What do you use to build websites? - poll

by roley
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Interested in what people use to build sites, and why they use it?
#build #poll #websites
  • Profile picture of the author intelfirst
    Joomla and Wordpress.

    Ease of use, rapid deployment and development. I can make changes on the fly.
    As a CMS I can segment my users to see various content.

    Quite a few themes, modules and plugins publicly available.
    Google likes them!

    Bottom line is that I can focus on content and design and not development and testing.
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  • Profile picture of the author motivated
    XSitepro because I can build SEO sites fast and Wordpress because it's the in thing at the moment, which makes it easy to sell the sites if I need to.

    Chrissie
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    • Profile picture of the author esr
      Word Press and Notepad
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Depends on the site and the complexity.

        Wordpress, Xsitepro2, Textpad

        Intrigued with Joomla, but don't have time to climb another learning curve...
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  • Profile picture of the author robd1302
    Wordpress for blogs, good old-fashioned hand-coding for anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Saha
    DreamWeaver for websites bcoz it supports html, css, php, flash with ease.

    Frontpage for Minisites bcoz its too easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I like Nvu, which is a free editor with many of the same bells and whistles as the big money editors. I also like WP for blogs... so many cool plug-ins.
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  • Profile picture of the author vidgod
    wordpress for blog stuff, dreamweaver for everything else. i <3 dreamweaver so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Allanon24
    It depends on the project, but mainly Dreamweaver, and a CMS which can be Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, Serendipity but I kinda like to test new ones too.

    For design: Photoshop, Illustrator
    Coding: Dreamweaver, Firefox Web Developer Toolkit, Firebug
    Animation: Adobe Flash
    Video: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDudek
    I use Dreamweaver to massage templates I create with Artisteer. Love them both.
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  • Profile picture of the author mscherrah
    I use dreamweaver, because of all of the different languages it supports. I am also trying to learn flash.
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  • Profile picture of the author adorton
    Another vote for Wordpress and Notepad.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianM
    Dreamweaver and NetBeans at the moment, but it varies.

    For graphics it's fireworks or photoshop (if i need actions) - I prefer fireworks by a long way but for some reason photoshop seems the norm despite not being made for web design (whilst fireworks is), I just find it a bit bloated.
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    • Profile picture of the author tjxu97
      Site Build It and Wordpress.com mostly. I'm in my first year, so these two have been the easiest to work with while I learn this business.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Frontpage 2003 i think
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  • Profile picture of the author Mokey
    I love Joomla. The templates are cool, it's easy to change things up super quick and it's perfect for a newbie like me...What more can I ask for?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    Lately, I've been using Wordpress a lot. I've been creating static homepages with WP to make the site not look like every other blog.

    I started out back in 2001 using Frontpage and I still use today. It does everything I need it to.

    Last year, I also learned to use Drupal - it's very powerful but kinda complex. Once you get the hang of it, there is really nothing you can't do or have a plugin created to do. It's amazing as a CMS or to create a social networking site.

    For complex coding and stuff, I have a couple of reliable freelance coders who I've been working with for years.

    For graphics, it's strictly Photoshop or a couple of freelancers I use. For videos it's Camtasia or my video editing guy.

    I've met lots of people over the years by putting projects on Elance, RentaCoder, and even Craig's List. Now I have relationships with these people and I can work with them directly. To be a full time IMer without a big staff, you really need a network of dependable and skilled people who will make time for your projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackWaterBlog
    Wordpress for my blog. Performance, ability to customize and mod, lots of themes/plugins and absolutely loved by Google and other search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficGuy Claude
    I love Wordpress and Dreamweaver. They make it really easy to create nice websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew_Wardle
    I either use Wordpress (SE friendly with the right plugin, easy to use, time efficient), or just straight HTML coded with Alleycode HTML editor for simple sales pages/squeeze pages.

    Drupal is fascinating but I just can't spare the time at the moment to learn the intricacies of it.

    Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author markwinder
    Wordpress and Dreamweaver are my dynamic duo! Makes it easy, and I've (so far) been able to pretty much figure my way out of any coding issue using those two tools (I'm NO html guru! :-) )
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  • Profile picture of the author Nitro
    Wordpress for blogs. Dreamweaver, Notepad ++ & Photoshop for regular sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author jgoffshore
      I use FrontPage [2003] quite a lot. I know it isn't fashionable and many people look down their noses at it but you can produce a pretty good site.

