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Consulting for FP or switch to DW?

4:21 pm on Feb 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have recently been added as the website manager in a small non-profit group, due to the fact that I have had nominal experience with FP in the past and can use a computer.

My group has set up a fairly large site (website and 3 subwebs), but it was set up almost three years ago by people long gone and by people who did not know much about web design (the lev nav bar is a .gif!).

For whatever reason, they seem to have a number of 'quirks' in the system....if you ask FP to check broken hyperlinks, it goes and recodes all the asp pages...will randomly turn off the .gif hotspots, FP won't let you preview the page without first saving it (which automatically updates on the web).

I am by no means a professional...and neither is anyone else in the office. Our budget is tight, but the group wants to overhaul the website. I am wondering what you all think about either switching to DW (and to MX or 8? Pros? Cons?), or, to stick with FP and have someone come in to help us figure out all these little annoying issues (keep in mind costs)?

Additional to keep in mind are the people available here - we will never have the budget for a true IT/Web person- in terms of being able to 'pass on' the website to others when employees come and go.

Thanks in advance

4:26 pm on Feb 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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There is a free Open Source editor NVU

It may or may not do the task but it is free, so it will cost you a little in time but not in money.


2:31 am on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Switching to DW is not going to fix the broken site.

Just going by your description, you might have to do a lot of hand work :/

5:05 pm on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ok, so...if we upload what we have in FrontPage to Dreamweaver (which I have read you can do), all of the problems will likely follow?

I guess the bigger problem is not having someone here anymore with the expertise here to go through and find out by hand what is going on.

It sounds like my options are:
1. rebuilding the site from scratch using Dreamweaver
2. trying to find some one affordable (hah) to come in and figure out whats going on.