Which is the best software to build a web site with.

by Lady
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I hope this question is not too vague, I would like to know what are your favorite and not so favorite software to use when creating website?
#build #site #software #web
  • Profile picture of the author Fitnessdad
    Xsitepro 2 _ Favorite

    Wordpress make nice sites

    All others seem to distract me from creating content by have a larger learning cure ie Expression Web
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Klein
    It depends on the type of site you are trying to build.
    Dreamweaver and Wordpress are the two I would recommend the most but again, it depends on what your needs are.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady
      Thank you, so I am not crazy. A tech guy in Best Buy said I could not launch it to my site using wordpress.
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      • Profile picture of the author jrstanesa
        I wouldn't really rely on advice from techs at BestBuy regarding websites. They might know hardware but, with all due respect, websites are not their primary business.

        There any number of options to get a website up and running. Like most responders, here it depends upon what you want to do? Are you looking to promote a product or service? Start a club or membership group? Post some information? A blog, or a free website creator are 2 very easy ways to get started. I've seen complete newbies use Weebly and get up and running quickly and inexpensively. WordPress or other blog software is another very simple way to get started right away. Traditional "old school" developers and designers will move you towards DreamWeaver or other types but that requires more knowledge on your part of html, and ftp and lots of other acronyms. For the new person, focus on the content and what you are trying to accomplish and you can worry about the design as you go and learn more. With WordPress for example there are lots of good-looking basic templates you can use to put up a nice looking blog/website, thus you can focus on the content as providing value to your readers.

        Hope that helps....
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        • Profile picture of the author SteveSch
          Hi all,

          True story. Not Best B but close enough.

          I was in an Office Depot and I happened to overhear their computer tech with a customer.

          Customer: So what's the difference between the 4 core and the 2 core Intel?

          Tech: Well the 4 core has twice as many cores so it's essentially twice as fast.

          I had a nice talk with the store manager about processors and numbers of cores.

          I wouldn't even believe Best B about the hardware side. Check everything.

          Steve

          Originally Posted by jrstanesa View Post

          I wouldn't really rely on advice from techs at BestBuy regarding websites. They might know hardware but,
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady
      In addition he said i needed something from adobe that included flash... Really?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Klein
    What do you mean "launch it to my site"?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady
      Im sorry (launch) take from my computer to internet.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Klein
        Originally Posted by Lady View Post

        Im sorry (launch) take from my computer to internet.
        There are a couple of different types of Wordpress but generally speaking, it doesn't run on your local computer, it is web based. You install it on your web hosting account and you do all of your formatting and content updates through your web browser.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lady
          Originally Posted by jklein View Post

          There are a couple of different types of Wordpress but generally speaking, it doesn't run on your local computer, it is web based. You install it on your web hosting account and you do all of your formatting and content updates through your web browser.
          Much appreciation... Now if your ever have a cooking question I will be glad to return the favor.
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    wordpress is really popular, as i use it for my sites. Its farely easy to install, and you can find a ton of free templates online
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    You could also use Bebiz. It's great for beginners, has tons of templates, tips on how to get traffic to your site and a built in keyword research tool. I used it to build my first site and am still making money off it.
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  • Profile picture of the author AZ
    What sort of business model are you using? Your own product or other peoples product? Site build it has a simple web builder and so does wealthly affiliate- Good luck in your search - Remember to build your database !!!
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  • Profile picture of the author tush
    I have used site build it. I love it because they have all the tools in one place and a step by step guide on how to build a profitable business. As a newbie, I was so glad that I found it. But it all depends on what kind of site you want to build. Site build it is mainly about content rich sites
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  • Profile picture of the author devearoux
    Is there any freeware option available to achieve this goal?
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    • Profile picture of the author kfk2003
      Originally Posted by devearoux View Post

      Is there any freeware option available to achieve this goal?
      KompoZer is probably the best of the free options:

      KompoZer - Easy web authoring
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    • Profile picture of the author ozduc
      Originally Posted by Lady View Post

      Thank you, so I am not crazy. A tech guy in Best Buy said I could not launch it to my site using wordpress.
      Originally Posted by devearoux View Post

      Is there any freeware option available to achieve this goal?
      Wordpress.org is free but you have to have a hosting provider.
      Any host company that uses c-panel has wordpress available so you dont even need to download it to your computer you can install it directly on the server. It is very easy to do and it is user friendly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Edwards
      Originally Posted by devearoux View Post

      Is there any freeware option available to achieve this goal?

