Who doesnt own a web page nowadays? If
youre thinking about spicing up your web
page or (heaven forbid) move your web page off
that blogging host, consider some of these web
design programs that will make mastering the art
of html a breeze (well, not exactly, but with
these WYSIWYGWhat you see is what you gettools,
youll be a designing maniac in no time).
This is probably the best web design tool. Dubbed
as the Swiss Army Knife of web developers,
Dreamweaver at first could be quite overwhelming.
But with a little practice, youll wonder
how you ever survived without it.
Dont let the flash and Perl
options intimidate you. What rocks about Dreamweaver
is it supports CSS (Cascading Style Sheets),
which means you get to preview your work before
uploading it. It also integrates seamlessly
with other Macromedia products, so if youre
a genius when it comes to creating Flash presentations,
adding them in would be a cinch.
If youd like to learn a little bit about
html, you can also split the work screen to show
the WYSIWYG screen and the HTML encoding (what
better way to learn than to see what the code
actually looks like?). If html encoding is your
kind of thing, you can ditch the WYSIWYG option
altogether. And when you get really good at html,
Dreamweaver offers a code hinting,
which displays code options as you type, as well
as Snippets, which is a panel that
stores common pieces of html code that you always
seem to need.
Dreamweaver generally takes a lot of time to
learn, but take heart, its worth the training.
Microsoft FrontPage 2003
For those who love working with Microsoft Offices
tools (especially Word), this is the web design
program for you.
Its easy-to-use interface makes it easier
to access the editing features (unlike previous
editions). Just like Dreamweaver, it splits
the screen to show the html coding and the sites
layout. It also features CSS, which means stacking
up layers an option. Its Coding Editor also
has the Microsoft IntelliSense software, which
presents possible choices for the code that
youre laying out.
Although not offering as much eye candy as Dreamweaver,
FrontPage is perfect for small business and
Adobe GoLive 6.0
If you swear by Adobes products, then this
is a no-brainer for you. The format is just like
any other Adobe program, so getting familiar with
this software will be as easy as pie. It also
integrates all the Adobe products in ityoull
get to work closely with Photoshop, Illustrator,
and LiveMotion. Which means you get to drag other
Adobe files into GoLive. How sweet is that?
But as with any other Adobe program, if youre
not familiar with most Adobe products, it needs
a little time to get used to. Its quite
a heavyweight tool, and if youre not serious
about putting up that web page, you might end
up trading in this software for another.
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