      I also use Serif WebPlus X2 but it isn't so flexible as FrontPage.

      For Blogs I have started to use WordPress but I've not yet got to grips with having different templates for different pages and while it has great potential I find it hard to find the time to get down to mastering it. I suppose that whilst I'm happy working with HTML PHP is yet to be mastered.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I'm basically 100% Wordpress these days.

    I did use Dreamweaver to make sites the old fashioned way, but few things are easier than plugging in an update, telling it where to go, and hitting Publish. I still use it from time to for specific coding things, but otherwise I'll mess with Wordpress' templates.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElectricChili
    Xsite Pro, Wordpress, and Wordpad. Keeping it simple is the key for me. Currently experimenting with Joomla.

    Rich Scherlitz
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    • Profile picture of the author debra
      DreamWeaver and Photoshop

      I create the blog templates through DreamWeaver using a plugin for Wordpress after I've created the graphics in Photoshop.
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  • Profile picture of the author GB2008
    For me - it's wordpress for blogs, then coding for the other pages, php based because there are so many scripts out there that you can start with! For the coding, I use html-kit or just started with aptana-studio - both free editors and very powerful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
      Kompozer. Used to use Dreamweaver until they upgraded so much I could no longer keep up. Kompozer suits my needs for simple.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
        I use Xsite Pro. It has been great and very easy to use! I don't know much about code or anything even close and I'm still able to put up the graphics for a site within about 10 minutes.
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        • Profile picture of the author sylviad
          Interesting to see that Joomla is lowest in your poll. I've heard so many people talk about it, I expected it to be in the top 3-4.

          Since 1998, I've used FrontPage and it's probably the investment in time that I put into learning Version '97 and '03 that keeps me committed. Programmers have told me that FP has sloppy code. From personal experience, I've found that it likes to "change" the code if it doesn't see something it expects. It added about 20 </head> tags at the end of one of my pages. It added more each time I made certain design changes. Since I work in the visual editor, I didn't know that was happening.

          Anyway... for now it's FrontPage '03 when I feel like creating or setting up a special site or page. Recently, I started using WordPress on my server to create entire web sites and I must say I do like the latest version.

          Many people have recommended Dreamweaver.

          Sylvia
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Started with notepad some years ago just to see if I could learn what HTML for Dummies was all about.

    Graduated to Adobe GoLive until they orphaned it, then switched to Dreamweaver. And took a couple courses in Dreamweaver.

    For something quick and easy I still find myself pulling up KompoZer.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author notatechie
    I am a newbie, and XSite Pro and WordPress seems to be the most user friendly for me. The learning curve is as high as some other programs I have tried, including the inexpensive sitebuilding services.
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  • Profile picture of the author Uri.TKT
    I work with good Techies, they prefer using pure PHP .
    they claim drupal is too complicated when time comes to make some changes...
    Uri
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteFlipRemix
    Wordpress 100% of the way, sometimes I create wordpress sales letters, just to make writing easier. It's extremely simple to theme and it's super flexible. I love it
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  • Profile picture of the author dwshoup
    Originally Posted by roley View Post

    Interested in what people use to build sites, and why they use it?
    I use word press for my blog and dreamweaver for sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author T2
    I started with IBM Homesphere ( I think that is what it was called ) if anyone remembers that. I switched to XSitePro and WP. I never could get coding by hand down cold
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  • Profile picture of the author Marty S
    I am a long time user of Dreamweaver, but for IM just save your time and money. Now its WP or Joomla, depending on what you want out of your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author hotlanta
      Wordpress plus revolution themes ... makes the best professional looking websites

      Occassionally joomla if i have a membership site idea
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  • Profile picture of the author Ross Dalangin
    Wordpress and QuickMinisiteBuilder
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  • Profile picture of the author visitsingapore
    From what i saw on the poll results, more people using "others" to build websites, could be NVU, dreamweaver etc..

    I guess wordpress or blogger is good for blogs..but I think joomla is as good for CMS website
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Dean
    I use wordpress with premium themes, revolution, thesis, remix etc. especially when building sites for clients due to their ease of use.