      You mean something like this:

      Build Your Own Website With My Free Website Builder Now - 100% FREE Download! (Not an affiliate link)
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  • Profile picture of the author max922
    For Flash Based Website - A4DeskPro Flash Website Builder
    For Blogging - Wordpress
    For HTML & others - Dreamweaver , Kompozer & WYSIWYG Web Builder
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady
      Originally Posted by max922 View Post

      For Flash Based Website - A4DeskPro Flash Website Builder
      For Blogging - Wordpress
      For HTML & others - Dreamweaver , Kompozer & WYSIWYG Web Builder
      I was told that Flash cost an arm and a leg. I will go on line and double-check. Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author Denise Million
        I haven't tried this one myself yet but after watching the demo video, I added it to my "Buy Soon" folder.

        It's called pagemako (pagemako.com)
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    use wordpress, and host your site with hostgator, they provide you with wordpress for your site, or an unlimited number of sites
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  • Profile picture of the author Lady
    I would like to return the favor to all of you who have contributed to my learning curve, but at this time, I do not know what I have of value that I could offer. I am not a techno diva, merely a caterer relocating to Arizona.

    I am a decent writer by no means a professional, however it is an offer that I am willing to make to the first ten of you that have contributed to my learning curve and would like to take advantage of the offer send me what you have and I will make the necessary changes at no charge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bence Ur
    It depends on the type of site you are trying to build, as jklein wrote.

    But in general, I would recommend Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Franklin
    I am very new to the tech side of IM, I used Webstarts to build and host a site. These are very easy cut and paste templates for us newbies however, since no one is talking about them I am guessing there is a big down side?
    Thanks
    David
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    If you are building a portfolio, I suggest wordpress.
    If you want just plain HTML for sales letters or landing pages then Dreamweaver is my choice plus Adobe photoshop for the design.
    If you want to build thousands of sites then I have one
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnS88
      I tend to go the CMS route and use Wordpress. It's a great solution, easy to use, and very flexible.
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    • Profile picture of the author SrinivasPrabhakar
      Originally Posted by Ross Dalangin View Post

      If you are building a portfolio, I suggest wordpress.
      If you want just plain HTML for sales letters or landing pages then Dreamweaver is my choice plus Adobe photoshop for the design.
      If you want to build thousands of sites then I have one
      I recommend using good old Notebook and some HTML.
      There are numerous different options with respect to Web Design applications. If you are just beginning web design and would like some type of a drag-and-drop application, then you may like Adobe Dreamweaver. It is commonly used by beginner programmers/web designers due to it's simply, easy to use interface. It is, though, not free.
      If you would like a free and/or open source alternative you have many options, such as NVU, which is a similar drag-and-drop web designer. If you would like a CMS (Content Management System) that essentially is a pre-built series of files that allows you to simply post content and have the site run itself, then you may want something similar to Joomla.
      A search for WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Editors on Google will give you numerous options.

      • Dreamweaver if you have money and NVU if you don't.
      • Joomla is also really good creator of CMS (Content Management System); and it's free and easy to use.
      • If you want web development software that's free and easy to use even for beginners, you can try Serif WebPlus SE. It has free web page templates, and management tools for creating forms, links, palettes, page navigation elements, and more. It also has a drag and drop feature so you can easily be as creative as you want with the layout.
      Hope it helps....
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  • Profile picture of the author perryl
    Is Dreamweaver any good for beginners? I hear it's WYSIWYG, so I should be alright, yes? My html is limited, and don't even get me started with PHP, jscript, etc. Thx!
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    • Profile picture of the author Bence Ur
      Originally Posted by perryl View Post

      Is Dreamweaver any good for beginners? I hear it's WYSIWYG, so I should be alright, yes? My html is limited, and don't even get me started with PHP, jscript, etc. Thx!
      WYSIWYG is only good solution, if you don't care about SEO. If you would like to build a SEO optimized site, then forget WYSIWYG, because it produces crap HTML code, and search engine spiders don't like crap HTML.

      If you use Wordpress, you only have to learn the basic HTML elements and their semantic meanings, it is easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoyChan
    Hi Lady,

    I wrote a page on this very topic:
    Build A Website

    In all, it's a combination of Xsitepro and Wordpress, with a few tweaks.

    Hope it's of help.

    Cheers
    Roy
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady
      Originally Posted by RoyChan View Post

      Hi Lady,

      I wrote a page on this very topic:
      Build A Website

      In all, it's a combination of Xsitepro and Wordpress, with a few tweaks.

