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Looking for a program to design a website.


Must be pretty simple to use, for a basic website.


The website would be similar to this one, as in looking to be able to let people review transactions.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/

Thanks
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wordpress I guess?
I would get a professional or learn dreamweaver at least.
    
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Could always go with Dreamweaver, it is good but not exactly easy: opposite spectrum if you don't know HTML or CSS.
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Originally Posted by bbaseballboy1234 View Post
wordpress I guess?
I would get a professional or learn dreamweaver at least.
I have Dreamweaver CS5 and opened it up. and thought to myself, that i was sure i had an easier one at one time.

Ill look up this WORDPRESS
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I really like wordpress. You'll still have plenty of work+reading to do, but it's 1000x easier than building on your own with dreamweaver. Make sure your server is running PHP+mysql if you go the WP route.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Power_Man View Post
I have Dreamweaver CS5 and opened it up. and thought to myself, that i was sure i had an easier one at one time.

Ill look up this WORDPRESS
Haha, I took dreamweaver class last year and did so well, top in the class but now trying to make a simply site is so hard now.

I never used wordpress but ive heard how easy it is to use so id give it a try
    
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post #7 of 12
Photoshop / Dreamweaver... create in PS and export it to DW... it's not perfect*, but very good results.

The smae goes with Microsoft's FrontPage.


*some people say that this gives some messy code and pages that aren't perfectly optimised... I've always been happy with the results - I'm a n00b though
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post #8 of 12
Dreamweaver is easy to use. I thought it myself when I was 12. I remember the old macromedia days...
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have you thought of photoshop and fireworks?
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post #10 of 12
A professional workflow that i have employed(i am not a professional but i have done internships at professional advertising agencies) involves using the following programs.


Photoshop/Illustrator for layouts.
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Fireworks for splicing the layout into web ready files.
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Dreamweaver for actual coding and addon scripting.

This, even though it may seem like much turns out to save the most time since you end up having a structured page layout with sophisticated graphics. If you choose to skip the layout phase completely and go straight into dreamweaver you may run into many logical and structural flaws in your website. This can be most hindering to the web building process.

Therefore if you are unfamiliar with fireworks and dont think you really need to go for it, i suggest you name each and every component of your layout in photoshop and save them separately so you have the files ready to use in dreamweaver for later.

You may choose to use plugins like SiteGrinder etc, which can potentially greatly speed up the designing process and minimize code but you tend to get the feeling that you're not completely in control.

If you want to do it right i therefore suggest these programs, even though perhaps learning some open source programs wouldnt hurt. I must tell you, having experience with Adobe's Creative Suite gives you a considerable advantage over those who have none, too many times have i seen those with experience and knowledge in this area gain an upper hand over those who choose to do everything manually. I'm not belittling anyone who does, and i respect that, its just that this workflow allows you to think in a manner that is clear and streamlined. Once you get into the groove, you'll see yourself churning out webpages and quickly building CSS hierarchy very easily.

Good luck
Edited by Razultull - 1/13/11 at 10:59pm
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