What is the best computer for doing website design?

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I am trying to get into website design by using dreamweaver. What's a good computer Mac/PC? Perferably laptop?
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  • Profile picture of the author JF Garsula
    Let it be a Mac or a PC you can work on both. I usually use a PC but sometimes I use my Mac. An average computer can work on web design projects now a days.
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  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    You can create fantastic websites with just text editors.
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    • Profile picture of the author TG12
      Originally Posted by zaf101 View Post

      Let it be a Mac or a PC you can work on both. I usually use a PC but sometimes I use my Mac. An average computer can work on web design projects now a days.
      Originally Posted by rosarionet View Post

      I think the most important thing is the person behind the keyboard, no matter mac,pc or laptop is in use
      Originally Posted by xtrapunch View Post

      You can create fantastic websites with just text editors.
      QFT. Infact Notepad is your best tool as long as you know the code behind it
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  • Profile picture of the author Shirlyn
    To design a website dreamweaver is best editing software and 1 GB Ram should be enough with good processor to design interactive website designs.
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  • Profile picture of the author olakh
    Both Pc and Mac are best for design a website.But if you are in the field of Marketing then you can use Laptop.In this case text editors lies much better than PC or Mac.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evan-M
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  • Profile picture of the author sodevious
    Dreamweaver is the WORST way to get into web design if you want to take it seriously. Learn by trial and error and code by hand. Mac - textedit/coda/espresso PC - notepad++/aptana
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    • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
      Originally Posted by sodevious View Post

      Dreamweaver is the WORST way to get into web design if you want to take it seriously. Learn by trial and error and code by hand. Mac - textedit/coda/espresso PC - notepad++/aptana

      WRONG. Dreamweaver is the industry standard, it's the most powerful web editor/builder on the market. Period. Dreamweaver is not very newb friendly, so you actually have to learn it properly just like any other tool, which requires serious thought and dedication.. there's full college courses dedicated to it.

      If you don't want to spend the $$ on products like DW, then Notepad++ is the way to go. There's nothing wrong with pure hand coding.
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      • Profile picture of the author sodevious
        Originally Posted by Revenant45 View Post

        WRONG. Dreamweaver is the industry standard, it's the most powerful web editor/builder on the market. Period. Dreamweaver is not very newb friendly, so you actually have to learn it properly just like any other tool, which requires serious thought and dedication.. there's full college courses dedicated to it.

        If you don't want to spend the $$ on products like DW, then Notepad++ is the way to go. There's nothing wrong with pure hand coding.
        Not wrong. Dreamweaver is fine if you know what you're doing, but as for learning HTML and CSS, it can really hinder your development. It's better to learn something well and throughly than half ass with a program to do half of the work for you.
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        • Profile picture of the author rulez05
          Well for me I'm more comfortable using laptops and computer it's depend of "how you do it"
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        • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
          Originally Posted by sodevious View Post

          Dreamweaver is fine if you know what you're doing, but as for learning HTML and CSS, it can really hinder your development.
          I agree with this. No one in their right mind would use DW to actually learn HTML & CSS. I would certainly advise people to take a class or buy a good book to learn those and hand code to start off with. DW is definitely for intermediate/advanced individuals that have a need for DW's speed, depth and management capabilities.
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      • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
        Originally Posted by Revenant45 View Post

        WRONG. Dreamweaver is the industry standard, it's the most powerful web editor/builder on the market. Period. Dreamweaver is not very newb friendly, so you actually have to learn it properly just like any other tool, which requires serious thought and dedication.. there's full college courses dedicated to it.

        If you don't want to spend the $$ on products like DW, then Notepad++ is the way to go. There's nothing wrong with pure hand coding.

        Dreamweaver sucks royally. I used DW for years and hated every minute of it. By far the best editor I've ever found and 10 X more powerful than DW is Visual Studio, and it's FREE. Makes DW look like it was written by dyslexic monkeys.
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        • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
          Originally Posted by ronc0011 View Post

          Dreamweaver sucks royally. I used DW for years and hated every minute of it. By far the best editor I've ever found and 10 X more powerful than DW is Visual Studio, and it's FREE. Makes DW look like it was written by dyslexic monkeys.

