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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.
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 ;)
My strong point is the creation of content and I enjoy writing these articles and doing the marketing.
&... 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]
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!
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.
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]
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.
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.
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!
[edited by: Chapman at 6:56 pm (utc) on July 19, 2006]
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.