What is the easiest web design software?

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I don't have experience in web design, but I want to learn to build professional web pages. I know some html, but not much. Is there a cheap, easy to use and professional web design software that I could use easily without paying a lot? Am I asking for too much? Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue Rogers
    Try CoffeeCup. It's really easy for someone who doesn't know much about html. You can even view how the page will look as your designing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author infoman66
      First you inform yourself about the basics of web design ...
      Example: www(.)mardiros.net/accessible-web-design.html

      Then, the tools for making web pages like Coffiecup or Dreamweawer, can not you do the graphical solution of the page...
      Means you need some tool for image editing...

      If you want a completely free solution, my suggestion is Gimp and Notpad ++...

      The easiest way is to learn from existing examples (copying others) ...
      On the Web You have already finished, free, html, css templates ...
      Find some simple and analyze them ...
      Then, learn, learn, learn ....

      Another way that you use some of the the available framework for rapid web development, as Wordpres, Joomla etc. ...

      For $ 20 a year, you can get a registered domain and hosting where you can the exercise as much as you want ...
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  • Profile picture of the author bezzerbrown
    hi there my friend you can check out web studio 5.0 web desing software hope this helped bezzer brown
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  • Profile picture of the author zeeshi570
    photoshop is best
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  • Profile picture of the author YemTv
    DreamWeaver is best for designing a website and it helps great and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author mcygnet
    Hello..
    as a beginner you should start with HTML...after knowing basics of web designing you would try DreamWeaver,its best for designing a website and easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author cbhattarai
    OK!!

    You can design a website using WordPress, Joomla or Blogspot..
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    You can try Microsoft frontpage HTML editor software (available in microsoft office XP version) to build web pages with easy to use GUI options. If you know how to use MS-Word, then you're almost done with the usage of frontpage.

    If you want to learn HTML or other programming stuff, then i would suggest you to go through with w3schools. It's a very good resource to learn the web programming stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Earnie Boyd
    Originally Posted by sonjeriff View Post

    I don't have experience in web design, but I want to learn to build professional web pages. I know some html, but not much. Is there a cheap, easy to use and professional web design software that I could use easily without paying a lot? Am I asking for too much? Thank you!
    With Google I searched for "php ide" and I see

    Eclipse PHP Integrated Development Environment
    NetBeans IDE - PHP Development
    PHP IDE - Integrated Development Environment for PHP
    phpDesigner 8 - PHP Editor & PHP IDE with built-in HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 editor!
    PHP IDE and PHP Editor: PHP Programming Software and Debugger | Komodo

    Plus many others. The first two I list are free Open Source the others have a trial period download.
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  • Profile picture of the author anonimouse
    I like AceHTML - it's been a long time since I used it though.
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  • Profile picture of the author enterscope
    Notepad. It might not be pretty, but it can do everything.
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    • Profile picture of the author kbsamurai
      I simply use the Taco HTML editor when not using WordPress.

      Came across a newer CMS called Perch that I may experiment with, looks good for sites in which a client may want to modify content.

      Weebly to get a site up and running really fast.
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  • If you don't know much html/css you won't be able to really create professional webdesigns.

    Your best bet would be to learn to install and use something like wordpress and download themes for it that fit your desired style. This would be a quick and easy solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author ussher
    The problem I see is that there is too much to learn. It seams like asking the question "I don't know how to fly yet, but want to fly F-16 fighter jets, is there any cheap F-16's available that are easy to use and come with step-by-step instructions?"

    I started with a text editor and HTML. Its good to see the code working before you get any of the tools that go and create it for you automatically.

    As you get better you can use tools to cut corners. Use php to handle replicating duplicate content, use CSS to separate design from markup.

    Then step it up another gear, use dreamweaver with its WYSIWYG editor if you want to go down the design path, or PhpStorm if the logic interests you more.

    You will find that Professionals are specialists. and each specialist has a specific set of specialist tools. these are "Professional Tools".

    They are not all the same. Graphic designers probably dont use xdebug and a separate debugging server. Programmers might only use photoshop once a month.