          Visual Studio is absolutely horrid and is definitely a free program.. it has the feel of a free program and is not even close in quality to Dreamweaver. Most of the industry professionals I deal with won't even install that Visual Studio garbage on their back up pc's.

          DW is not for everyone and shouldn't be for everyone... everyone does not need professional software for their little wordpress venture or even needs the web management tools of DW for multiple simultaneous web projects. However, to each their own.
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          • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
            Originally Posted by Revenant45 View Post

            Visual Studio is absolutely horrid and is definitely a free program.. it has the feel of a free program and is not even close in quality to Dreamweaver. Most of the industry professionals I deal with won't even install that Visual Studio garbage on their back up pc's.

            DW is not for everyone and shouldn't be for everyone... everyone does not need professional software for their little wordpress venture or even needs the web management tools of DW for multiple simultaneous web projects. However, to each their own.

            OK so you have never even seen Visual Studio or apparently even have any idea what Visual Studio is, That's OK Microsoft primarily markets their stuff to professionals. That's why the non-express version cost $1,200.

            Their "express" edition has everything the professional or enterprise version has except version control. Version control is for large shops where you have several developers working on the same files at the same time. It is for a team development environment.
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            • Profile picture of the author Revenant45
              Originally Posted by ronc0011 View Post

              OK so you have never even seen Visual Studio or apparently even have any idea what Visual Studio is, That's OK Microsoft primarily markets their stuff to professionals. That's why the non-express version cost $1,200.

              Their "express" edition has everything the professional or enterprise version has except version control. Version control is for large shops where you have several developers working on the same files at the same time. It is for a team development environment.

              Um.. you said the "FREE" version of Visual Studio. A few classmates of mine (me included) used Visual Studio "FREE" to finish a few projects over the course of 4 months. We ALL hated it.

              Needless to say when we all got real jobs not even one of us bought the paid version... even though we could get it on deep corporate discount. So yeah.. I know what it is.. I have used it.. and it STILL sucks.
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              • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
                Well I've used DW since version 4 and I would never go back. Once I learned how to use VS it's sooo much better than DW. Thank God I bit the bullet and committed to learning a new developer tool. Life is sooo much easier.


                BTW the only real difference between the paid version and the free version is the version control I mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
    As for "computer" I prefer a desktop machine. I'm running dual monitors and usually have several things open at once so I can move between apps quickly and even drag files from one open program to another. This makes for a much easier work flow.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesfranco12
    Dreamweaver is the best way to get into web design.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    Originally Posted by Anna Hussie View Post

    I am trying to get into website design by using dreamweaver. What's a good computer Mac/PC? Perferably laptop?
    Welcome to WF, Anna!

    I'm still stuck on stupid about laptops - they are extremely convenient, but they need to be recharged every few hours and do scream 'Steal me!'

    You are very wise to choose your software first - which pretty much decides for you whether to go PC or Mac.

    The only caveat that applies is making sure that you can expand your RAM - specifically built-in expansion slots so you can add RAM over simply replacing the existing RAM.
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  • Profile picture of the author katehblog
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  • Profile picture of the author dellinqwartz
    There are many computers are available for doing web site but HP Envy 17 is best for you. It is a very solid laptop that gets you many features for the price. The highlghts cover bifold 320 GB harder drives, an insanely powerful ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850, i5-450m processor and USB 3.0.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    Interesting, I thought a Mac/PC brawl would break out and instead we get a Dreamweaver debate. I'm not religious so if the code is the means to the end then go handwritten code but if you just want to knock out sites then use Dreamweaver.

    Any feedback on Linux/Ubuntu HTML editors such as Quanta Plus by the way?
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    • Profile picture of the author ronc0011
      Originally Posted by bertyounger View Post

      Interesting, I thought a Mac/PC brawl would break out and instead we get a Dreamweaver debate. I'm not religious so if the code is the means to the end then go handwritten code but if you just want to knock out sites then use Dreamweaver.

