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Best software for beginner

by raulaguilare / May 13, 2006 4:53 AM PDT

I have a windows XP os on a Dell 8200 computer. I would like to know the best beginner's software for web design. I took a front page class and used the front page package that came with windows, but I found it rather unforgiving and difficult. Is there anything out there and is easier for beginners?

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Look up SeaMonkey.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 7:17 AM PDT

It has Composer that many of us used for years and is quite easy to make web pages with.

http://www.w3c.org has links to many free tools and tutorials.


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by Andrea B. / May 14, 2006 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Look up SeaMonkey.

THE software that allows you to do everything all the fancy, semi-fancy, or not-so-fancy programs like Dreamweaver, HTML Kit, and so forth will offer, but will FORCE you to know what you're doing and LEARN. It's free and everybody already has a copy.....

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A helpful reply.
by ZenWarrior / May 18, 2006 11:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Notepad

I use Notepad myself, but never tell anyone else just starting out to use it. (That ''Notepad-only'' mentality is an hold-over from the days of HTML 1.0. Similarly, you could also do some multivariate statistics ''by hand,'' but only a fool would not take advantage of the many superb statistics packages now available.) To only suggest Notepad is the equivalent of telling someone who only wants to drive from point A to point B to use a Ford Model T and dirt roads when there are Mustangs, T-birds, and paved highways available--and also for free for use.

You might try First Page 2006, Nvu, or WYSIWYG Web Builder. Each is free and will not FORCE you to LEARN everything under the sun ''by hand'' before you can put up a decent enough web page or site.

But once you become familiar with the basic operation (i.e., coding) of any package you select and get something online, I do suggest you go back and pick up some hands-on experience with something like Notepad or another basic text editor. That very basic knowledge of coding will indeed come in handy one day.

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Expressing a different opinion is fine....
by Andrea B. / May 20, 2006 2:09 AM PDT
In reply to: A helpful reply.

hope it makes you feel better to in the process call me:

--'outdated' (by saying my ''Notepad-only'' mentality is a hold-over from the days of HTML 1.0. (apparently you did not read my post - I mentioned other software, but clearly spelled out why I suggest Notepad)

--- 'a fool' for not taking advantage of the many superb statistics packages now available (Thank you very much - I use Dreamweaver, before that, I worked with HTML Kit - but I LEARNED using Notepad - it helped me to fully understand things since I had to do everything myself.)

Overall, I find your reply extremely rude - you have a different opinion, you're entitled to yours as I'm entitiled to mine - and both are just that - OPINIONS - not right, wrong, just different.

Your opinion is fine - your tone however, is out of place and not appreciated!

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by zee10 / May 19, 2006 6:27 AM PDT

I highly recommend SiteSpinner, by VirtualMechanics.com
Absolutely amazing program, with features that easy and joy to use. Very simple - drag, drop and click.
You can try it. But I can guarantee you , that after trying you'll be hooked on it.

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Best software for beginner
by raulaguilare / May 23, 2006 11:26 AM PDT
In reply to: SiteSpinner

Thanks, I will try this. I am so new and so inexperianced, that ayhtiung that will help me is appreciated.

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