Choose the right software
Choose site-building software
When the Web first gained popularity, Web sites were built by hand-coding HTML.
Hand-coding remained essential because point-and-click site creation programs weren t
sophisticated enough to produce commercial-quality Web sites. The first versions of
FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Fusion, et cetera made creating sites much simpler than hand-
coding, but sites created with them looked simpler as well.
Now the current crop of point-and-click Web publishing programs can be used create
high-quality sites. While it s still helpful to know HTML, it s no longer necessary. Here
are overviews of the most popular site-building programs:
Most of Adobe s programs are meant to
be used by professional graphic designers,
and GoLive (version 5; $285) is no
different. Its spare interface will be
familiar to long-time Adobe users, but
people who aren t graphics professionals
may find it challenging to learn. Once
mastered, however, Go Live s advanced
features can be used to create
Dreamweaver (version 4; $299) is one of
the easiest to use site-building programs,
and the clean code it generates looks
consistent on a wide variety of computers.
Templates are easy to create, and pages
can be changed repeatedly with no ill
effects. For these reasons, Dreamweaver
has become popular among organizations
building Web sites in-house.
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