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9:36 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

i'm looking to build a couple more sites to put adsense on. I built my current one using Dreamweaver from scratch. It looks ok but took me ages to build and takes me ages to update / add too.

I'm not that good at the webdesign stuff and don't paticuarly enjoy it. I see it as a necessary evil. My strong point is the creation of content and I enjoy writing these articles and doing the marketing.

I've been looking at XSITEPRO but thought i'd ask your good selves for advice before purchasing anything.

I don't need flashy sites just sites to host content (and adsense). I'd like to keep webdeisgn / building time down to a minium. Should I buy a package like XSITEPRO or should I just as a friend suggested buy website templates for Dreamweaver?

Any advice / experiences gratefully received.

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i use VIGS for large portal style software and Xsitepro for small sites and salespages.

I do prefer VIGS, more flexibility and power

9:54 am on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Own CMS developt since 1997

The CMS was base of my company for giving seminars about internet promotion to the advertising department of companies.

Only problem: by far not enough documentation to sell it without seminar.

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My strong point is the creation of content and I enjoy writing these articles ...

Same here, which is why I use Joomla CMS. The software itself is free, and there are some great templates available. Once the site's set up, I can concentrate on writing instead of worrying about Dreamweaver, design, etc. I don't think I'd even remember how to construct a site in DW anymore ;)

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vim

:)

Seriously, I write my stuff all in vim. Typically I have a single template which will load up the main content of the page that I've written, keeping the same look and feel.

Of course, it's not for everyone.

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My strong point is the creation of content and I enjoy writing these articles and doing the marketing.

WordPress
&... Dreamweaver or other WYSIWYG editor for template customization.

If you will update the site(s) often, make sure to use a CMS and stop the historical way of building and uploading pages.

[edited by: Alioc at 11:02 am (utc) on July 19, 2006]

12:35 pm on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Text editor - EditPad Lite using CSS, 100+ sites, no employees.

took me ages to build and takes me ages to update / add too.

One simple text include and I can update a section immediately, change the style sheet and an entire site changes in a click.

I have a test url where new ideas etc are always under evaluation before chucking them at the real world. It's great fun trying new things with CSS, WYSIWYG's are so 1990's!

I'm not that good at the webdesign stuff and don't paticuarly enjoy it.

I'm garbage at design however very strong in methodical directory construction. I pay to have good aesthetic design, nothing else, the rest is down to me!

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Seriously, I write my stuff all in vim.

gives me the heebie jeebies, just thinking back to when I had to use vim. and you 'choose' to use this? :)

I tend to take things easier now after using dreamweaver, text editors, and started using Joomla. Lots of free templates to choose from and modify, and creating content is a breeze once you get the hang of it.

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vim

?

I must be getting old. Vim used to be something I scoured the bath with ;)

1:27 pm on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Frontpage 2003. I know some hate it, but it works for me. The dynamic templates let me change menus and common areas quickly and easily
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malachite, vim is a unix based text editor that is in a world all it's own. It has a lot of commands that are not as mainstream as most text editors. Many programmers use it.
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It's basically unix vi with a gui.

I'm a vi or die person myself. Been using it for over twenty years. Even vim gives me the wimwams. I've been known to use notepad or the code section of Front Page in a pinch.

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I use plain old vi :)
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I am using Dreamweaver and FrontPage 2003 and utilizing CSS as often for both.

I do find FrontPage to be the fastest to work with, while Dreamweaver has many more options.

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rden17, thank you for trying to enlighten me :)

The two posts following yours are complete gobbledegook to me, and words "programmers use it" sends shivers down my spine. I think I'll choose to remain blissfully ignorant ;)

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vim

vim? vim? Real men (and women) use ed. None of your fancy visual editing there.

;)

Seriously, I belong to the "rolled my own CMS" department.

But for uncomplicated sites, I've heard good things about WordPress and MoveableType, which are actually blog software but can be used as simple CMSs as well.

[edited by: zCat at 5:49 pm (utc) on July 19, 2006]

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I use Notepad for my older sites based on html files (it has some nice UTF-8 coding which can work with you and against you), vim for editing script and program based sites because of the syntax highlighting properties and WordPress and Mambo for the quick projects.

Of the latter two CMS systems, I prefer WordPress because it has a less heavy administrator interface, and is easier to optimize for search engines.

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For HTML/CSS and PHP/MySQL I usally use HTMLKit. Sometimes Crimson Editor. Rarely Notepad.

I have a couple of sites with a rudimentary, roll your own CMS.

I have for the past year been working with highly modified versions of Joomla. OpenSEF seems to solve the bulk of the dup content issues common to open source CMS solutions. Templates are relatively easy to develop in both HTMLKit and Dreamweaver.

The main downside to Joomla at this point is that it remains table based, resulting in code bloat. I understand that there are groups working to solve that problem.

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I use Visual Studio .NET, SQL Server, TextPad and a home grown content management system.

I'm a developer by trade, so I tend stick with what I know or what I can control.

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notepad / wordpad all the way.
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Site development tools:

Text editor> EditPlus2 which replaced HTMLPad/PFE32

Graphics editor> PaintShop Pro 1.4 (no other version)

Browser> Opera 8.5 (almost the most important tool)

Search and Replace for Windows (by Funduc Software Inc.) for massive (multi-line) changes (including regular expression capabilities)

CSS for one-touch updates (not really a tool but too important to ignore!)

File/Directory/Compression/FTP utility> PowerDesk Pro 5.0 (Windows Explorer replacement)

I like my code lean and clean. I want to know the purpose of every tag and character. I used FrontPage once and almost gagged when I reviewed the results!

Chapman

[edited by: Chapman at 6:56 pm (utc) on July 19, 2006]

8:23 pm on July 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I use EditPlus2 as the text editor. It's extremely user friendly.

I have found for me what is the easiest way to do this. I purchased a one year membership at a site where you can download so many templates per day that use CSS. I can then customize them to my hearts desire. I'm not a programmer and for me this has been extremely easy to do.

I use Adobe Photoshop 7 for graphics editing. A tough program to learn, but I'm learning and it's awesome.

 

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