    Xsite Pro2 is a staple for affiliate sites, sales pages. I find it just as easy to update, add content as wordpress and the seo results have been suprising.

    Finally I use MS Front Page. If you know where to look there are some excellent template designers - all you have to do is tweak them for your needs. They strip out the bloated code.

    Occasionally I use Kompozer.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Jassim
    I use Kompozer. it's very easy to use & you can just import any website templates easily & edit it to suit your business. Kompozer really rocks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr_Julian_S
    For blogs Wordpress

    Otherwise my choice has to be Joomla.................!
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  • Profile picture of the author ellehc
    I used blogger for blogs.. I'm not familiar with wordpress..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam101
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    1. I use Wordpress for my blogs. It is not easy to use for newbies but once you get the hang of it-it's great. Also it has a lot of automatic SEO value creation due to certain plugins. You should know the right ones though.
    2. For static websites I use a tool known as Webpagemaker. It is incredibly easy WYSIWYG tool with a lot of built in templates and libraries, scripts and an FTP program built-in.
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    WORDPRESS OR NETOBJECTS FUSION!
    NetObjects Fusion has an amazing ability to create sites that rank REALLY well in the search engines. It's an awesome piece of software for creating really fat affiliate sites or anything else for that matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author CopyScaper
      I prefer wordpress.

      But I'm using dreamweaver cs3 to create my own template and for editing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Biz Guru
      Currently using wordpress. However I have just started playing with Drupal and think once you get the hang of it, it is VERY Strong. I think you will be hearing a lot more about Drupal from the IM community this year. It is very good for stats and analytics too.
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  • Profile picture of the author arclight
    Starting to use Wordpress more and more. I found it a little clunky at first, but if you stick with it and learn a bit, its a worthwhile program.

    cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Colin Evans
    WordPress for blogs, Xampp and htmlkit for blog templates, htmlkit and my own script for auto making niche sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    For simple mini-sites I use Sea Monkey. For blogs I use Wordpress, and for more complex sites, I use Joomla.
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  • Profile picture of the author SDavis2702
    My last 4 or 5 have been Wordpress but I also have a vBulletin forum and I'm built a few with raw code in notepad.
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  • Profile picture of the author munbu
    Hi

    I'm pretty new to building - I found coffeecup software really easy for someone just starting out
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    • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
      Originally Posted by chukwuma View Post

      What platform will be good for a portal site?
      Joomla can do pretty much everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author azamchips
    I use Kompozer for static website, Wordpress for blog and Joomla for CMS site.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesMcDowell
    Its always been dreamweaver for me.

    -James
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    I use Frontpage 2003 but strip out all the extraneous code before I start, so it just become a bare HTML Editor so I can basically hand code it, I use CSS for the layout. I then style the HTML page Using CSS.

    I also have a few templates ready which I can easily import and edit. It is fast and easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlueJam
    I use a few different cms's, but one that hasn't been mentioned yet is Actinic. Pretty good for any type of catalog / commerce you need to put up, very seo friendly as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stu784
    DreamWeaver for me however I've just started out.
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    Oh yeah and I have some generator exes
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  • Profile picture of the author darrinmcl
    Wordpress Jooomla notepad
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  • Profile picture of the author koolphoto
    Most sites done in Wordpress.
    Create and tweak themes myself with PSPad
    Occasionally use Dreamweaver or XSitePro
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  • Profile picture of the author lukesimon
    I have to put in a personal plug for Sandvox. I greatly prefer this Mac web design app as it allows me to quickly produce affordable, professional sites and move on to the publishing and marketing angle.
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  • Profile picture of the author PowerWealth247
    I'm a long time fan of NetObject's Fusion and occasionally I'll use Dreamweaver.
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  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    Dreamweaver and pspad, wordpress and SMF, depends on what type of site I am creating,
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  • Profile picture of the author Roger Mayne
    Wordpress and XSitePro here. I'm still learning Wordpress and all the plugins I need, and have noticed that XSitePro sites tend to hold their SERP rankings, whereas Wordpress posts seem to drop down if you don't post for a while.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
    wordpress and notepad.

    Gimp for graphics.
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    XSP, NOF & Wordpress
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