    Got to find what you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miko001
    The simplest i know is WIX which is html5.
    But there is also Webs, Yola and tumbler.
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  • Profile picture of the author FelicAng
    I know dream waiver is good..
    Does anyone knows where to learn more on dream waiver??
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  • Profile picture of the author lapis
    I learned my first steps about Dream Waiver from this site entheosweb.com / dreamweaver / default.asp
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  • Profile picture of the author codeinsects
    If you want to learn designing then start with Adobe Photoshop. You can see lot of videos on youtube and learn how to use photoshop.

    For HTML you can learn from w3schools. This is the best site to learn for a newbie. Also you can use tryit editor and make changes accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    If you are new then try with HTML .. As far as i know Dreamwave is for expert programmers ..
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  • Profile picture of the author shantanu
    you can also use the artisteer, web seriff or dreamweaver for the best website design.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I didn't know (and still know very little) about web design, but I use and now show others how to use as many free resources as possible; NVU free software and Filezilla free software. I also use top IMer high converting squeeze page templates that were given to me so I give them away too. Paying it forward.

    It took me a few days the first time, but now it only takes me a few hours and then I tweak it until I get the conversions I want.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krs
    Try Wix , its easy and simple
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  • Profile picture of the author Darknite7
    Originally Posted by sonjeriff View Post

    I don't have experience in web design, but I want to learn to build professional web pages. I know some html, but not much. Is there a cheap, easy to use and professional web design software that I could use easily without paying a lot? Am I asking for too much? Thank you!
    Hello sonjeriff,

    Lets break this down.

    You are speficially asking about web design, and not web development. There is a distinct difference between the two.

    I'm going to assume, that you want to know about web design as opposed to web development. Please correct me if my assumption is wrong.

    Web Design

    Web design are not the same as web development. Although some of the scope of web design may overlap with web development. This is generally not the case.

    Web design in its strict sense is concerned with designing the layout, User Interface (UI) and general "look and feel".

    Web design may also in some cases entail creating those designs.

    The general process are in two parts. The first part deals with site design.

    Designing a site is really the hardest part, because this requires creativity. Having a background in art and media is an extremely good fit for those interested in design.

    In terms of tooling, at this stage, just basic things such as pen and paper should suffice.

    During the design stage, ideas and concepts need to be explored. You may need to create multiple design ideas or "creatives".

    The next phase is then refining those ideas until you arrive at a single design.

    The presentation of these designs will mostly be done in a graphics application.

    The industry standard is Photoshop, however there are many capable free and open source alternatives such as GIMP.

    This is sometimes considered the remit of web design, in which case there will be the second step (creating the design).

    Creating the Design

    Creating the design, requires creating all the assets (buttons, logos, sprites, images) of the site. These are done in graphics applications discussed above.

    In some cases, the prototypes design ideas presented can be "spliced" directly into usable assets.

    The design is then finally brought together with HTML and CSS.

    This will usually be hand coded, or software packages such as "Dreamweaver" can provide a more WYSIWYG environment.

    In terms of tools, hand coding HTML and CSS requires nothing more complex than a text editor. However, advanced features such as syntax highlighting, auto-completion etc. Help productively hugely, for this more advanced text editors such as Notepad++ or Gedit, or textmate can be used.

    If there is reason to use Javascript (perhaps some parts of the UI require this) then it may be a good idea to use a full blown IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

    In Summary

    Web Design generally has two parts

    * Site Design (Part A)
    * Design Implementation (Part B)

    In terms of tools

    * Part A: Pen, Paper, Creativity, Photoshop/GIMP
    * Part B: Photoshop/GIMP, Text Editor or IDE

    All that said, GOOD web & UI design is a whole another topic!

    Good design can not be learnt simply by using the tools alone. In order to understand good design one should learn these following areas:

    * Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
    * Media Studies, Marketing, Branding, Art

    I hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author owlfowl
    Always suggest Dreamweaver. I got nothing easier than Dreamweaver. Currently using CS5.
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  • Profile picture of the author daustin099
    Well if you are a Beginner in this field i suggest you Photoshop and dream viewer as the best web design software for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author CPAPJason
    I started off with Aardvark, as I didn't like all the extra coding Dreamweaver used. It took a long path to do things, but may have changed since then.