      Hope it's of help.

      Cheers
      Roy
      Thank you Roy, for the information.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheProdigy
    I grew up using advanced programs, but I'd recommend XSite Pro if your just getting started out, and then outsource once you get the funds.

    Make sure you learn some basic html though, so you can edit the outsourcing for little changes you want.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewYorkCity
    xsite pro_2 def.
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  • Profile picture of the author mine1718
    1. wordpress

    2. xsitepro

    choose by which one you feel will suite you the best
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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    I use NVU to my landing and squeeze pages and wordpress to my sites.
    But lately I changed my hosting provider to Vodahost and has a site builder software called bluevoda. Is a wysiwyg tool with lot of options. You can create your site and upload it direct to your server no need for ftp programs.
    check it at bluevoda.com (not affiliate link)
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  • I like page breeze. It is free and easy to use.
    Dreamweaver is great too.
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  • Profile picture of the author frqhuss
    I would strongly suggest you for WordPress...
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  • Profile picture of the author ramccluskey
    Wordpress offers a good balance between power and flexibility. If you want to really jumpstart your sites and SEO, the Thesis theme is awesome. There is a modest charge for it but it is well worthwhile, especially if you are going to build a number of sites or, perhaps, get into the site building business!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Summers
    Definitely Wordpress for quick SEO affiliate sites, it's free and easy to install from cPanel. Also gives you thousands of free design templates to choose from.

    Dreamweaver for more custom, code-intensive, authoritative type sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeb
    Notebook?? are you kidding?? I don't think the op wants a degree in web designing.

    Anyways back to the question, wordpress all the way. For simplicity, very customizable, yet high quality sites you can do with it. Very SEO easy with google.
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  • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
    I tried a number of the free options out there.

    I found that Kompozer and others were a struggle. I got reasonable results with Trellian, but the wysiwyg was driving me nuts! Not perfect to say the least.

    I was pulling my hair out until I discovered Xara Web Designer, I was amazed.

    For $49 you can't beat it. The learning curve is almost non-existent and the wysiwyg appears to be flawless so far.

    One word of caution, if you plan to import existing html pages you're out of luck. Xara is not an html editor. When you design pages it uses it's own format and then converts to html when you publish.

    From what the validators tell me, Xara produces very clean html and ftp is integrated. I'm new at this and can't believe how easy they make it.

    I highly recommend Xara. Best 49 bucks I've ever spent.

    Find it at xara.com/us/
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  • Profile picture of the author GingerColeen
    Wordpress, in addition to having a backend that you can learn relatively easily, has built in RSS, which means every time you create a new page or post, it gets sent to "ping servers" that spread the word to the search engines about your new content.

    Wordpress itself has come a long way and themes are now available for just about everything. You can build sales pages, review sites, membership sites, ecommerce sites and just about any type of site you want with Wordpress much easier and more quickly than HTML. Also with Wordpress if you decide you want a makeover, it doesn't require recoding the entire site as it does with HTML.

    I love Wordpress because of the numerous free and paid plugins that allow you to easily add additional functionality without installing scripts that are normally required with HTML.

    Flash sites cannot be indexed by search engines. The engines can't read the code. So, unless you don't care about search engine traffic and are depending upon an entirely different form of traffic, you really don't want to create a flash site. Having a portion of a page in flash is OK, but I still tend to avoid it. Flash videos are fine but make sure you put enough text and keywords on your pages that the engines know what the page is about.

    There are couple of really good Wordpress training programs online as well. I suggest you start with one of those. I also subscribe to a Wordpress Tip of the Day site that's very helpful too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eugene Koh
      ----> Xsitepro 2

      I have found that it does really well with search engines and looks professional too.
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  • Profile picture of the author sodevrom
    Hello,
    If you are a noob, I recommend using XSitePro, it gives you all you need.
    If you want a more "professional" software try DreamWeaver by Adobe (Macromedia).

    OR of course, you can rely on good old Microsoft Word You can save anything you make in Word as HTML.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author imMindset
      I use Wordpress for a lot of my sites because its so easy to create especially if you're using something like fantastico within your hosting account. Also very easy to maintain and customize it with widgets and plugins, especially for SEO purposes.

      But like others have said Dreamweaver is also great. If you're looking to really learn that software, I'd definitely recommend looking at some of the Lynda training material. Just do a Google Search. That's how I learned.

      Cheers.
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