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Recommend best website creator - Please?

Dec 5, 2008 10:41AM PST

Our business is looking to create a new website (our old one was created with the now defunct FrontPage), and we'd like to use newer, still-current software. Several people in our organization will be responsible for designing and updating the site, but only one of us has some ability with html. For this reason, we'd like something featuring a wysiwyg layout. We'd also like to use a program with a very current (our business appeals to mostly young customers [10 - 20 year olds] who require a bit of "entertainment" to keep their interest) and very complete list of features. We've checked into Microsoft Expression Web and Dreamweaver, but we're a bit timid about getting involved in software that may be too complicated and too far "over our heads." Can someone recommend a web creating software program that is very stable, has a very simple interface, yet is still very powerful? Thanks. We would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions.

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WYSIWYG editors...
Dec 6, 2008 2:12PM PST

As a developer, Expression Web 2 is my preferred editor due to its extensive functionality, which also contributes to its intimidating layout from a new-user perspective. In your case, my recommendation would be Apple's iWeb (Mac OS X only), which is perhaps the easiest editor to learn/use while including a variety of templates to minimize the initial grunt work. If you're under a Windows constraint, however, Dreamweaver CS4 would be my recommendation as the closest product to a combination of Expression Web's functionality and iWeb's user-friendly design.

Regards,
John

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Thanks, John
Dec 7, 2008 11:50AM PST

John, thank you for answering my plea. As you mentioned, we are under a Windows constraint, so iWeb, unfortunately, is out of the picture. I will take your advice and lean toward Dreamweaver CS4 over Expression Web. Thanks again for your time.

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Check Out CoffeeCup
Jan 13, 2009 2:57AM PST

tmckev,

I use CoffeeCup software and like it very much. They have an html editor, with WYSIWYG abilities and they also have a Visual Site Designer. The designer is very easy to use and you don't have to know code to get a good, stable site up and you can buy the programs individually, or as a package. It is definitely worth a look, here is a link to a review page that was created with the Visual Site Designer, it might help you out a bit:
<br><br><a href="http://bestreviewsonearth.com/HowToMakeAWebsite.html" target="_blank">http://bestreviewsonearth.com/HowToMakeAWebsite.html</a><br><br>

Good luck-Weisus

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Thanks Weisus
Jan 13, 2009 6:36AM PST

I've received quite a few recommendations (on a different thread here) for SiteSpinner. It sounds, in many ways, similar to CoffeeCup. If things don't work out well with SS, you can certainly say, "I told you so," and we'll give your advice a shot. Thanks.

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XHTML site builder?
Feb 9, 2009 11:43PM PST

The source code generated by these site builders never seems too great. Does anyone know a builder that produces xhtml?

Thanks, Tom.