    Web design isn't too much of an issue these days, and I would suggest making friends with WordPress. It is easier to adjust themes to fit the need as opposed to building from scratch. You can create far more than just blogs with it. The main thing for using this method is learning graphics design and CSS as WP does all the heavy lifting for you. The Add Widgets to Page makes setting up a site easy, as you can easily adjust positioning of anything that you want.

    This allows you to get a feel for things, and, if you break a theme you can easily restart with a fresh download. As you get more comfortable you can expand the apps and programs that you use.

    If you can not afford Photoshop get gimp at gimp.org. It is very much like PS and has a lot of scripts that can be added to help keep your graphics unique.

    I can code a site in notepad in PHP/HTML/CSS, but why take the time when in 1/4 to 1/3 of the time I can adjust a WP theme?
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    • Profile picture of the author Darknite7
      Originally Posted by CPAPJason View Post

      I can code a site in notepad in PHP/HTML/CSS, but why take the time when in 1/4 to 1/3 of the time I can adjust a WP theme?
      I agree, creating something from scratch each time is a huge time killer.

      But that is the exact reason I keep a library of all my assets, and page designs, css styles etc.

      By creating things in a modular approach, I can grab from an existing project to create new ones.

      In this manner I do not have to take up a vast amount of time.

      As an example, I've just designed, implemented, developed and launched a site in 1 day (end to end) 100% custom.

      EDIT:
      And yes, I have also adjusted WP themes & templates. Its all fine, if you stay within the limits of WP. However its starts getting messy real quick when you want to do something WP was not designed for. And Clients WILL at some point want it to do things. At this stage a purely custom hand coded approach is 100% better than wrestling with WP code

      The best part is that everything is uber-light and hand coded. I don't need a mountain of pre-written code, and a huge "web-framework" when I can develop with absolute precision.

      take this analogy:

      Why would one require a tank? a behemoth of machinery to simply cross a road, when in fact I can cycle across it?
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  • Profile picture of the author kamirao
    I suggest don't go for learning dreamweaver (at least not yet). Go for learning basic stuff html, css, javascript etc. pick a simple editor like notepad++. Once your foundation is strong, then go for a full-featured ide like dreamweaver, eclipse or whatever you like.
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  • Profile picture of the author seopunter
    I would prefer to use dreamweaver and photoshop for designing my static and dynamic websites
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  • Profile picture of the author sharonhurley
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    CoffeeCup is a great solution for people who do not want to spend ages learning programming languages and simply want to dive in and make great websites in an easy and effective manner.
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  • Profile picture of the author mopsyd
    I am a big advocate of dreamweaver. It has a lot of wysiwyg tools if you don't like code all that much, but works well as a code platform too, giving you a lot of time saving code hints and allowing you to build your site structure and access files easily. You can also connect it directly to a remote host and upload your files without having to use a separate ftp client. For quick edits I usually use BBEdit, but any plaintext editor will do if you know the syntax well. For images you can't beat photoshop but gimp is a good free alternative. Adobe Illustrator is also very nice for sleek vector graphics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Assefseer
    Dreamweaver and frontpage are good tool to build for your site. Although there are some free tools that you can also used if you search it in internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saad Host
    Photoshop is the best and easiest to design website.
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  • Profile picture of the author crork
    Photoshop is the most popular and simple software with many features.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy27
    In my opinion photoshop is best web design softwear.
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  • Profile picture of the author arnel1427
    I love wysiwygwebbuilder dot com. Affordable and does not need to know html or php.
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  • Profile picture of the author chadha
    i think photo-shop and dream weaver .
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  • Profile picture of the author JayWiz
    Here is couple of software that you can try:
    1. Microsoft Frontpage. Comes with many templates and you can test it.
    2. Dreamweaver. You can code almost anything, test it on local server and upload to your hosting.

    If you like to code directly then use this:
    1. Notepad++
    2. Codelobster PHP Edition

    Hope this helps
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  • If you dont have any experience, you must learn fundamentals of HTML using notepad or whatever a text editor. Then go for advanced tools like Dreamviewer.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgmortonpm
      the best wed designing software is
      1. adobe dreamweaver
      2. adobe photoshop
      3. adobe flash
      4. adobe creative suite.
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