Recommended DIY website software?

#1
Despite having been a senior IT manager for a major international corporation, I've never tried to compile my own website. I'm currently using an old copy of MS Frontpage, but not finding it particularly helpful or intuitive (Step 1: Is your PC switched on? Step 2: Write your webpage. Step 3: Upload your webpage. Step 4: Here are 100 web tools that you'll never need and which we won't explain, so don't press the wrong button by mistake...., etc).

Whats a decent step-by-step "websites-for-dummies" package thats actually written in plain English, or has a dead easy interface?
 
#3
4(T) said:
Whats a decent step-by-step "websites-for-dummies" package thats actually written in plain English, or has a dead easy interface?

Your "websites for dummies" comment is actually quite a good one. There are a few of the for dummies series of books devoted to web authoring/design which can be incredibly useful. They also give trial versions of software on a DVD included with the book that you can try while you complete the exercises in the book.

I'm a dreamweaver fan - its bloody expensive but a trial version can be downloaded from Macromedia's website of the latest offering, and older Version 4 licences are not that expensive to buy on ebay. The software is aimed at the professional, but remains extremely easy to use if you only want to do the basics. It also handles the FTP upload of your site and the file/extension management etc. Excellent software all round.

You can also do yourself a great deal of favours by learning basic HTML - makes de-bugging and cleaning up your code alot easier.
 
#4
Dreamweaver all the way mate, once you know a little HTML you'll fly through dreamweaver, and if you ever get stuck, either get that 'for dummies' book, or ask a website maker like myself or Boney...
 

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#5
Dreamweaver MX as mentioned above.

Utterly intuitive. Very easy to use and does all of the work for you.
 
#8
jinxy said:
Netscape Composer. Those above will remove you from the actual code. Better yet any old book of HTML and use Notepad.
And if you want to be really uncomfortable you could sleep on a bed of nails and eat raw nettles.
 
#9
jinxy said:
Netscape Composer. Those above will remove you from the actual code. Better yet any old book of HTML and use Notepad.
Why stand up when you can sit down?

Why sit down when you can lay down?

Why lay down when you can levitate? and use DW, like the man said.


I'd like to experiment with Joomla but unable to find time to get out of the hammock...
 
#10
4(T) said:
Despite having been a senior IT manager for a major international corporation, I've never tried to compile my own website. I'm currently using an old copy of MS Frontpage, but not finding it particularly helpful or intuitive (Step 1: Is your PC switched on? Step 2: Write your webpage. Step 3: Upload your webpage. Step 4: Here are 100 web tools that you'll never need and which we won't explain, so don't press the wrong button by mistake...., etc).

Whats a decent step-by-step "websites-for-dummies" package thats actually written in plain English, or has a dead easy interface?
Easy:

1. Open Notepad
2. Copy and paste the following into notepad:

<html><colour=red><body>Hello World!</body></colour></html>

3. Save it as Index.html.

4. Get some webspace and host the file.

5. Voila.

:)
 
#11
Thanks for the responses.

Been away trying out the Coffee Cup link provided by Interceptor; yes its pretty good, although I had to upgrade to the "trial" version in order to activate the drag-and-drop facility, which was the sort of thing I was after. Now stuck on trying to format some tables (column widths, justification, borders) - Coffee Cup seems quite poor at this.

Yes, I understand how to compile HTML, but its not exactly user-friendly compared to a drag-and-drop package which can be compared to Powerpoint for ease of use.
 
#12
4(T) said:
Thanks for the responses.

Been away trying out the Coffee Cup link provided by Interceptor; yes its pretty good, although I had to upgrade to the "trial" version in order to activate the drag-and-drop facility, which was the sort of thing I was after. Now stuck on trying to format some tables (column widths, justification, borders) - Coffee Cup seems quite poor at this.

Yes, I understand how to compile HTML, but its not exactly user-friendly compared to a drag-and-drop package which can be compared to Powerpoint for ease of use.
14 days later and you compare some shareware web development tool to Powerpoint. FFS man, why didn't you just pay for Dreamweaver MX or something.
 
#13
DW Mx is ok, didn't take long to master once you know the basics, and depending on how you use it.

Just about to switch my site to Joomla (thanks to my friendly web guru), supposed to be easy but not actually tried it yet.

If you get hosted byYahoo, you could try their own inhouse site builder, as long as you're not making a massive website (in size) it's actually quite easy, if a little buggy sometimes.

Zee choice is yours!
 
#14
4T, what exactly do you want the site for?
It may be the case that there is something freely available that will do what you need - e.g. if you want a forum, then you can't go far wrong with dragonfly/cpgnuke/phpbb, if you need a cms then joomla, xoops & various others will fit the bill nicely, if you need a phot gallery, I always recommend minigal. Don't try to reinvent the wheel - someone may have already done all the hard work for you.


TTFN

BFG
 
#15
I'm just doing a basic "things for sale" site: simple home page with logo and text, then one or more pages of templates where I can insert a standard-size photo and a text paragraph for each item. Much like a photo-gallery.

Don't need all the bells & whistles - which is why I wasn't planning on spending £170 on dreamweaver, etc....
 
#16
In that case, have a look at oscommerce - it should do everything you need - & if you're happy with the standard look & feel / functionality - it's free.
 
#17
Apologies for the ancient thread resurrection.

My son (age 9) wants me to help him build a Website (for blogging etc) and I know bugger all about how to do this.
I'm looking for a web design package and a web hosting service. It needs to be easy to use and free if possible (or very cheap), I'd like to start with something simple and hopefully develop it from there.

Any recommendations or things to avoid?

Shiny
 
#18
WordPress. Really, really simple



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#19
Once you're up and running with whatever software you go for, you may find this dead handy as a reference for HTML: HTML 4.01 / XHTML 1.0 Reference

It's where I always go when I need to check the syntax for a particular HTML tag, or find out what tag I need for a particular job.

But it is just for the details of HTML -- you'll need to go elsewhere to learn how to build a site.
 
#20
Apologies for the ancient thread resurrection.

My son (age 9) wants me to help him build a Website (for blogging etc) and I know bugger all about how to do this.
I'm looking for a web design package and a web hosting service. It needs to be easy to use and free if possible (or very cheap), I'd like to start with something simple and hopefully develop it from there.

Any recommendations or things to avoid?

Shiny
head to www.1and1.co.uk there will be a hosting and homepage package to suit yer pocket mate
 

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