level it is at the moment.
I have heard lot of good thing and some bad thing regard Dreamweaver. I guess this also in some extent depends on the user and what they expect to achieve.

I have 2 sites. One in my local language and one in English. My local site is doing very well, so my intention was to use my english site as an experiment and hope to get what I want within a year. Web design was (is ?) mainly a hobby, but after success with good ranking it is now become more serious. But still I have to start on the level I actually am at the moment.

Is it possible to download Dremaweaver for let say 3 weeks evaluation ?
And IF I belive I can do some coding directly without Dreamweaver within a few years, is it then possible to edit this "Dremweaver code" with any other software ?


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Msg#: 3828615 posted 12:07 am on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

You can get a 30 day trial of Dreamweaver. Go to Adobe's website to download your trial.

Dreamweaver creates standard .htm files along with a whole host of other files such as .css, .php, etc... All of these files can be modified in any other code editor.


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Msg#: 3828615 posted 9:50 pm on Jan 22, 2009 (gmt 0)


Thanks a lot

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