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garagemark
09-26-2010, 04:21 PM
Since I have this new connection, I have the opportunity to revive my web site. My ISP will host it (no details yet) and It will use common FTP upload.

However, it has been many moons since I had a website. Last software I used, and still have, is Microsoft Front Page 2000. Anyone have or know of easier or better web builders, preferably cheap?

JoeFin
09-26-2010, 04:24 PM
MS Frontpage is loaded down with Megatons of additional, repetitious code not necessary for a clean page Google will index readily

mechanicalmagic
09-26-2010, 05:34 PM
I have been using NVU for years, easy and logical.
Quick change between WYSIWYG and code.
One button to upload 'Publish"

A very fast/easy learning curve for me.
http://net2.com/nvu/

And it's free.
YMMV.
DJ

MrDan
09-26-2010, 05:40 PM
MS Frontpage is loaded down with Megatons of additional, repetitious code not necessary for a clean page Google will index readily

+1 on that advice. My wife was a professional web developer before we had kids. I'm a novice developer. Front Page is the devil, just say no. Last program I used was Adobe Dreamweaver. Too powerful for small stuff. I used another free application that worked well for me but I just can't recall it's name. I'd look for free apps that have decent reviews. Basic web development isn't the rocket surgery it used to be.

I found this on a quick google search for alternative to dreamweaver. http://blog.webdistortion.com/2008/04/12/webdesign-on-a-budget-six-free-alternatives-to-dreamweaver/

Evan
09-26-2010, 07:30 PM
Totally forget anything to do with Microsoft when it comes to building a web page. The only thing worse than Frontpage is using Word to create a web page. :eek: :eek:

There are plenty of options. The first thing to check is if your ISP offers built in online creation tools. There are some pretty nice and easy to use web tools that make it very easy to create nice looking pages. Everything resides on the server so there is nothing to install at your end. Templates are provided and in most cases you can customize them if you wish.

If you don't like the options your ISP provides then there are very good deals to be had on web hosting services. I pay $100 per year for my hosting service and they provide a huge selection of software and other services all as part of the package. It also include no limits on traffic, disk space or e-mail accounts, unlimited domains, forums, blogging and commercial traffic and I can even resell the service which I do to several accounts. My web hosting doesn't cost me anything and I even make a little money on it.

rustamd
09-26-2010, 07:51 PM
Google Sites is free builder with either purchased or free domain.

AllThumbz
09-26-2010, 08:03 PM
Garagemark,

I was in exactly the same situation when I decided to buy some web hosting over at StartLogic...

I did a lot of reading at http://www.thesitewizard.com/, and, on their suggestion, I downloaded KomPozer, which is the successor to NVU. It is totally free, and seems to be easy enough to learn. My web host also has FrontPage extensions, but MS isn't supporting it anymore since they came out with web expressions.

Hope this helps....


Best,


Nelson

dp
09-26-2010, 08:15 PM
Ask your ISP to install WordPress blogging software and blog it. Much less work. I'm an ISP and I approve this message.

WordPress examples:
http://MetalWorkingAtHome.com/
http://Circle-of-Confusion.net/
http://MilosMachineShed.com/
http://TheVirtualBarAndGrill.com/
http://TorchSingerCreations.com/wordpress/

goose
09-26-2010, 10:59 PM
As mentioned, many 'web building" applications are available online, either free or semi-free. They're usually pre-formatted templates you fill in. Kind of lame. Intuit is one (better known for quick-books and other software), also GoDaddy and many other web hosting sites offer the same service.

A good basic HTML editor, if so inclined, is Homesite, from Adobe. I think it's around $100. The free HTML editors universally suck, IMO. They're loaded with advertising, upgrading to "professional version" only removes the advertising, and they still suck, and the price isn't a bargain either.

Dreamweaver is great, price about $500 - $600 range, but a long learning curve, and you won't need about 90 percent of what it has to build a simple, good HTML based web design.



Gary