      Any feedback on Linux/Ubuntu HTML editors such as Quanta Plus by the way?
      Actually I work entirely in code view but the editor is still very helpful. For example it flags errors on the fly as you are typing. If you fat finger a comma instead of a period it catches it immediately and lets you know. It also assists in typing. For instance if I'm typing <div class="myClass"... it will anticipate each word like as soon as I type the "c" it will offer "class" so all I have to do is type the "c" and then the "=" sign and the editor will complete the "class" and then as soon as I type the " it will list all the available classes I've created so I simply type the first letter of the class I want and then the closing " and it completes it for me. This can save a lot of time when writing code, in fact this can save a whole lot of time when writing code.

      And of course it validates all your code on the fly so you are assured of creating W3C compliant code.
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  • Profile picture of the author Money maker guy
    Any laptop, you just need a good program! (:
    but i i should choose one, i would choose Apple Macbook
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  • Profile picture of the author Quasha
    Not matter what pc you are using..it matters with what programs you are using and who are using.
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  • Either one is good. At school I use a mac for web design, at home I have a PC. They are both good. You just have to know the operating system and short cuts on the keyboards.
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    • Profile picture of the author DawsonGabriel
      I think Dreamweaver is best computer website design.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikkicris7
    I think HP would be the best..
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    • Profile picture of the author ezbiz
      DreamWeaver is great for beginners, and the advanced pro. It will escalate the beginners learning curve overall. Having the options for viewing in just code, or wysiwyg, or both panes at the same time (so they can see what they're coding), will help the beginner learn much faster and efficiently.

      For the PC or Mac? Mac is better, but I use a PC more often because there's still many programs on the market that only work on a PC. Just be sure you have plenty of ram, processing power, and a high resolution monitor (like 1680x1050) You'll want the extra real estate when working with graphics. For a PC laptop, the Lenovo high end T-series or the HP business class (58xx series), is about as close to mac as you can get. They even have their own dedicated graphics card and memory for the monitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wasim
    To learn website design it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference whether it's a PC or Mac, it's just all about preference. I learnt HTML on on a PC by using Dreamweaver. I'm a visual person so when I used Dreamweavers visual editor I could see the code being written which made me want to mess around with the code and changing the code you can see the changes immediately in the visual side too. Dreamweaver can be used as notepad too if you only want to learn by writing code. The thing I loved about Dreamweaver was the built in FTP and now its ability to work hand in hand with Photoshop makes it unbeatable for industry standard designers BUT having said that, again it's all about how you personally learn best. Don't get confused because of other peoples preferences of which one is better or not. Experiment and you'll soon find out what is best for you.

    Financially it's better to experiment with Notepad as it's free on every computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeMyers12
    Well I think HP would be the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Dialady
    Congrats on jumping into the website design business. You're getting ready for an awesome adventure. I've been design sites for 15 years and seen quite an evolution. While I've been using DW since version 1.0, when my son asked me how to learn to design sites, I had him start out with a basic HTML / CSS book (although it was awfully thiick . . .LOL).

    But that wasn't your question . . you were asking about WHAT computer to purchase. First get the MOST you can afford, but recognize there will always be something bigger and better coming down the line. While MACS do amazing graphics and are user friendly, for some reason, many of clients end up having issues access their sites. I have been told the PC emulators works well, but I've not experienced it myself.

    If you're getting the latest computer with WINDOWS 7, you'll want to get the maximum number of RAMS. This helps with your speed when you have multiple windows open and especially if you have larger pictures. I currently have 4 MB ram on my 2 year old computer and I haven't run in to a slow down yet. One other addition to consider is a separate video card. Nowadays video processing is resident on the motherboard, but you can speed it up by having a stand alone video card.

    One other thought you might consider . . . if your goal is to build websites for others, consider starting using Wordpress. You'll have the basic setup ready to go, there is a unending amount of FREE templates and even paid templates, and it allows you client to enter the content as they desire (the number one thing that used to hold me up from finishing a website!).

    Let us know what you end up getting,Anna.

    All the best

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    • Profile picture of the author Daave
      I am not sure as to some importance should be given to your computer for design purpose, but still if you have to make a choice there is no better then the MAC
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